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Donald Byrd/The Group

Donald Byrd’s The Minstrel Show manages to contain and comment on the many contradictions and ironies of this theatrical form, popular throughout the 19th century. Minstrelsy started, for instance, with a white man in blackface “imitating” a black man; when more blacks performed in minstrel shows, after the Civil War, they also wore blackface and […]

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Spring Green, WI

It’s best to have a detailed county map when exploring the beautiful countryside surrounding Spring Green. Otherwise you might never veer off onto the back roads and discover such treasures as the Friendship Historical Wayside on Friendship Drive, about 18 miles north of Spring Green (off highway 23), near Loganville. It’s a restored one-room schoolhouse […]

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Cakekitchen

New Zealand’s underground music scene is known for its incestuousness: sooner or later everyone plays with everyone else. Perhaps that’s one reason why Graeme Jefferies has chosen to base his band the Cakekitchen in Europe. He shares with fellow New Zealanders Roy Montgomery, Alastair Galbraith, and his brother Peter Jefferies a penchant for leavening brooding […]

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Overexposure

To the editor: Now, I realize that the saying goes if you don’t like what you’re listening to on the radio, you are free to change the station if you wish. But when a picture of a naked Mancow Muller is on the cover of the March 31 edition of the Reader, which is distributed […]

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Pure Heroine

Tank Girl ** Directed by Rachel Talalay Written by Tedi Sarafian With Lori Petty, Malcolm McDowell, Naomi Watts, Ice-T, Don Harvey, Reg E. Cathey, Scott Coffey, Jeff Kober, Iggy Pop, and Ann Cusack. I wasn’t exactly encouraged by the opening sequences of Tank Girl, a spin-off of a British comic book with a postapocalyptic setting. […]

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Don Juan DeMarco

A slight but charming parable with metaphysical undertones, this is a romantic comedy about a 21-year-old (Johnny Depp) who believes himself to be Don Juan. After threatening suicide, he’s arrested and turned over to a psychiatric clinic, where a doctor on the verge of retirement (Marlon Brando) takes over his case, falls under the spell […]

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Silence=Death

To the Editor: I read Jean West’s column “First Person: Love Hurts” [March 17] with mixed feelings of respect, frustration, and sadness. I deeply respect Ms. West’s struggle to come to terms with the best way to deal with her boyfriend-abused friend. I understand from my own experience how delicate and difficult it can be […]

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In the Telling

Griffin Theatre Company. A pigeon attracts the attention of three children–a prim Irish girl, a shy immigrant lad, and a genial southern newsboy–who swap stories while discussing whether they risk harming the fallen bird by trying to help it. With the help of a friendly hobo, a stray dog, and a cardboard cutout of Han […]

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Laughter in the Dark

Dear Reader, Adding to Fritz Neuhauser’s comments about Tony Fitzpatrick’s Dime Stories cartoon [Letters, March 10]; while there are shifts in content each week, I am puzzled about the humor. Several have made me laugh, but I don’t know why. Perhaps the jokes work on some subconscious level, or they are making references to events […]

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Elvis ’56

An excellent one-hour documentary (1987) that charts the pivotal year in the career of Elvis Presley when he went from being an obscure rockabilly/blues performer who drove a truck to a national icon with several gold records to his credit. Armed with fascinating archival footage and rare still photographs, Alan and Susan Raymond, who originally […]

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Sun-Times Jobwatch

Politically Mark Hornung [Hot Type, March 17] was to the left of Ho Chi Minh’s ghost. It was great that he got canned after being caught lifting material from Pravda (Washington Post). They’ll probably promote Cindy (call me progressive) Richards. Kurt Meyer Enemy of the people