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Uptown String Quartet

Uptown String Quartet Prior to the formation of New York’s Uptown String Quartet, its members had jammed together with Max Roach, the venerable jazz-percussionist dad of violist Maxine Roach. The four women decided to join forces permanently six years ago, after cellist Eileen Folson met up with Maxine again in the orchestra pit of a […]

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Spot Check

FALSTAFF 12/13, BIG HORSE Instrumental proficiency, eclectic whimsy, and stateliness a la Red-era King Crimson distinguish this local trio’s new II (Homestead). Singer-guitarist Ian Schneller’s tortured bray lends pathos to the quiet ballad “Home” as effectively as it animates the punked-up melodrama of “Lamppost.” Still, the inclusion of an extended-jam reprise of one song (“Candlelight”), […]

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True Books

How to Succeed in Business Without a Penis: Secrets and Strategies for the Working Woman, by Karen Salmansohn (Harmony Books, $21). Synopsis: Using an array of positive thinking from Bazooka Joe comics to The Art of War, Salmansohn, a self-described image consultant who on page two takes credit for coining the term “Croissandwich,” helps women […]

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Randolph Street Gallery’s Grant Gripes

Ben Joravsky’s article of November 29 (“Other People’s Money”) is rife with innuendo and assumptions, which lamentably serve to justify his limited view of nonprofit arts organizations. Randolph Street Gallery, which was the subject of this attack for not paying artist Lisa Alvarado a portion of a grant for her art project on time, is […]

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City File

If abortion were asbestos, would it be banned by now? According to the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health (October 1996), a review of 23 independent studies of induced abortions and breast cancer shows “a remarkably consistent, significant positive association between induced abortion and breast cancer incidence….The increased risk is seen in both prospective and […]

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Grounds for Action

Dear editor, “Coffee Clash” [November 1], Lewis Lazare’s article about the demise of the popular coffeehouse Scenes at the hands of competitor Starbucks, really touched a nerve. A raw nerve. I happen to be the proprietor and co-owner of a small, just-barely-making-it coffeehouse in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood, on the city’s far southwest side. As with […]

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Chicago String Quartet

Chicago String Quartet When DePaul University decided a couple of years ago to bolster the reputation of its music school, one of its first and best moves was to start a resident string quartet. Two distinguished violinists from points west were recruited right away: Joseph Genualdi of the Los Angeles Piano Quartet and the Muir […]

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Naturally Incompatible

Dear Reader, I feel bad about the disappointment some folks feel in regards to the natural areas restoration efforts happening in their communities [Neighborhood News, November 8]. However, there is something so philosophically Western (or overarchingly human) about folks being so much more upset about having their “blinders” (buckthorn buffers) removed than at the actual […]