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Praying at Auschwitz

To the editors: “Inexplicably.” According to a recent Reader item [Calendar, November 10], the nuns at Auschwitz are, “inexplicably,” still there. Well . . . It’s about time someone did some explaining to the seeming thousands of short-memoried American liberals bashing the Catholic church and (inexplicably, I might add) the convent at Auschwitz. May I […]

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A Master’s Voice

HUNTER, WARRIOR, SHAMAN Timothy Martin Making an original video artwork must be one of the most difficult tasks for a contemporary artist. Our culture is saturated with highly stylized, technically masterful video images, from the evening news to television commercials to music videos. Most video artists whose work I’ve seen fall into one of two […]

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Inside Information

To the editors: As one of three jurors for the performance series “Opening the Circle of Identities,” I appreciate your coverage in the November 24th Reader. But unfortunately, Justin Hayford skirted several important issues. For starters, Dominique Dibbell’s Dean Rivers was a parody of a male performance persona. Instead of arguing this point, however, Hayford […]

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Intimacies

INTIMACIES at Halsted Theatre Centre People who get AIDS are all perverts, right? And deserve what they get? Most people who have these ideas will probably not choose to see Intimacies, a one-man show written and performed by Michael Kearns, who depicts six people with AIDS. But anyone who did harbor them might feel themselves […]

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Cool One’s Heels

COOL ONE’S HEELS Inn Town Theater Company at Kiku’s Standing in line is familiar enough to city people. One wouldn’t think there’d be much drama in an experience so everyday, so mundane–especially since nobody seems to know what the characters in Israel Horovitz’s Line, the main play in this collection of short pieces, are waiting […]

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Lucky Peterson

Multiinstrumentalist Lucky Peterson, who’s in his mid-20s, has already logged more years of musical experience than some people twice his age. Billed as a prodigy, he had an album produced by Willie Dixon and was touring and appearing on national television shows at five years old. Back home in Buffalo he sat in with the […]

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The Meeting

THE MEETING Goodman Studio Theatre In his Imaginary Conversations, written in the 1820s, Walter Savage Landor improved on history: he created fictitious meetings between the likes of Seneca and Epictetus. In Insignificance, Terry Johnson assembled Albert Einstein, Marilyn Monroe, Senator Joseph McCarthy, and Joe DiMaggio in a New York hotel room, and made his play […]

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Little Milton

Little Milton Campbell is one of the few contemporary blues artists whose careers have been built almost entirely on a loyal black following. Like Clarence Carter and a handful of others, Campbell has managed to remain true to the soulful spirit of the postwar blues pioneered by Bobby “Blue” Bland and B.B. King while embellishing […]

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Billy Childs

One minute, it seems, Billy Childs was stuffing electric-piano fills into holes in Freddie Hubbard’s music; you turn around and–surprise–he’s writing his own good tunes, he’s put together a solid quartet, and he’s soloing with the easy power of a young Herbie Hancock. In the last year and a half, thanks to two head-turning albums […]

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Muntu Dance Theatre

MUNTU DANCE THEATRE at the Dance Center of Columbia College November 24-25, December 1-2 I was rather surprised that Muntu Dance Theatre’s concert–called “Living Legends”–was not part of the Dance Center’s series, “Present Vision/Past Voice: The African-American Tradition in Modern Dance.” But strictly speaking, Muntu is not a modern-dance troupe. Although it presents some contemporary […]