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Scarrie-the Musical

Scarrie–The Musical, Sweetback Productions, at the Sweet Corn Playhouse. Despite blazing pyrotechnics and the star presence of Betty Buckley, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s lavish musical adaptation of Stephen King’s schlocky coming-of-age story, Carrie, the Musical, was a colossal failure. Now, a full decade after the show was buried under an avalanche of negative press and […]

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The Straight Dope

In the answer about the guillotine in your on-line archive, you say that “the fatal blow induces immediate unconsciousness.” In actuality the human head does remain conscious 15 to 20 seconds after decapitation. This was proven when a scientist condemned to the guillotine in the 1700s told his assistant to watch and that he would […]

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Daryl Sherman

DARYL SHERMAN New York song stylist Daryl Sherman grew up under the wings of such masters as pianist Dave McKenna, bandleader Artie Shaw, and singer Sylvia Syms, and she learned a fair amount along the way. On her latest disc, A Lady Must Live (After 9), surrounded by top jazz players, Sherman takes on smart […]

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Days of the Week

Friday 6/12 – Thursday 6/18 JUNE By Cara Jepsen 12 FRIDAY “We are training young people…to choose goals and keep their eyes narrowly focused upon them, but these are inappropriate approaches to life in constant flux,” wrote anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson in her 1994 book, Peripheral Visions. Bateson, the daughter of Margaret Mead, believes that […]

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Gospel Festival

Friday JUNE PETRILLO MUSIC SHELL 5:50 PM Gospel Warm-up with Betty McDaniel 5:55 PM National Anthem 6:00 PM Apostolic Church of God’s 300-voice Sanctuary Choir 6:40 PM Word Records Showcase featuring Reverend Milton Brunson’s Thompson Community Singers, New Directions, Dr. Charles Hayes & the Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer Choir, Reed’s Temple Choir & Shirley Caesar, […]

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Working Stiff

The Singing Cab Driver Show at Bruce Anderson’s Hairdressing Big Wil, Lucky Strikes & God at the Athenaeum Theatre By Jack Helbig Ray St. Ray, the self-proclaimed singing cabdriver, is just the sort of person the media love. He’s colorful. He’s a tad offbeat, without ever challenging the status quo. And he’s very photogenic, dressed […]

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Everybody’s Critic

By Michael Miner Everybody’s Critic “My parents used to tell me that newspapermen were the worst-paid people in town,” Roger Ebert was saying. “My best friend, who lived across the street in Urbana–his father was the city editor of the News-Gazette, and he took us on a tour of the newspaper when I was still […]

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Burkhard Stangl & Michael Moser

Burkhard Stangl & Michael Moser Guitarist Burkhard Stangl and cellist Michael Moser are equally adept with precisely notated material and delicate free improvisations; on the 1995 debut by the quartet Polwechsel, with which the two Austrians have previously visited Chicago, they’ve combined the two to build intricate abstractions on double bassist Werner Dafeldecker’s skeletal compositions. […]

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Nick Lowe

NICK LOWE Although he’s changed styles about as often as Dennis Rodman’s changed hair color, through every one of them Nick Lowe has remained the consummate pop craftsman, a sly humorist with a knack for the hook. His latest transformation, documented on the recent Dig My Mood (Upstart), finds him veering away from rock and […]

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Half the Story

hettel.qxd Nick Green’s misapprehension of the controversial Warhawks and Lindberghs [Section Two, May 15] begins with his neglect to read the play’s title. WarHawks and Lindberghs deals with Anne Morrow Lindbergh as much as it does with her husband. Mr. Green’s sexist suppression of the crucial female role in the story is typical of the […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories While cigarette ads a la Joe Camel lose favor in the U.S., ad campaigns in other countries are stepping up their use of potentially sensitive images, according to an April San Francisco Examiner report. A Marlboro ad in Cambodia features girls around eight years old; in Poland the backdrop of a Camel ad […]