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Petty Crime

January 28, 5:30 AM, 5200 block of West Diversey. Burglary. Police officers spotted two men prying open garage door. Men saw police, dropped crowbar and screwdrivers, and pretended to urinate. Men were arrested. January 30, 4 PM, 700 block of North Michigan. Theft. Man walked into Banana Republic wearing only underwear, shoes, and socks. He […]

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On Exhibit: black history writ small

In the summer of 1975, Cassandra Fay Smith noticed something strange: virtually all the actors at the colonial museum in Williamsburg, Virginia, were white. Smith, then a PhD candidate in American history, had already found a historical document stating that in the 18th century half of the town’s population was black. “There was this accurate […]

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Michael Rabinowitz

MICHAEL RABINOWITZ You can count on one hand the number of bassoon players to make a name in jazz, and no wonder. Not only does the bassoon, like the oboe, require a fragile, balky double reed, but it was designed by a masochist who assigned no fewer than 14 keys to the thumbs–which on any […]

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Sweet Outrage

Scotch Tape Rating *** A must see Directed by Jack Smith With Jerry Sims, Ken Jacobs, and Reese Haire. Flaming Creatures Rating **** Masterpiece Directed by Jack Smith With Francis Francine, Sheila Bick, Joel Markman, Judith Malina, Dolores Flores, Marian Zazeela, and Smith. By Jonathan Rosenbaum You’d never imagine this from the mainstream press, but […]

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Rhino in Winter

Offered as an adjunct to the annual summer Rhinoceros Theater Festival, this showcase of fringe entertainment features mostly new work by the Curious Theatre Branch, Theater for the Age of Gold, and other ensembles and individuals. “The fest is all about risk taking, form bending, and brain stoking. By definition it will produce disasters as […]