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The Twilight Zone–The Series

THE TWILIGHT ZONE–THE SERIES, Profiles Performance Ensemble, at Red Bones Theatre. Three well-remembered episodes from the seminal TV series are presented in this Profiles production complete with color, a third dimension, six live actors, and an attitude. An iconoclastic effort in a conformist era, the often-poetic original lampooned standardization and, with its sardonic plot twists, […]

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Wilhelm Reich in Hell

WILHELM REICH IN HELL Strawdog Theatre Company There’s a paradox involved in creating anarchy onstage: for it to work, it must be defined by the single autocratic vision of a director. Every minor bit of flailing, screaming, dancing, and cackling has to be orchestrated or you don’t have anarchy, you just have a mess. In […]

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The Sports Section

Long and languid–and determinedly so–detailed, devoted, and only occasionally dramatic, Ken Burns’s new documentary, Baseball, mimics the very pace and temperament of its chosen subject. It is, at times, somewhat arch in the way its structure apes that of a baseball game: the documentary airs in nine “innings” over the course of two weeks, beginning […]

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A Tenor and His Time

FRED ANDERSON STEVE MCCALL VINTAGE DUETS CHICAGO JANUARY 11, 1980 (OKKA DISK) FRED ANDERSON REUNION BAND GRANT PARK, SEPTEMBER 4 Chicago’s rich, vibrant tradition of great tenor saxophonists is beyond dispute. Names like Gene Ammons, Clifford Jordan, Johnny Griffin, Von Freeman, Sonny Stitt, and John Gilmore clearly establish this city’s massive contribution to the music […]

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Blur

In America heavy themes demand heavy music, and we’re not always trustful of even the best purveyors of the slightly different British pop tradition, which is to marry substantive lyrical themes to music that’s sometimes overly light. Blur, who hit town this weekend to promote their third album, Parklife, revel in this tradition, and U.S. […]

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The Advocate

A witty British courtroom comedy-drama, set circa 1450, in which a Parisian lawyer (played by Colin Firth), accompanied by his clerk, tries his hand in the French provinces, meanwhile becoming involved with a beautiful Gypsy outcast. In a misguided effort to cash in on the fanfare accompanying The Crying Game, also distributed by Miramax, viewers […]

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On Getting Groped

It’s been a long time since I got groped. Long enough that I almost forgot about it. Suddenly, happily, the memory is with me again. The person I can thank for bringing everything back is this silly guy who’s suing the FAA. Says he got groped by women at a workshop meant to teach men […]

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Spot Check

MAGNAPOP 9/16, METRO Epitomized by the catchy MTV hit “Slowly, Slowly,” the hollow but bouncy sounds of Atlanta’s Magnapop place them clearly in a genre henceforth known as “alternative bubblegum.” They’re fronted by the appealingly sweet voice of Linda Hopper–whose ancient membership in Oh-OK, a quirky Athens trio with Matthew Sweet and Linda Limner (the […]

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Ah Me Oh My

AH ME OH MY Jenny Magnus at Link’s Hall, August 31 Nothing leaks at a Jenny Magnus show; everything is sealed in tight. Even when the inevitable microphone fails or prop collapses, she never misses a beat. So I approached Magnus’s Ah Me Oh My with some trepidation. Performing as part of the Chance Dance […]

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Tarika

Tarika is Malagasy for “the band,” inviting a not entirely fatuous comparison to the American group of the same name. The Band strove to blend traditional North American styles (blues, country, gospel, R & B, etc) with contemporary pop music. Tarika integrates musical styles from Madagascar’s 18 distinct tribes, and in its original songs it […]

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The Apple Cart

Some of the bluntest political satire and drollest romantic comedy in town is to be found in a 65-year-old play by George Bernard Shaw. Written in 1928 when its author was in his 70s, Shaw’s last popular success is rarely performed in America, where its target–the tensions inherent in a democratic monarchy–may be deemed a […]