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Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus

Like the man who composed it, Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms is a work of great contrasts. Commissioned in 1930 by Serge Koussevitzky to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, it’s not a traditional symphony but a large work for orchestra and chorus in three movements, usually performed with almost no pause. Stravinsky […]

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Broken Flowers

Bill Murray’s minimalism as an actor combines with Jim Jarmusch’s as a writer-director to yield a certain redundancy, making this comedy Jarmusch’s starkest feature to date. The tragedy of Dead Man and Ghost Dog is missing, but there’s genuine poignancy in the attempts of Murray, who plays a wealthy retiree in perpetual denial, to discover […]

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Steel Magnolias

Laughing through your tears performs minor miracles in the Saturday-morning haven of six Louisiana ladies. Robert Harling’s play, set in a hair salon, is more intimate than his 1989 screenplay, which mistakenly introduced the ladies’ idiot men, but it’s still handicapped by a final scene in which one woman’s grief morphs into an irrelevant physical […]

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Paso Doble

Sirens, the all-women improv troupe, just keeps getting better. Now six years old, the group shapes its creative, rich comedy well, skewering the everyday grandiosity, quirks, foibles, and self-delusions of ordinary people. In their newest long-form improv show every scene ends on a laugh: they’ve thoroughly mastered timing. Paso Doble begins from the seed of […]

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The Treatment

Friday 5 STACEY EARLE & MARK STUART You can’t tell me Stacey Earle and her collaborator/husband Mark Stuart–sincere Christians or not–weren’t aware of the connotations when they called their new album S&M Communion Bread (Funzalo). (It’s named for an old bakery in Nashville.) But while there’s plenty of self-flagellation in their sadly sentimental tales of […]

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All My Sons

Though Michael Colucci produced, directed, and stars in this revival of Arthur Miller’s 1947 play, it’s not like most vanity productions. For one thing, Colucci delivers an impressive performance as the corrupt patriarch at the center of the story, about a war profiteer accused of selling faulty airplane parts. For another, his direction is as […]

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I Self Devine, Psalm One

Bio: Chemistry II: Esters and Essays (Birthwrite, 2004), a remastered and revamped version of the 2002 debut by local MC PSALM ONE, sometimes sounds less like a cohesive record than a sampler of her abilities. Luckily, her skill set is enormous. An impressive shape-shifter, she can rap in double time, effortlessly dish out complex rhymes […]

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The Straight Dope

I’ve read about a lot of different methods to increase the number of lucid dreams you have. Most of them require serious commitment, though, and before I take one up I want to know if it actually works. Is there a method that really helps you have lucid dreams? –Derek Murphy, via e-mail Like many […]

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Kid606, Drop the Lime

Miguel Depedro, aka KID606, has nothing left to prove–and anyway he’s never seemed to care what people think of him. Depedro, who runs Tigerbeat6, the most perverse and irreverent electronic label I can think of, made his mark in 2002 with The Action Packed Mentalist Brings You the Fucking Jams (Violent Turd), an obnoxiously agitated, […]