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Club Dates: folk-rockin’ writers with bongos and ukulele

Ed’s Redeeming Qualities inhabits a netherworld between artful design and inartful execution. They’re basically a folk band, but they don’t really sing ballads, have no use for their musical predecessors, and occasionally pep up a song with a distorted electric guitar. They have the sensibility of a rock band–a smarty-pants college-type rock band–but who ever […]

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The Garden

Derek Jarman’s lyrical and visionary movie–made after he tested HIV positive and before he made his highly political version of Marlowe’s Edward II–alternates views of his own sleeping and dreaming figure as well as his seaside home and garden with apocalyptic or enigmatic images of the life of Jesus, the state-endorsed persecution of homosexuals (among […]

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Three Wishes

THREE WISHES Livewires Children’s Theatre at Live Theatre Three Wishes, by Corrina Maurio, is not one of those shows for adults and kids alike. There’s very little in this thinly disguised morality play about the dangers of lying to hold an adult’s interest. But the kids seemed to really enjoy the show–all of them lined […]

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Frank Abbinanti, Caroline Pittman, Gene Coleman, Jim O’Rourke, and George Blanchet

One dilemma confronting the contemporary composer is how to fashion coherent, meaningful, and relevant music from the bewildering wealth of techniques and materials at his disposal. Local new-music maven Frank Abbinanti believes that one way is to create works that are free, more or less, from the rigidities of a predetermined structure–sort of a compromise […]

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Gun Plays

GUN PLAYS Renegade Theatre at Red Bones Theatre Point a gun at somebody’s head, and he’s going to pay attention. It works in real life, and it works in the theater. Take your semiautomatic weapon to a Texas cafeteria or an LA freeway and wind up on the ten o’clock news. Put your finger on […]

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Putting Pere Ubu together again

It’s hard enough being one of the hundreds of bands trying to reach the record-buying public these days. More and more, battling for music-television exposure, a slot on corporate rock radio’s playlists, and a slice of a label’s recession-squeezed promotional budget amounts to a musical Darwinism in which “fittest” too often means “easy to market.” […]

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Gyuto Tibetan Monks Tantric Choir

For over five centuries the Tantric Buddhist monks of Tibet have carried on a tradition of performing chants at sacred ceremonies. For the most part, the chants consist of low, guttural drones punctuated and embellished by chimes, handbells, or murmuring cymbals; one unusual aspect of the sound is created by the vocal technique, which allows […]

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What It’s All About

UNDER MILK WOOD Barto Productions at Cafe Voltaire There’s magic being made in the brick-walled, fishnet-hung basement of Cafe Voltaire. The principal magician is a dead poet named Dylan Thomas; but his posthumous power is supported by a company of directors, actors, and designers whose sensitivity to shifting moods and meanings makes Barto Productions’ Under […]

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Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits II

SHAKESPEARE’S GREATEST HITS II Shakespeare Repertory at the Royal George Theatre A few weeks ago Barbara Gaines, artistic director of Shakespeare Repertory, was quoted as saying she could barely bring herself to read Shakespeare–at least not without gobbling M & M’s for energy. As she put it, “It’s so tedious to read.” But, she continued, […]

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Blur

When the La’s came through town a few months ago on the heels of their slice-o’-heaven single, “There She Goes,” everyone was excited about the prospects of the group live–particularly since the blustery band members kept talking about how great they were onstage. Turned out they were a bloody bore. Now, in contrast, comes Blur, […]

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Any Bonds Today?

ANY BONDS TODAY? at the Arts Center The Persian Gulf war didn’t last long enough to require the federal government to launch a bond drive. Given the lack of unity on the home front last February, such a plan might have proved futile anyway. But as the legend goes, World War II was the “good” […]