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Writing Our World! (WOW!)

Writing Our World! (WOW!), Child’s Play Touring Theatre, at the Goodman Theatre. For 21 years the Chicago-based Child’s Play Touring Theatre has traveled the country performing works based on stories written by children. And their newest production is children’s theater at its most engaging, creative, and fun. This lively multicultural smorgasbord of catchy songs, short […]

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Mellow Gold

Lambchop Is a Woman (Merge) Over the course of six increasingly accomplished albums, Lambchop has wandered freely among country, soul, muted psychedelia, easy listening, space rock, and other assorted varieties of reefer madness. The band’s format has been almost as hazy as the genre boundaries, accommodating a membership of at least 14 players who float […]

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City File

If the libertarians and conservatives had been right, BP should have gone the way of Enron. On March 11 chief executive John Browne of the oil giant BP announced that the company had met its self-imposed target for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions over seven years ahead of schedule and at no net cost to the company. […]

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Low Dollars Per Death

The May 3 City File cited a report from the Citizens Against Government Waste (“AIDS Programs: An Epidemic of Waste”), which noted that while AIDS is not among the top 15 causes of death in the U.S., the federal government spends far more per death by AIDS than it spends per death by other diseases. […]

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem was first performed in 1962, at the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral–built alongside the ruins of the original, destroyed during the Battle of Britain in 1940. The English composer, an ardent pacifist, had left for the U.S. in 1939, not to return until ’42; he dedicated his requiem to four […]

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Extraordinary Madness

The Architect and the Emperor of Assyria Trap Door Theatre Midway through Fernando Arrabal’s profane clown show The Architect and the Emperor of Assyria, a nearly naked man who’s proclaimed himself Emperor squats over a tin can on a desert island. The only other inhabitant is a creature the Emperor has dubbed “the Architect” and […]

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Other Solar Strategies

To the editor: Thanks for the fascinating article, “How Green Can You Get?” [May 3], about the Center for Green Technology and its array of energy-saving and environmentally sound technologies. But it’s surprising that the article omits any discussion of solar thermal-energy systems that directly produce hot water and heat. Solar hot-water systems have been […]

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Death and the Maiden

Death and the Maiden, TimeLine Theatre Company. This production includes some fine moments but can’t overcome the fact that Ariel Dorfman’s account of torture in Chile is more earnest than artful. The first requisite of any work aspiring to make comfortable people understand the dynamics of terror is to overcome their defenses, including the impatient […]

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B3 Bombers Featuring Clyde Stubblefield

This septet, engineered to pivot around Chicago keyboardist Dan Trudell’s sturdy Hammond B-3 organ, cranks out a whole lotta funk and just as much fun. Trudell is probably best known for his Sunday-morning services at the Green Mill: from midnight till 4:30 AM he anchors the Sabertooth Organ Quartet, spreading motile comp work behind the […]

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Life Is a Itch and Then You Scratch

Life Is a Itch and Then You Scratch, Harrison Street Cooperative of Performing & Fine Arts. Written, directed, produced, and performed by L.C. Satterfield, this one-man show suffers from all the problems usually associated with vanity productions: no one’s there to clean up the direction, writing, or acting. In the highly fragmented but promising story, […]

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The Straight Dope

Everyone has heard the great American folk legend of Paul Bunyan and Babe the blue ox. But I have heard that Paul Bunyan is nothing more than the invention of a lumber company–a corporate logo no more mythological than Mr. Clean or the Pillsbury Doughboy. I’ve tried searching this on the Internet, and I’ve found […]

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My Part in the War

Urgent E-mail fills my in box. Friends, acquaintances of my parents, people I don’t know but whose names I recognize as Jewish, my rabbi–all forward pleas to stand with Israel, fly to D.C. for a rally, sign on-line appeals. My electronic solicitors emphasize how easy it is to enter the fray. A little typing is […]