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The Icicle Thief

This hilarious Italian farce, the fourth comedy feature of writer-director-actor Maurizio Nichetti, is everything The Purple Rose of Cairo (or Gore Vidal’s novel Myron) should have been and more. Nichetti himself arrives at a TV studio to present his feature, also called The Icicle Thief–a somber black-and-white drama set in the postwar era with a […]

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Ralph Towner

Although his first instrument was actually the piano, Ralph Towner’s guitar work in the 1970s proved to be the last word for a broad array of listeners. With the Paul Winter Consort and later with its offshoot, the quartet Oregon, Towner wove folk and classical music into his compositions and improvisations, tying them all together […]

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Artie “Blues Boy” White

Don’t let the “Blues Boy” fool you–Artie White is no slavish B.B. King imitator but an important veteran vocal stylist in his own right. He specializes in a soulful, horn-drenched contemporary blues sound, the requisite combination of dusky soul passion and blues fire, and his warm professionalism provides a welcome contrast to the arrogant superstar […]

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Ode to Daniel

To the editors: (In regards to your article on Daniel Sotomayor, “The Angriest Queer,” August 17) Daniel is one of my heroes. He’s easy to love, to look at, to hug or laugh with. His anger is in direct balance with his vibrancy for life. None of us survives without recognizing the preciousness, the worth […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story Michael Rubin, a Los Angeles lawyer specializing in personal-injury cases, filed a $2 million lawsuit in June against his neighbor, tax lawyer Kenneth Schild, whose backyard basketball playing was making too much noise. Schild said Rubin had threatened to trespass and forcibly prevent him from playing and once had squirted Schild and his […]