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More on Pogroms

To the editors: I am entirely in agreement with Michael Koplow’s “pogrom pique” with Anthony Adler [Letters, January 4], and find the latter’s response as persuasive as a fart in a windstorm, to keep this on the plane of Adler’s use of metaphor. How one manages to make a pogrom “psychic” or, especially, “good-natured,” is […]

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J.J. Johnson

J.J. Johnson’s return to public performance has something of a mythic quality. Johnson, who was the first to adapt the bebop innovations of Parker and Gillespie to the trombone, had long held a legendary position in modern jazz anyway; and because he was there almost at the beginning, his name–not to mention his cool, dry […]

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Straight Up

To the editors: Your “airport” article [January 4] reminds me of a thought I had long ago. What we need, rather than more monstrous airports is a new type of aircraft. A larger, commercially feasible, “jump-jet” type of aircraft, which wouldn’t require lengthy and diverse runways is what is needed, and eventually will be developed. […]

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Other People’s Money

In Pygmalion, George Bernard Shaw used the science of phonetics and the politics of class as the hooks on which he hung an unorthodox love story. In Jerry Sterner’s superb play Other People’s Money, the issues are Wall Street financial strategies and the social dynamics of Reaganomics; but the emotional core of the play is […]

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The Sports Section

Now is perhaps the best time to celebrate the 1985 Chicago Bears, champions of Super Bowl XX. Because if there was ever any doubt that that was a great team–a great team not only in what it accomplished but in its comprising a unique and enduring group of characters–the season just completed last Sunday proved […]

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Katie Webster

Katie Webster, the “Swamp Boogie Queen” is one of blues and R & B’s most respected veterans. Her Louisiana career extends back to her 1959 work with the Ashton Savoy band, and her early recordings on various Lake Charles and Crowley labels are prized by collectors. She’s at her best when her thunderous boogie piano […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story In July mail carriers in France announced they would make no more deliveries in Cap d’Agde, a resort town of 30,000 people and Europe’s largest “naturalist” community. Citing “embarrassment” at having to walk through town to face people shopping and gardening in the nude, the carriers began dumping all mail outside of town, […]

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Johnny “Clyde” Copeland

Guitarist Johnny “Clyde” Copeland is sometimes billed as the “Texas Twister.” That gives a good indication of his high energy, but it might be misleading in terms of his style. Copeland isn’t just a tear-down-the-walls partier but also an artist of emotional depth; beneath his joyful sound lurks a seriousness of purpose reminiscent of Percy […]

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Once Around

Holly Hunter’s best performance since Broadcast News: here she plays an Italian American still neurotically tied to her parents (Danny Aiello and Gena Rowlands) who’s looking for romance in her hometown of Boston. It’s a comedy with tragic undertones well scripted by Malia Scotch-Marmo and effectively directed by Lasse Hallstrom (My Life as a Dog); […]