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Greg Kelley

If there’s a trumpeter out there more radical than this Boston improviser, it’s news to me. He can play relatively straightforward stuff, like the muscular free jazz he’s done with saxophonist Paul Flaherty and drummer Chris Corsano, and like kindred spirits Franz Hautzinger, Axel Dorner, Mazen Kerbaj, and Birgit Ulher he’s pushed the instrument to […]

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John Crawford

John Crawford was on his honeymoon and two credits away from college graduation when an e-mail informed him that his Florida National Guard unit would be sent to Iraq for the March 2003 invasion–a mission that ended up lasting much longer than he and his cohorts were promised. In The Last True Story I’ll Ever […]

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Savage Love

I’m a straight guy with conventional tastes in women. But a few years ago I “accidentally” ended up at a bar with drag queens. I found myself surprisingly turned on by this drag queen in a G-string that came over and shook her tits in my face. Ever since then I’ve had fantasies about male-to-female […]

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Natya Dance Theatre

If you missed Lookingglass’s Sita Ram, whose sold-out run ended last weekend, you might try Natya Dance Theatre’s new Margam: The Sacred Path. Far more traditional, it celebrates the pop musical’s origins: bharata natyam, a classical Indian form that relates Hindu stories through the poses and gestures codified in a 2,000-year-old text, the Natya-sastra. Still, […]

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She Stoops to Conquer

The proverbial good time is had by all in Signal Ensemble Theatre’s production of Oliver Goldsmith’s 1773 masterwork, depicting the chaos that ensues when a young man mistakes his fiancee’s home for a country inn. This chronicle of “the mistakes of a night” delivers a psychologically acute, comically combustible, richly compassionate look at human frailty […]

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One of the criticisms leveled at the Strokes is that, unlike great thinkers such as Royal Trux, they have nothing to say. But their new album, First Impressions of Earth (RCA), does pose some heady questions. Like: How does a self-centered generation have an existential crisis but hang on to its self-centeredness once it’s over? […]

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Devil Music Ensemble

If a guy in suspenders with a waxed mustache playing upright piano isn’t your idea of compelling silent-movie accompaniment, the original scores of the Devil Music Ensemble might be more your speed. The group’s three core musicians–Brendon Wood (guitars, lap steel, synth), Jonah Rapino (electric violin, vibraphone, synth), and Tim Nylander (drums and percussion)–met in […]

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A Culture of Addiction

Pharmacopia is a large, spectacularly colorful installation by Andy Diaz Hope and Laurel Roth. Part of the group show “Sex. Drugs. Rock n Roll” at Gescheidle, it reflects on our obsession with drugs, both legal and illegal, and puts that obsession in terms of a crazed, overheated postmodern sensibility. A large chandelier made of hypodermic […]

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[snip] Are chain retailers leaving money on the table? Kimbriell Kelly writes in the Chicago Reporter that “among neighborhoods with median household earnings between $40,000 and $50,000 per capita, white areas have 47 percent more major retailers than black areas.” [snip] “The Internet already is made of one quintillion transistors, a trillion links, a million […]

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The Stills’ 2003 debut, Logic Will Break Your Heart, had disco drums, hungover-sounding vocals, and crystalline hooks that were vaguely new wave in a sort of Joe Jackson way–it was a great guilty pleasure for hipsters who liked the Strokes but didn’t want to seem so far behind the game as to admit they actually […]