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News of the Weird

Lead Stories In April Ernesto A. Moshe Montgomery consecrated the Shrine of the Weeping Shirley MacLaine at Beta Israel Temple in Los Angeles, reported the Los Angeles Times. Montgomery said a large photograph of him with MacLaine had been “observed shedding tears,” inspiring prayers and testimony of miraculous healings; he also claimed he was moved […]

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Jumpin’ the Broom

Jumpin’ the Broom, ETA Creative Arts Foundation. Darlette E. McAlpin’s second play appears to have been taken out of the oven before it was altogether cooked. Another rewrite or two might have smoothed over its abrupt narrative turns, broken up its long expository speeches, and excised its frequent redundancies. In the script’s current incarnation, it’s […]

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The Soldier’s Tale

The Soldier’s Tale Steppenwolf Theatre’s “Traffic” series, which brings together artists from the disciplines of theater, music, dance, and literature, is an obvious forum for Igor Stravinsky’s 1918 modernist landmark L’histoire du soldat, which gives the roles of orchestra and actors equal weight. But this one-night performance of Stravinsky’s astringent score is paired not with […]

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Local Record Roundup

Local Record Roundup CHESTNUT STATION Chestnut Station (Drag City). Although Chestnut Station’s sporadic live gigs feature a shifting cast of support musicians, the two who really make its five-song debut are vocalists Rian Murphy and Dave Marr, who, along with USA’s Gene Booth, used to be Mantis, a gawky late-80s band more heard about than […]