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Carriage Trade

Though Warren Sonbert was given retrospectives in several cities before dying of AIDS in 1995, his films have rarely screened in Chicago; in fact, this silent, meditative 61-minute odyssey, perhaps his greatest work, may never have been shown here. Completed in 1971, it marked a major shift from his hyperactive, improvisational portraits of friends, intercutting […]

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Not on Navy Pier’s A List

When I received a letter from 3-D Chicago in December stating that I had been accepted into the Pier Walk maquette exhibition, I called 3-D Chicago and spoke with Joseph Tabet. I was interested in finding out exactly what this meant and whether I should be starting on a full-size piece. I was told that […]

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Yellow Man Group

Nearly every Yellow Man Group performance begins the same way: the four members storm the stage in blazing yellow outfits, excitedly introduce themselves with a highly choreographed dance routine, and proceed to take photographs of one another and the audience in candid poses. It’s a rare case in which repetition does not breed tedium; this […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories In a recent issue of an ecology journal, a professor at State University of New York at Buffalo expressed confidence that eventually butterflies could be genetically altered to permit advertising logos and other designs on their wings….And last month the British video game company Acclaim Entertainment announced it would “raise advertising to a […]

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Chicago Symphony Chamber Players

The Chicago Symphony Chamber Players are a small, flexible group anchored by violinist Samuel Magad, who’s still going strong after 30 years as concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Despite their shifting lineup (though they sometimes number a dozen or more, for this weekend’s performance they’ve pared down to five), the Chamber Players rarely waver […]

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Prog Fog

To the editor, The bias of Dave Mandl’s review of Progressive Rock Reconsidered (“Classical Gas,” February 1) was evident from the get-go. Which is fine–he’s entitled to his opinion–but he could have at least read the book a little more carefully. Mandl constantly allows his opinions to get in the way of the facts. By […]

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Y tu mama tambien

A genuine rarity: a sex comedy with brains. Even rarer, one with smart politics–so unobtrusive you may not notice–and wonderful acting. Writer-director Alfonso Cuaron–best known here for two Hollywood efforts, the enchanting A Little Princess and the less enchanting Great Expectations–went back to his native Mexico to put together this road movie about two 17-year-old […]

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Police Scanner

Tuesday, March 12, 10:35 PM DISPATCHER: Take a ride over to 59– Nina, see Barbara there. She says her 19-year-old son took her car without permission, a white Jeep Cherokee. 812: Ten-four. DISPATCHER: She wants to make it all reported stolen and everything now. 812: Piece o’ paper to me. Tuesday, March 19, 9:50 AM […]

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Department of Physician Protection?

To the editor: Your article on the malpractice tracking efforts of Les [“An Ounce of Prevention,” March 29] underscores what the Coalition for Consumer Rights has been pushing in Springfield for years now–patients’ right to know about their physicians’ professional backgrounds, including malpractice payment histories. The Illinois Department of Professional Regulation (DPR)–the regulatory agency for […]

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Asian American Showcase

The seventh annual Asian American Showcase, presented by the Foundation for Asian American Independent Media and the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute, runs Friday, April 5, through Sunday, April 14. Screenings will be at the Film Center, 164 N. State. Tickets are $8, $4 for Film Center members; for […]

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The Cupboard is Bare

Mimi Chryssikos spent her childhood cooking with her French mother and Greek father. Among her duties was drying the lettuce with an apron on their back porch in Uptown. She has a catering business. She is strongly against ketchup. But no one in Mimi’s Specialty Deli on the last Saturday in March cares about any […]

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Examine Your Assumptions

To the editor, Your March 8, 2002, cover story, “Hot and Bothered,” represents a vital discussion of the global warming trend and its effects–especially in light of continued government denials of scientific evidence and the local media’s willingness to shelve the issue in favor of yet another nightly “investigative report” of plastic-surgery advances, teeth-whitening technology, […]