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The Marriage of Bette and Boo

THE MARRIAGE OF BETTE AND BOO Center Theater In Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You playwright Christopher Durang slapped the Catholic Church square in the face and earned an Obie for his effort. He deserved it. It was a fine satire, grimly funny, and honest in its own way. But there was something […]

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Stormy Monday

A watchable first feature by English writer-director Mike Figgis, beautifully shot by Roger Deakins. It’s “America Week” in Newcastle, and an American gangster/businessman (Tommy Lee Jones) is trying to take advantage of this by forcing the owner of a local jazz club (Sting) to sell his building. Meanwhile, a Polish free jazz group arrives at […]

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Burning Spear

Like Moses, Marcus Garvey, and Bruce Springsteen, Winston Rodney believes in a Promised Land. Rodney, who is better known in reggae circles as Burning Spear, has drawn upon Garvey’s themes of African repatriation to create some of the most haunting and uplifting music I’ve ever heard. Spear’s best music builds slowly and captures all the […]