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Funeral for a Friend

Photographer Steven D. Arazmus, a Reader contributor for more than 11 years, passed away last weekend. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 17, at Salerno’s Rosedale Chapel, 450 W. Lake Street in Roselle. Visitation hours are 6 to 9 PM. The eulogy is at 7:30. For directions, call 630-582-5230.

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How Will His Garden Grow?

Dear Reader, Your article of May 21, “Plowed Under,” concerns my neighbor Gregory Iglesias and his eccentric garden. Gregory has been my neighbor for many years. He’s a wonderful person and has always been a delight to know. Year by year, as my children grew, we looked forward to each exotic change in Gregory’s garden. […]

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Jubilant Sykes

JUBILANT SYKES Jubilant Sykes isn’t a large man, but he can rattle the rafters of a cavernous concert hall–his limpid, exuberant high baritone is unspoiled by the artifice or timidity that bedevils so many other classically trained vocalists when they stray from opera. Sykes thrives in traditionally African-American genres: he played Jake in the Met’s […]

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Same Old Story

Same Old Story [Re: “History of Abuse,” May 21] I really was disappointed to read the sad story of the anonymous man who as an anonymous boy was molested by an anonymous priest (now dead). I really have to ask, what’s the point of this? If this were a new and unique story it would […]

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That Darned Anti-Christ

THAT DARNED ANTI-CHRIST, Annoyance Theatre. The best Annoyance shows twist together two contradictory attitudes about life: (1) that life is awful, people are perverse, and nothing turns out right, and (2) that life isn’t that bad, people are pretty good, and even if nothing turns out right you might as well smile and hope for […]

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Busker Busters

Dear Reader: Ted Allen’s letter in the May 21 Reader critiquing Neal Pollack’s May 14 article on busker busting totally missed the point. The letter is about the alleged agony of listening to a lousy busker in the few moments spent waiting for a train. The article is about a guy who was found innocent […]

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Shock Treatment

Cabaret Shubert Theatre Winter Victory Gardens Theater By Albert Williams Remember “Springtime for Hitler,” the pro-Nazi production number in Mel Brooks’s movie The Producers? Remember the stunned silence with which the audience responded to it, mouths agape in disbelief? There was a similar silence, prolonged and deadly still, at the curtain call of Cabaret at […]

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The War Boys

THE WAR BOYS, East Window Theatre Company. Naomi Wallace’s first play is set on three borders–the border between Mexico and the U.S., the border between adolescence and manhood, and the border between fantasy and reality. It is a violent and often beautifully written story about three young Texan men who have hired themselves out to […]

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Wings and a Prayer

By Carl Kozlowski Wendell Hansen proclaims, “I’m just like Billy Graham, traveling around preaching the gospel and welcoming people up to receive Christ at altar calls.” But Billy Graham doesn’t spread the good word with 27 different kinds of trained birds, from cockatoos to canaries, which do everything from ride bicycles to shoot baskets to […]