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American Ballet Theatre

AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE at the Civic Center for Performing Arts February 12-14 Beautiful dancing is seductive. Watching American Ballet Theatre perform Jiri Kylian’s Sinfonietta is a pleasure: the dancers’ lightness and ease in Sinfonietta’s lightning-fast leaps and changes of direction inspire a sense of wonder. Joop Caboort’s warm lighting and Walter Nobbe’s idyllic costumes and […]

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All About Bodies

UNIDENTIFIED HUMAN REMAINS AND THE TRUE NATURE OF LOVE Halsted Theatre Centre I know I’m expected to take the long view on Brad Fraser’s Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love: to look past the shocking bits to the sober message about How We Live Today. But the fact is, the shocking bits […]

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The Straight Dope

Everywhere I go these days I see yellow ribbons tied around oak trees, light poles, small animals, etc. These supposedly are to show concern for our troops in the Middle East. However, as I recall, in the song (you know, “Tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree, blah blah blah”) the guy in […]

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The City File

Hey, Bossy, did you see this week’s Straight Dope? The state Department of Energy and Natural Resources has given the downstate city of Princeton $31,500 to start turning old newspapers into animal bedding for local dairy farmers at the rate of 110 tons a year. “The so-called ‘property tax revolt’… is in fact a tame […]

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Paintball Is for Pansies

To the editors: Real soldiers shoot real bullets and really get hurt when they get hit, while suburban chickenshits play bang-bang with spitballs and call it “instinctive male aggression.” Do they jerk off in front of G.I. Joe dolls, too? Paintball and the people who play it [“War Is Swell,” February 15] are an obscene […]

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Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

These days, it’s no surprise to find unusual groupings of instruments–sometimes so odd you’re hard pressed to call the resulting configuration a “band” at all. But even against this backdrop, the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble gets points for iconoclasm. Most improvising ensembles supply at least one of the following instruments to tie together the music’s threads: […]

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Hold Me

HOLD ME Badlands Theatre Company Though we usually think of the 1950s as an era of placid innocence, that image was born mostly of desperation. Coming on the heels of the squalor of the Depression and the adrenaline frenzy of World War II, the giddy euphoria of the 50s was a stubborn attempt to deny […]