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Arrest the Restless

Lawrence Ah Mon, a prolific young Hong Kong director whose best efforts have focused on disenfranchised women and youth, pays homage of sorts to Nicholas Ray with this transplanted Rebel Without a Cause, set in the mid-60s, when Hong Kong was in the midst of an identity and political crisis instigated by the Cultural Revolution […]

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International Festival of Sacred Contemporary Music

The latest venture of Lyric Opera composer-in-residence Bruce Saylor and his mezzo-soprano wife Constance Beavon is this two-day showcase, organized with the Italian psychoanalyst/composer Sandro Gindro and the Italian Cultural Institute, of works that try to rekindle spiritual fervor in our increasingly agnostic times. Saturday’s program is choral and orchestral. Included are Saylor’s Jubilate and […]

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Julie Wilson

In a career spanning more than half a century, Julie Wilson has evolved from saucy soubrette (she took over for Mary Martin in South Pacific in London and played the comic ingenue in the TV version of Kiss Me, Kate in the 50s) to droll diva, with a voice like burnished leather and a sexy, […]

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Jamon Jamon

A juicy and deliciously over-the-top piece of Spanish raunchiness with melodramatic as well as erotic overtones, this won the Silver Lion at the 1992 Venice film festival. Bigas Luna’s comedy–whose title might be roughly translated (with pun added) as Double Hammv–is funnier to my taste than anything by Pedro Almodovar in his postpunk phase. (The […]

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The Straight Dope

What exactly is meant by “anal retentive”? I think I am that. I saw a T-shirt that said “You are anal retentive if you wonder if there should be a hyphen.” I wondered if there should be a hyphen in anal retentive. I have looked some of this stuff up at the library but got […]

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Albini’s on Target

Thumbs up for “Three Pandering Sluts and Their Music-Press Stooge” [Letters, January 28]. Finally, Mr. Albini’s typically vitriolic pontifications express a point that is well-targeted and long overdue. Obviously, these musicians know how to package themselves, possess considerable business acumen, and work very, very hard, but the same can be said of the Spin Doctors, […]

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The City File

Words we haven’t heard lately, from activist James Yellowbank, quoted in U.S. Catholic (February): “To say that all Indians are alike is like saying that all the different nationalities and religions in Europe are alike.” Give the deer phones. The Will County Forest Preserve District reports that since November its police have arrested more than […]

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Archers of Loaf/Labradford

The hyperrevved throttle of Archers of Loaf’s catchy punk rock is nothing new; their progenitors and fellow Chapel Hillers Superchunk first pumped Husker Du-ish tunes full of unparalleled ear-splitting pop some four years ago. And while the bulk of their debut album, Icky Mettle (Alias), consists of similar, traditionally structured, guitar-crammed, hook-laden nuggets, it’s the […]

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How Big Is He?

Dear Editor: In response to Steve Albini’s “Three Pandering Sluts and Their Music-Press Stooge” [Letters, January 28]: For someone who whored himself on “The Wedding Present” aren’t you presumptuous! By putting Mr. Wyman down in your usual crude and degrading fashion it only makes you appear TALLER! Not that we don’t appreciate your forced expletive […]