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Writing Wrongs

Writing Wrongs By Mike Sula Stan West found his calling after seeing Alfred Hitch-cock’s Foreign Correspondent. But, he admits, “for an inner-city black kid to grow up and be one seemed a little far-fetched at the time.” Eventually West did become a reporter, filing dispatches from such places as Colombia, Libya, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kuwait, […]

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City File

Why don’t poor kids get their shots? It’s not lack of knowledge, and it’s not lack of money, according to a study published in the Elk Grove Village-based Pediatrics (December). “In this poor urban population, most respondents held beliefs that would seem to enhance immunization; they tended to overestimate the severity of preventable diseases and […]

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The Straight Dope

I’ve heard all the jokes; now I want some facts. I’m in my mid-60s and partially bald. I can barely keep ahead of trimming the hair growing in my nose and ears. What gives? –Ernest Hobbs, Columbus, Ohio This problem, which is common among men as they age, is a manifestation of the law of […]

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Pericles, Prince of Tyre

PERICLES, Prince of Tyre, Shakespeare’s Gale Force, at Organic Theater Greenhouse, Lab Theater. Why another Pericles? After all, Greasy Joan & Company revived this slight late Shakespearean romance a mere two months ago. It’s hard to imagine a strong demand for a second coming, especially one as uneven as this fustian retread. Pericles chronicles the […]

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Days of the Week

Friday 1/17 – Thursday 1/23 JANUARY By Cara Jepsen 17 FRIDAY Alfred Stieglitz’s 1907 photo The Steerage shows a group of immigrants swarming about an overcrowded ship. An untitled 1928 Ralph Steiner photo depicts a series of alarm clocks and coffee cups shot from above that appear to be moving–an image that resonates even today. […]

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Top Ten Albums of 1996

The Top Ten Albums of 1996 1. Los Lobos, Colossal Head (Warner Brothers). Rejuvenated by their sublimely gritty Latin Playboys project, David Hidalgo and Louie Perez brought a bracing dose of sonic experimentation to Los Lobos’ most recent effort–the most fascinating record of the band’s career. Mitchell Froom’s masterfully rough production balances the classicism of […]

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Paulinho Garcia

PAULINHO GARCIA Even under normal circumstances, it would be time well spent to go hear Paulinho Garcia on a January evening. And this week, as he sings and strums the glorious pop-music legacy of his native Brazil–summoning bright beaches and lush rain forest and the slow-samba pace of life under the balmy sun–he presents the […]

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Abrams/Barry/Dewar Trio

ABRAMS/BARRY/DEWAR TRIO The legendary set of 1957 recordings of Sonny Rollins at the Village Vanguard remains one of the genuine high-water marks in jazz history. Backed by Elvin Jones and Wilbur Ware, Rollins ripped bop conventions wide open, and the recordings inspired countless pianoless, freedom-seeking trios for decades to come. The Abrams/Barry/Dewar Trio is one […]

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In Print: the abominable Dr. Bettelheim

Richard Pollak, the New York-based journalist who has just published a biography of the late Bruno Bettelheim, only met his subject once. Pollak’s “backward” little brother, Stephen, had attended the University of Chicago’s Orthogenic School under Bettelheim before falling to his death from a barn loft while the brothers were playing hide-and-seek in 1948. Twenty-one […]

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Natural History

Camping With Henry and Tom Illinois Theatre Center By Carol Burbank There’s something innately theatrical about men and camping. Maybe it’s the macho intimacy brought about by nature. Maybe it’s just easier to believe men will talk with one another in the great outdoors, where no one else is likely to hear them. Whatever the […]

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Boppin’ With the Ancestors

Boppin’ With the Ancestors, ETA Creative Arts Foundation. Rob Penny, whose comedy Good Black recently won ETA Creative Arts Foundation’s “pick of the decade,” returns with a more complex play: two young gangbangers are challenged by the supernatural intervention of Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and an ancient African goddess. Penny’s themes–the […]

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Mad Shak Dance Company

To adapt a novel for dance, you have to distill and capture its essence–no easy task. Yet that’s what Mad Shak, a talented young company of six dancers and musicians, has attempted in the evening-length The Wanton Seed, based on the 1962 Anthony Burgess novel The Wanting Seed, set in a society of the near […]