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Not Too Smart

gerber.qxd Dear Editors, One would think that smarty-pants Peter Margasak would know that Metallica are Bay Area metal stars, not “LA metal stars” as erroneously reported in his column [October 24]. Rock may be beneath your dignity, but at least get your facts straight. Andy Gerber Chicago Peter Margasak replies: Thanks for the correction.

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Voice of the Prairie

Voice of the prairie, Dolphinback Theatre Company, at Live Bait Theater. Lovers cruelly separated once had to rely on fate to be reunited, but the advent of wireless radio opened up new opportunities–or so David Quinn hopes, as he recounts his tales of the courageous blind girl he loved and lost while they were on […]

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Spot Check

FLYING LUTTENBACHERS 11/28, LOUNGE AX Too persistent to be a joke, too arrogant to be serious, Weasel Walter’s excessively excessive sonic-sabotage project just keeps picking up steam. At their best–which their new Gods of Chaos (Skin Graft) arguably is–the Luttenbachers sound like a high-speed tour-van wreck between Naked City and Fushitsusha while both bands just […]

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Inside Politics at the IVI-IPO

gohla.qxd Hurray for your recent story about the IVI-IPO! [“Fighting Over Scraps,” November 7.] I learned all about the true politics of that organization when I was campaign manager for 43rd Ward aldermanic candidate Jay Case during the last election. (Jay ran against Daley-appointed Charles Bernardini, who was, naturally, supported by the regular 43rd Ward […]

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We Demand a Recount!

mendels.qxd To the editor: I do not question Jeffrey Felshman’s good faith with respect to his Reader article on IVI-IPO [“Fighting Over Scraps,” November 7]. Some months ago he mentioned to me that he didn’t know whether he would ever finally get the article into shape, so difficult was it to sort out the facts […]

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Chick Willis

Chick Willis Georgia-born Chick Willis is known best for bawdy up-tempo numbers like “Stoop Down Baby,” “Mother Fuyer,” and “I Want a Big Fat Woman,” but lurking behind that R-rated mouth is a first-rate bluesman. Willis’s guitar style is sparse and somewhat elemental, but the intensity of his keening tone and the precision of his […]

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On TV: the CHA’s mute witness

In the opening minutes of Frederick Wiseman’s Public Housing a woman named Helen Finner argues on the phone with an official from the Chicago Housing Authority. “But it is an emergency,” Finner insists. “She’s a young girl with a baby and no place to stay.” The scene distills to a single conversation Finner’s two decades […]

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Bottle Rockets

BOTTLE ROCKETS Despite the unmistakable Merle Haggard twang in some of their best music, the Bottle Rockets’ name rarely came up during the overexcited predictions of an Americana boom earlier this year. But as the band’s brilliant third album, 24 Hours a Day (Atlantic), confirms, they’re the most vital practitioners of country-inflected rock working today. […]

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Snow

Snow, Next Theatre Company. After their car drives off an icy road during a blizzard and lands in a ditch, a bickering couple in their twilight years find themselves stranded. Unable to walk to safety or push their car free, they argue, reminisce, reconcile, and ultimately resign themselves to their fate–barring a miracle, they will […]

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Lifting

LIFTING, ETA Creative Arts Foundation. Playwright Frank F. Hightower fills this drama with the sort of strong, compelling characters who populate blues songs and August Wilson plays. Bitter sisters. Fallen angels. Good men scarred by hard lives. People with interesting stories and the desire to tell them. And for an act or so, this is […]

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Struggling to See

The Caucasian Chalk Circle Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company By Justin Hayford Only he who knows that the fate of man is man Can see his fellow man keenly with accuracy –Bertolt Brecht By all accounts, Bertolt Brecht was a contradictory cuss. Living in Hollywood in the 1940s he often presented himself as a penniless exile, yet […]