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Strand: Under the Dark Cloth

A fascinating and intelligent Canadian documentary by John Walker about the life and career of the great American photographer Paul Strand that includes interviews with Georgia O’Keeffe, Milton Brown, Fred Zinnemann, Leo Hurwitz, and Virginia Stevens, as well as tantalizing clips from Strand’s films (including Manhatta, arguably the first American experimental film, The Wave, Heart […]

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Koln Saxophone Mafia

As saxophone quartets have proliferated and established themselves in modern jazz–a process exemplified by the pioneering World Saxophone and Rova Saxophone quartets–new-music lovers may have found themselves pondering this question: What could be more transparently remarkable than four saxophonists playing without the aid of any other instruments? The answer, of course, is five saxophonists. By […]

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Symbol Life

SWAN LAKE–THE ZONE *** (A must-see) Directed by Yuri Illienko Written by Sergei Paradjanov and Illienko With Victor Solovyov, Liudmyla Yefymenko, Maya Bulhakova, Pylyp Illienko, and Victor Demertash. One of the most fascinating things about Russian cinema is that we still know next to nothing about it. There are the socialist realist holdovers (Little Vera, […]

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Steve Lacy Sextet

Steve Lacy has spent his life playing jazz “wrong.” His instrument has always been the soprano sax. Thirty-odd years ago, when he was the only modern-jazz soprano player, his horn’s high, reedy sound was usually the province of snake charmers; in recent years it’s become the favorite horn of cooing fusion-music oafs. In this era […]

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Supreme Logic

To the editors: Now, I’m no constitutional scholar, so let me see if I’ve got this straight: under the Supreme Court’s Miranda decision, police are required to inform someone they’ve arrested of his/her constitutional rights; under the recent Court decision upholding the Administration’s rules for federally funded family planning clinics, physicians are forbidden to tell […]

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Custom Work

Beneath five rows of buzzing fluorescent bulbs, custom tailor Fred Mazzei is cutting a suit. He moves his five-pound pair of ironclad shears with amazing accuracy, making his way through two layers of fabric at a time with a succession of sharp snaps. He stacks the pieces on an adjacent wooden table in two piles, […]

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Pedophilia and Homophobia

To the editors: The English language, which served Jason Berry so well and which he used so brilliantly in his report on pedophile priests (24 May) does not seem to have a general term to characterize what he reported. “Horrible,” “awful,” “terrible,” “appalling,” etc are all very inadequate to the reality. (Having to work late […]

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The War Notebooks

THE WAR NOTEBOOKS Dark Ladder Ensemble A commodity that should be classified as war surplus: all those martial-themed shows precipitously assembled by theater companies hoping to exploit Persian Gulf war fever, only to be left high and dry by an armistice as swift and sudden as the skirmish that preceded it. Some of these were […]

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Is the Pop. Catholic?

To the editors: I am writing to congratulate you on your courage in publishing Jason Berry’s article about pedophilia [“The Sins of the Fathers,” May 24]. It was very well written and I’m sure very well edited. Someone has at last resisted the Archdiocese’s attempt to intimidate the local media, thank heaven. Incidentally, if you […]

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The Straight Dope

My friend Heather and her hubby just laid out some fairly big bucks to spend a weekend learning how to maximize their total personhood and all that. Highlight of the weekend was a scamper across hot coals. The idea was to impress you with the power of your mind–if you kept thoughts of cool moss […]

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Color Blindness

To the editors: In response to Jack Helbig’s 5/31/91 review of Chameleon Productions’ Wrestlers: I do not take issue with Mr. Helbig’s assertion that Wrestlers was “old-fashioned, flat-footed, and banal.” That is his opinion and he is entitled to it. Other audience members (those who read reviews should keep in mind that a critic is […]