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Cutting the Cord

“I’m not gonna stand up here waiting for another Martin Luther King to come along,” Shekeyah Yehuda said, her voice rising as she exhorted her audience “to get up off that low self-esteem of yours and do something. God helps those who help themselves. You can do it. There ain’t nobody who’s come through what […]

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The Passing

The best new experimental work I’ve seen in ages, Bill Viola’s hour-long video (1991), shot in ravishing black and white, is like a string of epiphanies generated by lush and ambiguous encounters between the natural world (basically the American southwest) and the world of dreams and sleep. The minimal stereo sound track consists chiefly of […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story The Los Angeles Times reported in April that, in order to meet state-mandated quotas for low-income housing in each city, three affluent towns near Los Angeles would begin including in their counts the servants’ quarters on large estates. State officials said the decisions by Rolling Hills Estates, San Marino, and Bradbury did not […]

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Vent of a Woman

IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER Lookingglass Theatre Company at the Prop Theatre When I was old enough to have my own room, in the heated porch off my parents’ apartment, my grandmother suggested I look under my bed every night just in case an intruder was hiding there. I did–and when I got my […]

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Theater Notes: voices from over the edge

David Hauptschein’s interest in “outsider” literature–writing by eccentrics, social misfits, the mentally ill–began about five years ago, when he was looking for source material for his own writing. “I had been exploring the underbelly of the mind: the subconscious, dreams, delirium,” he explains. “I came across a magazine called Kooks, which specialized in “insane’ writing.” […]

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The Sister Platform

THE SISTER PLATFORM Marcia Wilkie, Cheryl Trykv, and Lawrence Steger at the Blue Rider Theatre, June 13 The name “The Sister Platform”–describing a program at the Blue Rider conceived and executed by Marcia Wilkie, Cheryl Trykv, and Lawrence Steger–suggests at the most a collaboration, and at the least thematic links. But in actuality this hour-long […]

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Sweet, Westerberg, Dre: Tops of the Pop?

Pop music means two things. For the first, it’s what’s popular, what’s capturing the imagination (or at least the attention) of fans, mostly kids, at any given time. But in the alternative and critical world the term has also, more and more, been used to describe music that does little but vacantly reference a smorgasbord […]

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Lost-Picture Show

BUZZ SPECTOR, FURTHER RE:COLLECTIONS at Roy Boyd Gallery, through July 6 The largest piece in Buzz Spector’s show at Roy Boyd Gallery might at first bring a smile to the viewer. On the floor next to a freestanding white wall almost seven feet high with eight rectangular indentations lie eight rectangular books that match the […]

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Bad Summer for White Boys

To the editors: For the second week in a row, we’ve been treated to Jonathan Rosenbaum’s hysteria about the damage “political correctness” is doing to the movies [“Beautiful and Barbaric,” June 11]. Apparently it’s been a tough summer for white boys. If I understand Mr. Rosenbaum’s use of the term, “political correctness” means “the belief […]

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The Two of Us

THE TWO OF US Prairie del’Arte Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Studio Theater As anyone who’s ever seen Noises Off can tell you, journalist-novelist-playwright-screenwriter Michael Frayn has a gift for comedy. Or, to be more precise, he has a a gift for farce. Deep down even Noises Off–beneath all the theatrical in-jokes, the sly Pirandellian […]

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Restaurant Tours: eating correctly at the Whole Foods Market

The Whole Foods Market, which opened in March at North and Sheffield, is the new hangout for the politically correct. They’re loading their shopping carts with natural pet foods, nontoxic cleaning agents, recycled paper products, naturally brewed beers, and wine from organic grapes. They’re buying nitrite-free, hormone-free, organically fed, free-range poultry, beef, lamb, and veal […]

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In Other Words

IN OTHER WORDS Theatre Praxis at Facets Multimedia Center It seems that the underlying messages of the four selections that make up Theatre Praxis’s evening of short plays, “In Other Words,” are that heterosexual males are repulsive–even if they were once homosexual females–that gay men (especially dead Asian ones) are saints, and that gay women […]