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Il trovatore

The mass appeal of Verdi’s middle-period opera Il trovatore can be attributed to its overabundance of hummable tunes. But those same arias and duets also pack a dramatic wallop when set against the machinations of the melodramatic plot, which takes place amid civil war in 15th-century Spain. Manrico and Count Di Luna are twin brothers […]

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Joanie Pallatto

Joanie Pallatto offers an armload of stylistic contradictions, then matches them up in unexpected and often successful ways. She’ll produce a honeyed, almost cloying vocal timbre, which wouldn’t seem to have anything to do with the ecstatic, barely controlled rhythms of her scat-singing; the clash sometimes sets off sparklers. She has a trained and versatile […]

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Critical Condition

THE VIEW FROM THE BED: A PERSONAL LOOK AT ILLNESS AND DISABILITY at the International Museum of Surgical Science, through January 14 Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a diagnostic tool useful in a variety of situations–but while MRI generates high-resolution pictures of the insides of our bodies, it also unnerves patients, who must enter a claustrophobic […]

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A pleasantly unpretentious low-budget musical from Zimbabwe (1990), written and directed by Michael Raeburn, author of a well-known nonfiction book about Zimbabwe, We Are Everywhere. The plot concerns a sort of working-class rural Candide called UK (Dominic Makuvachuma), who is knocked unconscious when he falls out of a taxicab and then falls in love with […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story In October in Bogota rowdy students jeered the president of Colombia’s prestigious National University, Antanas Mokus, as he was delivering a speech. Finally, Mokus stepped to center stage, turned around, lowered his trousers and underwear, and bent over. He subsequently apologized and resigned. Schemes Della Dobbs, 31, the woman police called “the snow […]

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Camp Comedy

SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS–THE MUSICAL Factory Theater SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN Metraform at Annoyance Theatre Jill and Faith Soloway’s The Real Live Brady Bunch made it seem way too easy. All you had to do was take some easily recognized cultural artifact–an annoyingly shallow hit TV series, say, or an endlessly recycled […]

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Calendar Photo Caption

Curators Don Baum and Bruce Linn have put together a wide-ranging exhibit of work portraying figures whose lives–and in many cases deaths–have contributed to public awareness of social issues. Besides numerous tributes to John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and Abraham Lincoln, Whose Broad Stripes and Bright Stars: Death, Reverence, and the Struggle for Equality […]