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    Dance

    Flamenco Straight Courtly Juana Amaya and the 20-year-old Farruquito delighted and surprised at the Flamenco Festival's "Por Derecho" program (City Center, February 2), as their unadorned flamenco pulsed with joy. Popular notions of the form rely o...

    on February 11, 2003
  • Race Records - Survival's the Tune, and August Wilson's Plays Sing It

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    Race Records - Survival's the Tune, and August Wilson's Plays Sing It

    Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is a play about injustice, endurance, art, and cultural identityheavy freight for a single evening in the theater. There's an extent to which every play by an African American writer must be about these topics, but August Wi...

    by Michael Feingold on February 11, 2003
  • How Soon Is Now? - William Gibson's Present Tense

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    How Soon Is Now? - William Gibson's Present Tense

    As befits its title, Pattern Recognition invites the reader to look closer. It's tempting to view William Gibson's first contemporary novel as its own kind of event horizon: When the original console jockey removes his simstim goggles to find our rea...

    by Dennis Lim on February 11, 2003
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    Think Different

    Dennis Lim: Pattern Recognition is your first present-day novel. Does it feel like you've been counting down to this moment? William Gibson: The present of Pattern Recognition actually feels to me like the futures of my other books but with the skins...

    by Dennis Lim on February 11, 2003
  • Once and Future Dancers - Three Generations of Women Tackle Diverse Passions

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    Once and Future Dancers - Three Generations of Women Tackle Diverse Passions

    For years, Lori Belilove has been teaching and performing Isadora Duncan's dances with fervor and dedication, bringing to life the lovely, simple solos that were so radical in the early 20th century when the strong-minded young woman from California ...

    by Deborah Jowitt on February 4, 2003
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    Western Beef

    Jenny Rogers and Clove Galilee began collaborating on Trick Saddle at Penn State, filmed part of it in a swimming pool, and premiered it last spring at a drive-in theater. Now it's at P.S.122 through February 9, and a more provocative, entertaining d...

    on February 4, 2003
  • More More More - The Best Photography Books of 2002

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    More More More - The Best Photography Books of 2002

    Once again, I found it impossible to keep my list of the best photography books of the past year to a neat Top 10, and even this sprawling Top 20 is straining at its limits: Both Irving Penn and Daido Moriyama are represented by two titles each. With...

    by Vince Aletti on February 4, 2003
  • Hello, Dalí! - Art, Commerce, and the Persistence of Mammaries

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    Hello, Dal! - Art, Commerce, and the Persistence of Mammaries

    And so the Salvador Dal revival continues. After Jeff Koons's humongous floral puppies and Matthew Barney's ongoing cremasteria, who to invoke but the original mad modernist, the pioneer of ballyhoo surrealism and advertisements for himself? Dal ...

    by J. Hoberman on February 4, 2003
  • Stop Time - Eadweard Muybridge and the Age of the Image

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    Stop Time - Eadweard Muybridge and the Age of the Image

    History, like evolution, or flying an airplane, seems to consist not of gradual changes but of long periods where nothing much happens, punctuated by brief, terrifying moments where the shape of things to come is largely determined. The years 1860 to...

    by Paul LaFarge on February 4, 2003
  • Thames the Breaks - London's Winter of  Theatrical Discontent

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    Thames the Breaks - London's Winter of Theatrical Discontent

    LONDONDespite the international reputation this town has for perpetually glittering theater, it's common for locals to tell a visitor there isn't much to see. A tourist with only days or a week to spend, however, often finds abundant worthwhile fare...

    by David Finkle on February 4, 2003
  • Assassins and Romance - TFNA and CSC Take on Shakespeare's Human Invention

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    Assassins and Romance - TFNA and CSC Take on Shakespeare's Human Invention

    Shakespeare may be remembered for his great lines, but it's the characters that make us want to revisit his plays. If the matter were simply quotations, a Bartlett's would satisfy in place of an evening out. Maybe this is why Harold Bloom's Shakespea...

    by Charles McNulty on February 4, 2003
  • Old Tales Retangled - 'Fifth' Still Has Kick, but 'Kimberly' Is All Akimbo

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    Old Tales Retangled - 'Fifth' Still Has Kick, but 'Kimberly' Is All Akimbo

    "Unhappy is the land that has no heroes," complains the young monk in Brecht's Galileo. To which his wiser master replies, "Unhappy is the land that needs a hero." Put the word "play" in place of "land" in that exchange, and you learn something about...

    by Michael Feingold on February 4, 2003
  • Peter Sellars's CNN Euripides - Some People Do Have to Live Like a Refugee

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    Peter Sellars's CNN Euripides - Some People Do Have to Live Like a Refugee

    Peter Sellars always wants his theater to be a window onto the world. The Children of Herakles, a three-part essay on the plight of refugees in today's war-torn global landscape, is his response to September 11. The American Repertory Theatre product...

    by Don Shewey on January 28, 2003
  • Paper Trail - A Survey of Drawing on the Rise

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    Paper Trail - A Survey of Drawing on the Rise

    Paper is cutting edge these days. It's cheap, easy to work with, and part of the culture. It's so everywhere we barely think about it. If you're reading this on newsprint you're touching it now; if not, chances are you've handled it today. Paper is m...

    by Jerry Saltz on January 28, 2003
  • Loitering With Intent - Nicola Barker's Cult Following

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    Loitering With Intent - Nicola Barker's Cult Following

    Behindlings is monstrously flamboyant, not so much a novel as a tidal wave of words rushing furiously at the reader. I know this sounds like an insultcritics generally rate fiction in terms of narrative arcs and and character developmentbut these c...

    by Joy Press on January 28, 2003
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    Zap Ruder - Comics With an X

    Things have changed since the first wave of underground cartoonists scratched their anti-authoritarian visions into the cave walls of culture at the height of the San Francisco '60s. Dig the 1970 Kansas City Art Institute diploma co-created by Robert...

    by Richard Gehr on January 28, 2003
  • Graham Redivivus - Stories That Make the Heart Quake

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    Graham Redivivus - Stories That Make the Heart Quake

    No one makes dances like Martha Graham anymore. That's as it should be; autres temps, autres moeurs. But thanks to a court decision we can see, at the Joyce through February 2, works too long absent from New York stages, sensitively rehearsed by arti...

    by Deborah Jowitt on January 28, 2003
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    Guys and Doll

    "Dance in America" 's latest offering, Born to Be Wild (February 3, 10 p.m., Thirteen/ WNET), features four of American Ballet Theatre's galaxy of fabulous male stars: Jose Manuel Carreo, Angel Corella, Vladimir Malakhov, and Ethan Stiefel. The hour...

    by Tobi Tobias on January 28, 2003
  • Untruths To Tell - Facing Reality, or Not, in Stand-Up and Hip-Hop

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    Untruths To Tell - Facing Reality, or Not, in Stand-Up and Hip-Hop

    "Realism has no more to do with reality than anything else," said sports novelist Hob Broun. Indeed, reality is notoriously meandering and ambiguousthe opposite of a well-made play. The playwright's job is to create works of art that ring true, or a...

    by James Hannaham on January 28, 2003
  • Stock Manipulations - Is It Reinventing, or Just Recycling?

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    Stock Manipulations - Is It Reinventing, or Just Recycling?

    A critic's an audience member, but is that all he or she is? That was the only question rattling through my mind as I watched the company that the Donmar Warehouse had assembled for Sam Mendes's farewell productions troop through its paces. Because i...

    by Michael Feingold on January 28, 2003
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