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Being Coy

To the editors: Please forward this thanks to Grant Pick for his story on Coy Pugh [January 28]. I work for the Chicago Christian Industrial League, & many of our clients have drug & social problems. Even tho I am a “white woman,” I found Pick’s article inspiring. Who knows what anyone can say–what will […]

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City File

Sounds like he’s been to Chicago. Writing in the American Prospect (February 14), Geoff Rips reminds us that schools aren’t factories anymore. “If Taylorism and [one of its practical applications] the Ford assembly line were models for schools earlier [in the 20th] century, corporations looking for quick upsurges in quarterly earnings at the expense of […]

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Who’s Kidding Who?

2gether: Music From the MTV Original TV Movie (TVT Soundtrax) By Kevin John Teen pop is disposable, right? It’s a question that a legion of aging Generation X music fans is nervously asking of late. But Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys, and their pubescent peers have no intention of giving up the spotlight anytime soon, […]

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The Straight Dope

This friend of mine is taking a homeopathic remedy for a cold. He explained that it’s “the vibration of the molecules of the plant” that is the active remedy here. What’s up with this? –Joanne Keefe, Albuquerque, New Mexico Homeopathy! I can’t believe this has made a comeback. The last time homeopathy was big, Ulysses […]

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Savage Love

I’m a man in my mid-30s and I just started dating after the end of a five-year relationship. The last three dates I’ve had have been with women on Terminator-style search-and-be-impregnated missions: “Has job…does not live at home…Full head of hair…MATCH! MATCH! MATCH!” For these women, a successful date isn’t “Gee, I kind of like […]

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Friday 2/25 – Thursday 3/2 FEBRUARY By Cara Jepsen 25 FRIDAY “Someone who creates art is like an antenna that picks up a moment which corresponds to a moment of life of the people in its area, recording their sorrows and joys, expressing what they themselves cannot say.” So said renowned Ecuadoran painter Oswaldo Guayasamin, […]

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Winter Sketchbook 2000

Winter Sketchbook 2000 The CollaborAction Theatre Company presents a festival showcasing 16 short plays (culled from more than 600 submissions)–works of ten minutes or less, including several world, American, or local premieres. The sketches–which will be performed in an abstract environment created for the occasion by Chicago artist Wesley Kimler–will be judged by a panel […]

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Doug Carn

DOUG CARN Doug Carn’s music scratches just the right spot between soul and jazz, the one that gives “acid jazz” fans a special tingly feeling. Though he’s an accomplished pianist and lyricist, it’s his deeply groovy, roots-conscious organ playing that’s earned him a capital-city star on the big map of blues-based music–and it’s as an […]

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FLATLANDERS The title of their sole album–recorded in Nashville in 1972 as Jimmie Dale & the Flatlanders but issued in 1990 by Rounder Records as More a Legend Than a Band–pretty much says it all: Texas country-folk heroes Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, and Butch Hancock worked together as the Flatlanders only briefly, in the […]