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  • Off Directing (Part I) - Cost-Cutting Tip for Theaters: Delete the Art That's Lost Its Meaning

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    Off Directing (Part I) - Cost-Cutting Tip for Theaters: Delete the Art That's Lost Its Meaning

    Because the Voice is changing its format later this month, this will be one of the last few times I'll have the space to discuss several productions together. I'd like to use the occasion, this week and next, to broach an unpleasant topic that's been...

    by Michael Feingold on July 29, 2003
  • Landscape Painting - Ideas Bred in China and Israel Coincide at Lincoln Center Festival

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    Landscape Painting - Ideas Bred in China and Israel Coincide at Lincoln Center Festival

    Even if you missed the large paintings hanging in the theater lobby, you'd guess that Chinese-born Shen Wei is a visual artist as well as a choreographer. The dances he showed at the Lincoln Center Festival are painterly in the extreme. Every gestu...

    by Deborah Jowitt on July 29, 2003
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    Done and Undone

    In Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers' Beyond the Bones (Joyce Soho, June), we hear Lin collapse with an alarming thud in the aisle before we see hima ghoulish sight, laced in ropes and rags. Kori Darling performs a protean rebirth enactment, emerging vulnerable ...

    on July 29, 2003
  • You Call This a Town? - Finley's 9-11 Liza; Jordan's Search for Normalcy

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    You Call This a Town? - Finley's 9-11 Liza; Jordan's Search for Normalcy

    Surely The Village Voice could have found someone slightlywell, gayer to review Karen Finley's bizarro melding of Liza Minnelli tribute and 9-11 threnody, but perhaps the point is that we're all in this orange-alert craziness together, even those of...

    by Ed Park on July 29, 2003
  • The Afrobeat Generation - Finding Inspiration in an African Pop Icon

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    The Afrobeat Generation - Finding Inspiration in an African Pop Icon

    Nothing can be said about a performer posthumouslynot Elvis, not Hendrix, not even Kurt Cobainthat can capture the thrill of their live appearances or evoke the moment when their music coalesced with the zeitgeist. Words, photographs, albums, and v...

    by Barbara Pollack on July 22, 2003
  • The Music TV Wars - Reality Killed the Video Star

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    The Music TV Wars - Reality Killed the Video Star

    Maybe you've noticed a wall in your neighborhood plastered with posters of Sally Struthers. Or maybe her chubby face has beckoned to you from the side of a bus or phone booth. As usual, Sally's begging for help, but it's not on behalf of Save the Chi...

    by Joy Press on July 22, 2003
  • Auto Focus - Strange Ways, Here We Come

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    Auto Focus - Strange Ways, Here We Come

    "This is a murder mystery novel," announces 15-year-old Christopher Boone, the hero of Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Since he is neurologically incapable of deceit, this is, like everything else he says, the trutha...

    by Dennis Lim on July 22, 2003
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    Don't Look Back - Shelter From the Samurai

    The Wall Street Journal recently reported that some lyrics in Bob Dylan's "Floater" (off his 2001 album "Love and Theft") bear striking similarities to lines in Junichi Saga's Confessions of a Yakuza (Kodansha, 253 pp., $11). But does the influence o...

    by Ed Park on July 22, 2003
  • Feet on the ground - Past Perfect; Future Up for Grabs

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    Feet on the ground - Past Perfect; Future Up for Grabs

    Butoh began in Japan at the end of the 1950s as outsider art; "Dance of Darkness," its creator Tatsumi Hijikata called it. His transgressive performances aimed to strip the body of refinement and cultivated expertise, purge the Japanese mind of Weste...

    by Deborah Jowitt on July 22, 2003
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    Combinations

    Ballet Mestizo's Folkloric Fantasy 2 (Thalia Spanish Theatre, through August 3) blends the complexities of Colombia into a hearty sancocho of colors, rhythms, and sounds. The energetic troupe travels across the different regions of the countryfrom t...

    on July 22, 2003
  • Eternal Return - Alan Moore's Supreme Achievement

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    Eternal Return - Alan Moore's Supreme Achievement

    No art wears its disposability so lightly as the much maligned superhero comic. Month after month these comics appear with tawdry dependabilitynot unlike Sue Grafton novels or Fall albumsfor years on end. But while the life span of a superhero com...

    by Richard Gehr on July 22, 2003
  • SCUM Goddess - Who's the Villain? Who’s the Saint?

