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Dan Deacon, Lord of the Yum-Yum

A cuckoo-brained computer musician from Baltimore, DAN DEACON picked up a thing or two about sampling and composition at Purchase College’s music conservatory and at age 24 already has six solo releases to his name. He’s done artsy, minimal twiddling and tonal haikus as well as some, like, totally groundbreaking IDM, and he’s working on […]

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Sin

“From the sky, the world is perfect!” declares the heroine of this morality play, a traffic reporter for a San Francisco radio station. Bedeviled by petty assholes reflecting the full spectrum of the seven deadlies, she’s highly critical of earthly imperfection–until a cataclysmic earthquake forces her to rely on these same flawed people. Playwright Wendy […]

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Eddie Palmieri

A few years back Puerto Rican pianist Eddie Palmieri re-formed his classic salsa band, La Perfecta, which in the 60s transformed the genre’s typical three-minute dance tunes into extended blowing sessions, adding jagged rhythms and avant-garde harmonies to the deeply soulful vocals, irresistible percolating percussion, and punchy contrapuntal arrangements that make salsa so thrilling and […]

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Wallace Roney Sextet

Trumpeter Wallace Roney has spent most of his career deflecting the complaint that he too closely mirrors his model, Miles Davis–an odd criticism given that Davis’s music is still relevant and virtually no one else concentrates on his seminal mid-60s playing style. On Roney’s most recent album, last year’s Prototype (HighNote), he incorporated electronic instruments–an […]

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Snips

[snip] Boeing customers you never heard of. Daniel Gross made this list for Slate: the Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet, China Cargo Airlines, Shenzen Airlines, Brazil’s GOL Airlines, Chile’s LAN Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, Lion Air (the first discount airline in Indonesia), Air Algerie, and Air Angola. [snip] Hint: it’s not democracy. Tony Judt writes […]

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Aparajito

This week the Film Center will screen all three parts of Indian director Satyajit Ray’s Apu trilogy, derived from the novels of Bibhutibhusan Banerjee. This second installment (1956), fully comprehensible on its own terms, suffers at times from its episodic plot, which follows Apu from the age of ten in the holy city of Benares […]

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Dry Hump 4: Get Off Me!

The seven performers in Dry Hump’s sketch show create distinct comic characters in its more clever scenes and video segments: a smart satire of Tom Cruise’s recent controversial television appearances, a silly spoof of a Chicago newscast, a Family Feud parody full of physical comedy. Never forgetting that this is a late-night staging, director Vincent […]

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Sherlock’s Last Case

Holmes/Watson fanatics may find Charles Marowitz’s dark parody a shallow misrepresentation of the detective duo’s relationship–and not quite humorous enough to justify the liberties taken. Others, though, might enjoy this suspenseful story about a bitter second banana’s plot to destroy his smug, condescending, maddeningly brilliant superior. The plot has enough twists to engage mystery buffs […]

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The Merry Widow

Light Opera Works breathes new life into Franz Lehar’s 100-year-old Viennese operetta, about a fictional Balkan state whose financial future hinges on whether its wealthiest inhabitant marries a native or a foreigner. (In a comedy, of course, a proper wedding solves every problem–even in the Balkans.) A new English libretto by Gregg Opelka and Reader […]

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In Search of Something Bigger

In Elvis, Jesus and Santa, one of three photographic works by Jonathan Gillette at Bodybuilder & Sportsman, the three icons are played by two of the artist’s uncles and a cousin. They hold hands, linked in friendly cooperation–or in some surreal low-rent pageant. Though he was sometimes discouraged from doing so in school, Gillette often […]