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Through A Pinhole Darkly

Louis Brawley at Schneider, through November 27 By Fred Camper In another era or another context, some modern devices and styles might seem silly technical mistakes. Canadian photographer Rodney Graham hangs his large, elegant prints of trees upside down. Buildings designed by the New York architectural firm SITE look as if they’re about to split […]

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Bikes Are Better

To the editors, I am a dedicated, year-round bicycle commuter and I commend the city for its plan to encourage and promote safe cycling through the addition of bicycle lanes. As Todd Savage’s article of October 22 clearly illustrates, the removal of bike lanes on the stretch of North Halsted from Belmont to Broadway signifies […]

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Savage Love

Regarding young men who want to get with older women: I am a 50-year-old woman. Ever since dating a 23-year-old man when I was in my early 40s, I have found myself only attracted to much younger men. But I would never hit on a younger man because men aren’t as accustomed to rebuffing unwanted […]

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The Crime of the Century

The CRIME OF THE CENTURY, Circle Theatre. Local playwright Rebecca Gilman made her name in 1996 with The Glory of Living, a somber, pulpy play about a serial killer on a spree also produced at Circle Theatre. Now she’s back in the world of twisted killers, guileless victims, and by-the-books cops with The Crime of […]

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Person or Property?

Dear editor: In Harold Henderson’s thought-provoking piece (October 22) on the unintended consequences in the age of the rise of reproductive technology of defining the unborn child as a potential but nonhuman, “a nameless piece of disputed property” is a quote from Chicago-Kent law professor Lori Andrews that shows what shoved us down this slippery […]

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Calendar Sidebar

South African artist Moshekwa Langa says he’s frequently asked a stupid question: “Where is Africa in your work?” Now a resident of Amsterdam, Langa explores the “poetic aspects of expatriation” with a wide variety of materials–drawings, video, maps, bubble wrap, masking tape, cigarette butts, magazine advertisements. Refusing to be classified, the 24-year-old Langa says, “I […]

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Facts and Figures

Theater artist Eric Ziegenhagen is like a world-class butler. You might swear he doesn’t do any work at all: when Ziegenhagen directed Beau O’Reilly’s The House on the Lake by the Woods Near the Ocean, he made the audience stare at a nearly empty stage for a good 30 minutes. But by the time an […]

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Writing With Forked Tongue

Never send a paleface that can’t handle the Native American experience without dissing it or seeing female “jazz” dancers without thinking “sexist” to review a performance piece that provokes the impulse of conquest by opinion. Laura Molzahn goes a long way to actually demonstrate that reviewers like her need to see Spirit–A Journey in Dance, […]

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City File

Not quite a living. Pamela Lewis writes in the Chicago Reporter (October) that the average income of StreetWise vendors dropped from $312 a month in 1993 to $258 a month last year. “When they attacked Substance and me in January” for publishing flawed standardized tests being used in the Chicago Public Schools, writes George Schmidt […]

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Spot Check

DICTATORS, GAZA STRIPPERS 11/12, EMPTY BOTTLE The Dictators are legendary not because they were the best New York punk band or even the first New York punk band, but because they were the first New York punk band to put it to wax. With The Dictators Go Girl Crazy!, released in 1975 by Epic to […]

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Gone Home

GONE HOME, Wax Lips Theatre Company, at Strawdog Theatre Company. Most memory plays resemble photo albums: their scenes are like snapshots, sharp with the accuracy of total recall or blurry from denial or wishful thinking. In Navy Pier Chicago playwright John Corwin employed multiple perspectives on the same wrenching half-real, half-imagined story to pull the […]

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Light It Up

Given the familiarity and even, at times, predictability of the elements on view here–a multiracial high school from hell in Queens, a siege staged by six alienated students after a favorite teacher is fired, a wounded cop (Forest Whitaker) held hostage–this is mainly lively and compelling stuff, thanks to fresh, well-defined characters and the writing […]

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Amateur Hour

Amateur Hour Kurt Reetz was banking on the idea that people would pay to perform with professionals. But Reetz, who owns the film and recording studio Ka-Chung in Clarendon Hills, admits that he knew little about improv when he agreed to mount Participlay, the brainchild of local comedian Len Austrevich. Austrevich envisioned something more elaborate […]