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The Straight Dope

I’ve heard that the Mir space station was being consumed by a mysterious steel- and plastic-eating space fungus and that this was why whole sections of it were closed off. Is there any truth to this? If so, does this mean, now that Mir has reentered the atmosphere, that the earth has been exposed to […]

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Burnt Sugar

BURNT SUGAR New York critic Greg Tate was a key figure in the formation of the Black Rock Coalition, which helped organize and give voice to musicians exploring the nexus of rock, jazz, funk, and hip-hop. Its most famous product is still Vernon Reid’s Living Colour, but many other combos have emerged from the organization, […]

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Days of the Week

Friday 7/13 – Thursday 7/19 JULY By Cara Jepsen 13 FRIDAY Sean Hopp’s disturbing, otherworldly paintings bring to mind a Nietzschean aphorism: nothing is true, so everything is permitted. The same could be said of the Rubber Monkey Puppet Company’s 3-D shadow-puppet play, Loong, which features magic ladders, talking animals, and the eponymous dragon. The […]

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Captain and the Champions of Justice

Captain Virtue and the Champions of Justice, Emerald City Theatre Company, at the Apollo Theater. A trio of comic book characters defeats the evil Madame Medusa and her two bumbling henchmen with the help of a boy named Nicholas in this charming musical, directed with healthy self-awareness by Peter Hobert. Captain Virtue (Michael Reilly) and […]

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Erase Errata

ERASE ERRATA It’s always a bit off-putting when a band’s influences are so transparent–if it’s already been done once (and well), why bother doing it again? But though Erase Errata, four ladies from Oakland, share a frantic, crunchy postpunk sensibility with half the bands on the west coast right now, the similarities stop at the […]

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Recycled Ideas

To the editors: As a fan of Harold Henderson’s epic Reader articles of the past, it seems his editors may have severely chopped “Blue Bags, Red Flags” (6/15/01). Unless Mr. Henderson happens to be in full agreement with the unbalanced view of recycling espoused by the book he reviewed (Urban Recycling and the Search for […]

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Sawt El Atlas

SAWT EL ATLAS If you have any doubts left that the world is shrinking, Sawt El Atlas ought to erase them. France has long been a hotbed of hybridized African music, but this group, led by two singers of Moroccan descent, takes the practice to extremes. On its second album, Donia (recently issued stateside by […]

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The Misanthrope

The Misanthrope, BackStage Theatre Company, at the North Lakeside Cultural Center. Should we be concerned that Moliere’s cranky, gossipy characters suit almost any time period? Are these our archetypes? Matthew W. Roth’s production places the titular human hater, Alceste; his flirty love interest, Celimene; and their backbiting social circle in 1920s America. From a sea […]