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Ned Rothenberg

From softly guttural woodwind landscapes to impossible two-part inventions and passionately chorded melodies, solo reedman Ned Rothenberg’s music contains much that is remarkable. Nonetheless, the biggest jolt on his album Trespass lies in the unassuming liner note that points out “there is no overdubbing on this record.” Your ears will claim something different. Rothenberg belongs […]

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Working for Amnesty

A few weeks back, Marianne Philbin, the director of the Peace Museum, mentioned to me that Ruth Barrett, the museum’s program director, had given notice. She was going to be taking a position with Amnesty International. She get a good offer? I asked. Marianne said it was. More money? I guessed. It pretty much had […]

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Richard Lloyd

Not only is Richard Lloyd everything a rock ‘n’ roll guitarist should be–he also sings and writes fine songs. It took him a while to get it together, though. After spending the late 70s as Tom Verlaine’s foil in their old (and great) band Television, Lloyd had some drug problems that put him out of […]

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The Sports Section

The Minnesota Twins, their fans, and their remarkable home-field advantage have made crowd noise a popular topic this season. On every channel and in every sport, the commentators are pointing to crowd noise and its effect on the outcome of the contest, whether the sport is baseball or figure skating. I’ve never seen a game […]

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Hey Babu Riba

Based on the personal memories of Yugoslavian writer-director Joven Acin and executive producers George Zecevic and Petar Jankovic, this nostalgic account of growing up in Belgrade in the early 50s centers on a mystery: Miriana (Gala Videnovic), the beautiful mascot of an inseparable male rowing team, becomes pregnant, and the four loyal youths, all of […]

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Death March

“Uno! Uno! Uno!” The uniformed band matched its steps to the orders of the leathery brown man in military trappings. Balanced above the scraggly bunch was a cardboard coffin, empty and symbolically lined in red. Behind them trailed a collection of bereaved mothers, schoolchildren, and parishioners from Blessed Agnes Church. It was indeed a special […]

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Mongo Santamaria

Those already familiar with the music of percussionist Mongo Santamaria won’t need much prompting to hear him this weekend: mere mention of his infectious Afro-Cuban jazz and roots music acts like a magnet for the previously indoctrinated. Among the uninitiated, the jazz fans can think of him as not only a splendid conga drummer but […]

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A Glorious Synergy

DESIGN FOR LIVING Apple Tree Theatre Company I like to put my nose right up to great paintings and study how the artists achieved their effects: a crude dab of white paint, for example, endows a human eye with intelligence; some roughly layered colors make an Impressionist landscape shimmer. There’s something incongruous about the fact […]

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Prisoners of Life

BOB EISEN AND ROBIN LAKES at the Dance Center of Columbia College November 6, 7, 13, and 14, 1987 NEW DANCE ENSEMBLE at MoMing Dance & Arts Center November 5-8, 1987 Sometimes preferring a certain style of choreography is like preferring a certain kind of person–and is as difficult to explain. For example, the New […]

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David Parsons Company

DAVID PARSONS COMPANY at Triton College November 7, 1987 David Parsons, for eight years a principal with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, has now struck out on his own–and what a strike! The program he brought to Triton College was witty, imaginative, and technically assured. Parsons, all of 27 now, will be a major force […]

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Family Life/La pirate

In its latest act of trail blazing, the Film Center is offering the first U.S. retrospective devoted to Jacques Doillon, a post-New Wave French director whose singular movies have received next to no attention here. Emotionally unbridled and extreme in their depictions of passion and familial tensions, they are not for every taste, but it’s […]