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Horror Show

Ivan Albright at the Art Institute of Chicago, through May 11 By Mark Swartz Ivan Albright was a horrible painter. Using a garish, juvenile palette, he rendered flesh, furniture, and clothing in such a way as to make them all look like satin stained with grease. And although the detail in his paintings impresses me, […]

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Bridge Over Troubled Water

The Graduate Rating ** Worth seeing Directed by Mike Nichols Written by Buck Henry and Calder Willingham With Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katherine Ross, William Daniels, Murray Hamilton, Elizabeth Wilson, and Brian Avery. By Jonathan Rosenbaum If I feel myself as the producer of my life, then I am unhappy. So I would rather be […]

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Poor Little Rich Boy

Gram Parsons & the Fallen Angels Live 1973 (original unedited broadcast) (Rhino) Byrds Sweetheart of the Rodeo (expanded edition) (Columbia/Legacy) By J.R. Jones In a 1972 interview with an A&M Records publicist, Gram Parsons was asked what he’d been doing with himself since leaving the Flying Burrito Brothers two years before. The godfather of country […]

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Savage Love

Hey, Faggot: Usually your info is right on the mark, but your reply to June–who’s in love with her cousin Bill–contained errors. First, and most importantly, first cousins are allowed to marry in 25 of our 50 states, and the marriages are honored as legal in all of them. Doctors have also begun to revise […]

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Afrosynthesis: Reactions in Light and Dark

AFROSYNTHESIS: REACTIONS IN LIGHT AND DARK, Ma’at Production Association of Afrikan Centered Theatre, at Victory Gardens Studio Theater. The triumph of civilization over savagery is the theme that unites these three one-acts. Sometimes we applaud its victory. In Nambi Kelley’s Hoochie Mama a young man alienated from ghetto stereotypes receives solace from the ghosts of […]

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On The Edge: The Films of Greta Snider

On the Edge: The Films of Greta Snider Seen one at a time, Greta Snider’s films might look offhand and oddly incomplete. She eschews technical refinements, seems uninterested in rhythmically precise editing, and often leaves the meanings of her collagelike combinations of material up to the viewer. But the way she partly removes or qualifies […]

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Sports Section

A great hero needs to be offset by a great villain, and the temptation is to say they don’t make ’em like that anymore. Oh, there might be a Michael Jordan on the one hand–allowing him the more human-size heroism of the present day, as opposed to the mythic heroism of a Babe Ruth or […]