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Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins XII

The Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company’s annual marathon showcase of emerging talent, which features a slew of local fringe theater and performance companies and solo artists, was founded in 1989 to honor the late anarchist author of Woodstock Nation and to commemorate the anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock music festival. “Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins XII” […]

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The Dakota Diaries

Lennon in America: 1971-1980, Based in Part on the Lost Lennon Diaries by Geoffrey Giuliano (Cooper Square Press) Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon by Robert Rosen (Soft Skull Press) I admit it: I remember exactly where I was when I heard the news. On December 9, 1980, I was a senior at […]

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Frisbie Toss

Your review of Frisbie displayed clearly what a lazy journalist you are [July 14]. Your criticism of the band was laughable. You say their main weakness is their drummer’s lack of willingness to break a sweat. You’ve obviously only seen them live once and drew broad-stroke conclusions by that single performance. Zack Kantor is known […]

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Waking Up to the World

30 Frames a Second: The WTO in Seattle Rating *** A must see Directed and written by Rustin Thompson. By Jonathan Rosenbaum If I had to review Rustin Thomp-son’s video documentary 30 Frames a Second: The WTO in Seattle in only three words, I’d say it’s honest, energizing agitprop. Some readers may regard this as […]

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Artifacts and Architects

I appreciate Mary Beth Klatt’s effort to raise awareness of Sylvia Shaw Judson’s relief panel on the west facade of the Com Ed substation on Block 37 [August 11]. Perhaps Ms. Klatt could have taken a step further by suggesting that the remaining facade and its original art-glass windows (which would replace the retrofitted black […]

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City File

Long-time suburban U.S. representative Phil Crane is by far the biggest scofflaw in the House of Representatives when it comes to disclosing the occupations and employers of his contributors to the Federal Election Commission, according to the July 25 issue of “Money in Politics Alert,” published by the Center for Responsive Politics. Contrary to federal […]

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Raquel Bitton

RAQUEL BITTON Edith Gassion (1915-’63) sang for spare change on the streets of Paris in the 1920s and ’30s, until a cabaret owner gave her a gig and a stage name–Piaf, slang for “sparrow”–and started her down a path that would lead to international stardom in the years after World War II. Today Piaf isn’t […]

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Rosenbaum the Mind Reader

To the editor: Jonathan Rosenbaum’s frequent habit of referencing his “colleagues” in the screening room and then twisting their reactions to suit his own analysis of the film at hand is a questionable critical strategy to begin with. It at once affirms his own elitism and superiority over said colleagues by addressing them from some […]

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The Straight Dope

I just read your answer in the Straight Dope archive concerning the five ways to get to first base without hitting the ball. I realize you’re up to six now, but I think the two ways you mentioned are extensions of the interference rule. The true fifth way to reach first without hitting the ball […]

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It’s obvious that Ben Berkowitz and Benjamin Redgrave were thinking of John Cassavetes’s Shadows (1960) when they made this impressive Chicago-based feature. Both features grew out of acting classes and were written by their leads, and both even have titles that relate allegorically to their themes, with sexual orientation playing a role in Straightman similar […]