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Almost a Woman

TANGO EDWARDO Bourgeois Salad Productions at Live Bait Theater, through June 23 Edward Thomas-Herrera says in “This Is What Went Wrong,” an introduction of sorts to his performance poetry show: “This is a show called Tango Edwardo. This is a little to do with tango and a lot to do with Edwardo.” And it’s true. […]

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The City File

The distribution of literacy. News Inc. (May) reports that when the Baltimore Sun quit running classified ads for guns, it received overwhelmingly negative response from callers…and overwhelmingly positive response from letter writers. That’s OK, kids, the Stoics would find you pretty bizarre too. From Notre Dame professor Michael Francis’s journal about teaching his first general-education […]

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Ivo Perelman

Think of “Brazil” and “tenor sax” at the same time and you come up with the image of Stan Getz’s bossa nova years; go to hear the Brazilian tenor saxist Ivo Perelman and the imagery changes drastically. Perelman has nothing to do with the bossa nova, the samba, or the host of subsequent rhythmic fads […]

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Fashion Statements: prisoner of the Brickyard

We found Kirt Brown doing time at the Brickyard Shopping Center, shuffling down the long corridors, shackled to his mom. His uniform–supersized, soft, and slouchy–mumbled something about classroom comfort. But our Fashion Wardens aren’t easily fooled. They isolated the look in solitary until it spilled the whole sorry tale. The primary suspect: long shorts. Their […]

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Bluesman Willie

Bluesman Willie has long been a cult figure around his home base in Willingboro, New Jersey–his first band, Captain Midnight and the Eldorados, was a tough-rocking R & B outfit that featured an aggressive young sax man named Clarence Clemmons. But Willie should be known as much more than the guy who gave Springsteen’s sax […]

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Smart Kids

To the editors: Last week your cover lead story started with a false premise [“Nobody Likes a Smart Kid,” May 21]. People don’t hate smart kids. People hate “smart aleck” persons of all ages. After teaching school for 30 years, the best experience was working with “gifted” children. It was more work, but the enjoyment […]

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Rosenbaum’s Politics

To the editors: I have to laugh at Jonathan Rosenbaum’s self-righteous, melodramatic, even hypocritical review of Cliffhanger [June 11]. I can sympathize with being anti-film violence; many people can and are (although I don’t really care myself). But in summing up, in both his full-length and capsule reviews of the film, he states that the […]

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Traveling Avant

An ode to fanatical French cinephilia in 1948–the generation immediately preceding the New Wave, to which writer-director Jean-Charles Tacchella (Cousin, cousine) belonged–this is a must-see charmer not only for crazed film buffs and Francophiles, but also for anyone wanting to follow the adventures of a passionate romantic trio of scruffy bohemians in their early 20s […]

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Just Do It

To the editors: I casually speed-read Grant Pick’s “Speed Wash” (June 11) and then I carefully reread it and discovered that it was fraught with political and socioeconomic factors that will affect Our City far into the future. As a black man, it does absolutely nothing for my pride to read that after 1960, when […]