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Dylan Sucks

lawrence.qxd Dear Reader, In his review of Greil Marcus’s new book on The Basement Tapes [Rock, Etc., June 13], Mark Swartz seems a lot more interested in championing Bob Dylan’s later work (an issue barely tangential to Marcus’s book) than in actually addressing, or even understanding, the book itself. (His misreading of the mask idea […]

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Field & Street

We have picked three pies worth of cherries from our two backyard trees, and more are ripening every day. The birds and the squirrels are taking their share, but so far their depredations are nowhere near as bad as I had expected them to be. I had fantasies of sitting on the back porch with […]

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Guys Love Their Guns

muench.qxd Dear Reader: I was impressed by Steve Hunt’s letter “Constitutional Right” in the June 6 Reader. The Constitution gives us a right to bear arms. It doesn’t say what kind of arms. If we simply allow that this means any kind of arms at all, then that means that I have the right to […]

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True Blues

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Goodman Theatre By Albert Williams Those whom God wishes to destroy, he first makes mad. –ancient Roman saying A cocksure, hotheaded young man locks horns with a flamboyant, slightly older woman as their mutual friends watch in dismay. This is the premise of a brilliant drama rich in ribald humor and […]

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Fad Free

solon.qxd I was disturbed to read in Michael Miner’s column “Something’s Cooking at In These Times” [June 20] that the founder of Vegetarian Times, Paul Obis, is now a born-again carnivore. Clearly Mr. Obis never embraced any of the ethical reasons that drive many to opt for a vegetarian diet. However, Obis goes too far […]

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The Human Touch

Men in Black Rating *** A must see Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld Written by Ed Solomon With Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D’Onofrio, Rip Torn, Tony Shalhoub, and Mike Nussbaum. Contact Rating ** Worth seeing Directed by Robert Zemeckis Written by James V. Hart, Michael Goldenberg, Carl Sagan, and Ann Druyan With […]

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Barbara Manning

BARBARA MANNING Though it’s based on a simple pun, Barbara Manning’s 20-minute epic “The Arsonist Story,” which kicks off her new 1212 (Matador), is perhaps the strongest work yet from the San Francisco singer-songwriter. The theme–alienation–is one of Manning’s old favorites, but here she moves beyond introspection into storytelling, examining a youth gone wrong from […]

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Much Ado About Nothing

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Oak Park Festival Theatre. In addition to the usual pastoral impediments to outdoor theater–which last weekend included Rockets’ Red Glare and Bombs Bursting in Air–this Oak Park Festival production also has to deal with the fact that it’s the third of four productions of this play scheduled over a mere 18 […]

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Hearing Voices

Next Generation Project at the Dance Center of Columbia College, June 19-21 and 26-28 By Terry Brennan There are many seductive voices in our lives, including the candy-sweet voice of advertising. Even though we know the voice is lying, we’re drawn into the mountain scenery behind the cars: the open spaces appeal to city dwellers, […]

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Nightfall

NIGHTFALL This 1956 masterpiece by Jacques Tourneur, best known for the stylish horror films Cat People and Curse of the Demon, begins as Jim Vanning (Aldo Ray) meets Marie Gardiner (Anne Bancroft), who’s soon helping him evade the private investigator and two thugs chasing him. His explanation of why he can’t go to the police […]

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Bobby Hutcherson

BOBBY HUTCHERSON Last weekend vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson appeared in McCoy Tyner’s star-studded sextet at Ravinia, and listening to him caress “I Loves You Porgy”–which he and Tyner played in duet–provided just one more reason to eagerly anticipate his own booking this week. His instrument doesn’t invite artful exploration of a ballad’s tender mercies the way […]

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The Neighbors in: The Human Experiment

THE NEIGHBORS IN: THE HUMAN EXPERIMENT, the Neighbors, at the Chopin Theatre. There’s something dark and wonderful about the first fully scripted comedy revue by this improv troupe, a show that includes repeating bits about sadistic research scientists, libidinous alcoholic housewives, annoying elevator operators, even a hapless, well-meaning ex-con who keeps getting jacked around by […]

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No Exit

NO EXIT, Runamuck Theatre Company, at Live Bait Theater. In this version of Jean-Paul Sartre’s play, the couches occupied by hell’s most recent immigrants command more attention than their tenants–because the sofas in this Runamuck Theatre production are played by three actors in clown makeup whose silent shenanigans usurp most of the subtextual revelation and […]

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Mandy Barnett

MANDY BARNETT Even at the ripe old age of 21–seven years older than LeAnn Rimes–Mandy Barnett is easily one of Nashville’s most promising new singers. Following a two-year stint as the lead in the Ryman Theater production of Always…Patsy Cline, in 1996 Barnett released a stunning debut that drew a clear line from the beautifully […]