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Super-8 Eros: Films by Luther Price

Combining extensive found footage, some of it homoerotic, with material he shoots himself, Luther Price makes Super-8 films that have a raw and unfinished look and avoid obvious conclusions. In Jellyfish Sandwich he combines footage of a football game with fire-fighting scenes, right-side-up images with upside-down ones, black-and-white with color–creating a film that’s aggressive and […]

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Therapy

THERAPY, ImprovOlympic. At first the notion of an improvisation based on group-therapy sessions seems redundant–after all, isn’t the social dynamic of many therapy groups much the same as in a classroom improv game? Once Therapy gets under way, however, the discipline becomes apparent: one player describes an allegedly personal experience, and the others act out […]

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Savage Love

Hey, Faggot: While my buddy–straight, I thought–was out east for Xmas, I stayed at his apartment so his place wouldn’t be empty. I made myself at home. I drank his beer, I ate his food, I watched his movies. I also watched his homemade pornos: him and his two girlfriends. I know it was wrong, […]

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Shellac

Shellac Judging by the dearth of visible activity in the two years since the release of its debut, Shellac at Action Park (Touch and Go), it might appear that Shellac’s not much of a going concern for its members. And some less than precise performances during the trio’s few local gigs last year (most played […]

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Virgins and Other Myths

VIRGINS AND OTHER MYTHS, Bailiwick Repertory. In 80 minutes actor Darren Stephens covers a lot of emotional territory, finding immediate entry into Colin Martin’s autobiographical one-man play, a lacerating look at a gay man’s very haphazard coming-out. Donning multiple costumes and voices, Stephens immerses himself in Martin’s saga, passionately moving through schoolboy sex, an attempt […]

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Sports Section

In our youth, February seemed the longest month of the year. The month just dragged, especially toward the end, for February was the time when baseball seemed tantalizingly close yet very distant. The month began with the knowledge that within two or three weeks the first reports would begin filtering back from spring training. Yet […]

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Rock and Roll Ghost

Marianne Faithfull Park West, February 5 By Monica Kendrick In her hilarious 1994 autobiography, Faithfull, Marianne Faithfull tells the story of the time she OD’d on sleeping pills, shortly after Brian Jones died. She writes that she “spoke” to Jones before lapsing into a six-day coma, then hints wryly that it would have been better […]

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Both Sides Now

The Ceremony Rating **** Masterpiece Directed by Claude Chabrol Written by Chabrol and Caroline Eliacheff With Sandrine Bonnaire, Isabelle Huppert, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Virginie Ledoyen, and Valentin Merlet. By Jonathan Rosenbaum It’s odd that Claude Chabrol is the most neglected filmmaker of the French New Wave today, at least in this country, because he […]

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Spot Check

BIG HEAD TODD & THE MONSTERS 2/14, TOWER RECORDS ON CLARK I was as surprised to learn that guitarist-vocalist Todd Park Mohr’s nickname is an homage to bluesman Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson as I was to hear his Colorado-based trio’s bang-up version of “Boom Boom” (with guest vocals by the song’s author, John Lee Hooker) on […]

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Straight to the Heart

German printmaker KŠthe Kollwitz (1867-1945) is often, if unfairly, regarded as a propagandist. Though she lived a middle-class life–a servant helped run her household, freeing her to work–she lived in the poorest district of Berlin, where her physician husband saw his patients. Even as a child she was fascinated by the “native rugged simplicity” of […]

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Late in theGame

Late in the Game By Michael Marsh Bob Goldberg is your typical high school coach. He calls practice, draws plays, presides over study hall, and frets about injuries. On a Saturday afternoon he’s pacing in the gymnasium of Josephinum High School, the Catholic girls’ school in Wicker Park where he coaches varsity basketball. With a […]

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City File

“It’s a sign of how terrified many are of the Daleys’ punitive exercise of their power that few will criticize the brothers for the record,” writes Doug Ireland in the Nation (February 3). “One prominent lawyer, a Democrat who is now out of politics, insisted on anonymity before confiding, ‘My client says Bill Daley told […]