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And God Said to Abraham

AND GOD SAID TO ABRAHAM Curious Theatre Branch Watching a strong play self-destruct is like watching a multiple car crash. You know where the trouble began, but not where it will end. All you can do is taste your helplessness before the calamity occurs. A new work from Curious Theatre Branch, Scott Turner’s And God […]

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Spot Check

LILYS 7/15, EMPTY BOTTLE This Philadelphia combo is part of a sizable cadre of east-coast bands that openly admire My Bloody Valentine, as one listen to the recent A Brief History of Amazing Letdowns (Spinart) would tell you: pummeling, distorted drum spray is cut by slamming, off-kilter guitars while slack-jawed bubble-gum melodies percolate underneath. The […]

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Fear of Riding

** SPEED (Worth seeing) Directed by Jan De Bont Written by Graham Yost With Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Jeff Daniels, Sandra Bullock, and Joe Morton. In Speed, the blockbuster hit about a Los Angeles commuter bus wired by a madman to explode if it slows below 50 miles per hour, screenwriter Graham Yost and director […]

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Human Nature

CHANGING VIEWS at Feigen, through August 6 Most Western artists have dealt with their subjects primarily by depicting them directly. Impressed by a spectacular landscape, the painter rendered its details to the best of his ability. The Christian artist who wanted to make the truth of the risen Christ a reality would paint–well, the risen […]

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Chicago on Tap

Tap dancers make me feel I’m caught in some weird dream, just barely making out what they’re saying with their feet. A soloist is giving a monologue, two or more dancers are having a conversation, and a group like Brenda Bufalino’s American Tap Dance Orchestra, which features dozens of performers onstage at once, is a […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story In June the Phoenix New Times published an unidentified man’s detailed list of pros and cons about his two girlfriends, Brenda and Dominique (pseudonyms supplied by the paper), that had been found in a magazine pocket after an Air Reno flight. Under Brenda’s name were, among other things, “wealthy” and “nice cars”; under […]

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A Tale of Winter

The second installment (1992) in Eric Rohmer’s “Tales of the Four Seasons” centers on a young Parisian woman, aptly called Felicie, who fluctuates between two suitors–a pensive local librarian and the owner of a chain of beauty salons who’s moving to Nevers and wants her and her young daughter to come live with him. But […]

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Boredoms

In some ways Osaka’s Boredoms are the ultimate postmodern–even post-postmodern–rock band. Like a musical Blob, their seemingly haphazard, deconstructionist punk rock voraciously consumes every style and influence it encounters. Yet rather than sound like some overloaded world-music amalgam, the Boredoms energetically take in and spit out sounds in a furious cycle of musical regeneration: noisy, […]

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America Fest

This touring showcase of youth choirs from four countries, organized by an entity called the Alliance for Arts and Understanding, is the brainchild of Carol Stewart, a respected veteran church conductor from Iowa. Its intentions are laudable–introducing kids from various countries to one another’s musical heritage–but does the confab amount to anything musically? From what […]

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More Wicked Satire

Dear editors, I wish to thank you and “An appreciative reader” for the letter published under the title “Wicked Satire” [June 17]. I am afraid that I was not as perceptive as your reader or as you the editor, and I actually took the article seriously and, with a sense of outrage, was in the […]

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The Straight Dope

According to the attached article, AIDS activists are concerned about unsafe sex at a gathering of eunuchs in India. Could you please elaborate on what sexual abilities eunuchs have? –F.T., Danbury, Connecticut F.T. encloses the following item from Chuck Shepherd’s News of the Weird column: “In April an AIDS activist organization in Madras, India, made […]

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Industrial Revolutionaries

AMM GENERATIVE THEMES THE INEXHAUSTIBLE DOCUMENT NEWFOUNDLAND (MATCHLESS) In London during the mid-60s, the seeds were sown for a second industrial revolution. Industrial music, the new genre so dubbed a decade later by Throbbing Gristle (who named their short-lived record label Industrial Records), opened its Pyrex eyes, stretched its cranelike arms, and yawned a deep, […]