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If You Don’t Like Them, Say So

Mr. Margasak, “Taste of Lincoln Avenue has booked 10,000 Maniacs, but most of the 30-plus other acts it’s scheduled are the contemporary equivalent of those 80s bar bands, unoriginal if popular groups like Hello Dave…” is a quote from one of your recent articles [Post No Bills, June 20]. I attended college at a large […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories Weird India: In June, according to Dr. Chittaranjan Maity, medical education director for the state of West Bengal, a 13-year-old boy who’d come to a hospital for pain in his groin began producing quarter-inch winged beetles in his urine; the insects had hatched from eggs laid in his body. And a few days […]

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Tell Us the Truth

Hello Peter! Just curious…have you ever actually SEEN or HEARD the band HELLO DAVE [Post No Bills, June 20]? They are as far from “unoriginal” as one can get without pounding rocks together for the sake of entertainment. Every performance of Hello Dave is filled with inspiring, uplifting, poetic, and ORIGINAL music that moves audience […]

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The Truth Hurts

Pants on Fire Second City E.T.C. People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war, or before an election. –Otto von Bismarck Let’s review the situation. We’ve got an unelected president who behaves like Cotton Mather with nukes. A vice president who appears to be running several multinationals out of his office. […]

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Clayton Brothers

Jazz has had some great brother acts over the years, including the Adderleys, the Heaths, and the Joneses (Hank, Thad, and Elvin); these days twins Marcus and E.J. Strickland are playing together in New York, and various Marsalises reunite from time to time. Based in LA, the Clayton brothers may not get a lot of […]

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Plenty of Big Boys

I have something to add to Barbara Blades’s letter regarding the closing of Artemisia Gallery [June 13]. I was a member for 12 years and president of Artemisia for ten years. To respond to Rhona Hoffman, Artemisia has always played with the big boys–Vito Acconci, Othello Anderson, Alan Artner, Roy Boyd, Bruce Guenther, Peter Frank, […]

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Time for a Tune-up

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines ** (Worth seeing) Directed by Jonathan Mostow Written by John Brancato, Michael Ferris, and Tedi Sarafian With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes, and Kristanna Loken. “The future has not been written,” intones rebel leader John Connor (Nick Stahl) in a voice-over at the opening of Terminator 3. “There […]

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New Pornographers

When this Vancouver sextet released its debut album, Mass Romantic (Mint), at the tail end of 2000 it was widely referred to as a supergroup–something of a stretch given that the members were culled from Canadian indie-rock outfits like Zumpano and Destroyer. (Singer Neko Case is probably the most famous of the lot, and one […]

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Just Like All the Rest

The kindest thing I can say about Liz Phair’s eponymous new album–her first in nearly five years–is that it’s easy to forget. Produced primarily by the Matrix, the trio of former pop musicians (including a refugee from Haircut 100) responsible for Avril Lavigne’s hits, the disc’s relentlessly radio-friendly tracks are as mundane as advertising jingles […]

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Snowed by the Management

I read with interest your column on the labor situation at the [Baltimore] Sun [Hot Type, June 27]. As a former reporter and editorial writer with 22 years of dealing with the Sun’s management, I think you gave management much too much credit for telling the truth. The quote from Linda Geeson about work rules […]

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Trust Me on This

Trust Me on This, Lifeline Theatre. The publicity for Alan Donahue’s adaptation of Donald E. Westlake’s 1988 whodunit emphasizes its setting in the cutthroat world of tabloid journalists–whose unscrupulous tactics to meet their quota of scandal are nowadays neither shocking nor titillating. But time has not diminished the seductive intricacy of Westlake’s grotesquely comic thriller. […]