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Splinter Group, at the Theatre Building. I’m into children’s books. Where the Wild Things Are, The Cat in the Hat, and Leopard on a String occupy cherished places atop my night table, because they conjure up amazing visions rarely created by adult fiction. But children’s theater usually drives me up a wall with its cloying, […]

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The Sports Section

We thought we had seen the last of them, these images of Michael Jordan at play: palming the ball and faking a pass over an opponent’s head, teasing him as if he were a kitten; ball in hand, facing away from the basket, arching his back as if he wanted it scratched; leaping, hanging in […]

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Kiss It All Goodbye

Red Kite Theatre, at Cafe Voltaire. Atlanta playwright Rob Nixon clearly cherishes all those galumphing tinsel town cliches. Though his play, set between 1931 and 1934, contains several glaring anachronisms–the film noir title, songs that were written later, slang like “egghead,” and wigs from the 1940s–Kiss It All Goodbye pays left-handed homage to the early […]

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Fast Burn

Big Flame Rigour 1983-1986 (Drag City) Postpunk is pretty much dead, killed off by alternative music. But in its heyday, about a decade ago, one of several active postpunk eddies washed up an outstanding little band called Big Flame. The Manchester-based trio lasted only three short years, recorded less than 40 minutes of music, and […]

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Spot Check

CHERRY POPPIN’ DADDIES 3/31, DOUBLE DOOR A goofball white party band from Eugene, Oregon, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies purvey an energetic and fairly competent blend of ska, horn-drenched funk, and old-timey R & B, but if you’re looking for anything beyond beer-hoisting kicks you’ll leave hungry. POPA CHUBBY 3/31, BUDDY GUY’S New York blues-rock guitarist Popa […]