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Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra

CHICAGO YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Among the junior-league orchestras in the Chicago area, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra lately has been running a close second to the Civic, which is backed by the resources of its parent organization, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Some of the credit for the success of the independent CYSO, which has been […]

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Proud of Dan

Kudos to Dan Savage for his June 25 “Pride and Prejudice” think piece. It’s often a slippery slope from an ascriptive group characteristic being a basis for stigma to being a basis for hubris. This goes for a wide range of characteristics besides sexual orientation, including race, ethnicity, gender, religion, disability, and many more. In […]

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City File

“I have found that a successful legal career requires not only hard work, but also a supportive environment within a firm, flexibility and keeping your sense of humor,” Chicago attorney Debbie Schavey Ruff tells Di Mari Ricker in Student Lawyer (April). Ruff certainly needed her sense of humor in her first job out of law […]

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Looper

LOOPER If Looper’s Stuart David weren’t the bassist for Glasgow indie faves Belle and Sebastian, his new Up a Tree (Sub Pop) would probably be dismissed as little more than a nice oddity, but here he is on a U.S. tour that brings him to town for not one but two gigs. Certainly there’s something […]

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Cairo Station

Reportedly (and understandably) Youssef Chahine’s most popular film among Egyptians, this gritty and relatively early (1958) black-and-white masterpiece also features his most impressive acting turn, as a crippled news vendor working at the title railroad station. The adroit interweaving of various miniplots around the station is matched by a heady mix of moods and genres: […]

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The Straight Dope

I’ve often read that there were 500,000 morphine addicts running around after the Civil War. Is this true? If so, did narcotics have a deleterious effect on the Old West? How many cowboys were wacko on these then-legal drugs? –Bill, via the Internet You know, war is a bad thing. Even if we leave out […]

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Still Waiting…

The Columbus mosaics are hardly the only pieces of public art languishing in storage. John Warner Norton’s 1929 mural Printing the News, Distributing the News, Transporting the News, removed from the concourse ceiling of the Riverside Plaza building more than five years ago, is still rolled up in a warehouse on the northwest side. The […]

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Calendar

Friday 7/9 – Thursday 7/15 JULY by Mike Sula 9 FRIDAY Deep down, director Abel Ferrara’s characters really want to be good. In 1990’s King of New York Christopher Walken whacks everyone who looks at him sideways while he’s trying to build a ghetto hospital. In The Funeral, from 1996, Walken and Annabella Sciorra debate […]