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Ustad Kadar Khan

Ustad (Master Guru) Kadar Khan has amazed Indian radio and television audiences with the dexterity and musicality of his tabla playing for years, but this concert marks only his second trip to America. He studied with his father, Ustad Rehman Khan, from the age of 9, began winning awards at 16, and now astounds rival […]

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Weave of Ages

LIZ LERMAN AND THE DANCE EXCHANGE at MoMing Dance & Arts Center May 12-15 We’re not used to seeing little old ladies adored by attractive young men, but that’s how Liz Lerman sees them. At least, in part. In a section called “War Bride: When It Was Good” from the multifaceted Sketches From Memory, a […]

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On Swooning

To the editors: Reading in Cecil Adams’s column “Straight Dope,” Chicago Reader [May 6, 1988], the letter about the novels of yesteryears in which the ladies swooned easily, I wondered as to what period were the novels the writer of the letter had in mind. To begin with, the novel was not invented until the […]

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Sophiatown; Tout Suit

SOPHIATOWN Junction Avenue Theatre Company/Market Theatre Company at the Royal-George Theatre TOUT SUIT Pat Van Hemelrijck at Victory Gardens Sophiatown falls into the trap that awaits every political play–it becomes overtly political. Instead of the issues quietly seeping into the plot, the play turns preachy, the characters delivering impassioned speeches denouncing apartheid. Instead of feeling […]

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Department of Unsolicited Critical Opinion

To the editors. Although writing letters to publications may have a Cassandra-like tendency to create social complications, I feel I must comment upon Jonathan Rosenbaum’s disappointing film review of Bertrand Tavernier’s Beatrice [Guide to the Silver Screen, May 6]. This masterpiece, despite technical flaws, has a Van Gogh-like ability to touch upon subterranean yet “natural” […]

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Return Trip Tango

Although it only runs for half an hour, Angelo Restivo’s cunningly ordered, well-crafted, and locally made adaptation of a Julio Cortazar story makes use of so many free-floating narrative signifiers–including an adept use of sound and music–that it comes across as an outline for a novel. Circling around an ambiguous murder mystery that isn’t so […]

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The Bible Makes Them Do It

To the editors: Dan Liberty’s piece (25 March ’88) on Fundamentalists Anonymous contained much useful analysis of the fundamentalist phenomenon, but it was marred by the common attempt to define a theological perspective in terms of its stylistic by-products. Fundies follow a cluster of theological beliefs–ironically, often the opposite of their reputation–and these beliefs must […]

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Vampires in Havana

This is almost as much fun as it sounds: a Cuban feature-length animated film (by Juan Padron) that makes fun of horror and gangster movies in a bawdy and caricatural style. Among the heavies who are out to steal Professor von Dracula’s formula, which allows vampires to survive in sunlight, are the European Group of […]

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Good Work

To the editors: In regards to the article “Tina and Rosie Don’t Live Here Anymore” by Marion Karczmar [April 22] I found a lot of truth to it. Not only was it well written and had strong visuals but I admired the honesty in it. I had been to one block party on Cleveland and […]

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Mailicious Attack

To the editors: I am writing in reference to the article “Tina and Rosie Don’t Live Here Anymore”, published April 22, 1988 in section one of your newspaper. Where is your professional judgment? This is the most malicious piece of journalism I have ever seen. Did Ms. Karczmar ever consider asking some of the people […]

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Bad Blood on Broadway

To the editors: Relative to the article Berwyn-Broadway Mall by your writer Joravsky [Neighborhood News, January 15], it appears that the author was misinformed on the facts, mostly by proponents of the project. Many of us in the area were opposed to the project from the first day it was announced. The author chose to […]