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Lost in Yonkers

Neil Simon’s Pulitzer-winning 1991 comedy-drama, set in the 1940s, revolves around two precocious teenage boys whose father sends them to live with his battle-ax mother and neurotic, bitter, or impaired siblings while he takes a traveling sales job. Though director Catherine Davis and her able cast deliver Simon’s trademark quips and shtick with great timing […]

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Poetry Slammed

Dear Reader: First of all, I love your paper. It’s part of my Chicago experience, and I will faithfully read you forever and ever, amen. I’m serious. Thank you and good job to you all. I write to you now, however, to ask for a retraction of information printed in Liz Armstrong’s column in the […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story The New Zealand agricultural company Summit-Quinphos announced in March that it had developed a new system for countering the effects of nitrogen-rich cow urine on pastureland. Government-funded researchers will now refine the system, in which a tail-mounted sensor detects when the cow lifts its tail to urinate, causing a spray device attached to […]

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Condo Perversion

As regards Ben Joravsky’s “Caving Early” [The Works, April 15], and to those who have seen their streets grow hideously high, this bit of fiction: “Stunning New Construction” A colorful sign announcing a towering condominium complex of brick and block stood just inside the rusty chain-link fence. Of the several quaint two-story homes along a […]

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Chicago Palestine Film Festival

Now in its fourth year, the Chicago Palestine Film Festival continues through Thursday, April 28, at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Tickets are $9, $7 for students, and $5 for Film Center members. For more information call 312-846-2800 or see www.palestinefilmfest.com. FRIDAY 22 Wall Shot on video and transferred to 35-millimeter, this 2004 documentary by […]

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Absence of Absence

This terrific sketch show from the Crying Diamonds blends creative physical comedy with risky political and religious humor and bright, idiosyncratic vignettes on romance. The central recurring characters are two geeky lovebirds whose history is told from end to beginning, Memento-style, throughout the show. Other, unrelated sketches include a rap about communism, a caveman musing […]

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The Body Counters

Rebecca Lipton Epidemiologist University of Chicago Department of Pediatrics Rebecca Lipton spends her time investigating a disease for which there is no cause–no single cause anyway. Since 1991 she’s worked on the Chicago Childhood Diabetes Registry, studying factors linked to the disease in urban populations. After asthma, diabetes is the most common childhood disease, but […]

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Every Man for Himself: The Films of Maurice Pialat

The work of director Maurice Pialat (1925-2003) is sufficiently celebrated in France to have generated an exhaustive Web site (www.maurice-pialat.net) and two DVD box sets. But his name is far from familiar here, and this complete retrospective of his dramatic features–running Friday, April 22, through Tuesday, May 3, at Facets Cinematheque–is long overdue. Some fans […]

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Georgia Pacific

No one seems to know the origin of Georgia Pacific’s signature approach, the Bat, a long-form improvisational technique performed entirely in the dark and bookended by soundscapes the ensemble generates. “The basic exercise is not a mystery,” says troupe member Lisa Lewis. “In some ways, it’s like the best of old radio–it’s really about heightening […]