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Grant Good: Peter Bad

Dear Reader, Peter Margasak, huh. He’s Wyman’s replacement, right? Yeah, “Post No Bills,” that’s really clever. Peter, was that your brainstorm or your editor’s? I guess it really doesn’t matter, unless of course your life is so lame that you actually rely on Critic’s Choices to give you something to do. But I do have […]

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True Books

All You Need is Love…and 99 Other Life Lessons From Classic Rock Songs, by Pete Fornatale and Bill Ayres (Fireside, $11). SYNOPSIS: The Eagles’ “Lyin’ Eyes” and 99 other popular tunes are plumbed for life lessons and deep emotional truths. Includes questions to guide self-analysis. Representative quote: “When you sense that someone has lying eyes […]

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Points for AYSO

To the editor: I am aware of letters, phone calls, and E-mails that friends important to me have been receiving since the Reader’s article about me and my soccer team was published [January 8]. I feel I must reply. I have learned that in life the good and bad go hand in hand. So it […]

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Waiting for Godot

WAITING FOR GODOT, Goodman Theatre. “Birth was the death of him”: terse to the point of cruelty, Samuel Beckett devours the human experience in six words. His minimalist masterpiece takes nearly three hours to achieve the same result, but Beckett succeeded in his lifelong task: to “find the form that will accommodate the mess” of […]

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A Kick in the Teeth

Dear Sir/Madame, As both a member of the girls’ traveling soccer team and as assistant commissioner of the AYSO region mentioned in your “Kick Start” article of January 8, I feel that I must respond to the innuendo that we regard AYSO as a negative experience for our children. Quite the contrary, we are very […]

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Caught in the Net

Captured at www.cybereditions. com/aldaily/bwc.htm Winners of the Fourth Bad Writing Contest (1998) The Bad Writing Contest celebrates the most stylistically lamentable passages found in scholarly books and articles published in the last few years. Entries must be non-ironic, from serious, published academic journals or books. Deliberate parody cannot be allowed in a field where unintended […]

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Young Playwrights Festival

YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL, Pegasus Players. For the first time in recent memory, the professionals outnumber the amateurs in this, the 13th annual Young Playwrights Festival. Noncommittal performances and perfunctory production values have been replaced by sophisticated acting and lively direction, making this two-hour-plus evening whiz by (as long as you don’t get bogged down trying […]

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The Junky of Lincoln Park

The Junky of Lincoln Park, Beatnik Theatre, at Live Bait Theater. There’s no place to go but up for the young folks toiling at the Apartment Discovery home finders service. Not only does their work require them to deal patiently with distasteful customers–a lonely matron who wastes her agent’s time socializing, a borderline psychopath banished […]

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City File

Dept. of Amazing Coincidences. Brian Rogal writes in the Chicago Reporter (December) that over the last three and a half years the Chicago Housing Authority has evicted more families from developments it planned to “revitalize” than from developments not slated for revitalization. Why the difference? Perhaps because evicted tenants need not be provided with replacement […]

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Puppet on a String

The phone is no friend to Curt Kirkwood. Too often the tidings it bears are foul. He calls them “incomings from Tempe.” They go like this: Your brother’s wife overdosed this morning; she’s dead. Your brother got busted again last night, and he told the cops he was you. Your brother showed up at my […]

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Cube

CUBE Composer, flutist, and CUBE cofounder Janice Misurell-Mitchell had a breakthrough in 1991 with After the History, a ten-minute solo for flute and voice that combines her radical politics and restless virtuosity. A provocative piece of agitprop inspired by the fall of the Berlin Wall, it updates the Schoenbergian speech-song to incorporate extended flute techniques […]