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Music of the Baroque

After two decades Music of the Baroque is making its first appearance in Orchestra Hall. The move not only indicates that the choral ensemble believes it can pack a large concert space–it also certifies the coming-of-age for the city’s third major music institution. For this 20th-anniversary finale, MOB chief Thomas Wikman has picked a daunting […]

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For Whom the Scud Falls

To the editors: Gosh all hemlock. In the middle of reviewing M. Butterfly [March 22], Anthony Adler takes time out to explain “the ways in which culture and politics condition us to see things a certain way. Condition us, for instance, to mourn when Iraqi missiles hit Tel Aviv and call it victory when our […]

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The Straight Dope

What is the origin of the expression “hip hip hurrah”? According to one book I’ve read, it derives from an abbreviation of the Latin Hierusylema est perdita, “Jerusalem is destroyed.” Apparently, medieval anti-Semites yelled “Hep! Hep!” as they exiled or executed innocent Jews. Can this be true? Can modern expressions such as hip, hipster, hippie, […]

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Not Cool Enough

To the editors: Kudos to Bill Wyman for hyping rappers 3rd Bass (Critic’s Choice, May 3). The 3rds have proven that they’re not just the best white rappers around (well, tied with the obnoxiously brilliant Beastie Boys), but that they’re among the best rappers period. Mr. Wyman, I trust you wouldn’t have spotlighted 3rd Bass’s […]

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The City File

Next week we’ll do one million. Lorraine V. Forte in Catalyst (May): “Second-grade teacher Barbara Bibbs [of Medgar Evers School, 9811 S. Lowe] introduced her students to the concept of 1,000 by dumping 1,000 popsicle sticks on the floor. The youngsters then picked up the sticks and bundled them into groups of 10. Next they […]

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Cube

Janice Misurell-Mitchell must be the busiest composer in town this season. Already seven of her recent compositions have been performed; now opuses eight and nine take their first bow in this concert by Cube, a new-music ensemble she cofounded four years ago. It’s premature to categorize Misurell-Mitchell’s music–after all, she only began composing full-time in […]

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Loketo

Beneath its surface merriment, the music of Loketo conceals a certain sadness. It’s one of the most compelling examples of what happens to Zaire’s buoyant soukous music when you levitate it out of its homeland and drop it on the elegant, high-powered metropolis of Paris. It sounds like soukous on too much caffeine, skipping fast […]