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In Memoriam, Richy Flash

On October 18, Richard Wilson [“Hey, Richy Flash-Flash,” August 13, 2004] succumbed to complications from AIDS, against which he had struggled, both physically and politically, for many years. Richard was a man of many talents, most notably a genius for the art of photography. He possessed a peculiar ability to render himself invisible, a valuable […]

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Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic

Radically witty comedian Sarah Silverman–who’s been lurking around the edges of TV and movies since she debuted on Saturday Night Live in 1993–gets her big coming-out party with this video of her stage show, shot at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. There are onstage musical numbers with a backup band, and the show […]

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First Nations Film and Video Festival

The First Nations Film and Video Festival runs Monday, November 14, through Sunday, November 20. For more information call 773-275-5871; a full festival schedule appears at www.fnfvf.com. Among this week’s featured documentaries is V. Blackhawk Aamodt’s The Ghost Riders, in which young Lakota Indians honor their ancestors with the Bigfoot Memorial Ride, a 300-mile journey […]

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Joyce & Dori Caymmi

One of the most sophisticated singers in modern Brazilian music, Joyce has spent four decades blending jazz rhythms with lush samba and bossa nova. When she emerged as a solo artist in the late 60s she was pursuing an expansive, folk-tinged sound; she began expressing a strong female perspective in her lyrics, a rare thing […]

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Deadly Snakes

Anyone who still thinks of the Deadly Snakes as a garage band either isn’t listening or has way more tools in his garage than most people. Porcella (In the Red), the latest from this ten-year-old sextet, is a masterpiece of sprawling, indulgent, and ambitious songwriting that puts various flavors of underground Americana through a meat […]

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There’s a Third Possibility

I found Jake Austen’s casual use of the phrase “cliche ghetto whore” [“Movin’ On Up,” November 4] extremely disturbing. I was fascinated by its inclusion in his critique of Aaron McGruder’s Boondocks, repeatedly scanning the paragraph for some justification. Finding nothing, I was left to wonder if the author was just another absurdly cliche sloppy […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story In September an ambulance stolen in Lexington, North Carolina, led police on a chase through parts of three rural counties before being forced into a ditch near the Virginia border with its tires punctured. The driver was identified as Leon Hollimon Jr., 37, who had been reported missing in Jacksonville, Florida, more than […]

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Cinevardaphoto

These three short films about still photography, made by Agnes Varda at different points in her career, add up to a first-rate triptych that highlights the French director’s filmmaking strengths and mercurial intelligence. For Salut les Cubains (1963, 30 min.) Varda edited and animated 1,500 photographs she’d taken during a holiday in Cuba; in Ulysse […]

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A Torture Fan Writes

Hey, JRJ [“A Fine Line,” October 28], I liked the first Saw fairly well, and I graduated from a good college–in fact, I was the least-educated person in the group with whom I watched the movie at Brew & View! BTW, they done tore down most all the Arby’s in Chicago. Sucks. Aaron S. Uptown

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Triteza

When the leader of a band departs to go solo the group usually crumbles, but in Tristeza’s case the remaining members formed a better band. By the end of 2003 front man James LaValle had decided to go full-time with his band the Album Leaf; drummer James Lehner and keyboardist Stephen Swesey were gone as […]