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Ignoring Assyrian Integrity

In your October 18 issue, I was extremely disappointed by the contents of Grant Pick’s article titled “Fanning the Flames.” Displaying the mug shots of the two gang members on the front page as if they committed the crime of the century. The article was a class act of sensational journalism. The final analysis of […]

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City File

“Ever since Senator Paul Simon told me he gets more PAC contributions than other pols because he’s ‘good at it,’” reflects Fletcher Farrar in Illinois Times (September 19-25), “I’ve wanted to know more about how politicians go about selling themselves.” How the MDs did in the midwives in Chicago. Writing in the Bulletin of the […]

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Cyberqueer, Bailiwick Repertory. Playwrights and theatergoers seem fascinated by proxy love, like the answering-service romance in Bells Are Ringing. And in the gay community the fear of AIDS has spawned various kinds of high-tech safe-sex love: Robert Chesley’s Jerker exposed the anonymous underworld of phone sex, and now Cyberqueer–LA playwright Tom Jacobson’s tribute to the […]

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Lisitsa and Kuznetsoff

The piano duo may be a minor chamber form, but many composers, including Bach and Couperin, have written serious pieces for it. Modern composers such as Stravinsky, Bartok, Poulenc, and Milhaud also have made substantial contributions, exploring the percussive sonorities of concert grands played in tandem. Two of the form’s brightest advocates are Ukrainians Alexei […]

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Petty Crime

SEPTEMBER 16, 5:20 PM, 5000 BLOCK OF NORTH MARINE. Criminal damage to property. Police found man spattered with blood wandering lakefront and carrying a plastic bag containing four decapitated pigeons. Man said he’d killed pigeons with a homemade slingshot with the intention of eating them. OCTOBER 10, 11:40 AM, 100 BLOCK OF WEST GERMANIA. Theft. […]

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Red Dragon

Red Dragon, Defiant Theatre, at the Firehouse. Once again Defiant has put much talent into a venture with little moral or cultural value, just as it did in its unsettling 1995 adaptation of Steven King’s Nazi creepshow Apt Pupil. Red Dragon–adapted from Thomas Harris’s detective horror story, which spawned Michael Mann’s mediocre film Manhunter and […]

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Horror Show

Cyclo Rating **** Masterpiece Directed and written by Tran Anh Hung With Le Van Loc, Tony Leung-Chiu Wai, Tran Nu Yen Khe, Nguyen Nhu Quynh, Nguyen Hoang Phuc, and Ngo Vu Quang Hai. Tran Anh Hung’s first feature, The Scent of Green Papaya, redefined what we mean by “inside” and “outside,” architecturally as well as […]

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A gripping, stylish, unpredictable, and provocative 1995 thriller from Spain by Mariano Barroso, who will be present to introduce and discuss the film. An ambitious petty criminal (Javier Bardem) infiltrates the theater world of Madrid by persuading a celebrated film director that he’s his illegitimate and long-abandoned son, meanwhile planning with his two roommates to […]

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The Straight Dope

WE’RE DOOMED Mindful of our discussion earlier this year about the importance of washing one’s hands after going to the bathroom (January 12, February 2) and recalling my comment that urine itself, being fairly sterile, is not the problem, a reader sent me a clipping from the March/April 1996 Yoga Journal. Here’s the headline: “Drink […]