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So Real It Hurts

Robert Frank: What Am I Looking At at the Art Institute of Chicago, through February 2 Considering that one of photographer Robert Frank’s stated goals is to “search for an image that comes close to a truth,” it’s ironic that critical debate has focused on his work’s subjectivity. When he published The Americans in 1958, […]

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The Neutrino Project

The Neutrino Project, FuzzyCo, at WNEP Theater. It’s hard to wrap your head around the concept of an hour-long, mostly improvised show videotaped and projected in what comes close to real time. Blurring the lines between filmmaking and theatrical performance, FuzzyCo’s The Neutrino Project crackles with possibility and the innate charm of its unorthodox approach. […]

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Datebook

JANUARY 10 FRIDAY “It was not a lucrative enterprise. It was done for the love of the book,” says Kim Coventry, chair of the Caxton Club Exhibitions Committee, of the explosion of fine-press printing in Chicago during the first half of the 20th century. During that period–which included the heyday of the Arts and Crafts […]

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Toward More United Unions

To the editors, There is no doubt that unions need to be more democratic. Unions in the same vein need to have active memberships, not the least reason being the need for unions to be involved in politics and in the community. Michael Miner’s take on the controversy in the National Writers Union (NWU) concerning […]

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Made Whole Again

The Pinochet Case *** (A must see) Directed by Patricio Guzman For a person undergoing torture, Elaine Scarry writes in her book The Body in Pain, everything is reduced to a “crushingly blank and uniform wall.” Intense pain precipitates “the uncreating of the created world,” and the self disintegrates. In this immensely moving 2001 documentary, […]

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The Straight Dope

I have an Armchair University degree in English linguistics, and I was thinking about the “l33t5p33k” we see on the Net these days, as well as the Princification of the language, the replacement of “you” with “u” and “to” with “2,” etc. Is this just bad English, or is this the next step? Will the […]

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Dempsey’s Dumping

This is written in response to a December 6 letter from “a librarian with 25 years’ experience.” That 25-year-veteran says that before Dempsey, there were “numerous commissioners” and a lack of leadership. Leaving aside a few “acting” commissioners who served very briefly, there have been but three: Amanda Rudd, John Duff, and the present one. […]

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Calendar

Friday 1/10 – Thursday 1/16 JANUARY 10 FRIDAY “It was not a lucrative enterprise. It was done for the love of the book,” says Kim Coventry, chair of the Caxton Club Exhibitions Committee, of the explosion of fine-press printing in Chicago during the first half of the 20th century. During that period–which included the heyday […]

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Cecil Under Fire

Dear editors: Has Cecil Adams, whoever goes by that nom de guerre, found his way back to the phlogiston theory of fire (the Straight Dope, November 22, 2002)? Surely, “heat” as a substance received its quietus from the work of physicists such as Rudolf Clausius in Germany and Lord Kelvin in Great Britain, yet Cecil, […]

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Archer Prewitt

Great pop may incorporate a host of influences, but at its best it buries them so deep they’re little more than haunting. Archer Prewitt’s third full-length, Three (Thrill Jockey), sets the Wayback Machine for the early 70s–there’s a little Steely Dan in the guitar on “When I’m With You,” as well as shades of the […]

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Floss!

Totally tongue-in-cheek but never breaking character, Corn Productions’ elaborate depiction of a fictitious civilization in peril has been going strong since August 2000. Two and a half years later it’s lost none of its quirky sense of fun, from the batik-inspired costumes to the hilariously generic tribal choreography to the “flossary” of useful expressions. (For […]

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Paradoxical Priest

Thank you for “Glimpses of the Heavens” (November 29), Michael Lenehan’s interview with Chicago priest John Kartje. The paradox of the scientist who believes in and serves God is a truer emblem of the Catholic priesthood in practice than the sad images of sexual abuse with which we have been so bombarded in the mainstream […]

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Instruments of Movement

“Beautiful dynamite” was what Fred Astaire called Cyd Charisse–and Instruments of Movement artistic director James Morrow borrowed the expression for this program, performed by his mostly female troupe and dominated by several pieces focused on women or gender relations. When the seven women in Kirby Reed’s Lies in a Bow walked offstage after rehearsing the […]