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  • Manual Labors - Two Essential Guides to American English Get a Makeover—and Word Geeks Rejoice

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    Manual Labors - Two Essential Guides to American English Get a Makeoverand Word Geeks Rejoice

    In the English language, who gets to make the rules? Francophones and Spanish-speakers can look to the Acadmie Franaise and the Real Academia Espaola, respectively, which have been telling right from wrong for centuries, often backed by the force ...

    by Jorge Morales on August 5, 2003
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    The Pool and the Rabbit Hole - Two Summer One-Act Festivals

    While many summer theater festivals flee the city for leafy climes, others, stuck at home, develop ingenious strategies for cooling off. "Swim Shorts II" stages its site-specific one-acts in and around the rooftop pool of the 57th Street Holiday Inn....

    by Francine Russo on August 5, 2003
  • Off Directing (Part Two) - Staging Makes War on Scripts, but What's the Battle About?

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    Off Directing (Part Two) - Staging Makes War on Scripts, but What's the Battle About?

    While I was writing, last week, of my problems with directing that ignores all the parameters of the text, this aesthetic issue moved into the courts: The estate of Sybil B. Harrington, one of the Metropolitan Opera's greatest benefactors, is suing t...

    by Michael Feingold on August 5, 2003
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    Booty Call - Dos and Donts, Past and Present

    From the original Manual of Style (1906): "About many matters in this world, grammar and logic included, there is abundant room for differences of opinion. Grant writers the privilege of preferring theirs to yours." 15th edition (2003): "Names ...

    by Jorge Morales on August 5, 2003
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    Listings

    ART Finding a masterpiece at the Met is like seeing a clown at the circusno revelation. But what exactly is it about a painting that qualifies it as a masterpiece? Technique? Beauty? Resonance? Is the very term masterpiece anachronistic? If so, t...

    on August 5, 2003
  • Gurley Talk - Rereading 'Sex and the Single Girl'

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    Gurley Talk - Rereading 'Sex and the Single Girl'

    Settling down with Helen Gurley Brown for an evening, via her 1962 exhortation to premarital gratification, Sex and the Single Girl, is much like sharing Thanksgiving dinner with a scandalously un-p.c. great aunt. A throwback to the days when men wer...

    by Caitlin Macy on July 29, 2003
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    Traci Elements - This Is Hardcore

    Erstwhile porn wunderkind Traci Lords's fuzzy new memoir brings to mind a remark from her fellow Cry-Baby thespian Patty Hearst: "I consider myself incredibly fortunate, even if I had to get kidnapped by terrorists to get my break." Like Hearst, who ...

    by Howard Hampton on July 29, 2003
  • A Foreign Affair - America in the Spotlight (and the Crosshairs) at the Whitney

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    A Foreign Affair - America in the Spotlight (and the Crosshairs) at the Whitney

    "This show doesn't suck," commented a fellow art writer with a smile of satisfaction on her face, as I stepped out of the elevator into "The American Effect." Call that an understatement. The Whitney Museum of American Art has strategically transcend...

    by Kim Levin on July 29, 2003
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    Deep Purple - Race Matters in New Books on Prince and Hendrix

    For those who were teenagers during the 1980s, Prince Rogers Nelson was the closest equivalent to the baby boomers' beloved Beatles this side of the whole hiphop cultural movement. Meeting Prince at Life in the late '90s, I thanked him for structurin...

    by Miles Marshall Lewis on July 29, 2003
  • 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
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War Animals: Nancy Rubins Goes Once More Into the Playground

You can hardly pass a toy store these days without thinking of Jeff Koons. Mr. Porcelain Smile has so deeply incorporated children's playthings into his massive Whitney survey — those… More >>

Poor Behavior is a Moral Lecture Delivered by Terrible People

"Peter is one of my oldest friends," says Maureen (Heidi Armbruster). Her hand clasps her collar to underline her moral certainty, but we're not at all convinced. Just a moment… More >>

<I>Useless</i> Is Hardley Naive About Human Trafficking Useless Is Hardley Naive About Human Trafficking

Pigs shriek. We hear the squealing herds of swine as they face the knife — part of a massive culling to control the spread of a virus. These earsplitting, nerve-jangling… More >>

Art for Film's Sake: Celluloid Characters, Real Paintings

In 1992, I owed a favor to a production designer in the film industry, and he asked me to create a series of paintings for the character of a penniless… More >>

The Maids Brings Downtown Theater to the Lincoln Center Festival

It seems fitting that any production of The Maids — the play that launched what came to be known as Theater of the Absurd — should be somewhat absurd itself.… More >>

Phoenix Is a Brittle Romantic Comedy Revived by the Rattlestick

When is a one-night stand not a one-night stand? When it leads to the abortion clinic. That is, according to Scott Organ's Phoenix, a brittle romantic comedy revived by the… More >>

Down by the Liver: Between Riverside and Crazy Bares Its Wounds

Riverside Drive makes a nice address, but it lacks one amenity: moral clarity. For longtime cop Walter "Pops" Washington (Stephen McKinley Henderson), that means nursing his wounds eight years after… More >>

Too E-Z Is the Head That Wears the Crown

One of the many obstacles to a truly great American classical theater tradition is the way we reflexively default to contemporary naturalism. Actors, often trained to assimilate a role into… More >>

Shots to the Head: Christopher Williams Decks You with Sly Photographic Contrivances Shots to the Head: Christopher Williams Decks You with Sly Photographic Contrivances

Thank you, MoMA, for all the dizzying vinyl graphics buzzing around the entrance to the Christopher Williams show. The truncated excerpts from the exhibition catalog, printed in hypersaturated red, yellow,… More >>

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