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Foreign Bodies

Shadow’s Child Urban Bush Women at the Dance Center of Columbia College, June 20-22 New Dances 2002 Melissa Thodos & Dancers at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, June 21-23 Where the phrase “student visa” used to suggest the furthering of international amity, today it evokes flight training for enemy aliens. And in some […]

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Missing the Magic

Kelly Kleiman’s review of “Equal Footing/Equal Earing” (“Same Old Song and Dance,” 6/21) entirely missed the point of the series–and in its mean-spirited tone did much to set back any semblance of intelligent discourse on performance in Chicago. At the risk of being accused of sour grape syndrome, I write to rectify the skewed lens […]

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Confessions of a PR Scumbag

There was a time, not all that long ago, when you could tell a jeans ad apart from a music video and a Hollywood director would never put his name on a BMW commercial. But these days, no one advertises. They may promote, plug, or market–but advertising per se appears to be an endangered species. […]

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The Reader

Age: 34 Occupation: Writer Apartment: Three rooms, three closets. Rent: $445 Location: Chatham Prized Possessions: More than 5,000 baseball cards from several eras, with a focus on former Negro League players who also played in the majors: Larry Doby, Ernie Banks, Hank Aaron, “Sad” Sam Jones. All About the Beer: “I have an arrangement with […]

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Mann of the West

The Naked Spur **** (Masterpiece) Directed by Anthony Mann Written by Sam Rolfe, Harold Jack Bloom With James Stewart, Janet Leigh, Robert Ryan, Ralph Meeker, and Millard Mitchell. Man of the West **** (Masterpiece) Directed by Anthony Mann Written by Reginald Rose With Gary Cooper, Julie London, Lee J. Cobb, Arthur O’Connell, Jack Lord, John […]

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Who’s Obsessed With Sex?

Dear Editor, I find it curious that in his letter to the editor (6/28), Mr. Giovino makes a salacious inference regarding my personal “obsessions” with sex. The fact that through its doctrines the Catholic church insinuates itself into the bedrooms of its faithful, telling them who they may or may not have sex with and […]

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Motor Row

With its plain cream brick facade and run-down interior visible through a large display window, the Ford Motor Company showroom at 1444 S. Michigan doesn’t look like a landmark. But the utilitarian building has a revolutionary past–legend has it that while Henry Ford was here in 1905 to oversee the construction of his first showroom […]

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Sports Section

Six o’clock in the morning–what an ungodly, uncivilized hour for a major sporting event. Not that one can’t be ungodly and yet civilized, something Europeans seem to specialize in, or godly yet uncivilized, a uniquely American specialty. But to be both–that’s just plain nasty. Yet six was the hour I dragged myself out of bed, […]

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Kleiman’s Missteps

I am writing this letter in response to Kelly Kleiman’s review of the “Equal Footing/Equal Earing” festival which was printed on June 21, 2002. This is not a bitter artist writing a retort to the criticism of a piece that she created in hopes of getting back at the critic. This is a letter to […]

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Taste of Chicago

In addition to all that food, the Taste of Chicago offers free musical performances on several stages in Grant Park: the Summertime Taste Stage (Balbo and Columbus), the Fun Time Stage (Jackson and Michigan), the Fox Bandstand (Jackson and Lake Shore Drive), and the Petrillo Music Shell (Columbus and Jackson). For information call 312-744-3370. THURSDAY, […]

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Spot Check

CANE CORSO 7/5, ABBEY PUB I was all set to like this Chicago band’s big-room blend of vintage boogie rock and G n’ R swagger. Checking out their independently released CD, I was digging the tight production values and joyous guitar bluster and shameless cock-ness of the rock, thinking how good it would sound in […]

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Whose Body?

Whose Body?, Lifeline Theatre. A powerful financier is missing, and an anonymous corpse has been found in a bathtub. It’s up to amateur detective Lord Peter Wimsey–along with his mother, his valet, and Inspector Parker of Scotland Yard–to discover the whereabouts of the former and the identity of the latter and catch the bloke wot […]

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Warning From Above

Andreas Gursky at the Museum of Contemporary Art, through September 22 Yann Arthus-Bertrand Earth From Above, a Photographic Portrait of Our Planet at Millennium Park, through September 15 Two well-traveled photographers–one German, the other French–arrived in Chicago two weeks ago to introduce their views of the world. It’s not a pretty picture, yet lots of […]

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Antigone

Antigone, First Folio Shakespeare Festival, at the Peabody Estate at Mayslake. Alison C. Vesely’s adaptation of Sophocles’ classic tragedy, about the stubborn, pious daughter of Oedipus, is serviceable enough. Using a late-19th-century translation now in the public domain, Vesely eliminated the musty, academic English that weighs down many productions. But she goes to the other […]