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Aiming Low

Post-Pop, Post-Pictures at the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, through September 21 Michal Herman: Sentimental Paintings at the Society for Arts, through September 28 By Fred Camper In the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art is a rare recent example of history painting: Mark Tansey’s The Triumph of the New York […]

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Days of the Week

Friday 9/12 – Thursday 9/18 SEPTEMBER By Cara Jepsen 12 FRIDAY Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa had never met jazz saxophonist John Tchicai before last week, when the two rehearsed together for the first time. Tonight they’ll perform what they’ve put together. What will it sound like? Well, you’ll just have to show up. Avant-gardist […]

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Dale Watson

DALE WATSON The classic honky-tonk of Dale Watson’s third album, I Hate These Songs (Hightone), makes it clear that he hasn’t taken on the music pioneered by Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, and Faron Young as some kind of fashion statement–he’s absorbed it into his bloodstream. On previous albums Watson wrote a few too many nostalgic […]

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To Hell With the El

wright.qxd Your question of where’s the opposition should be reworded [“You Can’t Get There From Here,” September 5]: Where’s the mainstream press? I applaud the CTA for the fare-card payment system, which I think is efficient and quick. But it’s ironic that the CTA wants people to get out of their cars and get on […]

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Don’t Dress for Dinner

DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER, Northstar Theatre Company, at the Theatre Building. Robin Hawdon’s English adaptation of Marc Camoletti’s 1987 French farce Pyjamas pour six seems to have lost some fundamental elements in the translation. True, the plot involves a married couple, their two paramours, and a servant who has the same name–surprise!–as one of the […]

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Aphex Twin/ Luke Vibert

APHEX TWIN/LUKE VIBERT If you think it’s pointless to go see electronica live, you haven’t experienced Aphex Twin. While his latest LP, Richard D. James Album (Sire/Warp), vigorously mixes hyperkinetic low-tech beats and quasi-classical melodies with a strong dose of cornball humor, there’s no reason to expect the same when he comes to town this […]

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On Video: male strippers, unite!

If there’s no news, make your own. That’s what former School of the Art Institute students Paul Chan and Andrew Natale decided to do when they received press passes to attend the Democratic National Convention last summer. While photographing various protests around the event for the school’s newspaper, F, they learned of a vacant slot […]

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To Hell and Back

Geraldine Fibbers Butch (Virgin) By Monica Kendrick On the surface rock ‘n’ roll may be about fucking or fighting or driving really fast, but the subtext of most of it is that these are just things we do to escape our boredom with the world, to push down, if just for a moment, that sense […]

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Bandwagon Four guys in Raleigh form a band and go on the road in a saga that takes great pains to avoid the mockumentary approach–in fact, writer-director John Schultz’s biggest concession to that overdone mode is to insert the titles of the fictional band’s songs against a black background between shots of Kevin Corrigan, Lee […]

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Harrison Bankhead Quintet

HARRISON BANKHEAD QUINTET I don’t usually comment on music I haven’t heard, but the main matchup here–keyboardist Jim Baker and saxophonist Edward Wilkerson Jr. (the original Bold Soul)–holds too much promise to ignore, and so far the band has no other dates scheduled. Baker has worked in several north-side bands, ranging from the open-air trio […]

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In Dubious Battle

Mister Roberts Powertap Productions at the Firehouse All My Sons Shattered Globe Theatre By Albert Williams Which of us has known his brother? Which of us has looked into his father’s heart?…Which of us is not forever a stranger and alone? –Thomas Wolfe, Look Homeward, Angel Do not talk lies about the dead. They are […]