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Hamburger Helper

lotesto.qxd Dear editor, After reading Michael Miner’s Hot Type column of June 20, “Something’s Cooking at In These Times,” I found myself hoping that the “friend” who swindled Paul Obis out of $625,000 is a vegetarian. At the time of Royko’s Ribfest, I wondered who would be so foolish as to fight to put a […]

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Black Angel

BLACK ANGEL, LeTraunik Productions, at Profiles Theatre. A few years ago Steven Spielberg spent more than three hours depicting Nazis as conscienceless beasts, and Americans lined up to cheer this facile and dangerous lie. In our age of intolerance, Schindler’s List let America off the hook, making Nazis so unlike “us” that they may as […]

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Spot Check

BIS 7/25, METRO On its second album, The New Transistor Heroes, the Scottish trio purveys a loud, high-energy new wave pop that at its best sounds like a cross between Sleater-Kinney and the Human League. But the capper is the cover, which portrays the trio as round-eyed Japanese cartoon characters, making them British kids paying […]

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Developing Democracy

michaels.qxd To the Editors: Cate Plys’s feature on our aldermen [“Council Whores,” July 18] was amusing and frustrating. I’m sending it to friends in Africa who work for the government of Malawi. We remind ourselves that in a democracy we don’t get good government but representational government. It’s unfortunate, with the shenanigans going on, Larry […]

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True Books

The Redneck Manifesto–America’s Scapegoats: How We Got That Way and Why We’re Not Going to Take it Anymore, by Jim Goad (Simon & Schuster, $22). Synopsis: White people get a bad shake in life. Particularly poor, rural white people, who are insulted with impunity while others (hello blacks!) get a free ride. “Racist” is a […]

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Dead Men Don’t Kill

rubins.qxd To the Editor, Mike Muench’s letter about men and guns [July 11] would have been more interesting if he had noted that the recently elected head of the National Rifle Association happens to be a woman. Moreover, she claims that women are the fastest-growing segment of the gun-owning populace, as well as creating a […]

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The bucks start here

Which zip codes yield the most federal campaign contributions? Of those that produced more than $300,000 during the 1995-’96 federal election cycle, 23 were in Illinois, all but one in the Chicago area. (You didn’t ask, but no place in Illinois can compare with 90210, which yielded $3.6 million.) In order below are the Illinois […]

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The Water Engine

THE WATER ENGINE, Saint Sebastian Players. This show delivers more than I would expect from church-basement theater–and especially when the piece is David Mamet’s 1977 radio play The Water Engine, one of his least satisfying efforts. The story is engrossing, however: set in 1934, during the Century of Progress World’s Fair in Chicago, it focuses […]

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Who’s The Critic?

shaw.qxd Dear Chi-Reader, I just finished reading (on the Internet) Lisa Alspector’s bit of heavy-handed male-bashing in the thinly veiled guise of a film review (The Fifth Element), and all the way from Hong Kong felt that a reply was fully in demand. Not wanting to burst any B-cup bubbles, the crux of a film […]

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Bailiwick Directors’ Festival

Bailiwick Repertory’s annual showcase of generally unknown pro, semipro, and student directors features one-acts ranging from established classical and contemporary selections to untested material. There’s a lot more of the latter than the former in this year’s fest, which promises greater selectivity than in the past; coordinator Jonathan Pitts notes that the 18 plays being […]

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Flyin’ West

Flyin’ West The Edgewater-based Onyx Theatre Ensemble, one of the most impressive new companies to emerge in the last couple of years, has earned a reputation for well-crafted, interesting productions on African-American themes, including its much-lauded East Texas Hot Links and documentary-style examination of the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings, Unquestioned Integrity. Next week, as part […]

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The Make-Up

The Make-Up July 15, Fireside Bowl By Daniel Sinker “I know you’ve seen it all before, but tonight we’re gonna breathe some life back into that old corpse,” Ian Svenonious promises the flock gathered at the Fireside Bowl on an exceptionally warm Tuesday night to hear his band, the Make-Up, preach their Gospel Yeh-Yeh. He […]

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Christoph Eschenbach

CHRISTOPH ESCHENBACH The 19th century had its Liszts and Mendelssohns, but of the notable conductors of this century, almost none has dared to pursue a parallel career as a soloist. Toscanini, FurtwŠngler, and Bruno Walter confined their time and energy entirely to the podium; while Szell, Bernstein, and Solti were ace pianists, they performed infrequently […]