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David Dorfman Dance

DAVID DORFMAN DANCE at the Dance Center of Columbia College November 30 and December 1 and 2 Just when you think you’ve got David Dorfman’s choreography typed, his work moves off in another direction. His strongest dances are tightly focused, neatly trimmed, and somehow emotionally exhausting no matter what they’re about–a personal encounter with mortality, […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story Convicted murderer Thomas Marston argued in his recent appeal that conflicts of interest were responsible for his 1985 conviction in Mendocino County, California. He submitted evidence that his attorney had fathered the child of the then district attorney, who Marston claimed was hassling the father for support at the time of the trial. […]

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The Lion and the Jewel

THE LION AND THE JEWEL Court Theatre I suppose I could look at it any number of ways. I could choose to see The Lion and the Jewel as a chance to watch some really sharp Nigerian-style choreography, done to some really rich Nigerian-style percussion: A trio of drummers shows up from time to time […]

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Celebrity Guest

MISERY ** (Worth seeing) Directed by Rob Reiner Written by William Goldman With James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth, Frances Sternhagen, and Lauren Bacall. Although it didn’t impress me too much when I first saw it, The King of Comedy has gradually come to seem the most important and resonant of Martin Scorsese’s features, largely […]

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A new school for Rogers Park? Not in our garden!

For almost three years students in several overcrowded Rogers Park public grade schools have been relegated to makeshift classrooms in cafeterias, auditoriums, and washrooms, while their parents have pleaded unsuccessfully with Board of Education officials for relief. New construction requires money. And board officials, wary of opposition to tax hikes even for noble causes, dillydallied […]

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Sharon Poliferone, Laurel Wells, and Lisa Feuerzeig

Luigi Nono, who passed away earlier this year, was an Italian innovator and visionary. In the course of a distinguished four-decade career, he used his mastery of serialism, electronics, microtonality, and the spatial configuration of sound–all major currents of serious postwar music–on an enlightening personal quest for new expressive possibilities. The result is an eclectic […]

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Fun With Fluids

CANNIBAL CHEERLEADERS ON CRACK Torso Theatre Medieval and early Renaissance paintings depicting Christ being mocked by an unsympathetic crowd show his revilers making grotesque faces at him, sticking out their tongues and crossing their eyes like schoolboys. A popular soldier’s song during World War II speculated derisively about the reproductive equipment of the Nazi leaders, […]

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Human Scale

CHOREOGRAPHERS SAMPLER at MoMing Dance & Arts Center November 29 and 30 and December 1, 2, and 7-9 It’s easy to take the small low-tech things for granted: breath, warmth, weight, volition. MoMing has never taken these things for granted (though we may have taken MoMing for granted). Human scale, for good or bad, whether […]