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Steve Earle

It’s doubtful that anyone has had a more troubled relationship with Nashville than Steve Earle. After dropping out of high school and moving there from Texas in the early 70s, he fell in with legendary outsiders like Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, perfecting his distinctive songwriting and developing a penchant for hard drugs. He […]

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An Evening at the Caffe Cino II

Retro Theatre Company, at Cafe Voltaire Joe Cino was an important force in the early 60s in New York City’s once-vital off-off-Broadway scene–Lanford Wilson cut his teeth at Caffe Cino. Which is all the more reason this troupe of still-green actors and all-thumbs playwrights shouldn’t be dragging his name through the mud by associating it […]

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Marimolin

The highly unusual duo Marimolin was formed when violinist Sharan Leventhal met marimbist Nancy Zeltsman a decade ago in Boston, where both had considerable reputations in the new-music community. Immediately intrigued by the prospect of merging the sonorities of their instruments, they decided to team up. Since then they’ve compiled a unique repertoire, premiering over […]

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Charlie Hunter Trio

Guitarist Charlie Hunter is no highly schooled young lion; his only formal training came at the hands of metal fusioneer Joe Satriani, and even Satriani’s influence on Hunter’s music is minimal. He didn’t woodshed exclusively in small jazz clubs, running through standards, either; he played anywhere they’d let him. Apart from busking for change throughout […]

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Emma Goes to the Mall

Clueless *** (A must-see) Directed and written by Amy Heckerling With Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd, Dan Hedaya, Justin Walker, and Breckin Meyer. It seems unlikely that Jane Austen would have enjoyed the MTV beach-party premiere of Clueless, Amy Heckerling’s savvy new film version of Austen’s novel Emma. Even when she was alive, Jane […]

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Martyr Rampage

Halcyone Productions, at Zebra Crossing Theatre. Since these two one-acts were written by Sue Cargill, a stand-up comic and cartoonist, it’s tempting to spy out glib situational humor–and there are cheap laughs here that damage credibility. But Julie Cohen’s staging, wise to the pain behind the one-liners, deepens the material at every turn. The second […]

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My One and Only

My One and Only, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse. This 1983 musical started out as a revival of George and Ira Gershwin’s 1927 hit Funny Face–the first show in which Fred Astaire danced in top hat and tails. Several directors and librettists later (Peter Sellars and Mike Nichols were among the guys caught in the revolving door), […]

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Dirty Dating

Famous Door’s Dating Game: Uncensored Famous Door Theatre Company How to Meet Girls Zebra Crossing Theatre I’m not convinced that game-show hosts are fully human. They never seem to come from anywhere in particular, except maybe other game shows, materializing before us like highly advanced alien life forms (it’s not a strain to imagine wires […]

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Ramones

It’s possible that no band so beloved has been so taken for granted. After a full 20 years of commercial-flop albums, unrelenting touring, and, oh, yes, having forever changed the course of rock ‘n’ roll, the Ramones are threatening to hang it up: leader Joey Ramone says he’s exhausted, and to make the point plain, […]

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Reader to Reader

It was a beautiful blue-sky Saturday, and the Cubs were playing the Saint Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field. Around the fourth inning a thirtysomething woman attempted to explain baseball to her Australian date, who was witnessing the game for the first time. “You see, the reason why so many people here cheer for the Cubs […]