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Half the Story

hettel.qxd Nick Green’s misapprehension of the controversial Warhawks and Lindberghs [Section Two, May 15] begins with his neglect to read the play’s title. WarHawks and Lindberghs deals with Anne Morrow Lindbergh as much as it does with her husband. Mr. Green’s sexist suppression of the crucial female role in the story is typical of the […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories While cigarette ads a la Joe Camel lose favor in the U.S., ad campaigns in other countries are stepping up their use of potentially sensitive images, according to an April San Francisco Examiner report. A Marlboro ad in Cambodia features girls around eight years old; in Poland the backdrop of a Camel ad […]

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What a Farce

lueders.qxd To Dave Kehr: Kudos for blowing the lid off the farce that is Caddyshack (Reader, April 17, Section Two)! For years, I have been trying to pinpoint everything that has been wrong with this thinly veiled attempt at social commentary in the early 1980s, yet in one fell swoop, you solved the riddle. Harold […]

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Gebhard Ullmann’s Ta Lam Zehn

GEBHARD ULLMANN’S TA LAM ZEHN The all-reed format has pretty well lost its novelty value–over the last couple of decades sax quartet after sax quartet has made insightful investigations of pure timbre, harmony, and counterpoint. Still, there’s something intriguing–freakish, even–about Gebhard Ullmann’s Ta Lam Zehn, a tentet with nine reed players and a lone accordionist. […]

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What a Fool Believes

Penn & Teller at the Shubert Theatre, through June 14 By Carol Burbank Penn and Teller are the medicine-show con men of our time, their snake-oil trickery modified for the stage, big screen, and TV. Like their frontier counterparts, they feed on Americans’ need to believe we know it all while satisfying our inexhaustible craving […]

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Claude Williams

CLAUDE WILLIAMS In his prime–that is, back in his halcyon days as a septuagenarian– you could hardly find a more delightful, slyly rambunctious jazz presence than Claude “Fiddler” Williams. You could hardly find any recordings by him, either, which left audiences largely unprepared for his impish high spirits, but that’s changed with the release of […]

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Reader to Reader

We were awakened in the middle of the night by somebody yelling obscenities on the street below our bedroom window. “I can’t fucking believe it! That fucking bitch did it! She really did it!” A young guy was gesticulating wildly to a couple of his friends to come look at his car–all four tires had […]

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Spilt Milk

wright.qxd [Re: “There Goes Their Neighborhood,” May 29] It took 30 years for black and poor people in the CHA (and other projects) to realize they are dispensable? You described the CHA as “their homes.” “They” don’t own anything. They didn’t buy anything. Home owners are people who buy property and land and pay property […]

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Hidden Depths

Alien Hand, or Let the Right Be a Vision of the Left Trap Door Theatre By Albert Williams One of the biggest hits of the 1940-’41 Broadway season, the musical Lady in the Dark, was also an artistic landmark. This singular collaboration by three major talents–playwright-director Moss Hart, composer Kurt Weill, and lyricist Ira Gershwin […]

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Savage Love

Hey, Everybody: Last week, at Been There’s request, we heard from women on the subjects of (1) men coming on women’s faces, and (2) which tastes better, come or pussy juice? This week, at my request, we’re hearing from men regarding coming on women’s faces. For some reason, the letters women sent me on this […]

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Jumping Off the Train

Jumping off the Train is Prohibited: And Other Stories, Open Eye Productions and the Tightrope Collective, at Stage Left Theatre. An episodic show conceived by young players following the usual improv-comedy demographics that purports to “communicate…the ways in which the living, breathing city affects us” would normally be an invitation to the shrill delivery of […]

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Sports Section

Here’s why the Bulls are the greatest basketball team of all time–the element overlooked by all those experts who are forever pointing out matchup problems they’d have had with the mid-80s Boston Celtics or Los Angeles Lakers, or with the early 70s Lakers or the 60s Celtics. The Bulls find a way to take opponents […]