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The Races of Man

The giant caryatids that support the porches of the Field Museum of Natural History preside over the lakefront cognizant and watchful–heroic, uniform sentinels with the features of a single ancient and noble race. These dignified figures peer out from the stately structure with a distinctive Greek visage, never flinching, never growing tired, assuring those who […]

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Woman in Love

SINS OF OMISSION Holly Hughes at Beacon Street Gallery & Theatre, April 9 and 10 Holly Hughes sat all folded up in a big comfortable chair, sighed, and described her lover’s breasts as “tits, headlights, knockers.” This got a laugh, of course. It was bawdy, and so incorrect. Certainly Hughes could have gone on in […]

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Rhodessa Jones

Born to migrant-laborer parents, Rhodessa Jones is an actress, singer, dancer, writer, and teacher based in San Francisco. She has often collaborated with her brother, New York choreographer Bill T., but she is a fine performer in her own right. In her latest work, Big Butt Girls, Hard Headed Women (with music and stage direction […]

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Gidwitz to a T

To the editors: As regarding “City College Showdown” (2 April), only one thing can be said about Mr. Gidwitz; he’s shown remarkable progress. He’s evolved from being a mere twit to a classic twerp right into a truly amazing twat in record time. If you desire an English-to-English translation of this brief, a representative from […]

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Potshots Unbecoming

To the editors: With his expansive essay on R.E.M.’s Automatic for the People, Bill Wyman demonstrates once again that he is among the most insightful pop music writers in the country [Hitsville, March 5]. But a few comments are in order. Wyman seems disconcerted by the fact that Automatic–a brilliant album length work on death […]

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A Musical Way of Seeing

FILMS BY STAN BRAKHAGE **** (Masterpiece) Stan Brakhage has been making films for more than 40 years. By now he’s made hundreds, ranging in length from a few seconds to four hours. He makes them very cheaply–because he photographs them himself, generally working without cast or crew, the main costs are film and lab bills. […]

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Anthony Burr

Of Helmut Leichenmann’s solo clarinet piece Dal niente (1970), Anthony Burr explains that “it reveals the means of production. Rather than in playing classical music generally, where you try to pretend that you’re doing anything other than actually playing the clarinet, this is about playing the clarinet.” Listening to the piece, one is confronted with […]

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Art and Graffiti

To the editors: In regards to your article “Graffiti Theory” in the March 26 issue. Let’s get one fact straight. Graffiti is vandalism. To claim it is art would have the equivalency of using a rocket launcher on a building and calling the remains a sculpture. Vandalism simply defined is destruction of property, private or […]

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The Storioni Ensemble

The Storioni Ensemble, founded by Russian emigre violinist Victor Yampolsky last season and named after a famous instrument maker, is already the pride and joy of Northwestern University’s School of Music, which has wanted the world to know that its string faculty is just as capable as its wind and brass coaches. The core of […]

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Beauty From Brutality

BATSHEVA DANCE COMPANY at the Civic Opera House, March 11, 13, and 14 I’ve gotten into arguments with everyone I’ve talked to about Batsheva Dance Company, which appeared at the Civic last month as part of the “Festival of Israeli Dance.” Dancers loved the performance, but nondancers couldn’t find words strong enough to vilify it, […]