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    SCUM Goddess - Who's the Villain? Whos the Saint?

    At one time, Valerie Solanas seemed the feminist ghost least likely to rise from the grave. The one and only member of the Society for Cutting Up Men, she was just too mad and too bad. But less than 10 years after her death in 1988, this unlikely spe...

    by C. Carr on July 22, 2003
  • Family Feud(al) Obligations - Two Clans Dis Function; Two Directors Make It Work

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    Family Feud(al) Obligations - Two Clans Dis Function; Two Directors Make It Work

    "An unhappy family," said Tolstoy, "is unhappy after its own fashion." Was he talking about the art of the stage? Two unhappy families couldn't be less alike in their unhappiness than the contemporary Greek-Americans of Flesh and Blood and the 13th-c...

    by Michael Feingold on July 22, 2003
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    Funny Cide - Laughing With Thomas Bernhard

    Suicide, murder, lunacy: The cover of Thomas Bernhard's The Voice Imitator features an inventory of topics the author continually mulled over with undetonated grief and a grim chortle. Amras, Playing Watten, and Walkingearly novellas just published ...

    by Michael Miller on July 15, 2003
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    Uncertain Regard - Novelist Michel Houellebecq's French Letters

    The French have a reputation for sexy stuff so artistic (meaning transgressive, clinical, incoherent, and/or theoretical) that no one really has to feel dirty. In fact, this is what the French are for: intelligentsia porn. Every couple years, or mont...

    by Joshua Clover on July 15, 2003
  • Apotheosis Now - Experiencing Dia:Beacon's Ashram of the Abstract

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    Apotheosis Now - Experiencing Dia:Beacon's Ashram of the Abstract

    Michael Kimmelman stirred up a hornet's nest recently when he called the 24 artists whose work is enshrined at Dia:Beacon "The Greatest Generation" in The New York Times Magazine. Within weeks, Hilton Kramer and Peter Plagens took issue. Although Kim...

    by Jerry Saltz on July 15, 2003
  • Joseph Chaikin (1935-2003), Part II - 'You Can Make a Fresh Start With Your Final Breath'

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    Joseph Chaikin (1935-2003), Part II - 'You Can Make a Fresh Start With Your Final Breath'

    Joe Chaikin's two careers were separated by a cardiac operation during which he briefly "died" on the operating table. Despite the partial aphasic stroke he suffered then, he recovered sufficient powers of speech to go on acting and directing with un...

    on July 15, 2003
  • Heat Wave - Crossing Categories, Generations, and Genders

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    Heat Wave - Crossing Categories, Generations, and Genders

    The ladies and gentlemen of Dance Theatre of Harlem are up for just about anything. Follow a dazzle of chapps, passs, and the odd gargouillade with down-and-dirty shimmying? They manage that (quite subtly too) in Robert Garland's 2001 New Bach. Pe...

    by Deborah Jowitt on July 15, 2003
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    Monstah And Monster

    Soho's HERE and temporarily homeless Dixon Placetwo struggling institutions that champion diversity and the raw process of experimentationteamed up this summer to create "Fuse: The NYC Celebration of Queer Culture." For dance lovers, a few evenings...

    by Eva Yaa Asantewaa on July 15, 2003
  • Spirited Away - Graham Joyce's Vine Land

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    Spirited Away - Graham Joyce's Vine Land

    Is Graham Joyce a fabulist who dabbles in reality or a realist drawn to hallucinatory logic? Trick answer: both. He's won four British Fantasy Awards, and the characters that spring from his pen are an odd lot: the boy locked in a destructive relatio...

    by Joy Press on July 15, 2003
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Dishonorable Recharge: Preston Sturges Deserves Better

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Larry Clark's latest exhibition, "they thought i were but i aren't anymore...," is a small survey of sorts, composed of photographs, collages, and — for the first time — paintings… More >>

Fear Not: Drop Dead Perfect Won't Hurt a Bit

Idris Seabright's cottage looks idyllic. Pink paint and potted palms give her living room just the right tropical breeziness. A portrait of flinty, bearded Captain Horace Seabright hangs over her… More >>

Piece of His Heart: Bert Berns Is a Name You Need to Know

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Ever Hear the One About Hamlet's Mother?

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A musical about the Manhattan Project? Bring on the dancing physicists and chorus girls in lab coats. Belt out those odes to fissure. Enrich our hearts with uranium! Atomic is… More >>

The Feather Channel: The Pigeoning Isn't Only for the Birds

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