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Preaching to the Choir

To the editor: Michael Solot’s review (June 2) of John Colapinto’s book about the unfortunate David Reimer deserves a less biased response than that offered by Carla Hess (Letters, June 9). Ms. Hess begins by attempting to ridicule what she calls Solot’s “true agenda,” revealed “when Solot asks whether Reimer has ‘any special insight into […]

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Spot Check

DEVIL IN A WOODPILE 7/7, Pops Highwood; TUESDAYS IN JULY, THE HIDEOUT This local quartet’s relaxed brand of pan-Americana recalls a time when people used to play music on their porches and wave at whoever walked by–hard to envision in this city of locked black iron gates and flat-faced condo developments. On their new Division […]

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Sight Unseen

Sight Unseen, Thirsty Theater, at the Pilsen Theatre. An early work by Pulitzer-winning playwright Donald Margulies, the witty Sight Unseen deals with art, egotism, passion, religion, and racism. The play centers on Jonathan Waxman (Ted Kijeski), a renowned Jewish-American artist visiting his first love, Patricia (Mandy Schneider), while in England for his European debut. Describing […]

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Out With the Old

Dear Sir: As a veteran of WW 2 I am probably listed in the statistics as “Must Be Dead by Now.” Nevertheless I was disturbed by your article on the problems of Chicago’s Veterans’ Hospitals [“Shame of the VA,” June 23]. If they are old and out-of-date, tear them down and build new ones, like […]

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Ira Sullivan

IRA SULLIVAN Most music teachers will tell you that it’s impossible for one player to master both woodwinds and brass, but Ira Sullivan, like swing-era genius Benny Carter, has spent his career taking exception to that rule. In the 1970s, more than a decade after leaving Chicago for southern Florida, Sullivan started gigging here again, […]

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Meat Moguls and Poultry Profiteers

An elucidating article chronicled the sojourn of a city couple evolving into visionary agricultural paragons specializing in organic farming [June 30]. Their ingenuity and benevolent ecological ideology transformed them into nature stewards recognizing the importance of intricate biodiversity featuring soil, insects, animals, fertilizer, and healthy crops. The edifying humanitarian tale suddenly descended into the abyss […]

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Bebel Gilberto

BEBEL GILBERTO You might think Brazilian songbird Bebel Gilberto would be a stickler for tradition, being the daughter of bossa nova legend Joao Gilberto and all. But on her debut album, Tanto Tempo (Ziriguiboom/Six Degrees), she approaches her daunting heritage from a contemporary perch not too far from her friend Arto Lindsay’s. She sings both […]

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Taste of Chicago

FRIDAY, JULY 7 TASTE Stage NOON Heavy Step 1:15 Mick Ford & the New Joy Community Singers 2:30 Michael Ross 3:45 Sam Cockrell & the Groove 5:00 Casolando 6:30 Big City Swing 7:30 Rhythm Rockets FUNTIME STAGE 11:30 Dave Rudolf 12:30 & 3:45 Carolina Carattini 4:30 Sears Multicultural Music Showcase 5:30 Cosmic Fool FOX BANDSTAND […]

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Sick System

To the editors: I was surprised to see the June 23 Reader cover story on the Veterans Administration’s hospitals and the Hot Type piece on the AMA and “universal health care” in the same issue. Michael Miner takes a strident, clearly pro-free health care tone, but he would do well to read the cover story […]

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American Buffalo

AMERICAN BUFFALO, Circle Theatre. This 1975 play about a trio of losers in a Chicago junk shop planning the heist of a coin collection is seminal David Mamet. The dialogue is taut, the characters fascinating, and the storytelling spare but propulsive. Those looking for allegory will find a critique of American business as blistering as […]

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Butterfly

We meet the main character of this drama, which builds to the outbreak of the Spanish civil war, on his first day of school, and the supportive relationship he develops with his teacher resonates outside the classroom–in the boy’s home and in the fields, where the teacher takes his students to learn about the natural […]