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News of the Weird

Lead Story In September MCA/Universal studios signed Gregory Scott to an exclusive five-year deal to appear in and direct music videos for children, beginning with one starring children’s entertainer Gregg Russell. Scott, who has recently appeared on Entertainment Tonight and The Arsenio Hall Show, is five years old. The Continuing Crisis During tennis’s Italian Open […]

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Getting the lead out: city officials and neighborhood activists chip away at a huge problem

It’s been more than a year and a half since Maurci Jackson’s daughter Maurissa was poisoned by eating lead-based paint. But as far as Jackson knows, her old landlord still hasn’t removed all of the toxic paint from the apartment. Maurissa Jackson, now three, underwent months of frightening and painful treatment and is in good […]

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Search for Nightlife: a study of male arousal response

Admiral Theatre, 3940 W. Lawrence: A Psychological Study of the Arousal Response of Men Watching Bare-breasted Women in High Heels Dancing in Close Proximity to Them. Case 239. Subjects: Johnny, aged 32, engineer, admittedly a slave to masturbation, genitals normal, frequently suffers inflammation of the Schneiderian membrane; Frankie, aged 27, artist, given to indulgence in […]

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Oba Oba ’92

OBA OBA ’92 at the Shubert Theatre Oba Oba ’92 features, among other things, a lambada that makes the version danced at Casanova’s look like a Texas two-step–the top couple moving in ways generally thought possible only in figure skating or gymnastics. But any suggestiveness in the dance–described in the program as “voluptuous, sensual, and […]

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Do the White Thing

If you’ve endured the new Saturday Night Live, you might think satire is dead in America. But Do the White Thing, now in its third year of skewering bureaucrats, politics by crisis, and Jesse Jackson’s personificating rhetoric, is a cure for despair, a skilled set of ever-updated skits by two deft hipsters, political satirist Aaron […]

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Life Is Good

LIFE IS GOOD Mary-Arrchie Theatre Mary-Arrchie’s Life Is Good is billed as a work in progress, but to call it that would be generous. It seems a lot more like a work in trouble. The play, which concerns a man’s attempt to kill himself and his subsequent appreciation of life, credits a wide array of […]

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Madison artist Mary Bero used paint and various kinds of embroidery to make the tiny (four-by-six-inch) but intense Palette Race, one of the works featured in the recent book Celebrating the Stitch and in the current exhibit of the same name at the Textile Arts Centre. The book, by Forest Park fiber artist Barbara Smith, […]

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The Straight Dope

The other night I was sitting around with some friends discussing the sort of thing college students discuss at three in the morning while avoiding chemistry homework–namely, strange mutilations of the human body. Someone told a story that sounds like an urban legend to me, but he was so sure it was true. The story […]