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Extreme Prejudice

To the editor: Why do you include blatantly prejudicial letters such as the one objecting to the Employment Resource Center [May 28] by Kelly Kleiman [June 18]? If there was a known case of someone being subjected to preaching, that might be criticized, but to object to funding a public service, be it a hospital, […]

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Orbital

ORBITAL Paul and Phil Hartnoll may be the most consistent artists in any techno subgenre, which is both a blessing and a curse. For ten years they’ve made one heart-in-your-mouth classic after another: the eternal “Chime,” the awe-kissed “Halcyon + On + On,” the suspenseful “Are We Here?,” even their reworking of the theme to […]

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The Straight Dope

Is it true that ducks can have one side of their brain sleep while the other side remains awake? And how can I, as a struggling graduate student, learn to do the same thing? –Olivia, via AOL Yes, I can see where this would be a handy skill. Unfortunately, unless your ancestors include birds or […]

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Don’t Ask…Don’t Teletubby!

DON’T ASK…DON’T TELETUBBY!, GayCo Productions, at the Second City, Donny’s Skybox Studio. Last summer’s Everyone’s Coming Out, Rosie! is the proverbial hard act to follow. The current gay-themed comedy revue never turns into the same kind of laugh riot, but it’s consistent in its unflinching look at the blind spots and contradictions of the gay […]

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Calendar

Friday 7/2 – Thursday 7/8 JULY By Cara Jepsen 2 FRIDAY This weekend’s World Tarot Congress, which runs through Sunday, offers workshops on creating and publishing your own deck, interactive software, and “Telephone Tarot–Ethics for 900-Phone-Service Workers.” Registration starts today at 11:54, and the conference kicks off with Caitlin Mathews on “The Sacred Art of […]

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PD: Position Doubtful

PD: Position Doubtful, Theatre Corps, at No Small Space. Perplexing to a fault, this new collaborative piece by the Theatre Corps draws its inspiration from circus arts, vaudeville, and slapstick. But despite its festive mishmash of genres, PD: Position Doubtful has a surprisingly serious tone. Director Blake Montgomery and the four-member ensemble have taken a […]

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Emil Zrihan

EMIL ZRIHAN Emil Zrihan’s countertenor is so powerful and wide-ranging that it’s earned itself a nickname: “the voice of the mockingbird.” And indeed, while Arabic music usually stresses high-flying melismata, I’ve never heard a singer of any kind hit such heights with the same velocity, finesse, and soul. Zrihan was born in Rabat, Morocco, 45 […]

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Ripping Off the Mask

The Firebugs Hypocrites at Viaduct Theatre By Jack Helbig For many years Switzer-land–that clean, neat, neutral country nestled in the pristine Alps–seemed exempt from the collective guilt of World War II. The ultimate bourgeois country, a country of bankers and watchmakers and rational businessmen, it had weathered the war without taking sides, providing a safe […]

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Rondelles

RONDELLES The Rondelles, formed in 11th grade at an Albuquerque high school and recently relocated to Washington, D.C., are the Angels to the Donnas’ Ramones: there’s an exuberant 60s charm to the teen trio’s punky little tunes. Guitarist Juliet and bassist Yukiko, who sing in sweet but ragged oh-oh-ohs, and drummer Oakley, who pounds his […]

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The Normal Heart

THE NORMAL HEART, Ulysses Theatre Company, at Shattered Globe Theatre. Unlike his inept 1988 farce Just Say No, Larry Kramer’s 1985 masterwork–a memoir of the early days of the AIDS crisis–refuses to date. Rooted in the credible crises of believable characters, it remains a call to arms against government apathy and an antidote to the […]