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IMPROPRIETIES Phil Martini at the Dance Center of Columbia College June 21-23 During rehearsals for the concert “Improprieties” at the Dance Center of Columbia College, one of the dancers stood onstage while the lights were being adjusted. Bored, he started to strike dramatic Martha Graham-style poses. The other dancers teased him, shouting “Angst. Give us […]

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Steve Wynn

“Tears Won’t Help ” the first and most radio-friendly of the songs on Steve Wynn’s first solo album, Kerosene Man, begins with a churning-burning guitar figure that recalls “Still Holding On to You,” a song he wrote for his former group, the Dream Syndicate. The band was one of the best and most noted of […]

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International Theatre Festival: The Government Inspector

INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL The Government Inspector at the Blackstone Theatre People say our actors can’t talk. It’s the well-known cliche. While the British have been busy turning out bell-toned Oliviers–Stanley Holloways, at the very least–we’re supposed to have bred a line of Great American Inarticulates, from Cooper to Brando to, I dunno, maybe Malkovich. There’s […]

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The Straight Dope

I am enclosing a copy of a recent column in Parade magazine by Marilyn vos Savant, who supposedly is listed in the “Guinness Book of World Records Hall of Fame” for “highest IQ.” A writer asks Marilyn for an answer to the following riddle: If a hen and a half can lay an egg and […]