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Dog Explosion

DOG EXPLOSION Transient Theatre at the Upstage Theater Billed as a “dark comedy,” Sean Clark’s fine Dog Explosion will disappoint both those looking for a quick, easy laugh and those looking for the pointed social criticism of a genuine black comedy. Though Clark currently works in Los Angeles cranking out scripts for such series as […]

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Liberal or Loyalist

To the editors: Robert McClory’s “A Silenced Woman,” in your January 3 edition, leaves one with the impression that the battle is between liberals and an old-fashioned, pre-Vatican II conservative. Father Braxton is, in my opinion, not at all traditional nor does he uphold rigorously the continuing authority of preconciliar Church teaching. He will allow […]

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Roscoe Mitchell & the Note Factory

Ex-Chicagoan Roscoe Mitchell–the alternately lyrical, intense, melodic, minimaliost, humorous, and brutal composer-saxophonist–has brought about major events in American music in his recurring visits to the University of Chicago’s Mandel Hall. As long ago as 1966 he and pianist Jodie Christian led one of the very first A.A.C.M. concerts there; Mitchell then discovered new worlds of […]

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Fertile Attraction

THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE *** (A must-see) Directed by Curtis Hanson Written by Amanda Silver With Annabella Sciorra, Rebecca De Mornay, and Matt McCoy. The only trouble that’s interesting is the trouble you ask for. That’s a basic rule of thriller construction that Curtis Hanson has followed since his first low-budget effort from […]

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The Duty of the Artist

To the editors: I am appalled that when asked why he gave Dorothy Tillman “some nasty toenails” in his caricature of her [December 20], David Nelson told Michael Miner, “I don’t know” [Hot Type, January 17]. That response might be understandable coming from an art student. But David Nelson is now a professional and as […]

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The Sports Section

Tex Winter first developed his triangle offense decades ago, but it went nowhere until he got the Bulls to adopt it, after Phil Jackson became head coach. It’s an unorthodox approach to offensive basketball, to be sure, but it’s not like the wishbone or the veer or the run-and-shoot in football–grand schemes that dramatically alter […]

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Enormous, Wild, Poetic

NATURAL HOSTAGES Curious Theatre Branch THE EVOLUTION OF D AND GERALD Clownarchists at Cafe Voltaire Going to the Curious Theatre Branch is like visiting the back room of your favorite bar: the place is a dump, the people are friendly, and by the time you leave, your mind will be wonderfully altered. Their current offering, […]

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Mearsheimer’s Principle

To the editors: In “Woman With a Past” (Hot Type, December 13), Michael Miner told of the charge of anti-Semitism having been leveled against Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann, a German citizen and visiting professor at the University of Chicago, for writings she produced when a young woman in Hitler’s Germany back in the late 1930s and early […]

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Jeff Stitely Quartet

Setting tempos, coloring the ensemble sound, influencing and at times controlling the rhythmic design of everyone else’s solos: in jazz, the drummer plays the most important role (after the leader) on stage. Certainly Jeff Stitely gets enough of all that in the several bands he regularly anchors. But with this quartet–in which he shapes the […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story A 30-year-old woman in Livingston, Montana, and her 34-year-old boyfriend, Ronald Smith, decided not to contest rape and child abuse charges involving the woman’s 12-year-old daughter. The daughter gave birth in November to the boyfriend’s baby, but accounts of the circumstances of conception were conflicting: First Smith said the daughter was the aggressor […]

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Ice-T/Body Count

Ice-T, onetime south-central LA street hood and now the chief practitioner of a searing hip-hop subgenre called gangster rap, is a stolid rapper and a fairly unimaginative writer. He has yet to come up with a classic track, though his work on the title theme from Colors and his contribution to the New Jack City […]