Atwood Cafe’s Heather Terhune
Old-school reporters count the big shots they’ve met on one finger. The cosmopolitan Ranan Lurie studied at a different school. This helps explain why there’s a major new journalism prize in his honor–and why the proles of his trade say it’s ridiculous. “I was approached in 1995 by an organization called the United Nations Society […]
Clarence Johnson/ Digging for Gold
I would like to remove the hair from my butt, but it’s hard to fit the razor in my cleavage. Which depilatories are safe for the area? –Hairy Butt Blues After reading your to-the-point letter, HBB, the old, insensitive, helpful Dan Savage would have found the safest, quickest way to rid yourself of yer wiry […]
Four Dogs and a Bone, GroundUp Theatre, at Breadline Theatre. Although John Patrick Shanley does a fine job of aping the vacuous Hollywood mind-set, as a critique of the film industry Four Dogs and a Bone comes up short. Compared to the ferocity with which he attacked cinema stock characters and situations in Congo, his […]
Subject: Richard Meltzer I read his piece in your January 7 issue and believe it could be reduced to a single sentence in which he states that he is depressed and unable to pursue any given thought to a meaningful conclusion. Harvey Glass Hartford, Connecticut
Coy Pugh has put hard drugs and hard time behind him, but memories fuel his career as a legislator.
ALTAN 1/28, IRISH AMERICAN HERITAGE CENTER One of the tightest, most intricate, and best-respected Irish trad ensembles working today, Altan has never added bland New Age touches a la Clannad or invited the Rolling Stones over to jam a la the Chieftains. They still focus more or less unchangingly on the resin that grips the […]
Dear eds: Thank you for Jeffrey Felshman’s fine piece on the slow demise of Booksellers Row [January 14]. These three stores play an important role in the fond memories of thousands of Chicagoans. It is with great regret that we say good-bye to Booksellers Row and other great shops sacrificed to the big box superstore […]
Please, can somebody convince Rob Sherman to enter into individual or family therapy, for the sake of himself and his family [December 17]? (It would also be nice if he would stop giving atheists and liberals a bad name.) It is disappointing to see someone who looks for “evidence” regarding faith in God who cannot […]
The 14th-century Libro del Buen Amor is required reading for Puerto Rican high school students. Similar in structure and tone to The Canterbury Tales, the work by Juan Ruiz, archpriest of Hita, is made up of 12 poems, each describing a different love affair. Beatriz Santiago remembered the hefty tome as “kind of boring.” But […]
STOP KISS, Naked Eye Theatre Company, at the Theatre Building. Imagine Callie and Sara, two de facto heterosexual women who realize they’re infatuated with each other. At the moment of their first kiss, however, they’re attacked by a gay basher, who leaves one of them comatose. It’s not a bad place to start a play […]
HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, Drury Lane Oakbrook. There isn’t an ounce of dramatic fat in this terrible swift show, a 1962 Pulitzer winner that delivers a still scathing spoof of corporate climbing. The delicious book–by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, and Willie Gilbert–merrily chronicles the devious rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, a […]
[Re: “F for Furious,” January 7] I want to applaud the Chicago Reader and especially the superb reporting by M.C. Thomas about the crisis now looming at Loyola University Chicago. I am writing you as a faculty member of 22 years, a productive scholar, and popular teacher who doubts that Loyola will ever regain its […]
The maker of He’Brew knows his niche.