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Deerhoof

Deerhoof has slimmed down to a trio on its new album, Friend Opportunity (Kill Rock Stars), but in a lot of ways this bubblegum-prog band is bigger than ever. Never skittish about their disjointedness, they’ve gotten bolder with it: twinkling micropop gives way to manic drum fills and dissonant guitar freak-outs, or symphonic ELO-esque choruses […]

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The Oldest Profession

Playwright Paula Vogel ties American economics to the circumstances of five aging prostitutes in a play set on the Upper West Side from 1980 to 1984: each character represents a different era of capitalism. Through the stories of these free-market entrepreneurs and their dwindling clientele, we see simple barter give way to corporate speculation and, […]

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Cajun Cojones

In the January 12 issue, the oyster gourmet says, “Do you know anybody from Louisiana?” in regard to oysters, on them being slow or stupid mentally [“The Oyster Whisperer”]. This so-called gourmand wouldn’t know what a mountain oyster was from his own oysters. Maybe he should have a billboard sign: “No Cajuns allowed to eat […]

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Amajuba: Like Doves We Rise

Five young South Africans relive the pain they suffered as children and adolescents at the tail end of apartheid in Amajuba: Like Doves We Rise, created in 2000. One performer was abandoned by her family at eight and faced starvation; another watched his father withdraw from his home and family after forced relocation; another still […]

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Big Baby

I have a feeling the review of Neal Pollack’s new book was dead-on [“Alternative to What?” January 19], but the description of the negative response to his 2005 Salon article about his son’s expulsion from preschool for biting was less so. You wrote that the vitriolic (and it was) response was because he sent his […]