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Faerie Frolic Arts Festival

Faerie Frolic Arts Festival Randolph Street Gallery may have ceased operation as a presenter of visual and performance art, but the River West space is due for one last event–a week of indoor camping (in several senses of the word) by the Radical Faeries, a loose-knit international movement “concerned with issues of spirituality, sexuality, gender, […]

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Fun With Philately

Fake Stamps and Other Mischievous Behaviors: Michael Hernandez de Luna and Michael Thompson at Morlen Sinoway, through April 2 Stamping Ground: Michael Thompson at Workshop Print, through April 25 Sleep Late: Jesse Bercowetz and Aimee Mower at Beret International, through March 28 During the Vietnam war I sent a letter to a friend using a […]

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Reason Over Passion

Reason Over Passion Joyce Wieland’s rarely screened 1969 masterpiece is a neglected landmark of avant-garde film. Taking the form of a cross-country trip on the Trans-Canada Highway, a mostly two-lane road that snakes through forests and mountain ranges, it affords views very different from those offered by U.S. interstates. The sameness of a road trip–the […]

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los Munequitos de Matanzas

Los Mu–equitos De Matanzas Founded in 1952 as Guaguanco Matancero in Matanzas, a city 60 miles east of Havana on Cuba’s north coast, Los Mu–equitos have long been the island’s foremost exponents of rumba–a highly rhythmic voice-and-percussion style that’s been used as both religious and secular music. Their program at the MCA, which kicks off […]

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Nice Girls Don’t (Get Arrested)

homi.qxd Dear editor, As I read Tori Marlan’s article “Strip Search” (March 6), I found myself torn between a sense of outrage at the apparent flagrant abuse of power exercised by the sheriff’s department and certain jail employees and an inability to fully sympathize with the plaintiffs. Hapless victims of circumstance, these otherwise law-abiding women […]

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Chi Lives: a man of culture

Roberto Lopez loves women. The 49-year-old gallery owner has photographed women of every age, race, culture, physique, social status, and sexual orientation. Some of his subjects are actresses, artists, models, designers, writers, and poets; others are prostitutes, drug dealers, and lunatics. Some have died, moved away, or simply vanished, while others still come to visit […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories Road-rage spin-offs: prepay rage, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in January (a man who wanted to pump his gas before he paid fired several gunshots into the clerk’s car); late-fee rage, in McLean, Virginia, also in January (a former State Department lawyer who was not allowed to rent a movie until he settled an […]

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Muzak Man

wexman.qxd [Re: Hot Type, February 20] Those of us who attended a meeting of the WBEZ community advisory council on Wednesday, September 22, 1993, were afforded a taste of the future when Torey Malatia, the station’s brand-new program director, opened his mouth for the very first time. In a short speech–and afterward, during a question […]

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Another Opening, Another Schmo!

ANOTHER OPENING, ANOTHER SCHMO!, Them, at Footsteps Theatre Company. Before the show, it seems every element is in place for a brilliant parody of bad theater. An assortment of overeager, overly made-up actors ushers audience members to their seats. The program announces an evening of “theatrical arts & sciences” by The Acting Conservatory of Kankakee, […]

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One Flea Spare

ONE FLEA SPARE, Dolphinback Theatre Company, at Live Bait Theater. Naomi Wallace’s Obie-winning play deserves a better production than this earnest but simplistic presentation by Dolphinback. One Flea Spare offers a complicated criticism of class relationships and erotic attachments as it tells the story of two aristocrats and two commoners quarantined together in London during […]

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Greg Brown

GREG BROWN Appropriately, one of the most evocative songs on folksinger Greg Brown’s new Slant 6 Mind (his 13th album for Minnesota’s Red House Records) is about fabled bluesman Robert Johnson: Brown’s ability to mine inspiration from nightmare is reminiscent of our most profound blues poets. His voice, molasses spiked with razor blades, evokes despair, […]

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Putting on Airs

George Lookingglass Theatre Company By Adam Langer But I’m not the songs. It’s like somebody expecting Shakespeare to be Hamlet or Goethe to be Faust. If you’re not prepared for fame, there’s really no way you can imagine what a crippling thing it can be. –Bob Dylan “My Indian name is He Who Has No […]

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Snowangel and Noon

Snowangel and Noon, Close Call Theatre, at O Bar & Cafe. The road to true intimacy is paved with meaningless sex: this is the theme shared by these two one-acts. In Lewis John Carlino’s 1963 Snowangel, however, a weary prostitute and her obsessive customer reach their destination only after learning to relate to each other […]