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Jason Moran

JASON MORAN These days the big jazz labels don’t have much faith in their younger artists. Rather than trusting their music to speak for itself, they frequently press the musicians into artificial conceptual settings–like Charlie Hunter recording Bob Marley tunes or Roy Hargrove suffocating his playing with syrupy strings–that more often than not inhibit the […]

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Ready for the World

Young Playwrights Festival Pegasus Players By Erik Piepenburg The four works in Pegasus Players’ 15th annual Young Playwrights Festival bring to mind not so much the devil-may-care attitudes of a generation suckling furiously at the teat of prosperity, as you might imagine at a time when not giving your teenager a cell phone and his […]

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Saved

SAVED, Oblivion Theatre Company, at the Athenaeum Theatre. In its time–1965–Edward Bond’s kitchen-sink drama about lower-class British youths and their aimless, violent lives was so shocking the British government tried to ban it. But today the script’s measly single murder, handful of shouting matches, and occasional smutty remarks would seem pretty tame even on television. […]

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For further reading…

Most are out of print (unless otherwise noted) but obtainable at libraries used-book stores or from on-line book-search services. Oh, What a Wonderful Wedding (1953, written under the name “Virginia Rowans”) House Party (1954, by “Virginia Rowans”; inspired the 1966-’67 TV series of the same name The Pruitts of Southampton) Auntie Mame (1995, currently in […]

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Eighth Blackbird

Eighth Blackbird Some reviewers of recent concerts by the new-music ensemble Eighth Blackbird have compared them to the Kronos Quartet. Yes, the members of this sextet–graduates of Oberlin and the University of Cincinnati–have a casual collegiate look and wildly eclectic tastes, but a better comparison might be the University of Chicago-affiliated Contemporary Chamber Players. Like […]

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Sports Section

The Bulls right now play a form of basketball that reminds one of Sisyphus, the mythological Greek king assigned to roll a boulder, again and again, to the top of a hill for eternity. Though the Bulls continue to have the worst record in the National Basketball Association, entering this workweek at 6-30, it’s simply […]

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The Pledge

The third feature directed by Sean Penn and the first one that I’ve liked. Adapted by the couple Jerzy Kromolowski and Mary Olson-Kromolowski from a 1958 Friedrich Dürrenmatt novel, this is a nervy as well as somber piece of work, not only for the way it confounds and even frustrates certain genre expectations, but also–and […]

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Cinderella

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s charming 1957 TV musical has been turned into nearly perfect stage entertainment that will appeal to viewers of every age and persuasion. This touring production–directed by Gabriel Barre and scripted by Tom Briggs and Robert L. Freedman–boasts boldly colored storybook scenic design, elegant and outrageous costumes, impressive special effects, and delightfully imaginative […]

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Spot Check

JOHN KRUTH 1/19, BEAT KITCHEN John Kruth is nothing if not eclectic. He’s a former touring member of the Violent Femmes and a collaborator of Elliott Sharp; last year he published a biography of Rahsaan Roland Kirk and now he’s working on one about Townes Van Zandt. And though he bills himself as “America’s Baddest […]

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Equal Footing/Earing

The idea behind this festival, curated by choreographer Sheldon B. Smith and composer Dave Pavkovic, is to give music and dance equal weight. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the two are well coordinated–and serendipity is part of these pieces’ charm. Kay Wendt LaSota’s duet I Might Be Sinking was being rehearsed to Jonathan Chen’s experimental […]

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Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate In late 1998 the popular British electronica label Ninja Tune released one of the most effective and creative fusions of hip-hop and abstract electronic music to date: a collection of remixes of the underground hip-hop single “Tried by 12,” by a New York collective called the East Flatbush Project. The original cut, a […]

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City File

Sorry ’bout that. “Many mediation clients need help to offer a proper apology,” writes Suzi Schrader in “Caucus,” newsletter of the Center for Conflict Resolution on East Adams. “Carl Schneider, in his article ‘What It Means to Be Sorry: The Power of Apology in Mediation,’ identifies three core elements of an apology. The first element […]