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Straight to the Heart

German printmaker KŠthe Kollwitz (1867-1945) is often, if unfairly, regarded as a propagandist. Though she lived a middle-class life–a servant helped run her household, freeing her to work–she lived in the poorest district of Berlin, where her physician husband saw his patients. Even as a child she was fascinated by the “native rugged simplicity” of […]

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Late in theGame

Late in the Game By Michael Marsh Bob Goldberg is your typical high school coach. He calls practice, draws plays, presides over study hall, and frets about injuries. On a Saturday afternoon he’s pacing in the gymnasium of Josephinum High School, the Catholic girls’ school in Wicker Park where he coaches varsity basketball. With a […]

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City File

“It’s a sign of how terrified many are of the Daleys’ punitive exercise of their power that few will criticize the brothers for the record,” writes Doug Ireland in the Nation (February 3). “One prominent lawyer, a Democrat who is now out of politics, insisted on anonymity before confiding, ‘My client says Bill Daley told […]

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Zine-o-file

From the pages of .Blue Harvest. A Star Wars fanzine Episode Ten, Autumn 1996 (549 Hinman #H1, Evanston, IL 60202, $14 per year) THE STAR WARS/SIMPSONS CONNECTION By Mary Jo Fox Since 1990, audiences have followed the adventures of America’s favorite dysfunctional family, the Simpsons. Anyone who is as fanatical about the show as I […]

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Sun-Times, School Bully/ In My Tribe

By Michael Miner Sun-Times, School Bully Some journalism doesn’t pretend to be evenhanded. It’s written to indict. The most notable recent example in a Chicago paper was last week’s Sun-Times article that began under the page-one banner “School funds used to push terrorists’ release.” As indictments will, the Sun-Times put the worst face on everything. […]

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Deborah Coleman

Deborah Coleman Guitarist Deborah Coleman came to the blues through a circuitous route–she’s credited the Monkees as her initial musical inspiration, and her teenage years were spent in rock and pop bands. But in the late 80s she toured with a rhythm and blues aggregation that leaned heavily toward the latter, and, after discovering how […]

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Custer’s Last Men

Possibly others have written to note that Harold Henderson proved himself guilty of the same know-nothingness he ascribes to others in his December 27 article headlined “Don’t Know Much About History.” If not, allow me to do so. In that piece he sneers at the National Italian American News Bureau for writing that two Italian […]

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Days of the Week

Friday 2/14 – Thursday 2/20 FEBRUARY By Cara Jepsen 14 FRIDAY The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre Memorial has more to do with the relationship between the prohibition of yesteryear and today’s war on drugs than the tired old legend of Al Capone. The daylong conference includes such lectures as “Contemporary Prohibition,” “Law-Drug Policy and Constitutional […]

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Alvin Youngblood Hart/ Keb’ Mo’

Alvin Youngblood Hart/Keb’ Mo’ Anyone intrigued by the trend of young African-American bluesmen returning to the music’s acoustic roots will probably want to check out both of these shows, which occur within days of each other at House of Blues. Alvin Youngblood Hart, a dreadlocked urban sophisticate out of Oakland, California, was already an aficionado […]

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Play-by-Play Plagiarism

Michael Miner lets Jay Mariotti off the hook in “Copier Jam” [Hot Type, January 24]. The issue was plagiarism and whether Mariotti committed it by not attributing a quote in his column lifted from a wire-service story. Miner says plagiarism didn’t happen, calling it more like “Hamburger Helper–what readers have to chew on when too […]

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The Straight Dope

Diana would have become queen of England as a result of marrying Charles (assuming they had stayed married). So why, despite the fact that he is still married to Elizabeth, is Philip still a prince? –Rbowman1, via AOL There are queens and there are queens, you thilly. The kind of queen Diana would have been […]

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Hyper Tension

Balm in Gilead Conquest Productions and Impact Theatre at the Neo-Futurarium By Lawrence Bommer Balm in Gilead is over 30 years old, but Lanford Wilson’s experiment in applying cinematic jump cuts and cross talk to theater still delivers the goods. Like Elmer Rice’s Street Scene of 40 years earlier and Jonathan Larson’s Rent a quarter […]