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Crossing Delancey

Crossing Delancey, Saint Sebastian Players, at Saint Bonaventure Church. The musty basement odor of a parish auditorium is well suited to the mothballed ethos of Susan Sandler’s play: lonely, bookish New Yorker Isabelle Grossman is trying to meet the right fella. Torn between her devotion to her loving, sensible grandma and her desire for independence, […]

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Long and Short of It

miller.qxd Kudos to Lee Sandlin for re-wcreating Nick Cherniavsky’s life with such vividness [July 17 and 24]. I stumbled upon the article by chance, failed to check how long it was, and emerged blinking half an hour later with characters floating around my head as real as relatives. I have only ever used the Reader […]

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Bailiwick Directors’ Festival

Bailiwick Directors’ Festival Bailiwick Repertory’s tenth annual showcase of directorial projects features one-acts ranging from established classical and contemporary selections to untested material. This year’s edition, in which several different plays are presented each evening, finds 18 directors chosen from “numerous applicants . . . identified only by their social security numbers, not names, so […]

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Missing the Target

credille.qxd To the editor: I was stunned to read the review (July 10) of Dan and Paul Dinello’s film Shock Asylum, shown at the Chicago Short Comedy Video and Film Festival. Depicting patients in a hospital being threatened with physical harm and being terrorized and tortured is cruel and dehumanizing. To set up an audience […]

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City File

Mayor Daley tells architects what’s what. “Sometimes, when I’ve been shown a housing design for the first time and I see a design that has no green space or looks out onto concrete, then I tell the builders and architects: ‘You live in it.’ They usually respond with: ‘Oh, I live in Highland Park.’ That’s […]

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Grant Lee Buffalo

GRANT LEE BUFFALO For many years this LA folk-rock trio was impenetrable as an iron triangle: guitarist Grant Lee Phillips spun cryptic tales out of America’s past and the murky corridors of the heart, then bounced them off eclectic percussionist Joey Peters and producer-bassist Paul Kimble. This setup helped the band preserve an endearingly peculiar […]

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Disney on Ice?

reese.qxd Dear editor: I have never read such self-important nonsense in the Reader until I read the review of Mulan in the July 17 issue. I am calling it a “review” simply because that is what it was titled; instead of a review of the movie, what I read was the most ridiculous buncombe I […]

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Cheese, Please

Have a Nice Decade: The ’70s Pop Culture Box (Rhino Records) By Tim Sheridan As I took one last longing look at the candy rack in the grocery checkout line, desperately plotting a last-ditch plea for a box of Everlasting Gobstoppers, I heard the clerk tell my mother, “Have a nice day.” That’s when I […]

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Murder in Green Meadows

MURDER IN GREEN MEADOWS, Circle Theatre. Douglas Post’s tight little drama begins like updated Updike: two flawed but attractive, prosperous suburban couples become romantically entwined. But then the play turns dark as adultery inspires murder. Post’s theme–evil in the burbs–is not that original. But his decision to show us the murderer’s side of things is […]

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The Straight Dope

Cecil, I’ve got a question for you that has me stumped. How are shrunken heads made? I’m sure they have to take the skull out, but how? And why do certain cultures shrink human heads anyway? -Headhunter Joe, via AOL Another wholesome topic. But if I don’t explain this stuff, who will? Headhunters can be […]

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Calendar/ Days of the Week

Friday 7/31 – Thursday 8/6 JULY By Cara Jepsen 31 FRIDAY It’s not just that the multiplexes fail to deliver decent film fare–they don’t deliver decent jobs, either, say the organizers of tonight’s picket of Cineplex Odeon, a division of Loews Cineplex. They claim the corporation used a TIF subsidy to train high school kids […]

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Liz Phair

LIZ PHAIR In an October 1994 Rolling Stone feature, shortly after the release of her second album, Whip-Smart (Matador/Atlantic), Liz Phair said, “The first album is for Your People; the second album is for the People; the third is for Everybody.” When it comes out, on August 11, we’ll see if Everybody likes Phair’s long-delayed […]

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Field & Street

A few months ago it seemed that gypsy moths were going to be the big bug story of this summer. This long-established pest of eastern forests is moving into northeastern Illinois in significant numbers. Traps baited with gypsy moth pheromones and placed all over Cook and Lake counties are attracting large numbers of interested males. […]