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Linda Malcini and Todd Alcott

Performance art used to be a serious business, full of straight-faced artists acting out tedious rituals in front of aesthetic puritans too hip to crack a smile. But ironically, as the pessimism that once mainly existed only in the art world has bubbled into the mainstream, comedy, albeit dark comedy, has become permissible in performance, […]

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The Sports Section

It was just about this time a year ago that the Bulls were being told–and in some cases were telling themselves–they couldn’t win a championship with the players they had. Now, the Bulls–who remain essentially the same–are arousing speculation that they may be the greatest team in the history of the National Basketball Association. There […]

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What produces a skinhead is the subtle subject of Mike Leigh’s powerful and mysterious feature for British TV, though it may take you most of the film to realize it. We’re treated to the bitter inertia of a family on the dole in a cramped high rise in London’s East End, with particular emphasis on […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story In November the Texas Board of Education vetoed a proposed selection of history textbooks for use in 1992-’93 when it learned of more than 200 factual errors in the books. Among the mistakes that had escaped authors’, editors’, and publishers’ notice: a reference to Richard Nixon being president when Robert Kennedy and Martin […]

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Mike Smith

Altoist Mike Smith has been largely shaped by the music of Cannonball Adderley, and he remains dedicated to that model–both the music and the commentary on his two Delmark recordings leave no doubt of the lineage. But while Smith hardly could have chosen a more inspired influence, his new album (On a Cool Night) moves […]

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Vietnam, the Theme Park

HEARTS OF DARKNESS: A FILMMAKER’S APOCALYPSE ** (Worth seeing) Directed by Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper, and Eleanor Coppola Written by Bahr and Hickenlooper. A little over a decade ago in an English film magazine I made a rather foolish prediction: “Perhaps by the 90s a sufficient time gap will have elapsed to allow [American] filmmakers […]

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Bible Stories

THE MYSTERY CYCLE: CREATION Court Theatre at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel THE DIARY OF ADAM AND EVE Open Door Theatre Company at the Royal George Theatre Center Paradise is where I am. –Voltaire, Oedipe “In Adam’s fall / We sinned all,” the poet says. Whether or not you’re inclined to believe the story of the expulsion […]