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The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife

Charles Busch, author of the gender-bending fringe hits Psycho Beach Party and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, went mainstream with this crossover Broadway success, playing here in a national touring edition staged by Lynne Meadow (artistic director of the Manhattan Theatre Club, where the play premiered). Packed with Jewish-mother gags, New York in-jokes, and sometimes arcane […]

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Sports Section

When I recall Ryne Sandberg, I see him most distinctly running the bases. In writing about his Hall of Fame credentials, many people mention his base-stealing totals, which were impressive early in his career, peaking at 54 steals in 1985, and came to 344 lifetime against 107 times caught. Yet these numbers don’t capture the […]

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Matt Wilson’s Arts and Crafts

Matt Wilson, one of the most inventive and individualistic drummers in modern music, has never restricted himself to one style–and no genre could easily contain his rangy technique or hyperactive imagination. He most often appears at the helm of his own two-sax pianoless quartet, which displays a familiarity with postfreedom jazz, a healthy appetite for […]

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Survey Says…

Dear editor: The City of Chicago has one of the most aggressive landmark designation programs in the country. We utilize the Chicago Historic Resources Survey (CHRS), a citywide survey of historic resources, as a tool in this effort. Ben Joravsky’s December 13 article [“Talk, Talk, Talk”] contained several misstatements about the survey which I want […]

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Solomon Burke

Solomon Burke’s 19-hit run on Atlantic in the 60s helped define modern soul music. An ordained minister for most of his life, Burke brought gospel intensity to his love ballads (“The Price,” “You’re Good for Me”), but on seductions like “Tonight’s the Night,” this man of the cloth embodied the satin-sheet lothario later adopted by […]

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Spot Check

CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN 1/17 & 18, ABBEY PUB The latest addition to the box-set display case at your local megastore (so museumlike, no?) comes courtesy of these 80s indie wise guys. Dismissed as dilettantes then by some shortsighted folks, CVB are now fondly recalled, probably because they were smart enough to quit while they were […]

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Feeling the Unthinkable

25th Hour **** (Masterpiece) Directed by Spike Lee Written by David Benioff With Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Pepper, Rosario Dawson, Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Tony Siragusa, and Levani. I’ve complained a lot about Spike Lee as a filmmaker, before he made his remarkable Do the Right Thing (1989) and after. But the only […]

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Wrong Shade of Black

I looked forward to the “Pure Fiction” issue [December 27] not only because I submitted a story (with a SASE which you folks didn’t politely use to send back a note of rejection), but because I figured (correctly) that there would be at least one story from a black point of view, the politically correct […]

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City File

Savage choice. “I don’t understand being more afraid of John Ashcroft than Osama bin Laden,” advice columnist Dan Savage tells Reason’s Sara Rimensnyder (January). “Personally, I prefer Christian fundamentalists to Islamic fundamentalists.” “Existing laws already prohibit the very acts the [Chicago gang] loitering ordinance seeks to prevent,” writes Ernesto Palomo in a recent issue of […]

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Young Playwrights Festival

Young Playwrights Festival, Pegasus Players. This show features the winners of Pegasus Players’ 17th annual contest for high school students, which involves a yearlong cycle of programs in over 70 Chicago schools challenging students to write original one-acts. Of the more than 600 scripts submitted this year, 4 are now receiving professional productions. The result […]

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Wrong Guy

In the Jay-Z review [“Words Fail Him”] in the 1/10/03 issue, the author wrote that the 1998 song “Can I Get A…” was produced by Timbaland. That song was actually produced by Irv Gotti, who has gone on to more fame with Murder Inc. Christian Johnson Logan Square Sam Eccleston replies: Thanks for the correction.

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JANUARY 17 FRIDAY Daniel Burnham’s visionary Plan of Chicago–unveiled 16 years after the 1893 World’s Fair–was an extension of the City Beautiful design concepts he developed in the expo’s famed White City, which, says historian Russell Lewis, gave fairgoers a sense that “the city was a spiritual place.” Burnham’s plan called for networks of boulevards, […]