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". . . many in the crowd sought to seek immortality with a shriek or catcall during even the most quiet moments of Lovett's performance. Who said we're not sophisticated?" --Tribune entertainment writer David Silverman, reviewing Lyle Lovett at the Vic.

"The manner in which the city responded . . . was at once indicative of not only our hospitality but our provincialism."

--Tribune TV critic Rick Kogan, describing the scene at a local taping of Late Night With David Letterman.

"Chicago . . . has always been a bit less sophisticated or fashionable than some other cities--not just New York and Los Angeles, but also Minneapolis and Denver--so it has gloried in its artlessness."

--Tribune sportswriter Jon Margolis on the Cubs.

The deep thinkers over at the Tribune Tower seem to have decided we're not too sophisticated 'round these parts. But sophistication is not an easy thing to grasp! See for yourself as we present our first "Are We Sophisticated Yet?" scorecard:

ARE WE SOPHISTICATED YET?

YES

Buster Poindexter led a conga line of celebrants into the street from George's in the wee hours of a November night.

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Some 47,000 people visited the Museum of Contemporary Art to see the exhibit of photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe that was later canceled by Washington's Corcoran Gallery as indecent. Only two of the MCA visitors complained.

*

Mike Royko knows the difference between Chardonnay and Chablis.

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The tally board of performers in the lobby of the Gold Star Sardine Bar lists the likes of Bobby Short.

*

WFMT does not allow prerecorded commercials.

*

Jim McMahon's restaurant closed.

NO

Buster Poindexter led a conga line of celebrants into the street from George's in the wee hours of a November night.

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MCA staff attributed the record attendance at the Mapplethorpe show in part to the fact that he had recently been profiled in Vanity Fair.

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Mike Royko bragged about knowing the difference between Chardonnay and Chablis in his column of October 5, defending Chicago against the slurs of San Francisco columnists.

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The tally board of performers in the lobby of the Gold Star Sardine Bar lists the likes of Frank Sinatra Jr.

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WFMT still does not allow prerecorded commercials.

*

Jim McMahon's restaurant closed because he didn't hang out there enough.

HARD TO SAY

"Inc." tsk-tsked because Buster proceeded to piss in the street.

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Of the 47,000 people who saw the Mapplethorpe show in Chicago, only 2 complained.

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Mike Royko reads the San Francisco papers.

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The Gold Star Sardine Bar keeps a tally board of performers in its lobby.

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See YES and NO.

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Jim McMahon didn't hang out at Jim McMahon's.

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