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Popcorn

POPCORN, Profiles Theatre. Surprisingly this clear-eyed, sharp-edged satire of contemporary Hollywood was written by a Brit. Maybe we’re all so wrapped up in entertaining ourselves that we can’t see things as clearly as Ben Elton. There isn’t a wrong move in his very funny dark comedy, about a violence-loving director (think Oliver Stone and Quentin […]

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Noises Off

NOISES OFF, Broutil & Frothingham Productions, at the Theatre Building. Uncovering the humorous side of entropy, Michael Frayn’s comedy exposes the backstage shenanigans of a tempestuous English troupe, nine preposterous players touring the provinces with “Noises On,” a lame-brained bedroom farce that self-destructs along with its feuding, ad-libbing, hatchet-wielding ensemble. Of course that show’s breakdown–everything […]

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Milford Graves

MILFORD GRAVES On the title track of his first solo album, Grand Unification (Tzadik), legendary free-jazz percussionist Milford Graves accompanies his drumming with spoken text about the various regions of the brain and what they control–a subject he’s familiar with in a way even the most dedicated neuroscientists may never be, because Graves, like no […]

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Profits of Rage

RZA The RZA Hits (Razor Sharp/Epic) Ol’ Dirty Bastard N***a Please (Elektra) GZA/Genius Beneath the Surface (MCA) Inspectah Deck Uncontrolled Substance (Loud) Method Man & Redman Blackout! (Def Jam) By Keith Harris The multilabel deal the members of the Wu-Tang Clan finagled half a decade ago, once the most revolutionary mass-marketing scheme since direct mail, […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories The starvation death of a 49-year-old woman in Scotland in September was the third among the followers of Australian Ellen Greve, who preaches “liberation from the drudgery of food and drink” to Westerners, in part to tap the “spirituality” of third world hunger. Greve claims 5,000 disciples and charges more than $2,000 (U.S.) […]

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Police Scanner

Sunday, October 10, 12:05 AM Dispatcher: OK 1121, disguise the car, put your hat on backwards, we got a selling narcotics, 8– N. Drake. Two male blacks on the street, no further. 1121: Ten-four. Monday, October 11, 12:40 AM Dispatcher: 2514? 2514: But we’re so busy! Dispatcher: Commercial alarm, 2506 N. Laramie at G & […]

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Hastings Street Blues Band

HASTINGS STREET BLUES BAND On its 1998 debut, Down on Hastings Street (Serious Sounds), this Detroit-based group dresses its tunes to the nines, with a playful, stylish theatricality: Johnny Roberts’s organ burbles beneath Paul Washington’s graceful guitar patterns, which recall T-Bone Walker and B.B. King, and bassist Christopher Kent and drummer-bandleader Bobby White alternate easy-rolling […]

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An Evening of Shakespeare

Like any playwright, Will Shakespeare appreciated the vital importance of two elements in helping him get his words across to the public: fine actors and generous patrons. This informal performance showcases several of the former and celebrates one of the latter, Hope Abelson. Tony-winning British actor Brian Bedford–a stalwart of the Stratford Festival in Ontario […]

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Savage Love

I am a 38-year-old male who loves to have relationships and hot sex with women over 50–way over 50. I had the best sex of my life with a 71-year-old widow several years ago, so the older the better is my motto! Are there any organizations or clubs I can join that would assist me […]

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Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh!

HELLO MUDDAH, HELLO FADDUH!, Apollo Theater. Allan Sherman was the singer-songwriter Weird Al Yankovic only thinks he is. Witty, biting, hilarious, Sherman was able to take any tune and totally subvert it, creating wild new meanings just by changing a few words around. In his inspired hands, “Frere Jacques” became a meditation on Jewish-American accents: […]

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What Becomes A Legend Most

Spirit–A Journey in Dance, Drums, and Song at the Shubert Theatre, through October 24 Voila Voila Ea Sola at the Museum of Contemporary Art, October 8-10 By Laura Molzahn The most poignant line in Spirit–A Journey in Dance, Drums, and Song didn’t seem scripted. After the cast took their bows, Native American instrumentalist Robert Mirabal […]

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Sports Section

Mere proficiency has never been so greatly appreciated. The Bears seem to have returned to respectability–if not the fearsome stature of their prime–and it’s surprised almost everyone, even their most die-hard fans. Only a few months ago the Bears emerged from the humiliation of the Dave Wannstedt era, and though it seemed they could sink […]

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Same Planet Different World

What this young troupe has always had is a sense of urgency–a sense that the dancers are deeply invested in what they’re doing. It seems to have affected even outside choreographer Ron De Jesus in the untitled piece he’s created for the company, headed by Jason Ohlberg and Anna Simone Levin. Partly De Jesus plays […]