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No Such Thing as Free Love

Cheri Live Bait Theater By Albert Williams Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette was hardly free of emotional involvements when she embarked on her romance with Auguste Heriot–the relationship that would inspire her novella Cheri. The turn-of-the-century French writer-actress was still married to (albeit separated from) her first husband and sometime collaborator, the novelist and boulevardier Henry Gauthier-Villars, as […]

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Lucre and the Law

Dear editors: Todd Savage’s wicked little satire of our state’s cynical, careless law enforcement and overly zealous courts–a fanciful form letter that Savage imagined the several prisoners recently freed from death row in dramatic judicial reversals might receive from a mildly apologetic, bureaucratic jailer (“We regret the impersonal nature of this communication”)–was quite funny [February […]

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Jonathan Biss

JONATHAN BISS These days precocious technicians are a dime a dozen in classical music, but it’s still rare to find a practiced young player with instincts as sharp as his skills. Pianist Jonathan Biss is just such a rarity: though only 18 and still a student at the Curtis Institute, he’s already a fixture on […]

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New Music Now

To the editors: At age 26, pianist Anthony Molinaro has plenty of time to learn how to inspire something more thoughtful than the question “Whose fault is it that we don’t have great pianist-composers like Rachmaninoff these days?” (March 5), especially if his search for new material is as ardent as this article implies. Apparently […]

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City File

“Even as they are becoming more effective, black talk [radio] stations are disappearing,” reports Salim Muwakkil in In These Times (March 7). “From 1995 to 1998, 9 black-owned AM stations folded.” The census, in one sentence, from Pierre deVise: “The 1990 Census cost more ($25 per household), employed more workers (708,000), sent questionnaires to more […]

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Bulls, Dogs, and Cox

Dear editor: I don’t mean to hound Ted Cox [February 26]. In fact, I admire his dogged determination in sniffing out something worth saying about the Pit-ia-Bulls (notice, please, that I am only using this predictable joke once!). I also respect his refusal either to bitch about the whelp the Jerrys hired to shepherd their […]

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The Straight Dope

Cecil, how can dogs walk around in snow and subzero weather without getting frostbite on their feet? –Lisa Burns, via the Internet Consulting with the veterinary section of the Straight Dope Science Advisory Board, we found a diversity of opinion on this topic, which may be summarized as follows: (1) Dogs do so get frostbite […]

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A Month in the Country

A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY, Bailiwick Repertory. A well-written play by Ivan Turgenev adapted by Irish playwright Brian Friel is sure to reward the viewer alert to subtleties. A slight shift in tone may speak volumes about a hitherto puzzling character. A minor event may be the harbinger of inconsolable heartbreak by the play’s end. […]

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Days of the Week

Friday 3/12 – Thursday 3/18 MARCH By Cara Jepsen 12 FRIDAY Kira Obolensky’s play The Adventures of Herculina is loosely based on the diary of Herculine Barbin, a 19th-century hermaphrodite raised in a French convent. In Obolensky’s creation, Herculina grows up and travels the world searching for his lost love, a fellow convent resident. Previews […]

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Lost in the Shuffle

The Deep End of the Ocean Rating ** Worth seeing Directed by Ulu Grosbard Written by Stephen Schiff With Michelle Pfeiffer, Treat Williams, Jonathan Jackson, Ryan Merriman, Whoopi Goldberg, Cory Buck, John Kapelos, and Michael McElroy. By Jonathan Rosenbaum The two best reasons for seeing The Deep End of the Ocean are the story and […]

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Either/Orchestra

EITHER/ORCHESTRA For 15 years Boston’s Either/Orchestra–the little big band led by reedist and arranger Russ Gershon–has maintained a repertoire as clever as its name, ranging from Duke Ellington to Charles Mingus to Frank Zappa to Fiona Apple and including a slew of originals that simultaneously celebrate and satirize most of the music in the known […]