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Dee Dee Bridgewater

DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER By the time Dee Dee Garrett left the University of Illinois in 1970, she had acquired a husband, the brainy trumpeter Cecil Bridgewater, and a new professional surname, which would remain after her divorce. But most important, she came away with a bright and versatile approach to singing jazz. It allowed her […]

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Regis Gizavo

REGIS GIZAVO The republic of Madagascar, like many former European colonies in Africa, is covered with footprints from around the world. It was first settled by Malaysians and Polynesians in the third century, but in the following years Arabs and Swahili-speaking Africans diversified the population; later still the Portuguese, British, and French came tramping through. […]

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra

CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA In 1945, when Pierre Boulez was fresh out of the Paris Conservatory, anti-German feeling was entrenched in France’s music establishment. Works by natives such as Gounod and Saint-Saens were favored; music by Webern, Berg, and other leading members of the Second Viennese School was banished for its decadence (ironically, the same complaint […]

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No Gringos!

elliott.qxd [Re: “Will Development Bury the Barrio?,” April 24] Most liberals believe that a citizen has the right to choose his neighborhood and the neighborhood has no right to exclude him. But apparently this concept is not attractive to the Reader. You seem to think that persons who are better off financially, or who are […]

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The Straight Dope

We’ve been having a heated discussion in the office, and we need to know how Spam luncheon meat is really made. Also, how come they never released a chicken or turkey version (i.e., Spurkey or Spicken)? Finally, what is Monty Python’s true relationship with Spam? –Steve Tolin, Sudbury, Ontario In the interest of thoroughness I […]

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Attila the Biker

haag.qxd T.C. O’Rourke’s philosophy on securing biking rights/equal access on our public streets [Letters, April 3] is akin to Tolstoy while Dave Glowacz [Letters, April 10] is closer to Ayn Rand. What did Glowacz’s parents read to him as a child, “The Adventures of Attila the Hun”? Glowacz leaves out a large chunk of potential […]

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Sugar Pie DeSanto

SUGAR PIE DESANTO Sugar Pie DeSanto first hit the national R & B charts in 1960 with “I Want to Know,” a single for Oakland’s Veltone label, but she’s best known for her later work on Checker, a Chess subsidiary. “Slip-In Mules,” her sassy reply to Tommy Tucker’s “Hi-Heel Sneakers,” lasted 14 weeks on the […]

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Days of the Week

Friday 5/1 – Thursday 5/7 MAY By Mike Sula 1 FRIDAY In 1984, while hiking in the Canadian Rockies, 20-year-old Troy Hurtubise was knocked to the ground by a 600-pound grizzly bear but faced down the beast with a pair of hunting knives. Two years later, inspired by the film Robocop, the scrap-metal dealer from […]

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Bad Ad

mikkel.qxd Dear editor, While Linda Lutton’s feature article on development in Pilsen [April 24] was very thorough and informative, there was one thing I found sadly ironic. In light of Chancellor David Broski’s narrow-minded “vision” of bringing a new form of urban blight to Pilsen in the form of Starbucks, what appeared a mere six […]

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Upright Citizens Brigade

Upright Citizens Brigade For five years the Upright Citizens Brigade performed in relative obscurity here, receiving little or no press for their inspired, cranky shows. True, they loved to lash out at authority–in one show, a member impersonating Tribune critic Richard Christiansen became embroiled in a shouting match with the performers. It wasn’t always easy […]

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Clarification

metalitz.qxd Dear Reader: The listing about our courses in your April 10 edition [Calendar] might give readers the wrong impression of Henry George and the ideas we teach. You said that George’s single tax would “amount to enough cash to wipe out poverty.” It doesn’t really matter how much revenue the tax generates. The key […]

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The Day Room

THE DAY ROOM, at the Irish American Heritage Center. In a perfect world all but the most brilliant plays would be filed in a drawer and forgotten. Certainly this is what J. Sean Callan should have done with The Day Room, a long, unfocused, relentlessly undramatic two-act about life in a Dublin nursing home that’s […]

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Bruce Eisenbeil Trio

BRUCE EISENBEIL TRIO Most guitarists playing free jazz and improvised music these days favor either relentless blammo or spare plinkety-plonk. Right now the phenomenal Boston guitarist Joe Morris (who recorded an album with the local DKV Trio for Okka Disk last week) navigates the space between these polarities better than anyone–but watch out for New […]

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Phallo-Power-Babble

letinsky.qxd Dear editor, Let us see if we have this right: Fred Camper’s problem with Cindy Sherman (Photography, April 24)–undisputedly one of the most influential American visual artists of the last 20 years, certainly the most influential female artist of this period–is that she wears expensive designer shirts and says she likes trashy movies like […]