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Hard to Read

Ed Ruscha at the Museum of Contemporary Art, through February 4 By Fred Camper Sometimes regarded as a pop artist, sometimes as a more conceptual west-coast representative of pop, Ed Ruscha has never quite achieved the fame of New Yorkers like Warhol and Lichtenstein, who emerged at the same time. Where their work is loud […]

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Snow Jobs

Notes on the condition of sidewalks 4400 to 4560 North Lincoln (surveyed Thursday, January 4, 2001): Sulzer Library. Good. But what’s the point of stopping at the curb? They should clear the snow from the walkways leading out to the street–and clear that small no-man’s-land between the library and Montrose. If the library doesn’t do […]

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Nuclear Fusion

Serendipity Gelo to Oblivion Half Cocked Productions at the Space By Justin Hayford If you walk along Randolph between State and Wells, you’ll see the words “theater district” emblazoned on the sidewalk’s concrete. Above your head, the marquees of the Palace and Oriental sparkle. But take a good look at what’s going on there (or […]

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Spot Check

ORGAN WOLF 1/13, SCHUBAS Not to be confused with Japanese garage monsters Guitar Wolf, this local quartet comprises veterans of Joe, the Deans, the Betsy Years (also a starting point for Liz Payne of Town and Country), the Verve Pipe, and the Redmoon Theater marching band, among other gigs. They’re nearly finished with a debut […]

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The Space Between Two

THE SPACE BETWEEN TWO, at Link’s Hall, through January 14. One subgenre of performance art seems to descend directly from museum audio tours, enforcing how long an audience looks at an image. That approach may be justifiable, but it’s not a substitute for images that reward scrutiny. The “Space Between Two” program, curated by Local […]

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True West

TRUE WEST, Bailiwick Repertory. This version of Sam Shepard’s oft-produced play about two very different brothers includes an intriguing innovation: casting deaf actors in the key roles of Lee, the manipulative criminal brother, and the order-creating mother. This experiment must be empowering for deaf actors and audiences alike, and the production does contain some brilliant, […]

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Reporter Out to Pasture

Where there is much desire to learn, there of necessity will be much arguing, much writing, many opinions; for opinion in good men is but knowledge in the making. –John Milton In a lifetime of listening to journalists trying to explain the idealism that afflicts them, I’ve just once heard someone frame his or her […]

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Ass Ponys

The Ass Ponys’ flirtation with mainstream success was embarrassingly brief, but it’s not quite fair to lump them in with Nada Surf, Better Than Ezra, Possum Dixon, or the countless other harmless chumps who got swept up in the mid-90s alt-rock gold rush. Nobody in the quartet is particularly cute, and their music has never […]

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True Books

LEFT FOR DEAD: MY JOURNEY HOME FROM EVEREST, by Beck Weathers with Stephen G. Michaud (Villard, $24.95). SYNOPSIS: An Everest climber caught in the ’96 blizzard that killed nine people returns home, losing his nose, hands, and various other body parts but discovering the love of family. The results of severe frostbite are recounted in […]

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Stealing Scenes

Mr. Rosenbaum, Recently I have become frustrated with a phenomenon that you might file under American Isolationism (please correct me if I’ve put words in your mouth) when reading about Ang Lee’s new film (which I haven’t seen since it won’t be out till February 9 in the East Tennessee-Knoxville area), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. […]

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City File

“Don’t listen to your children,” advises Catherine Wallace of Skokie in U.S. Catholic (January). “Let them be in their own worlds, undisturbed. It is not healthy for persons the age of parents to get involved in arguments about what kind of birthday cake the Care Bears should make for He-Man.” News you won’t hear from […]

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Two-Faced Darling

Dear Editors: This letter is in regards to the Rockrgrl Music Conference journal written by Kate Darling [December 15]. In her account of the conference, Ms. Darling (who in her day job is the marketing director for corporate behemoth SFX) mentions how “pissed off” she is when she hears the phrase “women in music.” She […]