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Lecture Notes: Chinese art’s new brave new world

About a year ago in a Shanghai shopping mall three young artist-curators opened an experimental exhibit called “Supermarket,” consisting of two spaces: a large one with a number of original works, including video installations and photographs, and a smaller “supermarket space” in which related works–“multiples”–were for sale. In a statement, the organizers declared that “commerce […]

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Flashy Trash

Nowhere to Hide ** Written and directed by Lee Myung-Se With Park Joong-Hoon, Ahn Sung-Ki, and Jang Dong-Kun. By Steve Erickson Americans may divide contemporary Asian cinema into nonstop action films (John Woo’s Hard-Boiled) or austere formalist works (Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Flowers of Shanghai), but as demonstrated by Ang Lee in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, what’s […]

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Mes petites amoureuses

Jean Eustache’s color follow-up to his black-and-white masterpiece The Mother and the Whore (1973), detailing his adolescence in the south of France, has never been distributed in the U.S., but some devotees of the director’s work actually prefer this 123-minute feature to its lengthy predecessor, and there’s no question that it seems to get better […]

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Top Ten Albums of 2000

Top Ten Albums of 2000 1 D’ANGELO Voodoo (Virgin) Into a world where producers create “soul” with artificial bombast D’Angelo reintroduced the profound power of simple restraint. The stripped-down, bass-heavy production, augmented by concise performances from players like Charlie Hunter, Roy Hargrove, Lucy Pearl’s Raphael Saadiq, and the Roots’ Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, reveals new depth […]

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Dude, Where’s My Car?

Unlike Bill and Ted, Jesse and Chester (Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott) aren’t aspiring musicians, though they do enjoy a music-video fantasy sequence as much as the next guy. Writer Philip Stark (That ’70s Show) and director Danny Leiner (Freaks and Geeks) apply mature comic instincts to an adolescent genre, whose conventions dictate that […]

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Goran Ivanovic

GORAN IVANOVIC I first heard 23-year-old classical guitarist Goran Ivanovic about a month ago at a Music in the Loft concert, where he played with a rapt intensity that made his lightweight selections–a few dances and a transcription of a Macedonian folk tune–feel as substantial as a Bach partita. I picked up his debut CD, […]

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Hate at First Sight

A friend I’ll call Doug goes to California on business a lot, and he met his new boyfriend in a leather bar in LA. After months of back and forth, Chi–pronounced “sky” without the s–sold all of his furniture, shipped 25 boxes of miscellanea to Chicago, and moved in with Doug a few days before […]

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City File

Nation’s supply of nerds threatened. “Human life always has been a struggle against the limits of nature,” writes University of Chicago law professor Martha Nussbaum in the New Republic (December 4), reviewing the recent book From Chance to Choice: Genetics and Justice. She worries that parents-to-be may use genetic technologies to seek the superficial best […]

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Laurence Hobgood & Bob Mintzer

LAURENCE HOBGOOD & BOB MINTZER The most exciting pianist in Chicago today, Laurence Hobgood, doesn’t have much time to lead his own bands these days. He’s too busy with the cooperative trio Union, which has released two well-received discs on Naim, and with singer Kurt Elling, whose four Grammy-nominated albums he’s played on, arranged, and […]

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The Straight Dope

I’ve asked every physics professor I’ve ever known but have never found a satisfactory answer to the question: How does a siphon work? I understand that it allows liquid to be moved to a lower altitude, so there’s no problem in terms of potential energy. But how do the individual molecules know that they’re going […]