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Dirty Dreams of a Clean-cut Kid

In this cabaret musical revue lyricist Henry Mach and composer Paul Katz take a grim-sounding theme and make it light, lyrical, insightful, and touching entertainment. Four gay men–two lovers and two loners–reflect on their lives while awaiting the results of their HIV tests. Their sung and spoken monologues trace each fellow’s journey from adolescent alienation […]

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Royal Trux

During Royal Trux’s opening set for Sonic Youth at the Riv a while back a friend of the band’s leaned over to opine, “They sound a lot better without a bassist.” He was making a sophisticated comment about the group’s history, but I just had to laugh. To a lot of people, Royal Trux would […]

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Social Studies

SOCIAL STUDIES Jeff Abell at N.A.M.E. November 20 and 21 It’s fun to watch Jeff Abell diagram gay-male relationships. Using a black mat board, yellow chalk, and a professorial persona, Abell gets off some good lines. “I realize an argument could be made that the universe is divided into male and female halves,” he says […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story In New York City Donna Goldberg recently opened Organized Student, a consulting service that advises children and teenagers (for $85 to $125 per hour) on how to clean up their rooms. Said a ninth-grade client interviewed by the New York Times, “I try to keep going by myself, but I can’t do it.” […]

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Taking Off

David twists and swivels to the music onstage and whips off his white sleeveless undershirt. Now he’s down to his leather shorts and dog tags. Before David was a guy named Mark. Five o’clock shadow, jeans and a tie-dyed T-shirt. Now that guy was an amateur. He probably just did it on a dare. You’d […]

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Townes Van Zandt

Townes Van Zandt writes and sings as if he’s relaying messages from some stark landscape littered with the failed archetypes of a shattered American dream–rugged individualism, staunch cowboy nobility, wild outlaw nonconformity, and endless highways promising freedom and deliverance. His heroes, fallen believers searching for the souls they sold for those visions, include aging outlaws […]

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On Exhibit: the star-studded photgraphs of Greg Gorman

Many people would probably recognize examples of Los Angeles photographer Greg Gorman’s work, some of which is now on exhibit at the Catherine Edelman Gallery. Yet few people–even those who pride themselves on their knowledge of photography–know his name. But they should. Comparisons in art are often treacherous, but occasionally they’re unavoidable. And Gorman’s work […]

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Second City Taste Test

TRUTH, JUSTICE, OR THE AMERICAN WAY Second City WHERE’S YOUR GOD NOW, CHARLIE BROWN? Second City E.T.C. OK, before you decide which, if any, of the relatively new shows at Second City you’d like to attend, take this quick comedy quiz. (1) How do you like your improv-based sketch comedy? (a) Loud, boisterous, and crass, […]