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Police Scanner

Wednesday, December 2, 11:00 AM 1351: 351 is clear. Unidentified Caller: –code on this one? Dispatcher: Is that 1351 coming clear? 1351: Coming clear, squad. Unidentified Caller: –code– Dispatcher: What traffic unit was coming in? 1351: 351 is clear. Unidentified Caller: –on this? Dispatcher: 1351, I have you clear. What male officer is coming in? […]

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Purists and Platypuses

Jazz at Lincoln Center By John Corbett Among the many beefs that have been lodged against New York’s multimillion-dollar Jazz at Lincoln Center program and its artistic director, Wynton Marsalis, is one that says the orchestra doesn’t hire enough white musicians. This is, to my mind, the most defensible of Marsalis’s sins. After all, nobody […]

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Songs for a New World

SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD, Apple Tree Theatre. The musical-theater world is always on the lookout for catchy melodies, interesting but not too adventurous harmonies, and expressive but not mawkish lyrics; if a new songwriter doesn’t sound like he’s imitating Stephen Sondheim, so much the better–and rarer. Jonathan (Rent) Larson was the guy to watch […]

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Body Language

Relativity Chris Aiken and Kirstie Simson at the Dance Center of Columbia College, December 3-5 By Terry Brennan Modern dancers influenced by the minimalist movement–the search for the fundamentals of art–have produced substantially different results. The first generation of modern dancers, Martha Graham and Doris Humphrey, rebelled against ballet. The second generation, including Trisha Brown […]

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Little Jimmy King

LITTLE JIMMY KING Guitarist Little Jimmy King cut his teeth playing behind the late Albert King, a notorious taskmaster who grew fond enough of his sideman to claim him as a godson (thus Jimmy’s stage name; his birth certificate reads Manuel Gales). Since the elder King’s death in 1992, his pupil has been characteristically blunt […]

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Saint Etienne

SAINT ETIENNE It’s been four years since this British trio released Tiger Bay (Warner Brothers), its third and still its frothiest fusion of thumping house beats, swinging-60s sex-kittenisms, and bleached Motown soul. In some ways the group was a precursor to airbrushed trip-hop acts like Morcheeba and Mono, but the simple rhythm programs and cheesy […]

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Cast on a Hot Tin Roof: A Dysfunctional Dixie Christmas

Audience members are asked to supply the key elements of the plot in full view of one another–you yourself might even have volunteered an acceptable suggestion at some time–so there’s no doubt that the Free Associates’ annual Christmas parody is spontaneous and made from scratch. And that’s not easy with Tennessee Williams’s southern-gothic classics, which […]

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False Start

shachter.qxd Gentlemen: On page 48 of Section One of the November 20 Reader, your film reviewer Jonathan Rosenbaum, discussing older films’ influence on later films, wrote, “the action in Schiff’s version [of Lolita]–like the action in Kubrick’s and unlike the action in Vladimir Nabokov’s novel–begins at the very end of the story [right after or […]

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Savage Love

Hey, Faggot: I’m a bi married white male in his late 30s who’s lately become more than a little curious. I work in downtown Minneapolis and often wonder about how I could find some alternative lunchtime activities. Problem is, since I’m not very experienced, I’m not sure where to go. I can’t help but think […]

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The Captain’s Boy

THE CAPTAIN’S BOY, Bailiwick Repertory. Not to be confused with Bailiwick’s family-friendly holiday musical, The Christmas Schooner, is The Captain’s Boy, a different kind of nautical romp–a gay pirate musical by Clint Jeffries and Chris Jackson. But it’s not The Pirates of Penzance minus Major General Stanley’s daughters. A cross between Jeffrey and One Flew […]

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This American Strife

wilber.qxd Dear editor: History is rewritten every day, and I am compelled to offer another version of the story told in the Reader about The Wild Room and This American Life [November 20]. Anyone who actually listened to The Wild Room (which I did) and who listens to This American Life (which I do) knows […]