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Catch Me If You Can

Catch Me If You Can, Jack High Flush Productions, at Stage Left Theatre. While honeymooning at an isolated Catskills resort, Detroit advertising executive Daniel Corban reports that his wife has disappeared. While he’s telling the story to a police inspector his wife enters, full of apologies and loving promises. Only she’s not his wife. At […]

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The Return of the Hip Messiah

The Return of the Hip Messiah, Prop Theatre, at Second City, Donny’s Skybox Studio. Charles Pike’s cabaret-theater piece, directed by Aaron Freeman, chronicles the last months of hipster comic Lord Buckley: his 1960 sojourn in Chicago, where he joined Second City members Severn Darden and Del Close in a stand-up act at the Gate of […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories According to an October Philadelphia Inquirer report, several dozen astrologers now dispense financial advice, and investors can subscribe to a newsletter, Investing by the Stars, for $300 a year. Appliance repairman Robert Hitt of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, tracks celestial alignments at $35 a month for the 200 subscribers at his AstroEcon Web site […]

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On Stage: a date with Destiny

Nine months ago David Catlin, a founding member of the Lookingglass Theatre Company, was working on a play based on the adventures of 60s spy fatale Modesty Blaise. His last adaptation for Lookingglass had been a reverential take on Dostoyevsky’s dark novel The Idiot, and he was looking to do something a little more lighthearted. […]

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Momus, Kahimi Karie

Momus’s sense of humor isn’t for everyone. Last year the British pop musician recorded a witty fantasy about Wendy Carlos, the transsexual creator of Switched-On Bach, traveling back in time to marry her former self, Walter. Neither Momus nor his U.S. label, Le Grand Magistery, will discuss the song now, but not long after its […]

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Police Scanner

Thursday, October 14, 12:00 AM 1325: Also if they could check on a plate for me for a VIN, number 57848DV? I tried but I can’t get it up. Dispatcher: Tried it but you can’t get it up, oookay. 1325: I didn’t mean it that way, now. Thursday, October 14, 12:10 AM Dispatcher: Event number […]

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Calendar Photo Caption

During the heyday of the comic strip Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in the 1930s and ’40s, many people who appeared in the illustrated feature–which began in 1918 as a collection of sports feats–“would leave word they wanted that mentioned in their obituary,” says Mark Sloan, curator of the exhibit “Dear Mr. Ripley: Treasures From […]

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Savage Love

I am an 18-year-old college student. It’s been said that college is the time in your life when you can get the most ass in your life. My question: Where’s mine?!?! I’m not some 300-pound Dungeons & Dragons-playing dork; I’m your average six-foot-two, 135-pound recovering drug addict. There was an article about me in the […]

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Ensemble Intercontemporain

In its 23-year history Ensemble Intercontemporain has premiered almost 300 works, including more than 100 commissions, and its astonishing repertoire of over 1,400 20th-century chamber and orchestral pieces has earned it rock-star status in Europe’s classical music centers. Its popularity, unprecedented for a new-music group, has been matched by the adulation of critics and by […]

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George Dalaras

Frequently called the Bruce Springsteen of Greece, George Dalaras has been his country’s biggest pop star for several decades–so much for the comparison. Dalaras masterfully blends traditional Greek styles like rembetika (a bawdy urban blues) and smyrneiko (a similar style imported from the old Turkish city of Smyrna, now called Izmir) with an ever expanding […]

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The Living Dead

The Pawnbroker Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company Sol Nazerman is one of the walking wounded, shuffling like a haunted man through the streets of New York, not so much a survivor as someone whose slow death has been hideously prolonged. “I am not interested in the future,” Nazerman says at one point in Edward Lewis Wallant’s The […]