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Seeing Right Through Us

Hollow Man Rating *** A must see Directed by Paul Verhoeven Written by Andrew Marlowe With Elisabeth Shue, Kevin Bacon, Josh Brolin, Kim Dickens, Greg Grunberg, Joey Slotnick, Mary Randle, and William Devane. By Jonathan Rosenbaum Apart from Space Cowboys, Clint Eastwood’s enjoyably auteurist swan song, Paul Verhoeven’s latest feature, Hollow Man, was the only […]

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SIR, Bailiwick Repertory. Too blasphemous for the faithful, too kinky for the vanilla, too vanilla for the thrill-seeking, Scott Lee Heckman’s Sir is an underachieving how-to workshop for those uninitiated in the ways of a gay leather bottom pain pig. A flip chart maps out the narrative vignettes that constitute this one-man hour-long show, an […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories On July 4 at Coney Island, 101-pound Kazutoyo “The Rabbitt” Arai of Japan beat defending champ Steve Keiner (400 pounds) in the annual Nathan’s international hot-dog-eating championship. Arai gobbled up 25 in 12 minutes to Keiner’s 16. Slim Japanese people have frequently won the contest, which struck Keiner as “one of God’s mysteries,” […]

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Hollinger Sells Out–Will the Sun-Times Cash in?/Conventional Reporting

This may be about more than the money. Hollinger International is selling off all but one of its major Canadian newspapers, and it could be the deal that finally punches Conrad Black’s ticket into Britain’s House of Lords. Black is Hollinger’s chairman, and his $3.5 billion surrender of Hollinger dailies in Ottawa, Vancouver, Montreal, Edmonton, […]

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All Together Now

Renato Esquivel at Arte de Mexico, through August 22 Charles Kurre: It Happens Every Tuesday at Perimeter, through August 31 By Fred Camper Many postmodern artists have responded to our culture’s image glut with uncritical acceptance, creating pastiches that suggest these artists can’t tell the difference between an elegant ceramic pitcher and a soup can. […]

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Still Watching, McDonald’s, McDonald’s, McDonald’s, and The Starman

STILL WATCHING, MCDONALD’S, MCDONALD’S, MCDONALD’S, and THE STARMAN, TinFish Theatre. There’s not a single actual play among Makoto Yamaguchi’s three purported one-acts, whose lack of content makes them seem mere demonstrations of competence in a second language. Yamaguchi, born and raised in Japan, has done himself no favors by directing his own works, highlighting their […]

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TALLAHASSEE, WNEP Theater Foundation, at the Playground. In this world premiere, California playwright Eric Eberwein uses a familiar tactic: he creates a slightly cartoonish world whose comic distortions show us a truer portrait of our foibles and flaws than a more realistic work would. The folks at Second City and playwrights like Maria Irene Fornes […]

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Savage Love

I just finished reading your response to Lonely and Suicidal, the blue-collar man having a hard time meeting women in the Bay area. (LAS is the guy who threatened to kill you, Dan, if you made fun of him, remember?) In your response you stated that perhaps LAS’s inability to meet women in the Bay […]

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Pierre Dorge’s New Jungle Orchestra

PIERRE DORGE’S NEW JUNGLE ORCHESTRA The long-term success of any artistic enterprise depends equally on seemingly conflicting virtues: adaptability to new influences and adherence to an initial creative vision. Twenty years ago Danish guitarist Pierre Dorge’s New Jungle Orchestra arose from the confluence of his interest in West African music and his respect for the […]

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Can’t You See I’m Working?

To the editor: I was very disturbed by the July 28 article “The Welcome Wagon’s on the Blocks” in which I was repeatedly misquoted by the writer, Sergio Barreto, on the response of north-side neighbors to the Old Town School of Folk Music and their recent Folk & Roots Festival. Rather than accurately quoting my […]