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Is Nothing Sacred?

If Mr. Savage hates the Catholic church so much, why did he go to the trouble to have his child baptized [September 3]? His article is filled with the type of virulent innuendo usually reserved for one’s bitterest enemies. His flippant disregard for the sacredness of the sacrament is evident throughout the article, leading one […]

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Riding High

Dear Kristin Ostberg: Regarding your article in the August 20 issue of the Chicago Reader titled “Joy Riders,” I take issue with much of its tone, which I feel casts aspersions on the actual purpose of the Critical Mass bicycle ride. Typical of the attitudes reflected by the mainstream corporate press, you dismiss the actual […]

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City File

What do low-income single mothers say about marriage? According to Kathryn Edin–who conducted almost 300 in-depth interviews with them in Chicago, Camden, New Jersey, and Charleston, South Carolina, over the past ten years–not what you probably think (Northwestern University/University of Chicago Joint Center for Poverty Research Working Paper #9, July 1999). “It is not that […]

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Zine-O-File

From the pages of Milky ¥ Number Seven (1419 31st Avenue S., Unit B, Seattle, WA 98144; $3) Excerpts from Confessions of a Repentant Mullethead By Harri Palmer Feathered hair. Mohawks. The “Shy Di” cut. Somehow I avoided them all. But I didn’t, I couldn’t, I wouldn’t escape. . . THE MOULET!! In 1983 or […]

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Mass Ensemble

MASS ENSEMBLE Bill Close, guiding force of the Movement and Sonic Sculpture (MASS) Ensemble, has built all the collective’s unorthodox instruments–including the distinctive Close Long Bows, a pair of graceful 25-foot metal frames bearing nine strings apiece. Recently he installed what he claims is the largest stringed instrument in the world–the Earth Harp–on and around […]

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Around the Coyote

Around the Coyote The tenth annual edition of this multidisciplinary arts festival, which was founded by the late Jim Happy-Delpech to showcase the work of artists in Chicago’s Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods, features a slew of theatrical productions, improv shows, and spoken-word/poetry performances; these are shown in the following listings, which are arranged chronologically, […]

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Imagining Brad

IMAGINING BRAD, Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company. In life, we play the hand we’re dealt. And in this engaging drama, Peter Hedges–best known for the screenplay What’s Eating Gilbert Grape–uncovers the survival tactics of two very different women. Unfolding over nine short scenes, the play begins simply enough. Dana Sue Kay–a loud, nosy, but well-meaning southern Christian–tries […]

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The Straight Dope

A friend of mine is selling these “corona discharge” air filters–she has severe asthma and swears this little gizmo is better than pooping gold bricks. Is this truly the miracle we asthma sufferers are looking for? This unit claims to be a “miniature miracle” made possible by “a revolutionary discovery in electrodynamic negative corona discharge […]

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Black God, White Devil

Black God, White Devil A key figure in Brazil’s leftist Cinema Novo movement of the 60s, Glauber Rocha became a balladeer for the downtrodden with this 1964 allegory about blind faith among peasants in Brazil’s poor, barren northeast. Manuel, a cowhand who’s killed a rancher in a rage, seeks salvation with a Christlike mystic, then […]

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Mogwai/ Ganger

MOGWAI/GANGER Some of what’s being tagged “post-rock” over in Britain at this point sounds suspiciously like the sort of slow, hypnotic guitar rock that American bands like Codeine, Slint, and Seam played in the early and mid-90s. Glasgow’s Mogwai have been critical darlings since releasing the rather workmanlike Slint imitation Young Team (Jetset) a couple […]

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Days of the Week

Friday 9/10 – Thursday 9/16 SEPTEMBER by Mike Sula 10 FRIDAY The new musical Lobster Boy! is based on the life of Grady Stiles Jr., a Florida man who parlayed ectrodactylism–a condition resulting in clawlike arms and stumpy legs–into a successful career as a circus freak until his wife had him killed in 1992. It […]

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Glimpses of Greatness

New Films by Stan Brakhage By Fred Camper In 1963, after he’d been making films for 11 years, Stan Brakhage published his first book on cinema, Metaphors on Vision. This was long before he and Eisenstein were paired in a special issue of Artforum; before he’d been offered any teaching jobs; before any schools or […]