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Anarchy in the USA

The Palmer Raids: A Theatrical Construction Plasticene at National Pastime Theater The only way to stop them was to preempt them. Had we let them make the bombs, it would have been too late. –A. Mitchell Palmer, U.S. attorney general (1919-’21), quoted in The Palmer Raids For all of the 20th century and a good […]

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Russo’s Ellington

William Russo was 29 years old in 1958 when Verve Records asked him to arrange Duke Ellington’s stage musical Jump for Joy for a recording that would feature alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley. Russo had Ellington’s blessing for the project, but no access to the original music for the 1941 show, which he had never seen. […]

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Danilo Perez

On most of his own recordings, versatile Panamanian pianist Danilo Perez attempts to connect traditions from Latin America, Africa, and Spain within a jazz context. Though consistently interesting, this process hasn’t always resulted in his best work. His last album, Motherland (Verve, 2000), performed by a diverse cast of 17, sounded overstuffed, as if Perez […]

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Driven to Fears

Pere Ubu St Arkansas (Spinart) The first time I saw New York City by night, I was in a beater car with way too many other brand-new college freshmen, barreling down the New York State Thruway on a humid August night. Coming from upstate, you don’t get the immediate grand Manhattan vistas that you do […]

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Scientology Works!

Dear editor, I read your recent article regarding Scientology [“Death of a Scientologist,” August 16] and would like to offer my own viewpoint on the subject. I have been a Scientologist for 12 years and over that time have had the opportunity to apply many of the principles of Scientology. The information I have learned […]

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Stalking Spaulding Gray

For years Steven Schwarz was a man obsessed–not with an idea but with a man: Spalding Gray. Schwarz idolized the New York-based monologuist (famous for such autobiographical works as Swimming to Cambodia, Sex and Death to the Age 14, and Monster in a Box), bought every book he wrote, saw every self-obsessed piece he performed, […]

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Petty Crime

Thursday, August 1, 2700 block of North Hoyne, 7:30 PM. Theft and battery. Male offender and 63-year-old female victim were talking when offender leaned forward and seized victim’s 12-ounce bottle of beer. After victim ordered offender to “leave it back,” offender pushed victim down and fled. Offender was identified and arrested in different building on […]

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Oxes

Since releasing its excellent eponymous debut two years ago, this cracked Baltimore math rock trio has squandered too much creative energy on conceptual humor. In March 2001 it released what purported to be a split ten-inch with Rhode Island freakholes Arab on Radar; in reality Oxes filled the “Arab on Radar” side of the record […]

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Having a Good Old Time

Tuesday morning. Found myself at Paulina and Roscoe down from bland-burbia. Finally decided I was never going to write my resume because even though I worked my ass off to get my degree in social work, actually working in social work terrifies me. So here I am visiting a professional resume writer, and as a […]

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Promises, Promises

Promises, Promises, Porchlight Music Theatre Chicago, at the Theatre Building Chicago. The basis for this 1968 musical was Billy Wilder’s 1960 film The Apartment, a biting spoof of office politics that sardonically celebrated slick survival. Chuck Baxter is a nebbishy midlevel exec who moves up the corporate ladder by lending his apartment to his superiors […]

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Letter on the Law

On behalf of working people and particularly the working poor, I would like to express frustration with the Reader’s coverage of Social Security “no-match” letters. “Work Stoppage” (August 23), by Ernesto Londono, contains factual errors, errors of omission, and worst of all a snide attitude toward the workers whose plight he reports on. Londono’s article […]