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Path of Destruction

karl.qxd I have just visited Chicago to gloat at my “illustrated” version of the city’s skyline on a billboard atop the Morton Salt building. After bouncing back and forth under the Kennedy to get the perfect camera angle, the photos taken, it was now time to enjoy your great city. After a full day of […]

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Chance Dance Fest

Chance Dance Fest Bob Eisen’s dances have texts but no subtexts. They’re filled with a sense of purpose, but their busy surfaces reveal no clear aim. His most recent piece looks like a classic farce, with its four performers narrowly avoiding collisions as they slam in and out of the Link’s Hall closets, march from […]

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Art Czars

masters.qxd One would expect more from a Chicago-based publication the likes of the New Art Examiner [Hot Type, July 10]. If we were some small city in the deep south, perhaps we could shrug our shoulders and accept our little town bias. But this is Chicago, right? What runs beneath the surface of this story […]

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City File

The testing con. Do increasing Chicago Public Schools test scores measure improved achievement? Maybe not, according to Linda Lenz, writing in Catalyst (June). “Last school year, some 15,000 students in four grades (3rd, 6th, 8th and 9th) were forced to repeat a grade because their test scores fell short of board-imposed minimums. As a result, […]

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Sullivan’s Travels

oetter.qxd I enjoyed Jordan Marsh’s piece on the Garrick Theater [July 17] almost as much as I am enjoying the demolition of the garage. But what happened to the Sullivan panel from the front? Did the ghost of Richard Nickel make off with it? Justin Oetter Chicago Jordan Marsh replies: The original panel from the […]

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The Straight Dope

My husband swears that when he took anthropology they talked about a race of blue people. How did I miss this? Don’t you dare say it was the Smurfs. –Lonijo, via AOL OK, it wasn’t the Smurfs. And my guess is you’re not going to buy the idea that it was the chronically depressed, fans […]

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Foul Call

orona.qxd Dear editor: It is “important for any fan–man or woman, age utterly aside–to recognize greatness in athletes both male and female.” But Ted Cock’s point (I tweak his name for reasons ornithological rather than sexual) bores home well before that platitudinous disclaimer: Watching women’s soccer was “more pleasant than men’s soccer in part because […]

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Days of the Week

Friday 7/24 – Thursday 7/30 JULY By Cara Jepsen 24 FRIDAY “What I walked away with is how important strong leadership is within a community and how important it is that the different factions learn to communicate,” says Louis Rosen, author of The South Side: The Racial Transformation of an American Neighborhood. As detailed in […]

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Capital Punishment

Econo-Manic Depression: A Crash Course About the Coming Crash MansLaughter Theatre at Stage Left Theatre Girl Gone Green Highway Theater at Stage Left Theatre By Justin Hayford At a time when American theater’s gaze has moved from the horizon to the navel, Peter Bernstein’s late-night one-man show, Econo-Manic Depression: A Crash Course About the Coming […]

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Susan Graham

SUSAN GRAHAM As one promising young singer after another parlays classical training into pop fame and fortune, it’s refreshing to see an up-and-comer like Susan Graham keeping her sights set on opera. Graham, one of the finest lyric mezzo-sopranos to emerge in the past two decades, belongs in the company of tenor Thomas Hampson, soprano […]

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John Scofield

JOHN SCOFIELD He’s still no creative daredevil, but you gotta hand it to John Scofield. It would have been easy for him to maintain his stature as the guitar geek’s jazz guitarist, churning out one funk-fusion album after another as he did throughout the 80s. Instead, this decade he’s made an effort to shake things […]

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Somewhere in Europe: A History of Hungarian Cinema

Somewhere in Europe: A History of Hungarian Cinema This retrospective of Hungarian cinema, produced by Facets Multimedia Center, Magyar Filmunio, the Magyar Filminterzet, and the Hungarian Film Laboratories, runs Friday, July 24, through Thursday, August 6. Screenings will be at Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton; all screenings in 35-millimeter unless otherwise noted. Tickets are […]

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Don Walser

DON WALSER Most country neotraditionalists are romantics trying to re-create a phenomenon they’re too young to have lived through–they’ve experienced the glory days of the 50s and early 60s only through revered recordings. But Austin’s Don Walser heard the hits of Carl Smith, Faron Young, Johnny Horton, and Hank Williams when they were still in […]