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A Crowd of Patsys

Her hair is bouffed, her lips pursed, bright red. Her face is full and powdery; she’s wearing an ankle-length brown skirt and a big-shouldered cowboy shirt with brown trim. She’s pacing up and down the halls of the Fine Arts Building humming “Crazy,” and she wants to be Patsy Cline. Her friend comes out of […]

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Reader to Reader

On a recent Sunday my roommate and I dragged ourselves out of bed for a promising estate sale on mansion-lined Hutchinson Street. The ad said numbers would be distributed at 9:30 and the sale would begin at 10:30, and half a dozen people were already in line when we got there at quarter past nine. […]

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The Sports Section

It is absolutely true, I swear it, that as Michael Jordan stepped to the plate in the sixth inning of the Windy City Classic last Thursday, the sun reached my seat down the first-base line at Wrigley Field. It was sunny but cold in the shade of the grandstand, with the wind humming in over […]

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Waters Still Runs Deep

** SERIAL MOM (Worth seeing) Directed and written by John Waters With Kathleen Turner, Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake, Matthew Lillard, Scott Wesley Morgan, Walt MacPherson, Justin Whalin, Patricia Hearst, and Suzanne Somers. “Outside it’s hot and muggy. I buy a carton of cigarettes, ever bitter that I’m taxed so highly (11) on the one purchase […]

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Spot Check

MULE, SILKWORM, CRAIN 4/15, LOUNGE AX Mule is a heavy Ann Arbor trio with burly mountain-man vocal stylings and a faux-backwoods roots blast. Its new four-song EP Wrung (Quarterstick), however, dispenses with the pronounced chaw spitting of the band’s debut album in favor of a more stripped-down, boogie-laden kick in the ass–sort of ZZ Top […]

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SHEILA’S GIANT WALL OF PLOT TWISTS Sheila at Organic Theater Company Greenhouse VISTAMAX Live Bait Theater LEPERS: SCENES OF DESIRE AND IMPOTENCE Real Work, Inc. at Strawdog Theatre Company Once the dream (only partly realized) of improv visionaries like Paul Sills, David Shepherd, and Del Close, long-form improvisation has become as common as homegrown zucchini […]

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Improv, Improv, Everywhere

FLANAGAN’S WAKE Zeitgeist Theater at Improv Institute Flanagan’s Wake, half as extravagant but just as entertaining as the popular interactive show Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding, might be described as “Paddy ‘n’ Fiona’s Funeral.” Upon entering the theater (which is in no way dressed up to look like anything other than a theater) the audience understands […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story In February the Royal Bank of Scotland announced that it would begin issuing extra check-cashing ID cards to transvestite customers who request them. A bank spokesman said this would allow the customers to have separate cards depicting themselves dressed as male and female to “avoid embarrassment or difficulties.” Oops! Shortly after 10 AM […]