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Little Box of Horrors

Dear Mr. Rosenbaum, I appreciated your comments on The Seventh Victim [“Tales From the Vault,” December 10]. It’s an excellent film, continually overlooked. You’ll be happy to know that Warner Brothers is preparing a box set of Val Lewton’s films for RKO that is set to be released in 2005. Matt Bailey Audiovisual archivist University […]

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Holiday Arts and Crafts Sales

Listings of holiday craft fairs, trunk shows, open studios, and special gallery events will run through December. Send information to artlistings@chicagoreader.com. Check back for schedule updates or call for more information. Admission is free unless otherwise noted. Affordable Art Gift Sale Photos, drawings, and other work priced at $25 and up. Through 12/31. Tue-Sat 11 […]

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We’re Sorry

Your restaurant recommendations are usually good, but last issue misled us. We followed your rave review to Indie Cafe [“Almost as Good as Arun’s at a Tenth of the Price,” November 26] and found the situation disturbing instead of delightful as anticipated. The place was full at 6 PM on a Sunday evening. There were […]

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Dance COLEctive

A gentle feminist, Margi Cole has made dances about women’s experiences since she started her company eight years ago; only 2001’s Reel to Real, which featured tape measures and a voice-over about disguising female figure flaws, was remotely strident. Now, in a new trio called Passages Freed From Soil, Cole takes a look at Charlotte, […]

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The Straight Dope

To hear a lot of people tell it, up until some indeterminate date in the 20th century, everyone in Europe and the United States stank to high heaven. Supposedly no one washed, brushed their teeth, etc; everyone had lice; and so on. Is it true that the average 12th-century European, if he showed up in […]

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Tax Dodge

In comparing the real estate taxes faced by various politicians, Ben Joravsky [November 19] barely mentions the absolute amount of anyone’s tax. He’s concerned only with the increases or decreases from the previous year, which he somehow assumes must have been perfect. He’s right that the real estate tax system is unnecessarily complex, creating winners […]

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Black Nativity: A Gospel Song Play

Mary and Joseph dance instead of speak, the heavenly host wear African garb, and the good news about Jesus is told in gospel songs in Mike Malone’s adaptation of Langston Hughes’s 1961 work. Thrillingly sung and efficiently danced in this Congo Square Theatre Company production, the two-act piece consists of Hughes’s folksy retelling of the […]

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Big, the Musical

Composer David Shire, lyricist Richard Maltby Jr., and book writer John Weidman based their 1996 show on the popular 1988 Tom Hanks movie about a boy who wants to be grown-up, magically turns into an adult, and later finds work at a toy company and meets a girl. Reshaped after it flopped on Broadway, the […]

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Moody Voters

I read with interest the analysis in the Works (November 12) of the reason why the 49th precinct of the 42nd Ward was the most GOP oriented in Chicago. The precinct is bounded by LaSalle, Wells, Chicago, and Oak streets. As stated in the article a subsidized housing complex is within the precinct which contains […]

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Newberry Consort

The Newberry Consort performs Christmas music but not a single standard Christmas carol. Led by Mary Springfels, whose knowledge of the early-music repertoire and performance practice is encyclopedic, the group will offer an assortment of medieval songs and dances that were used to celebrate the holiday–and to briefly obscure the harsh realities of life–in the […]