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Fatal Femme

Bremen Freedom Trap Door Theatre Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Emerald City Theatre Company at the Athenaeum Theatre By Jack Helbig The story has been told a thousand times in a thousand different ways: an exasperated woman, tired of her abusive husband, murders him. The ancient Greeks made it the stuff of tragedy. Clytemnestra’s murder […]

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Tony Oxley

TONY OXLEY English percussionist Tony Oxley didn’t even begin learning his instrument until the age of 17, but within a decade he was the house drummer at Ronnie Scott’s prestigious London jazz club, performing with American legends like Sonny Rollins, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, and Lee Konitz in their heyday. Before long, however, Oxley’s mastery […]

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The Ten Best Albums of 1997

The Ten Best Albums of 1997 a RICHARD BUCKNER, Devotion + Doubt (MCA). Buckner’s unhealthy absorption in his own cyclical romantic traumas has made him able to describe the tenuousness of love and the persistence of its memory more beautifully than anyone currently in possession of an acoustic guitar. A terrific support cast, including steel […]

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Rosita The German films of Ernst Lubitsch had already achieved international renown when Mary Pickford, worried that her immense popularity playing little girls was typing her as a “personality instead of an actress,” brought him to America to direct this 1923 romantic comedy. As Rosita, a popular Spanish street singer, she loves a nobleman who […]

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Death of a Salesman

porter.qxd Dear Editor: My family really enjoyed the listing for my father, LeRoy Klowden (inventor of the self-service shoe department), in your year-end “Little Deaths” section [December 26]. Sam Walton once acknowledged that the merchandising ideas he gave him were essential to the early success of Wal-Mart. He was a man of many accomplishments and […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories Tough times for Nike: The winner of November’s New York City Marathon, John Kagawe, said he might have broken the record for time except that his Nike shoes kept coming untied. And two weeks earlier the company cooperated with authorities in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in the arrest of five employees at […]

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Eddie Palmieri

EDDIE PALMIERI The worst news I’ve had all year: the scintillating salsa pianist and bandleader Eddie Palmieri will not lead his full-scale jazz orchestra in Chicago as originally announced, but will instead appear at the helm of a seven-piece band, as small a group as he’s led in years. But though we lost the opportunity […]

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Savage Love

Hey, Everybody: I’m still on vacation–like I’m a goddamned Euro-three-weeks-paid-holiday-pean or something. Here’s another clit-notes column, and next week–tan, rested, and ready–I’ll be back with a 100 percent brand-spankin’-new sex-advice column. Hey, Faggot: “Bill” and I have been lovers on and off for five years. Lately we’ve been having troubles in bed. Basically, I was […]