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City File

Herbert Hoover lives! “In the short run, the Republicans hope to win in 2004 by running as tax cutters against tax-and-spend Democrats,” writes David Moberg in In These Times (June 16). “In the long run, Republicans plan to starve and thus drastically shrink federal government, especially spending on social programs. As budgetary crises resulting from […]

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The Diverse Radical Religious Right

Re: “Who’s Got the Agenda Here?” [Letters, July 11] I’m responding as a mystified member of the “radical religious right” (RRR),” to a letter John Jones wrote. His dubious contention that this “fringe” element coined the term “gay agenda” goes unattributed. Even if it were ID’d to be the work of, say, Focus on the […]

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Friday 7/18 – Thursday 7/24 JULY 18 FRIDAY The 24 garments in Sean Sorensen’s piece American Burqa include a rubber fetish burqa, a Hawaiian print burqa, and an “I Love New York” burqa, plus burqas made of denim and camouflage cloth. They’re on display as part of the group show Politics as Usual, which opens […]

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Conductor James Conlon made his Ravinia Festival debut in 1977, and he’s been back many times since. Recently he was appointed its music director, effective in 2005; he’ll replace Christoph Eschenbach, who, in the latest round of musical chairs among orchestra leaders, is moving to the Philadelphia Orchestra. The choice didn’t get a rise out […]

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Get Serious

Dear editors: I was appalled at your cover story “That’s Rich” [June 20]. It underscores once again the lightweight nature of too many present-day Americans. Some would rather be rich and play with faux (thank heavens!) turds and write about it. (For our edification?) No wonder the Brodys are divorcing, no surprise that the Diane-Tammy […]

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How to Read a Movie

Stone Reader *** (A must-see) Directed and written by Mark Moskowitz. Cinema has traditionally been regarded as the art that encompasses all the other arts. But start considering how successfully cinema encompasses any particular art form and the premise falls apart. Filmed theater, opera, ballet, and musical performance omit the existential and communal links between […]

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Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater

Murdered lovers, courtship from beyond the grave, exorcism–all are part of the libretto, based on Gypsy folklore, for Manuel de Falla’s El amor brujo, a piece he composed in 1915 for flamenco artist Pastora Imperio. Its violence and passion and otherworldliness make it the perfect vehicle for Spanish dance, and indeed many choreographers have re-created […]

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Art Imitates Nature

Yoshihiro Suda at the Art Institute of Chicago, through August 24 A few weeks ago Glenn Wexler, a freelance graphics technician for the Art Institute, noticed something puzzling in the fasciae atop the limestone molding that runs around the atrium of the Roger McCormick indoor court. “I thought, ‘Why are there plants growing there?’” he […]

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TRG Music Listings

Rock, Pop, Etc. Concerts SANDY ANDINA Fri 7/18, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1 N. La Grange Rd., La Grange. 708-579-9660. ANDREUS performs as part of the AfroFolk Live series. Wed 7/23, 8:30 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. 773-728-6000. JERRY ARMSTRONG & THE LUNATIKS Thu 7/24, noon, Millennium Plaza, […]