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Saint Clara

Saint Clara In an unnamed industrial city in Israel, Eddie (Halil Elohev) and Rosy (Johnny Peterson), junior high vandals who’ve been friends since they were little boys, realize they’re in competition for the affections of Clara (Lucy Dubinchik), a classmate with precognitive ability who’s the pawn in a scam they’ve instigated to ace quizzes (1996). […]

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Tesserless ‘BEZ

Dear Editor: Contrary to reader Michael Riordan’s rancorous sentiments [Letters, April 25], WBEZ needs Neil Tesser. Tesser used to advertise WBEZ’s “full spectrum of jazz.” Now that he’s gone, one end of the spectrum is missing. Tesser is the one that played some of the more adventurous pieces of modern improvised music, stuff that you […]

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Experimental Tokyo

EXPERIMENTAL TOKYO The culture of technology in Japan has produced a deeply subversive counterculture that expresses itself best in sound. Pushing gadgetry to the hilt, a well-established underground of sonic extremists is hard at work recording electroacoustic music–taking turntable manipulation beyond its beat-bound hip-hop phase, discovering unplanned ways to use computer programs, and generally mixing […]

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Hannibal

CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA WITH HANNIBAL An orchestral work as culturally diverse as the story it tells, Hannibal’s African Portraits starts and ends with the sweet, lonely sound of the kora, the 21-string gourd harp from Africa’s west coast, played by the griot Alhaji Bunka Susso. In between, Hannibal–the jazz trumpeter known as Hannibal Marvin Peterson […]

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Particle Omissions

Dear Editor: Harold Henderson (April 18) attempts to split hairs with an axe when he says, “While environmentalists exaggerate, the business and antiregulation lobbyists lie,” citing as an example the use of a quotation from a letter sent by EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) saying that the EPA had failed to “provide a […]

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TV Guidance

TV Guidance By Susan DeGrane The eerie glow of a television flickers across the faces of two young women, a man with shoulder-length hair, and a clown wearing a bright yellow wig and a big red nose. Except for being a bit bunched up on the couch, the four seem to be enjoying a normal […]

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Dreams for the Field

Will Field Museum president John W. McCarter use his business sense to make science fun–and profitable? Dreams for the Field The future may have arrived at the Field Museum. Late last year its board of directors surprised some in the clubby museum world by choosing a new leader outside the traditional avenues of academia and […]

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Talking to Me

Dear Sir or Madam: I have to admit that Jack Helbig’s assessment of Dave Awl’s show Talking to Myself [April 25] as an autobiography is correct…but it’s my autobiography. Contrary to what Helbig thinks, Dave’s show was not self-servingly obsessive. If it was, he could not have so exquisitely exposed the common truths about our […]

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White-Knuckle Ride

A Streetcar Named Desire Steppenwolf Theatre Company By Albert Williams “That’s a dial phone, honey,” says Stella Kowalski as her older sister, Blanche DuBois, frantically punches the telephone cradle to get an operator’s assistance in sending a telegram. Blanche’s discomfiture–the confusion of a small-town girl trying to cope with a big-city phone system in 1947 […]

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Poop in the Park

Dear Sirs/Ma’ams: I was greatly amused by your Neighborhood News article of April 25 concerning Ms. Chamberlain’s worries about the constitutional rights of her four-legged children. As I read further into the article, I began to question the nature of a person who, family practitioner or not, would let her dogs poo and pee in […]

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Windy City International Documentary Festival/Silver Images Film Festival

Windy City International Documentary Festival Presented by Columbia College’s Documentary Center and the International Documentary Association, the 1997 Windy City International Documentary Festival concludes on Saturday and Sunday, May 10 and 11, at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. All screenings are free. For further information, call 312-663-1600, ext. 5773. SATURDAY, MAY 10 Jean […]

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For the Love of Noise

Various Reissues (Dexter’s Cigar) Los Angeles Free Music Society The Lowest Form of Music (RRRecords) By John Corbett Everything old will be new again, or so the story goes. A depression in record sales in 1996–300,000 fewer units sold than in 1995, according to SoundScan, and thus ten years of unimpeded industry growth brought to […]

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Undercover Ethics

Dear Editor: Michael Miner seems to have gotten a promotion from media critic to professional psychic, since he is confident (Letters, April 11) that I am more worried than I appear about a libel suit over Chicago Ink’s article by Chris Geovanis. But leaving aside Miner’s misunderstanding of libel law (exactly how can telling the […]