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Not Deep Enough

I’ve never voted for any Bush. As for today’s mainstream media, well, don’t get me started (no really, my family begs you–don’t get me started). From that frame of mind I watched Stephen Colbert’s now famous appearance at the big dinner in D.C. . . . eh [Hot Type, May 12]. He had two or […]

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Show Choir

Corn Productions is at its best with parodies. And sure enough the highlight of Jenni and Nick Caruso’s new musical, about the reuniting of a 1986 Catholic high school choir, is its recapitulation of Jesus’ life using jazz hands and 80s music revamped with funny, surprisingly reverential lyrics. There are hints of greatness here, especially […]

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Inheritance

This multimedia work by CAMP (Creative Arts Melting Pot) is often visually beautiful but intellectually confusing, combining dance, monologues, short scenes, video, and music to tell a story that doesn’t hold together. Alice (played simultaneously at different ages by Colleen Murray, Heather Kroski, and Laura Chiaramonte) is a naive, lonely 30-year-old, long ago abandoned by […]

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How He Sees the City

Gabert Farrar’s seven densely layered, labyrinthine paintings at Monique Meloche are inspired by his feelings about cities. “Anybody walking down the city street sees a jumble of cars and buildings and street lamps,” he says. “The spatial relationships in this jumble can become unclear, and you don’t know if you’re looking at backgrounds or foregrounds.” […]

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Michigan Fiber Festival

The Michigan Fiber Festival ain’t about Metamucil. Instead, think sheep, goats, llamas, alpacas, rabbits, and a bit of silk, cotton, and flax. More than 100 vendors, most based on small farms in Michigan, will be selling fibers in all forms, from raw fleece to finished yarn. (A common sight at the fair is women walking […]

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Racist Homophobic Foie Gras Lovers

“The Final Days of Foie Gras” [Restaurants, May 5] might just as well been entitled “The Final Days of American Empire.” Developing a taste for and eating foie gras will not bring the pillars of our society tumbling down. But the decadence that such unconscionable indulgence represents will ultimately do just that. That the Reader […]

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Sleeping Ugly–The Musical

Griffin Theatre Company’s first musical takes its cue from the “Once Upon a Mattress” school of fairy-tale deconstruction, adapting Jane Yolen’s kids’ book about a miserable princess, a good-hearted plain Jane, and a grumpy fairy godmother. Librettist William Massolia and lyricist-composer George Howe offer a sprightly reworking, and though the message–inner beauty is what counts–isn’t […]

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Funeral Wedding (The Alvin Play)

Emily Schwartz’s new black comedy, produced by Scott Dray Productions and the Strange Tree Group, is set in early-20th-century America. A rambling novel of a play, it features garrulous, often charming characters, Dickensian plot twists, caustic comments on modern life, two ghosts, and a macabre story touching on pedophilia, incest, suicide, and murder. The most […]

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Midwest Literary Festival

Now in its fourth year, Aurora’s Midwest Literary Festival typically features a slew of regional authors and nationally known scribes in all genres. Confirmed at press time were David Morrell (whose 1972 novel First Blood inspired the first Rambo film) and Elizabeth Kostova (The Historian). The festival includes workshops, panels, poetry slams, readings, and signings; […]

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U. Srinivas

Indian classical music has proved to be a wonderfully malleable tradition over the last five decades or so, with remarkable musicians like guitarist Brij Kabra and saxophonist Kadiri Gopalnath finding ways to play the ancient repertoire on Western instruments. In the late 70s U. Srinivas began adapting the mandolin for Carnatic music, and since then […]