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On Exhibit: after the diaspora

In 1927, when Melville Jean Herskovits became Northwestern University’s first anthropologist, there wasn’t much scholarly interest in the African roots of black American culture. The few people thinking about it assumed those roots had been lost when Africans were ripped from their homelands and sold into slavery. As W.E.B. DuBois noted, the prevailing opinion early […]

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Cold Water

kapson.qxd Kim Phillips-Fein’s article (“The View From the Booth,” May 15) correctly states the dangers of silver nitrate film. It was quite flammable, caused numerous fires, and led to fairly stringent building code rules regarding the construction of projection booths. However, it was not the cause of the 1903 Iroquois Theatre disaster. The Iroquois, which […]

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Significants and Others

SIGNIFICANTS AND OTHERS, Cobalt Ensemble Theatre, at TinFish Theatre. With its debut production, Cobalt Ensemble Theatre is already lost in the crowd of unremarkable storefront troupes. Assembling “a collection of comedic vignettes about love relationships” (a concept about as broad as “six pop songs about sex”), director Katherine Condit-Ladd keeps everything light and forgettable. With […]

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Savage Love

Hey, Faggot: Last September you advised a het couple talking about marriage to break up. You said it wasn’t going to work, as the male enjoyed everything about the female half EXCEPT having sex with her. My ex-fiance sent you that letter. As painful as it was, we took your advice and broke up. We […]

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Don’t Drink the Water

DON’T DRINK THE WATER, TinFish Theatre. Woody Allen was only 31 when this comedy–his first full-length play–opened on Broadway in 1966. And you can see his youth and inexperience in its every facet, from the stereotypical characters to the contrived plot to the gag-driven dialogue. The premise is worthy of a bad sitcom: a family […]

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Skapone

SKAPONE If you count its earlier incarnation as State of Emergency, this local ska outfit has been around for at least a decade, minding its own business even as ska became a youth cult in the midwest and a commercial powerhouse on modern rock radio. Younger fans who cut their teeth on the hypercharged “ska-core” […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories In March Doug and Veronica Wright celebrated their first wedding anniversary on the bridge between the U.S. and Canada at Niagara Falls because it’s the only place they can meet. American Doug is barred from Canada because of a criminal record that includes an illegal entry into that country; Canadian Veronica is barred […]

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Goodie Mob

GOODIE MOB Outkast, Witchdoctor, and Goodie Mob haven’t just put Atlanta (ATL in the parlance) on the hip-hop map–they’ve turned it into a hip-hop capital. And so far, Goodie Mob’s recently released second album, Still Standing (La Face), is the scene’s Washington Monument. On its 1995 debut, Soul Food, the foursome showcased a mix of […]

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Mike Stern

MIKE STERN When guitarist Mike Stern lets loose his dark, searing tone, varying his attack every third or fourth note and slicing through one good idea after another, it almost doesn’t matter what tune he’s called: from moody 40s ballads to clever postfusion blues, it all comes out imprinted with his exciting artistic intelligence. Stern […]

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Danilo Perez

DANILO PEREZ Danilo Perez seems to have divined the likely course of jazz in the next century, as the boundaries between Americas continue to fade. Still in his 20s, the pianist has established himself not only as one of the sterling jazz musicians of his generation, accepting the torch from Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett, […]

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Mud

MUD, CollaborAction Theatre Company, at Footsteps Theatre Company. Maria Irene Fornes’s plays are never what they seem. Even apparently naturalistic dramas like Abingdon Square also work as critiques of history and allegories of gender relations. It takes a savvy theater company to mine the riches she buries in her scripts. CollaborAction is not that company. […]

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Surface Tension

Tom Bamberger: Views at Carol Ehlers, through June 6 Stanley Greenberg at the Graham Foundation, through June 4 By Fred Camper One of photography’s oldest questions, which comes up every time a photographer achieves a distinctive look, is how there can be such amazing consistency from one image to another, whether of city or suburb, […]