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News of the Weird

Lead Story In February in Hamilton, Ontario, a 15-year-old boy was rescued after spending two hours in subzero cold dangling upside down eight feet off the ground in his underwear. According to the Hamilton Spectator the boy, who was unharmed, had been tobogganing alone at night when he found spray paint and rope at a […]

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Peter Shaffer’s 1973 psychological drama examines Alan Strang, a tortured teenager whose erotic, quasi-religious fascination with horses ends in violence. Currently enjoying a successful West End revival starring Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe (whose nude scenes have caused a lucrative stir), the play is long and overblown but can exert an eerie power in the right […]

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Todd, Racebannon

The London four-piece TODD works a tricky kind of reverse ambush on its second full-length, last spring’s Comes to Your House (Southern). The album is front-loaded with screaming evil, and at first you think you understand exactly what kind of maniacs you’re dealing with–front man Craig Clouse used to play guitar in Hammerhead, after all. […]

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Joe Goode Performance Group

Joe Goode is happily, brazenly goofy. Yet there’s always a serious purpose to his works. Returning to Chicago after an absence of four years, his San Francisco-based company performs a piece he created in 2006 in honor of its 20th anniversary, Stay Together. Using the long-term relationship between an artist and his administrator, it looks […]

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William Parker Quartet

William Parker is one of the greatest bassists ever to play free jazz, but a lifetime in the avant-garde hasn’t dimmed his opinion of the giants of the mainstream. As a child he pretended his toy pistol was a horn so he could jam along with Paul Gonsalves’s legendary 27-chorus solo on Ellington at Newport, […]

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The Swan

Like many calculatedly offbeat playwrights emerging from the Humana Festival over the last three decades, Elizabeth Egloff expended so much effort on making her 1989 play quirky and provocative that she overlooked basic coherence. When a swan crashes through the window of a rural Nebraska shack owned by thrice-divorced, terminally lonely Dora, she puts it […]