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Night of the Mutant Harolds

Night of the Mutant Harolds, Improv-Olympic. The greatest contribution the long-form exercise known as a Harold has made to improvisational theater is the way it forces energetic young performers to construct complex narratives rather than go for the quick, the cheap, or the loud laugh. The three variations on the Harold that comprise ImprovOlympic’s Night […]

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Life After Rock

Life After Rock In a controversial article in the Village Voice last year, British music writer Simon Reynolds made a sweeping assertion that rock had lost its creative power. Rock’s not dead: a quick glance at the pop charts shows that. But we may have to look elsewhere for true inspiration. Where we should look, […]

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Baring Tristan and Old Love Letters I Keep in My Underwear Drawer

Baring Tristan and Old Love Letters I Keep in My Underwear Drawer, Bailiwick Repertory. These earnest but disappointing productions, opening the Pride Performance Series ’96, re-create the most unimaginative strain of gay identity politics: the coming-out drama. Without much humor or skill they present sexual coming-of-age as the pivotal moment of gay selfhood–a simplistic, dangerously […]

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New Works by Emerging Artists

These 17 films spread over two nights are mostly by School of the Art Institute students, and the 9 available for preview range from the intriguing but tedious (Motion Sickness) to the sometimes portentous (Baptism of Thieves) to the movingly personal (Spiritual Treasure). The Friday program includes two strong works. Stephen Rowland’s A Beginner’s Guide […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story Nudity in the news in February: police in Richmond, Texas, charged two teenagers with aggravated robbery; as a ruse to keep from being identified, they’d removed their clothes and walked around the neighborhood pretending to be carjacking victims who’d been robbed and stripped. Virginia legislator Robert E. Nelms was arrested for indecent exposure […]

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Germanic Jocko

By John Sanchez It’s lunchtime at the James R. Thompson Center on the first sunny spring day of the year, and a Michael Jackson impersonator has staked his place out front. Despite the public nature of this performance, the young man pulls out all of Jackson’s trademark moves, crotch grabs and all. When he does […]

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Yamada-ryu Koto Ensemble

YAMADA-RYU KOTO ENSEMBLE Music for the koto, a 13-silk-stringed zither of ancient lineage, throve in Japan from the 17th through 19th centuries, when the aristocracy and the rising merchant class fancied poetry reading accompanied by music. Though different interpretive styles emerged, a consolidation took place in the late 18th century with the dominance of a […]

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Pippin

Emulating New York’s ballyhooed “Encores” series, which mounts neglected musicals for short runs in a concert format, producer-director Travis Stockley has assembled a crew of first-rate local talent for a one-night rendition of this rarely revived 1972 Broadway hit, a pop musical about the generational conflict between medieval warlord Charlemagne and his rebellious, freethinking son […]

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Joined at the Head

Joined at the Head, Frump Tucker Theatre Company, at the Organic Theater Company Greenhouse, Lab Theater. Radiating intelligence, hard-eyed compassion, and wonder at the malleability and resilience of life, Catherine Butterfield’s splendid 1992 play, staged with consummate sympathy by Kay Martinovich, is a real find. Few works have suggested so eloquently the felt but unspoken […]

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African Film Festival

The second annual African Film Festival, by Columbia College’s Department of Film and Video, concludes this weekend, Friday through Sunday, April 26 through 28. All screening’s are free at the Ferguson Theater, 600 S. Michigan, the Collins Theater, 624 S. Michigan, and the Hokin Hall Theater, 623 S. Wabash. For more information call 663-1600, ext. […]

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Police Scanner

DISPATCHER: Those units that are patrolling the area of the blackout, have your Mars lights turned on while you’re in that area of the blackout. Turn on your Mars lights so the residents can see the squad cars, in case they need you, I guess. UNIDENTIFIED CALLER: Make us an easy target. ANOTHER UNIDENTIFIED CALLER: […]