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Cartoon Review

To the editors: P.S. Mueller is about as funny as spending Christmas Eve in a cardboard box. As for President Bill, I can only hope it ends. It’s obvious that Brown is beating a dead horse here. If he cares so much, why doesn’t he retire his ink pen and go into politics? The addition […]

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Pierre Boulez, one of the seminal figures of contemporary music, may also be its most eloquent defender. When he interprets Schoenberg, Bartok, or even his own work, he does so with clarity and intellectual vigor. Listen to a performance conducted by him and you’re apt to gain insights into, say, the method behind serialism’s seeming […]

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Howard Levy & Friends

These days Howard Levy spends precious little time with his hometown friends; that’s the price you pay for cofounding and touring with a popular Warner Brothers band like Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, in which Levy’s keyboard and harmonica work constitute two of the three lead voices. At this concert Levy will stick almost entirely […]

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Lunch

LUNCH Element Theatre Company at Cafe Voltaire A passionate follower of Antonin Artaud, British playwright Steven Berkoff has a reputation for creating plays that, in the words of Times drama critic Ned Chaillet, “use theatre as a visceral force, drawing energy from what [Berkoff] calls “the lower echelons of the body.”‘ Nevertheless, his plays are […]

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Field & Street

I’ve been spending many hours over the past few weeks computerizing all my observations from the breeding-bird survey at Somme Woods last summer. I bought some software called Bird Base 2, a spread-sheet program designed just for birders (one of several on the market), and entered each of the more than 2,000 observations I recorded […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story Kevin Barry, 42, filed a lawsuit in federal court in New York City in October to recover $885 in panhandling income the government had subtracted from his disability benefits. The government said the money constituted “gifts,” requiring a dollar-for-dollar reduction in his benefits. Barry said the money was “earnings,” which legally should not […]