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Unbelievable

DEMOLITION MAN * (Has redeeming facet) Directed by Marco Brambilla Written by Daniel Waters, Robert Reneau, and Peter M. Lenkov With Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock, and Nigel Hawthorne. With the steady rise of committee moviemaking and the steady shrinking of attention spans thanks to TV, suspension of disbelief and densely imagined fictional worlds […]

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Passion and Dementia

A LETTER TO DIAGHILEV Timothy Buckley at Curious Theatre Branch, through December 4 Vaslav Nijinsky, the legendary dancer and choreographer, was a prophetic figure. In the years before World War I, when artistic theories were crumbling and political structures were about to crumble, much of the art–Oscar Wilde’s Salome, Gustav Klimt’s flat, golden paintings of […]

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Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

The Pakistani form of Islamic devotional music called qawwali works this way: An ensemble of nine men sits on a beautiful carpet in the middle of the stage. Two harmonium players squeeze out simple Western major-key chord changes while the five guys in the back row provide a rocking hand-clapping chorus and a tabla player […]

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Spot Check

ROY HARGROVE, 11/26-11/28, JAZZ SHOWCASE At the ripe old age of 24, trumpet whiz Roy Hargrove is set to follow a course similar to that of the original “young lion” of jazz, his part-time mentor Wynton Marsalis. Hargrove’s similarly young working quintet match him with unswerving taste and support (and fancy clothes), and like the […]

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Jazz for the Masses

To the editors: I simply cannot let Mark Ruffin’s 11/12/93 letter pass without comment. During the course of defending WNUA’s “jazz” programming, the producer/announcer declares himself the premier jazz DJ and dares to compare himself to Neil Tesser and Dick Buckley of WBEZ. Ruffin states that he is more in touch with what the masses […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story The Environmental Assessment Center in Okayama, Japan, announced in October that it had manufactured an experimental sausage by adding soybean protein and steak flavoring to “sewage solids” from Tokyo. “Sewage isn’t really such a dangerous and dirty thing,” said a spokesman. However, he did not foresee that the sausage would be commercially marketed: […]

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Addams Family Values

This sequel starts off with the same sort of hard-sell blackout gags as its predecessor, most of them built around the premise of Gomez (Raul Julia) and Morticia (Anjelica Huston) having another baby. But once Joan Cusack enters the picture as a nanny-cum-serial-killer/gold digger with her eye trained on Fester (Christopher Lloyd) things get livelier, […]

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TV or Not TV?

To the editors: Lee Sandlin’s story Just a Weekend in the Big City in the October 22 issue I found interesting and well written. I am, however, troubled by the tone of the brief characterization of Rudolf Steiner’s work and of his particular contributions to child development and education referred to in the story. A […]

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Barjo

This decidedly offbeat 1992 French comedy-drama–Confessions d’un barjo in French–from Jerome Boivin (Baxter) is an adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s Confessions of a Crap-Artist, set in contemporary provincial France rather than 50s California but otherwise reportedly fairly close to the original. The central characters are an unconventional pair of fraternal twins who maintain an unusually […]

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Jazz Law

To the editors: If WNUA is serious about the “acoustic jazz” as Mr. Ruffin says they are (“What Is Jazz?,” November 12), they wouldn’t ghettoize it in a few off-hours radio programs. They would play it at the peak of their radio audience. Mr. Ruffin calls the “classic” jazz listeners that don’t like WNUA “close […]

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Vanessa Rubin

“Vanessa Rubin sings with soul.” That sentence sounds like a jazz album title from the early 60s. But it makes perfect sense when you learn that during her youth, the Rubin family hi-fi brimmed with records by Dexter Gordon, Cannonball Adderley, and others who exemplified the earthy mid-50s melding of jazz with rhythm and blues. […]

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Chicago Chamber Orchestra

The Chicago Chamber Orchestra is one of those low-profile local groups that offer programs mostly for free and that are taken largely for granted. Under the direction of its founder, the redoubtable Dieter Kober, the 35-member ensemble gathered a cult following as an inexpensive introducer of beloved classical works, and its quality was wildly uneven, […]