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Fillet of Solo

Live Bait Theater’s showcase of one-person shows features new work by a slew of familiar fringe faces. The event allows Live Bait the opportunity to launch its second performance space, the Bucket, designed specifically for solo work; shows also take place on the theater’s main stage. The fifth annual Fillet of Solo Festival runs through […]

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Andy Narell & Sandip Burman

ANDY NARELL & SANDIP BURMAN Andy Narell’s journey started not in the West Indies or Africa or Brazil, but rather where they all meet–on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where he first heard a steel-pan drum played by an Antiguan immigrant. In the Caribbean, pan bands can engage dozens of players, and Narell’s dad, […]

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Robbie Fulks

ROBBIE FULKS Anyone who’s seen Robbie Fulks live knows you can’t fence him in: he lives and dies by the song, not the style. Still, to varying extents his albums have all fallen within some set of parameters or another, particularly his first two, on the alt-country label Bloodshot. His best album, and his only […]

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Natalie MacMaster

NATALIE MacMASTER The fiddle music of Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island gets its character from the Scottish immigrants who settled the area in the late 18th and early 19th centuries–in fact, many traditions that have all but disappeared in Scotland are still vital there. The Cape Breton style evolved at community functions like parties and […]

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I Hate Hamlet

I Hate Hamlet, Drury Lane Oakbrook. Playwright Paul Rudnick offers a credible argument for theater’s artistic superiority over television in this chronicle of a hack TV actor’s vain attempts to move from soap operas to the stage. Too bad Rudnick hammers his point across so heavily: this padded update of The Odd Couple, revolving around […]

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No Longer A Child

Destiny’s Child Survivor (Sony) By Keith Harris Since his media-circus trial for weapons charges, Puff Daddy may have wilted into P. Diddy, but his biggest gift to popular rhetoric survives him. “Playa haters get away or my lead will spray,” the Notorious B.I.G. declares on Puffy’s 1998 single “It’s All About the Benjamins,” and on […]

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Oscar Remembered and The Woolgatherer

OSCAR REMEMBERED and THE WOOLGATHERER, Speaking Ring Theatre, at the Theatre Building. Only someone ignorant of history would accuse Lord Alfred Douglas of ruining Oscar Wilde. It’s true that, as Wilde’s lover, Douglas held considerable sway over the writer and helped goad him into suing Douglas’s gay-baiting father for libel, a legal maneuver that would […]

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Jazz Festival

Thursday, AUGUST 30 Petrillo Music Shell 6:00 Orbert Davis tribute to the Hot Fives & Hot Sevens 7:10 Kahil El’Zabar’s Ritual Trio with Pharoah Sanders :20 Dee Dee Bridgewater Friday, AUGUST 31 Petrillo Music Shell 6:00 Von Freeman, Ed Petersen, Eric Alexander, Willie Pickens, Robert Shy & Brian Sandstrom 7:10 Kurt Elling Quartet with Orbert […]

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In Store: dressing up, au naturel

Lauren Murphy and Celeste Bayer began their partnership over a box of wine, tossing ideas back and forth in their San Francisco apartment. Murphy knew she wanted her own business–any business–and Bayer had trained as a designer at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, so they decided to design and manufacture clothing for children, which […]

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International Pop Overthrow/Czech It Out

International Pop Overthrow Until fairly recently, Jim Elkington’s grandest musi-cal ambition had been “to get together with a really good songwriter.” But earlier this month he released one of the more notable local pop records so far this year–the Zincs’ Moth and Marriage, on which he wrote all the songs and played all the instruments. […]

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Kismet

Some riches entail no embarrassment. The Baghdad of Arabian Nights fantasies explodes with charm and color in Lara Teeter’s sumptuous revival of the 1953 Broadway classic for Light Opera Works. Inspired by the melodies of Alexander Borodin, Robert Wright and George Forrest wrote the gorgeous score (“Baubles, Bangles and Beads,” “Stranger in Paradise,” “And This […]