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The Computer Animation Show

The 37 items on view in this package, which range from 30 seconds to eight minutes, include TV commercials and logos, music videos, abstract work, old-fashioned cartoons, and documentary bits that explain how several segments (the Amazing Stories logo, a sequence from The Great Mouse Detective, an ad for the National Canned Food Information Council) […]

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Ramsey Lewis

Sure, most of the stuff Ramsey Lewis records these days is more pop than jazz; and yes, he has long been dismissed by critics in inverse proportion to his popular appeal. But Ramsey Lewis, still a Chicago resident, is (as the ads put it) “home for the holidays,” and he must like that home cookin’, […]

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The Dybbuk

THE DYBBUK National Jewish Theater The Dybbuk is certainly the most celebrated classic of the Yiddish theater. Now, if you were producing The Dybbuk, there would be three ways to look at it: you could revere it as a classic and give it the museum treatment, you could make it a showcase for Jewish culture, […]

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Ellington Dynasty

It’s easy enough to sound good playing the music of Ellington, but the Ellington Dynasty often sounds great, which has as much to do with scholarship as with musicality. The four-horn format can mimic a big band’s punch, but primarily, the Dynasty features intelligently scaled-down versions of Ellington’s grand concept. More important, drummer Greg Sergo, […]

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Hang Tough

HANG TOUGH ETA Creative Arts Foundation Judge Douglas Ginsburg may yet prove to be a historic figure of our era. You remember Ginsburg, the conservative, law-and-order Supreme Court nominee who withdrew his nomination after reports surfaced that he had smoked marijuana. There was no communist conspiracy here. And certainly no coercion. The man apparently smoked […]

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Leave It to Psmith

LEAVE IT TO PSMITH City Lit Theater Company at the Immediate Theatre Perfectly reflective though they are of their own long-gone time and place–upper- and upper-middle-class England in the first third of this century–I can’t imagine P.G. Wodehouse’s comic stories and novels ever seeming dated. Some of the language, certainly, is quaint and peculiar to […]

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Directing Dickens to Death

HARD TIMES Wisdom Bridge Theatre Mr. Harthouse, one of the villains in Charles Dickens’s Hard Times, tried the life of a cavalry officer and found it boring. He also got bored strolling in Jerusalem, yachting around the world, and traveling with an English minister of state. After experiencing so many varieties of boredom, he concluded […]