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Escape From the Image Glut

John Sabraw at Thomas McCormick Works of Art, through February 27 Jefferson Little at Lyons Wier, through February 13 Craig McDaniel: More War Stories at Jan Cicero, through February 13 By Fred Camper Each new development in technology seems to remove us farther from the sensual world. Writing is less immediate than speaking, typing less […]

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Calendar Sidebar

Hundreds of photographs of Polish Jews–Orthodox and assimilated, rich and poor–are almost all that’s left of a once-thriving society. Most of the cherished images in the Polish Museum’s exhibit “And I Still See Their Faces: Images of Polish Jews” came from family photo albums; a few even survived the concentration camps with their owners. The […]

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UCC not UCC

There is an error in Mr. Ben Joravsky’s article “Day of the Condo” (Chicago Reader, 1/15/99, Section One, Neighborhood News). Mr. Mike Pavilon, who was quoted in the article, is indeed the president of the Uptown Chicago Commission (UCC). However, the UCC is not a local chamber of commerce as stated, and the article gives […]

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Less Wes

To the editors: Once again, Wesley Kimler rears his shaven head in complaint, and the Reader is more than willing to offer a soapbox [January 22]. The former is no big deal: we’ve heard it all before. It’s just too bad that your editors again have been taken in by what now must surely be […]

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Sarge/ Angie Heaton

SARGE/ANGIE HEATON These two acts come from the depressing downstate college town of Champaign, and it shows. I’m willing to cut Sarge leader Elizabeth Elmore some slack, since she’s still in her early 20s. There’s nothing naive about “A Torch,” a little ditty about a gang-rape victim’s revenge from the band’s recent The Glass Intact […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories A December Newhouse News Service dispatch reported that some young evangelical Christians have become fascinated with tattooing, in defiance of the book of Leviticus, which is usually cited as the basis for calling tattooing “a form of deviltry.” But others point out that the books of Exodus and Revelation describe holy symbols on […]

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Shattered Image

Shattered Image Raul Ruiz’s first mainstream release, which is getting its Chicago premiere at an art house rather than a multiplex, may not be one of his best–given his hundred or so shorts and features, there’s a lot of competition, and this is one of the rare Ruiz movies scripted by someone else. But it […]

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Old Wicked Songs

OLD WICKED SONGS, Apple Tree Theatre. One of the most reliable star-vehicle formulas pits a cantankerous elder (the star) against a young innocent (played by an up-and-comer) who ultimately thaws their relationship. Here Hill Street Blues regular Daniel J. Travanti plays a caustic, melancholy Austrian voice teacher who forges an unlikely friendship with a young […]

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Field & Street

Our globally warmed climate seems to be giving us winter in short bursts. Between the blizzards we have the sort of weather usually associated with late fall or early spring. This alteration of the seasons seems to be changing some well-established ecological patterns. Reports come in of short-eared owls apparently still flying south in January. […]

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The Cry of Jazz

The Cry of Jazz Ed Bland’s 35-minute essay, made in Chicago in 1959, argues that jazz is an essential expression of the African-American spirit. That idea may seem like a truism now, but this remains a fascinating and unique sociological document, not to mention one of the strangest films I’ve ever seen. It’s intensely serious […]

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Sheets

SHEETS, Bailiwick Repertory. David Gaard and M. Sanford Kaplan’s 45-minute “performance drama” is the type of incomprehensible, artsy twaddle that gives performance art a bad name. Sheets–which details the mounting tension during a world-renowned photographer’s final shoot–waffles incessantly between naturalistic confessional monologues and abrupt “dialogues” of non sequiturs. Furthermore, the script’s commentary seems hopelessly facile; […]