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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 […]

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Chick Corea & Gary Burton

CHICK COREA & GARY BURTON The impressionistic, even gauzy album that first paired vibraphonist Gary Burton with pianist Chick Corea, Crystal Silence, came to symbolize the “new cool” school of jazz in the early 70s; but just as important, it revealed a perfect creative partnership of the sort that rarely comes along in any medium. […]

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The Living Room and Show

The Living Room and Show, ImprovOlympic. The differences between ImprovOlympic partners Charna Halpern and Del Close are nowhere more apparent than in these two shows. Where Halpern is all warmth, smiles, and clear-headed competence, dispensing free drinks and pointed maternal wisdom, Close is the quintessential portrait of the artist as an old grouch, with a […]

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Freakwater

FREAKWATER Nick Tosches once called the postwar era “the beginning of the end of timelessness.” In this frantic new age of mass media, he wrote, art has a shelf life, and the next big thing becomes a moldy oldie faster than the leaves can turn. Yet over the last decade Freakwater, the country quartet fronted […]

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Theatre of Moscow Southwest

Theatre of Moscow Southwest Last seen here in 1996, Russia’s Theatre of Moscow Southwest returns this week to the University of Illinois at Chicago, whose theater department has a long-established exchange program with the foreign troupe. Known for producing visually striking, dramatically intense shows on a tight budget, the Muscovites specialize in Russian theater and […]

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The Glass Menagerie

THE GLASS MENAGERIE, Writers’ Theatre Chicago. A new take on this oft produced masterpiece is rare. But somehow director William Brown–working in the back of a Glencoe bookstore–has fashioned a version of The Glass Menagerie so heartfelt and fresh it moistened even this jaded critic’s eyes. Of course, in a play as poetic as this […]