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Chicago Sinfonietta

CHICAGO SINFONIETTA at Orchestra Hall September 27, 1988 The Chicago Sinfonietta, which prides itself on being an affirmative action organization, is the latest in a long line of midsize orchestras that have sought recognition despite the lengthy shadow of the Chicago Symphony. It faces formidable odds. As far as I can recollect, no other professional […]

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Fire and Water

The rain, indecisive all morning, asserted itself just as we got to Maxwell Street. My first visit was a soggy mess; droplets muddied the road and fell, not very faintly, over the living and the dead and the hubcaps and the bootleg Head & Shoulders and the platanos and the sneakers. Sheets of plastic paper […]

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Theater Notes: 80 gallons of blood a month

Mick Napier has always been a sucker for slice-‘n’-dice, hack-’em-up movies. Over the years, he says, he’s seen plenty of antisocial psycho-killers (sometimes already dead themselves) slash up their onscreen victims (often horny teenagers) by the dozens. He’s seen critical classics (including the work of David Cronenberg and George Romero), popular classics (Friday the 13th, […]

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This double bill is contradiction incarnate. Fishbone is a group of six young black men from the west coast whose whacked-out ska seems to appeal almost exclusively to white kids. File them under offbeat black crossover. Schoolly-D, on the other hand, is a hard-core rapper from the east coast whose songs like “No More Rock […]

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Muddled Americans

TRACK 29 ** (Worth seeing) Directed by Nicolas Roeg Written by Dennis Potter With Theresa Russell, Gary Oldman, Christopher Lloyd, Colleen Camp, Sandra Bernhard, and Seymour Cassel. As a rule, I tend to be favorably disposed toward non-American movie depictions of American life, at least as a source of fresh perspectives. If we accept the […]

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Ganja and Hess

Dr. Hess Green (Duane Jones) is a black anthropologist who develops a taste for blood after he’s accidentally stabbed by a dagger from an ancient civilization. Ganja (Marlene Clark) becomes infected as well, and the two of them become lovers and mutual tormentors in their joint journey toward death. Certainly the most original and intellectually […]