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Change of Heart

An interesting Hot Type column, but I think it misses the point about Mark Brown [February 11]. I think his readers care far more about the issue of whether the election legitimizes the Iraq war than they care about Mark Brown’s latest reconsideration of the war. It’s one thing to see American approval ratings for […]

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The Take

Made by the couple Avi Lewis (director) and Naomi Klein (writer), this 2004 documentary chronicles how laid-off workers in Argentina took over some 200 closed factories and started them up again as leaderless co-ops, with every worker receiving the same salary. The filmmakers aren’t blind to some of the contradictions and anomalies of this movement–they […]

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Ferdinand the Bull

It’s hard to go wrong with Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson’s children’s classic about a young bull who’d rather smell the flowers than fight, and this musical adaptation for young audiences gets most of the notes just right even when Debbie Wicks La Puma’s score doesn’t offer much excitement (though flamenco guitarist Mehran is a […]

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Jorge Ben Jor

Thumbnail sketches of Brazilian music usually emphasize bossa nova legends (Joao Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim) or tropicalistas (Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil), a tendency that unfortunately neglects the work of journeyman Jorge Ben Jor. One of the first songs Jor wrote, the 1963 bossa nova classic “Mas que nada,” has been covered by more than 200 […]

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Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

Despite her top billing on Dap Dippin’ With Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings (2002), singer Sharon Jones was essentially a figurehead. The album was yet another showcase for the gritty New York funk-revival band led by bassist-producer Gabriel Roth (aka Bosco “Bass” Mann), though Jones gave the taut, propulsive, unapologetically retro grooves a healthy dash […]

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Mariela in the Desert

The kernel of a very good idea lies at the heart of Karen Zacarias’s play, now receiving its world premiere under Henry Godinez’s direction. Exploring the frustrations and machinations of the title character, wife of a dying painter who was once friends with Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, Zacarias hints that often the most interesting […]

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Kevin Young

Poet Kevin Young is building an accomplished career from the detritus of pop culture past. He subtitled his 2003 collection, Jelly Roll, “A Blues,” and that it was, all sly and sexy wordplay, the poet’s very real pain shrugged off with a wiseass grin. He continues to spin high art from low, old forms of […]