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King Floyd

KING FLOYD Even by R & B standards, the career of New Orleans vocalist King Floyd has been erratic. Raised in a musical family, he was a local celebrity by the time he hit high school. After trying his luck in both New York and California (where he cut his first LP in 1967), he […]

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Pussy, King of the Pirates

PUSSY, KING OF THE PIRATES Postpunk, postmodern millennial writer Kathy Acker and the cult British punk band the Mekons are a good match, transgressors who use their considerable knowledge of literature and musical history to create angry, eloquent, highly eccentric works. Acker has a scholar’s fondness for ransacking the classics to form the foundations of […]

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the Straight Dope

When I was about 12, my health teacher told our class that roaches sometimes crawl into sleeping people’s ear canals and get stuck. This causes pain and hearing problems. Within a week of being told this, I suffered pain and hearing problems in one ear. I freaked out, went to the doctor, and fully expected […]

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Days of the Week

Friday 9/19 – Thursday 9/25 SEPETEMBER By Cara Jepsen 19 FRIDAY A man who claims he was protecting himself from sexual advances, a self-hating religious gay man, a child-abuse victim, an army sergeant, and a self-proclaimed homeboy looking for easy pickings are among the convicted killers of gay men Arthur Dong interviews in his 1996 […]

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Subversive Dazzle

The Gin Game National Actors Theatre at the Royal George Theatre Center A Talent for Murder Drury Lane Dinner Theatre By Albert Williams In D.L. Coburn’s comedy-drama The Gin Game, now playing at the Royal George, old-timer Weller Martin sneers at third-rate stage magicians who entertain at retirement homes; the illusionists get away with their […]

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Shadow Ring

SHADOW RING Many pop bands strive to transcend their daily trials and tribulations, but not the Shadow Ring. Instead the trio from Folkestone, England, magnifies life’s most mundane details until they distort into something strange and sinister. (Even the band’s name, which seems to suggest some malevolent cabal, is really just a term for the […]

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Equus

EQUUS, Bailiwick Repertory. Some ideas work better on paper than onstage. Employing both deaf and hearing characters in Peter Shaffer’s 1973 classic to depict the characters’ dualities makes some sense. But instead of giving us a complex whole, director David Zak has created two incomplete and contradictory parts. Playing the sexually frustrated psychiatrist Martin Dysart, […]

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Lost ina Sea of Shapes

Rainer Gross: Fingertip-Tingling at I Space, through October 8 Jane Lackey: Tabulations at Roy Boyd, through October 7 By Fred Camper A good movie, it is said, “draws you in.” We often hear the same praise of music, theater, and art. But there can be fascination, even beauty, in art that seems to turn its […]

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Punk’s Emotional Rescue

Smoking Popes Destination Failure (Capitol) By J.R. Jones When the Smoking Popes’ second album, Born to Quit, was picked up by Capitol in 1995, I thought immediately back to 1965, when the same label was home to the Beatles and the Beach Boys–singer-songwriter Josh Caterer’s hummable tunes and innocent love lyrics recalled nothing so much […]

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Field & Street

The eyed brown may have been a little sleepy. When John Wagner picked it up the insect didn’t offer much of a struggle. Wagner pointed out that this was probably a newly emerged adult, an interpretation based on the flawless condition of the animal’s wings. A butterfly that had been around for a while would […]

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Pharoah Sanders Quartet

PHAROAH SANDERS QUARTET Perhaps we should have foreseen the resurrection of saxophonist Pharoah Sanders here in the post-Wynton 90s, when so many young jazz musicians so desperately seek to re-create the past–but who could have predicted that the progenitor of such modal, multiphonic-filled epics as “The Creator Has a Master Plan” and the fire-breathing Black […]

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A Stone Carver

A STONE CARVER, American Theater Company. This dollop of cloying pabulum certainly hasn’t changed my opinion of playwright William Mastrosimone, reigning champion of the cliche, nor has it challenged his position as first runner-up for the least convincing writer of female characters, a close second behind David Mamet. But John Mohrlein’s performance in this American […]