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Cheri Knight

CHERI KNIGHT On her 1996 debut album, The Knitter (ESD), former Blood Oranges bassist Cheri Knight established herself as a folk-rock force to be reckoned with–but even that didn’t prepare me for her recent follow-up, The Northeast Kingdom (E-Squared). Knight still sings in an unaffected warble that would make Linda Thompson proud, but this time […]

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Warrior Queens

WARRIOR QUEENS, Footsteps Theatre Company. In a program note, director Sandy Borglum says that one of the goals of Warrior Queens is for us “to meet some forgotten, kick-ass women.” One assumes she’s playing fast and loose with her phraseology: at least three of the women featured in this historical collage–Margaret Thatcher, Catherine the Great, […]

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The Barbara Walters Interviews

THE BARBARA WALTERS INTERVIEWS, Factory Theater. Jenny Kirkland’s one-act starts with a clever idea but ends up a histrionic bore. A wacky love story about two ordinary misfits with goofy fantasies, the play revolves around a shy girl who likes to pretend she’s a shallow superstar being interviewed by Barbara Walters. Surrounding her are several […]

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Pricey Weasels

baumann.qxd To the Editor: Ben Joravsky got the gist of what I said right, but he severely misquoted me (“Nursing Grudges,” Neighborhood News, February 13). I believe that what I said is that “Nurses–as a group–we’re all a bunch of codependent enablers, and trying to organize nurses is like trying to herd cats. Instead of […]

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City File

As others see us; or, the sad decline of the fact checker. In the February 16 New Yorker John Lahr describes the Goodman Theatre as being “appropriately situated between [Chicago’s] stockyards and its Miracle Mile.” The higher bribery. “By undertaking a public works program that won the support of–and lined the pockets of–banks, developers and […]

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Shallow Roots

Buju Banton Inna Heights (VP Records/Germain Music) By Joshua Green It’s not too tough these days for a fallen star to clamber back into the public’s good graces. Marv Albert hit the talk show circuit before the ink was dry on his plea bargain; a newly penitent Mike Tyson landed a gig with the World […]

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Skunky Tactics

dillman.qxd Dear Editor: Regarding Michael Miner’s Hot Type story on the continuing problems of WBEZ [February 20], a few thoughts: I have an old and proprietary interest in WBEZ. I worked there (my first job out of college) back in the educational radio days and was very pleased when the station changed direction to public […]

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The Straight Dope

It took Columbus two months in three leaky ships to reach the Americas and open up a new chapter in exploration. The Russians were less than 20 miles from Alaska (two miles if you count a few islands) and never managed to “discover” America before 1492. Why not? –Chris B., Springfield, Oregon Because they, uh, […]

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Love Stack

Harry Caray’s death inspired fans to place in front of Wrigley Field: ¥ A beer keg, martini glasses, beer mugs, and dozens of empty and half-empty Budweiser and Lite beer bottles, tall boys, and 40 ouncers ¥ A candle burning inside a Bud can ¥ Countless three-for-$10 bouquets, among them a wilted wedding bouquet and […]

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Yuppie Rats

whiteis.qxd To the editor– I lived in Chicago for 13 years, and your article on Lakeview’s resistance to a women’s shelter in the community [Neighborhood News, February 20] illustrates all too well what’s happened to the city over the last decade or so. As one of the neighborhood “activists” puts it, this isn’t just about […]

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Days of the Week

Friday 3/6 – Thursday 3/12 MARCH By Cara Jepsen 6 FRIDAY Corporate globalization exports jobs, bankrupts governments, undermines democracy, and destroys the environment. That’s the mantra of Kevin Danaher, who edited the provocatively titled essay collection Corporations Are Gonna Get Your Mama: Global Capitalism and the Downsizing of the American Dream. Danaher, who’s worked on […]