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Savage Love

I recently got a really sick E-mail, and I was wondering if you could tell me if it was for real. Some chick woke up with cramps, goes to the bathroom, and, well, why don’t you read the E-mail? Here it is. Be warned, though, that it’s pretty disgusting: “One morning around 5 AM, 22-year-old […]

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Dances for a New World

Dances for a New World Eduardo Vilaro, artistic director of Chicago’s Luna Negra Dance Theater, says he hopes this program by three companies will “build a platform for Latino dance artists,” taking folkloric forms into new territory and fusing different Latino cultures. It’s a commendable goal, but it hardly suggests the sheer entertainment value of […]

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Toni Lynn Washington

TONI LYNN WASHINGTON Whether she’s purring a noirish ode or soaring over a sassy New Orleans-flavored horn line, soul-blues diva Toni Lynn Washington caresses each song, building intensity until the audience is as sweaty and satisfied as the lucky protagonists of her romantic ballads. Most listeners probably know her only from a recent string of […]

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Sports Section

One of the pleasures of college athletics is the rapid development of teams and players. Certainly, all sports feature young players finding their way, but because all college players are young their development is much more noticeable. That’s why March Madness has such a hold on college basketball aficionados; players who seemed tentative in the […]

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Abducting Diana

Abducting Diana, TinFish Theatre. The heroine of Dario Fo’s screwball satire was originally a banker, but Stephen Stenning’s 1986 adaptation made her into a media mogul, a conglomerista who proves more cruel, conniving, and capitalistic than her bumbling kidnappers. Her mother’s no wuss either. No playwright can go wrong knocking the rich and powerful, and […]

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FASTBACKS If you wanted to get cynical about it, you could say the Fastbacks’ career has been a not terribly lucrative two-decade quest to make the great lost Buzzcocks album. But the thing that separates the Seattle quartet from the gazillion other bands trying to squeeze down that particular bottleneck is that they’ve succeeded–many times. […]

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Visitor From the Living

Visitor From the Living Filmmaker Claude Lanzmann originally interviewed Maurice Rossel, a Swiss Red Cross official who inspected the concentration camps at Auschwitz and Theresienstadt, for his epic 1985 Holocaust documentary Shoah. In this 65-minute video (1997), distilled from their three-hour conversation in 1979, the two men chat comfortably, Rossel shooing away an offscreen child […]

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Spot Check

ARAB ON RADAR 3/17, FIRESIDE BOWL There was a time when great rock ‘n’ roll front men–Iggy Pop, Alan Vega, Johnny Rotten–courted physical confrontation with audiences in intimate settings (or at least coped with it admirably when it came unbidden). But audiences have thicker skin now, and Arab on Radar’s William Tell is one of […]

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Abundance, Pendulum Theatre Company, at the Athenaeum Theatre. It may be difficult to capture the Wyoming wilderness in the first-floor studio of the Athenaeum Theatre, but fine performances by the women in Beth Henley’s Abundance transcend the boundaries of this small space. Katherine Martinez Ripley as Macon Hill, a mail-order bride struck by “western fever,” […]

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International Sampler

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai Rating *** A must see Directed and written by Jim Jarmusch With Forest Whitaker, John Tormey, Cliff Gorman, Frank Minucci, Richard Portnow, Tricia Vessey, Henry Silva, Isaach de Bankole, and Camille Winbush. By Jonathan Rosenbaum Jim Jarmusch’s seventh narrative feature, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, which […]