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How Dear to Me the Hour When Daylight Dies

Goat Island performs this series of ritualistic, choral, bleakly vaudevillian hauntings in its own relentless, physically taxing style. Originally staged in October 1996, How Dear to Me the Hour When Daylight Dies weaves together abstracted stories of wartime torture, death, and survival. Fans will recognize the group’s Rorschach method of storytelling, created by a constantly […]

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The Short Bus

The Short Bus, at Voltaire. In another century he might have been Tom Sawyer. But the boy who rides the special-school van in Jamie Dunlavey’s one-man show The Short Bus has the misfortune to be young, bright, and incorrigible in the mid-70s: his “behavioral disability” condemns him to a series of “progressive” educational programs in […]

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Mose Allison

MOSE ALLISON Loitering at the corner of New York jazz, southern blues, and cowboy poetry, Mose Allison has resisted categorization throughout his four-decade career. How do you pigeonhole a pianist who made some of his first recordings with Stan Getz, scored perhaps his biggest hit singing a tune by Willie Dixon, and writes songs like […]

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Joe Henderson / Ernie Watts

JOE HENDERSON/ERNIE WATTS No, they won’t perform in the same band, but the appearance on the same stage of the Joe Henderson Trio and Charlie Haden’s Quartet West–featuring Ernie Watts–presents the opportunity to compare two unusually popular jazz saxophonists. In the last several years, Henderson has gone from jazz-world darling to one of the most […]

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Slides of My Trip to Hell

SLIDES OF MY TRIP TO HELL, at Voltaire. Jeff Carey’s tidy little one-man experiment is well suited to an amenity-free basement theater. Rather than trying to wish away Voltaire’s innumerable physical and technical limitations, Carey exploits and even ridicules them. Dressed in rumpled pajamas and a quasi-monastic cap and calling himself Dante, he plunks himself […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories The Brooklyn, New York, organization Shalom Bayis (“household peace” in Hebrew) closed down its 24-hour mistress hotline in January after an unfavorable story about it appeared in the New York Daily News. A spokesman said the hotline’s purpose was to place its 40 volunteer mistresses with unsatisfied husbands in order to stop the […]

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Excessive Use of the Force

Star Wars: Special Edition Rating — Worthless Directed and written by George Lucas With Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, David Prowse, Eddie Byrne, and the voice of James Earl Jones. Semantically as well as historically, there’s an important distinction to be made between light […]

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Rory Block

RORY BLOCK Rory Block came of age during the folk boom in New York, when aspiring blues guitar pickers could still learn directly from immortals like Reverend Gary Davis, Son House, and Mississippi John Hurt. Along with Stefan Grossman and other fellow travelers, Block developed a style that was as true as possible to her […]

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Hometown

This rare 1930 Kenji Mizoguchi film employed an early sound process: some scenes have intertitles rather than dialogue, and some sound effects seem to have been added later–the print being shown is of a 1950 Japanese restoration. The plot concerns a talented singer, Fujimura, who abandons the roots of his art for popular success–and in […]

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Savage Love

Hey, Faggot: I am a very attractive, intelligent, experienced woman. I model and have my own business. For the past three years, I have been living with my fiance. My problem is that my fiance masturbates day and night, despite the fact that we have a good sex life. He does this when he thinks […]

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Police Scanner

Thursday, January 9, 11:15 PM Dispatcher: 1046, would you look at a domestic at 13– South Independence, apartment 1-E. There’s no name, it’s a domestic, and the caller asked for the police. The phone was hung up, we called back, caller said they do not need the police but someone in the background was yelling […]