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A Place Called Chiapas

An intelligent and informative feature-length documentary by Canadian filmmaker Nettie Wild about the Zapatista movement and uprising in southern Mexico, concentrating on events that occurred between 1994 and 1997. The film focuses mainly (and cogently) on the struggles of the Zapatista National Liberation Army in Mexico and in cyberspace, but it also allows the government-allied, […]

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LSC’s Locked-Door Policy

To the editor: The dispute over the South Loop School described in Neighborhood News, “Sign of Trouble” (May 7), does indeed go much deeper than a simple fight over a sign. To find the true epicenter, you need look no further than the local school council. As a new resident of Dearborn Park, I decided […]

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Feet of Clay

Vasily Shulzhenko at Maya Polsky, through June 1 Gaela Erwin at Lyons Weir, through May 29 Joseph Piccillo at Perimeter, through May 28 Peter Kitchell at Mary Bell, through May 29 By Fred Camper Moscow painter Vasily Shulzhenko makes ambivalent references to a heroic past in his exhibit at Maya Polsky. The Atlantes shows two […]

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True Books

Help Your Child to Perfect Eyesight Without Glasses, by Janet Goodrich (Celestial Arts, $17.95). Synopsis: Eyeglasses are “optical crutches” foisted upon clear-eyed children by the global optometry industry, unnecessarily, since perfect sight can be maintained by proper parental attention. Representative quote: “The dimming of once bright, sharp eyes is a signal to interact with your […]

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Be True To the School

Dear Reader: Patrick Z. McGavin’s piece “Film Threat” in the April 30 issue inadvertently gave the impression that the Film Center’s move in the fall of 2000 will involve severing ties with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Just to clarify, the Film Center is a public program of the School of the […]

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The Wake of Jamey Foster

The Wake of Jamey Foster, Footsteps Theatre Company, at the Factory Theater. When the corpse comes off as the luckiest one at the funeral, we know the survivors are grieving more than the loss of their kin. And when the playwright is Beth Henley, we know we can expect some ambivalent attitudes toward the deceased […]

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West Side Stories

Vince was scheduled to have a furlough in March 1943. So I called up the chancery office one day and asked if we could be married at mass during Lent. It used to be you couldn’t be married during Lent. The priest said, “Would you say that again?” So I said it again, and he […]

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Clique…Clique…Bang!

The 10th or 11th time DanCBS/PeterABC/TomNBC told me the massacre in Littleton, Colorado, was especially horrific because it happened in a high school, “somewhere children feel safe,” I started screaming at the television. What high school were they talking about? I went to three, and in none of them did I for a moment feel […]

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The Antiquated Art of Face Slapping

Excerpted from: The Antiquated Art of Face Slapping Is it an art–or is it assault? You decide. If you love vintage movies, you’ve probably seen a scene like this: Our glamorous leading lady enters the parlor to find her sullen suitor throwing back hi-balls. An argument ensues. He mutters something nasty under his breath. Her […]

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Thurston Moore & Mats Gustafsson

THURSTON MOORE & MATS GUSTAFSSON When he’s not playing dissonant rock with his main gig of the past two decades, Sonic Youth, Thurston Moore is usually playing mad scientist with one of a wide array of coconspirators–from pseudophilosophical windbag DJ Spooky to radical free-jazz drummer Milford Graves to the chameleonic Jim O’Rourke. His experiments have […]

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After Italy

AFTER ITALY, at the Playground. In his first solo performance in Chicago–and his first performance since returning to the States after living in Italy–improviser George Savino is charming as himself. He leads us through the story of his three years overseas, a sojourn he began at the age of 40, telling us about some of […]