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Finding Their Place

Lee Friedlander at Carol Ehlers, through November 14 Young Chung at Bona Fide, through November 14 The TL-Cam rcc.interspeed.net/webcam/ camera.html By Fred Camper Lee Friedlander, one of my two or three favorite living photographers, has it all: formal beauty, social criticism, humor, dense compositions that reward multiple viewings, and self-referentiality. Representing a branch of modernism […]

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Mad Shak Dance Company

Almost two years ago choreographer Molly Shanahan and composer Kevin O’Donnell premiered The Wanton Seed, an evening-length work based on Anthony Burgess’s 1962 novel The Wanting Seed, at Northwestern University’s tiny Marjorie Ward Marshall theater. Now they’re performing the piece in the Dance Center’s cavernous black box, which actually has wings and an elaborate lighting […]

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Addison Overcrowding

devise.qxd Jordan Marsh’s cover story “Targeted for Removal?” (October 23) rightly ponders the reasons behind the settlement, and nontrial, of the Addison lawsuit, characterized by Marsh as the “largest and most contentious housing-discrimination case in recent history.” But Marsh wrongly implies a conspiracy of silence between the Department of Justice and the Addison defendants. A […]

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Radio Tarifa

RADIO TARIFA The Romany peoples (aka Gypsies) are thought to have followed one of two routes in their trek from India to Europe aeons ago: the more widely accepted path traverses Asia Minor or Russia, but the other spans the eight miles of water between Morocco and Spain–a journey that would’ve taken the Romany across […]

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Metamorphoses

METAMORPHOSES, Lookingglass Theatre Company, at the Ivanhoe Theater. Based on a verse epic by the Roman poet Ovid (banished by the emperor Augustus for his morally offensive writings), director Mary Zimmerman’s new one-act is a whimsical, sometimes touching study of human desire. Interlocking tales framed by the legend of King Midas–whose golden touch turned his […]

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Evil Spirits

dobber.qxd [Re: “The New Prohibition,” October 2] Dear editor, Since bars and other liquor licensees make up a substantial amount of your advertising, I gather you cannot be fair to the problems caused by your advertisers, since they are your primary monetary bases. Although you mention good licensees helping with bad licensees, you never explain […]

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Loser Friendly

Ramblers Furious Theatre and Achin’ to Be Productions at TinFish Theatre Floaters Great Beast Theater at the Heartland Studio Theater By Nick Green What’s depressing about the horde of shows aimed at twentysomethings every year in Chicago is that they all cling to the belief that there’s actually something fresh and original about 90s-style disenfranchisement […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories In October Reverend John Wayne “Punkin” Brown Jr., 34, died of a rattlesnake bite while ministering at the Rock House Holiness Church near Scottsboro, Alabama. Brown was called “the mad monk” in Dennis Covington’s book on snake-handling preachers in the south, Salvation on Sand Mountain. Brown’s wife, Melinda, died the same way three […]

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Savage Love

Hey, Faggot: I’m a straight girl who wants to know more about male orgasms. I recently started dating a guy who doesn’t always come, and when he does it takes all night. We masturbate each other. I come, he doesn’t. We have oral sex. I come, he doesn’t. We have vaginal intercourse. I come, he […]

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Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown

CLARENCE “GATEMOUTH” BROWN “Don’t call me a blues player,” Gatemouth Brown told photographer James Fraher when he posed for The Blues Is a Feeling, Fraher’s recent collection of blues portraits, “I am an American world musician, Texas drive.” Brown has roots in the hard-swinging big-band blues ‘n’ boogie he recorded for Aladdin and Peacock in […]

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Tappin Memorial Fund

morriss.qxd To the editors: Thank you for the wonderful tribute to Mike Tappin that appeared in the October 9 issue. Mike always valued the artistic license that came with a Reader assignment, so it isn’t surprising that many of his favorite images resulted from this work. So many people were touched by Mike’s photographs over […]

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Rare and Well Done

Stereolab Aluminum Tunes (Drag City) By Eric Levy This won’t endear me to the Goldmine set, but around 1988 or ’89, when it became apparent that compact discs were here to stay, I hoped the next thing I’d hear in pure digital sound would be the death knell of the pop single. Estimates of just […]