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Boozoo Chavis & the Magic Sounds

BOOZOO CHAVIS & THE MAGIC SOUNDS Many of zydeco’s most visible touring acts are profit-driven modernists, updating tradition to appeal to the lowest common denominator–i.e., cranking out zydeco versions of familiar pop tunes. Boozoo Chavis, on the other hand, is a veteran purist–his 1954 classic “Paper in My Shoe” predated the first Clifton Chenier recording […]

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Revisiting WWII

In some ways I was glad to see a front page article in the Reader on the Second World War [March 7]. In other ways I wasn’t. The first thing that caused me to blink a few times was the claim that “World War II came to America like an epidemic from overseas” and the […]

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Taruja

TARIKA The comparative isolation enjoyed by the people of Madagascar, which sits several hundred miles off the southeastern coast of Mozambique, has produced some of Africa’s most original and exuberant music. And the singer-songwriter sisters who founded Tarika–Rasoanaivo Hanitraivo and Raharimalala Tina Norosoa, better known for obvious reasons as Hanitra and Noro–have made the most […]

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Q & A Marcel Marceau

Q: You describe your character of Bip, created 50 years ago, as a Don-Quixote type, “fighting against windmills.” Is Bip as optimistic now as he was in 1974? A: When I founght in the Second World War, it was terrible, but after the war, I was full of illusions, thinking that we had fought the […]

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Lilys

Lilys Schizophrenic musical transformations indicate careerist impulses more often than they do creative restlessness, and on paper, the shift between the Lilys’ Eccsame the Photon Band (Spinart, 1994) and last year’s Better Can’t Make Your Life Better (Primary) looks a lot like the former. Kurt Heasley, the band’s leader and sole constant member, abruptly abandoned […]

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City File

God for postmoderns. “Vodou finds its sacredness not so much in the clinging to different religious expressions as in the claiming, re-arrangement and idiosyncratic empowerment of these expressions,” writes Joseph Houseal in In These Times (March 3), reviewing a current Field Museum exhibit. “The Haitian people were stripped through a succession of unspeakable injustices to […]

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Danny and the Deep Blue Sea

DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA, AMRO Productions, at Strawdog Theatre Company. Some directors can direct themselves, but many can’t. Director-producer Steve Orma, who also plays Danny in John Patrick Shanley’s oft-performed drama about hard-luck souls falling in love at a bar, belongs to the latter category. Shanley’s dialogue frequently strains credulity with its imitation […]

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Steven Lutvak

Steven Lutvak Much admired in Manhattan from his engagements at venues ranging from the Russian Tea Room and Rockefeller Center’s Rainbow and Stars to the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, 33-year-old singer-songwriter Steven Lutvak has a gift for solidly structured yet unpredictable melodies, and his lyrics convey a wry but compassionate wit without verbal […]

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Straight Dope

My friends and I were discussing the great horror movies when someone claimed that The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was based on a true story. I went to the video store, and sure enough on the back of the box it said the movie was based on real events. I rented it, and after my friends […]

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Making Strange

Ben Dallas at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, through April 19 Wendy Edgley at David Leonardis, through April 5 By Fred Camper When Marcel Duchamp first exhibited such ready-made objects as a urinal, he changed art making forever. Many artists started to rely less on form and composition and more on the idea of […]

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Marcel Marceau

Marcel Marceau In T.H. White’s fantasy epic The Once and Future King, Merlin the magician lives backward in time, growing younger rather than older. Marcel Marceau seems to do the same thing. Having just turned 74, he displays an astonishingly youthful physical agility and attitude of playful wonderment. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of his debut […]

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Days of the Week

Friday 3/28 – Thursday 4/3 MARCH by Deanna Isaacs 28 FRIDAY If you stand outside Adler Planetarium at night and look low in the sky to the northwest, you won’t see anything more spectacular than the Chicago skyline. Still, the folks at Adler say you can hail the faint, fuzzy comet Hale-Bopp from their plaza, […]