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When Will the September Roses Bloom? Last Night Was Only a Comedy: A Double Performance

Even intelligent, well-intentioned people can fail utterly. Goat Island’s new 125-minute piece, created over three years, is an impenetrable monolith that numbs the mind and butt. Drawing from at least 17 sources ranging from Preston Sturges’s Palm Beach Story to Paul Celan’s poetry and Simone Weil’s essays, the piece uses Fibonacci numbers for its structure […]

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Savage Love

Here’s my wah-wah: I’m 20, gay, and my boyfriend of eight months is into tying me up. I work out a lot and have pretty decent muscles, and something about tying me up makes him extra horny, which is a turn-on for me too. I’m wondering if I have anything to be worried about–not necessarily […]

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Dr. Dog

I’m awfully cynical about shaggy indie rockers these days, but Dr. Dog’s new album, Easy Beat (National Parking), is one of the best records I’ve heard this year. What the M’s are to the Kinks, this Philadelphia quintet is to the Beatles: they create immaculate pop packed tight with pretty vocal harmonies, subtly shifting arrangements, […]

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Lauren Sanders

Her first novel, Kamikaze Lust (2000), won Lauren Sanders praise and a Lambda Literary Award for breathing life into the cliche of the 30th-birthday identity crisis. The series of upheavals–sudden unemployment, crumbling family, a first homoerotic crush–that she dumped on her birthday girl could have easily added up to shlock, but her flair for characters […]

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Snips

[snip] News flash: University of Illinois men’s basketball program crushed by Bucknell, Utah State. According to the Knight Foundation’s commission on intercollegiate athletics (www.knightfdn.org), the most recent graduation rate of U. of I.’s men’s basketball players was 47 percent, compared to 100 percent at Bucknell and Utah State. (Big Ten rival Michigan State graduates 64 […]

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Brian and Shevat

Gabrielle Reisman’s fable of true love among the Gen-Y set is sweet, occasionally funny, and quite charming thanks to actors Jimmy Freund and Elizabeth Middleton. But there’s something missing. In keeping with the current vogue for love stories involving time/memory displacement (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Time Traveler’s Wife), Reisman’s one-act mysteriously drops […]

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King Sunny Ade

The unwitting progenitor of what we now call world music, Nigerian juju legend King Sunny Ade was signed by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell after the 1981 death of Bob Marley–the label wanted a new third-world star with boundless charisma. The three albums Ade released on Mango, an Island subsidiary, brought him international acclaim, but […]

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Boundary Breaker

Nicole Gordon is a self-described good suburban Jewish girl whose sweetly colored paintings and installations at Peter Miller disturbingly reflect on cultural displacement. Her goal is to cut through viewers’ complacency using her work’s studied prettiness. “In the very protected suburbs I grew up in,” Gordon says, “you hold yourself in your own little world […]

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Signs of Life

I used to be a journalist myself, and I never particularly liked the idea that one has to shed all one’s convictions and rights to individual expression the second one takes up the pen [Hot Type, April 1]. I guess it depends on whether you think of yourself as a journalist first and a citizen […]

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Emio Greco | PC

The shoulders carry pain; they hunch to ward off harm. And the shoulder girdle–that vulnerable, sinewy, crucial part of the body from which the more consciously expressive arms and hands hang–is the focal point of Rimasto Orfano (“Abandoned Orphan”). In this 75-minute piece for six performers by Italian choreographer Emio Greco and Dutch director Pieter […]

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The Rimers of Eldritch

Lanford Wilson’s evil Eldritch, a small midwestern mill town on the skids, is no Mayberry. It’s a dump where boredom, hypocrisy, ignorance, and envy contend for the souls of the citizens. So there can be no loss of innocence when two crimes–a murder and a sexual assault–emerge from the townspeople’s constant chorus of mean-spirited gossip: […]