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Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited

THOMAS MAPFUMO & THE BLACKS UNLIMITED Zimbabwe’s most famous singer, Thomas Mapfumo, got his start in the late 50s playing what was known as “copyright music”–covers of American rock and soul songs. But in the 70s, while Zimbabwe–then still Rhodesia–was in racial turmoil under a minority white government, he began experimenting with traditional sounds, adapting […]

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Do Your Homework

jamison.qxd Dear Reader editors, In response to Guy Jackson’s letter (June 16, 2000, “Spiteful Swipes and Goofball Pity”): There is nothing petty about cheating. It is not only a disservice to the spirit of honest competition, but to the cheaters as well. As for your misinformed comments on Whitney Young, its students, and Larry Minkoff, […]

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City File

The living-wage movement nationwide “has so far directly benefited only a tiny portion of the low-wage work force,” writes David Moberg in the American Prospect (June 19-July 3)–perhaps as few as 46,000 people out of the 28 million who earn less than $8 an hour. But “the movement has great potential to expand to thousands […]

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No Need to Shout

Romeo and Juliet First Folio Shakespeare Festival 12th Nite Festival Theatre By Justin Hayford Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet are full of 400-year-old dick jokes. Since both plays are about mismatched lovers attempting to weather hormonal storms, and since Shakespeare had to play to the stalls as well as the balconies, this should […]

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Danzas Folcloricas Colombianas

Danzas Folcloricas Colombianas Colombia’s rich cultural stew of Indian, European, and African elements has produced a remarkable array of folk dances. An early European influence can be seen in a courtship dance with mincing steps and stiffly held arms–it looks like the courtly exercises that were the precursors of ballet, all decorum and rigid floor […]

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The Straight Dope

You once wrote about the largest commercially available bra size. [The largest that could be found on store shelves was 48DD, while the largest found in a catalog was 52E.] If you were correct then, you need to update the answer now. I wear a 48H. It is off the rack and not the largest […]

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Michelle Willson

MICHELLE WILLSON Michelle Willson started singing professionally in the 70s, while still in her teens, and since then she’s evolved from jump-blues dilettante to seasoned cabaret chanteuse. In some ways she’s a work in progress even now: though her husky, been-around-the-block barfly’s croon helps her sound simultaneously jaded and vulnerable on ballads, on up-tempo numbers […]

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The Eccentricities of a Nightingale

The Eccentricities of a Nightingale Since forming in 1993, the Eclipse Theatre Company has become the sensible walking shoe of Chicago theater: smart, basic, and dependable. Dedicating each season to the works of a single playwright, the company members seem more interested in clear, straightforward renditions of their chosen texts than in attention-getting theatrical splash. […]

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Days of the Week

Friday 7/14 – Thursday 7/20 JULY By Cara Jepsen 14 FRIDAY Vermont artist Janet McKenzie has received a lot of mail about Jesus of the People, which won a National Catholic Reporter contest asking artists to reinterpret Jesus for the 21st century. Most of McKenzie’s critics have taken her to task for using an African-American […]

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Poor, Poor Lear

A Walkabout Theater Company reprises its debut production, a breathtaking one-woman show featuring 29-year-old Finnish actress Nina Sallinen playing an 80-year-old stage diva of the same name. The octogenarian invites a select group of friends–the audience–into her home to witness her artistic farewell, a production of King Lear in which she plays all the parts […]

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Misia

MISIA Last year, when the great fado singer Amalia Rodrigues died, the government of Portugal called for three days of mourning. At least that much was warranted, because no one alive can fill her shoes–with the sole possible exception of Misia. At its inception fado–Portuguese for fate–was a working-class invention much like Argentinean tango, Greek […]