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A Beauty and a Beast

Arabian Knight Rating *** A must see Directed by Richard Williams Written by Williams and Margaret French With the voices of Vincent Price, Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Beals, Eric Bogosian, Toni Collette, and Jonathan Winters To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar No stars (Worthless) Directed by Beeban Kidron Written by Douglas Carter Beane With […]

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Jerry Garcia, Ripped

Dear Reader, How nice for you that you have a psychic on your music staff. Mr. Wyman’s lurid speculation on the life of Jerry Garcia [Hitsville, August 25] seems based on such phenomena. Garcia’s life/death was a private affair, and as such might not fall into the scope of Bill’s “music scene” coverage. But that’s […]

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Like Nothing You’ve Heard

Henry Threadgill Very Very Circus Plus Chicago Jazz Festival, September 2 Eleven years ago Ornette Coleman and his band Prime Time headlined one night of the Chicago Jazz Festival and attacked a largely unprepared audience with infectious polyrhythms and five dense lines of simultaneous melody. The weak-hearted fled. Three years later the all-improvised big band […]