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On the Beach

In a front yard in Lakeview, a boy runs full speed with a yellow plastic bucket in his hand, dips it in the water, whirls and lets loose, just in time to catch his brother full across the chest with a resounding smack. Both scream, dive after more water, take off. Standing silently on the […]

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Geography of a Horse Dreamer

GEOGRAPHY OF A HORSE DREAMER Wild Life Theatre Company at the Heartland Cafe Studio Theatre In D.H. Lawrence’s 1933 short story “The Rocking-Horse Winner,” a boy discovers that he can forecast the winning racehorse by working himself into an ecstatic trance astride his toy steed. Cody, the clairvoyant in Sam Shepard’s Geography of a Horse […]

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Lee Konitz

To alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, jazz has always been an adventure. He acquired his dedication to pure melodic improvisation early, as a founder of cool jazz along with pianist-teacher Lennie Tristano, and he’s sought out a unique and wide range of challenges in the 40-odd years since–big and small bands of varying shades, pioneering solo […]

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New Music Consort

The New Music Consort is one of a handful of persuasive advocates of contemporary chamber music. Since the early 70s this New York-based collective has introduced (and rediscovered) a string of significant works from myriad currents and countries. A key to its success, I think, lies in the players’ delightful performances of what can often […]

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Chamber Music

CHAMBER MUSIC Pidgin English Productions at Talisman Theatre I’m stumped. I sat through Pidgin English’s production of Chamber Music. I listened and watched carefully. I even read the play the following day. And I still can’t make heads or tails of the show. Possibly this absurdist piece just doesn’t appeal to my sensibilities. Absurdist theater […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story Robert E. Bell Jr., head psychiatrist of the Florida prison system, was arrested in May and charged with breaking into his former girlfriend’s home and threatening to stab her to death if she did not return the chocolate syrup, tuna fish, and cigarettes he thought she had stolen from him. Least Competent People […]

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Song of the Exile

A lovely autobiographical feature by Boat People’s Ann Hui, set in 1973. A young Chinese woman (Maggie Cheung) studying in London is summoned back to Hong Kong to attend her younger sister’s wedding, and finds herself in frequent conflict with her Japanese mother (Chang Shwu-Fen) until she accompanies her mother on her first trip back […]