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Cut, Poison, and Burn

CUT, POISON, and BURN, Mary-Arrchie Theatre. Playwright Louis Peter Cimino starts out on the right foot in his attempted expose of the Western medical establishment. Cut, Poison, and Burn opens at a fancy cocktail party where William Foster, the head of a pharmaceutical giant who addresses the crowd as “doctors and wives,” announces the grant […]

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The Chicago Latino Film Festival and The Margaret Mead Traveling Film & Video Festival

The 13th annual edition of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, produced by Chicago Latino Cinema and Columbia College, runs from Friday, April 4, through Monday, April 14. Film and video screenings will be at Chestnut Station, 850 N. Clark; Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton; Art Institute Rubloff Auditorium, Columbus Drive at Monroe; First Chicago […]

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Film Notes: the custom of collecting customs

Unlike other anthropologists of her generation, who interviewed tribal elders to salvage vanishing Native American cultures, Margaret Mead headed to the South Seas–Samoa, Bali, and New Guinea–seeking cultures uncontaminated by modernity. Instead of pursuing so-called salvage ethnography and studying disintegrating traditions, she observed isolated societies that seemed whole and healthy. Salvage ethnography at its worst […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories The Reebok shoe company finally realized in February that its new line of Incubus athletic shoes for women, which had had a lengthy development period and spent a year on the market, was named for a mythological demon who raped slumbering females. And Walgreens drugstores distributed coupon books nationwide in February to honor […]

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Faustus in Africa

Faustus in Africa Marlowe turned the story into a tragedy. Goethe remade the man into an everyman for the industrial age, filling the world with satanic mills and improving society despite himself. Now come William Kentridge and the Handspring Puppet Company from South Africa to transform Faust once again. This time he’s the ideal imperialist–greedy, […]

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That Old Feeling

That Old Feeling The underrated Carl Reiner (All of Me) directed this carnivalesque romantic farce, written by Leslie Dixon expressly for Bette Midler. The form and style are traditional Hollywood–closer to Hollywood of the 30s and 40s than to that of today–but the film comes across as positively rebellious in the present conservative climate. The […]

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Savage Love

Hey, Faggot: What is wrong with this picture? It appears that NYC is full of gay and bisexual men who feel compelled to get to home plate within the first 24 hours of meeting a potential partner. Fucking–not dinner and a movie–seems to be the “foot in the door.” Don’t get me wrong, this gay […]

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Gettin’ Down with the Joneses

Gettin’ Down with the Joneses, American Dream Works Productions LLC, at Victory Gardens Theater. Based on an idea they first played around with in 1976, started working on in earnest in 1985, and only now have given a full professional production, Loren Comitor and Karolus Smejda’s first musical, Gettin’ Down With the Joneses, focuses on […]

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In the Mouth of Maddness

Toys in the Attic American Blues Theatre By Carol Burbank Even Lillian Hellman fans will admit that she’s not an easy playwright. Both campy and emotionally violent, her work is bleak yet somehow kitschy. And her characters suffer intense emotional torture, carefully contained, that destroys them by inches while the audience sweats it out, witnesses […]

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Spot Check

GREAT PLAINS GYPSIES 4/4, BIG HORSE A stripped-down lineup of rhythm guitar, bass, and drums gives leader Dan Whitaker’s songs lots of room to breathe on this local folk-blues-rock band’s debut LP, Meeting at the Building (Sunny Smedley). Though Whitaker’s muted vocals sometimes threaten to send you drifting off to sleep, he’s gifted enough as […]

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The Golden Gate

The Golden Gate This hour-long, mostly abstract 1992 film by German independent JŸrgen Reble is rather moving, though the shifting imagery, paired with a spacey sound track that’s halfway between collage and synthesized music, is a bit trippy by the end. The occasional representational image from a nature film or of a radio antenna is […]

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True Books

Dick for a Day: What would you do if you had one? Edited by Fiona Giles (Villard, $12.95). Synopsis: A variety of feminist writers and performance artists speculate on what it would be like to have a penis. Most find it nasty. Representative Quote: “If I woke up one morning to find myself transformed into […]