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    Balls of the Belles - The Women's Picture

    "Women in top positions have to make the best business decisions: what's best for the company, not what's best for women," said Jane Rosenthal�top-positioned Tribeca Productions co-founder and producer of films like Wag the Dog and About a Boy�at...

    by Laura Sinagra on August 10, 1999
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    Anonymous Wrecks

    Group offers that most edifying and ennobling form of intellectual voyeurism: a fly-on-the-wall peek at six apparently accomplished New Yorkers miserable enough to seek professional help. All given pseudonyms to protect their privacy, the characters ...

    by Rhonda Lieberman on August 3, 1999
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    Queer Therapy

    Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick has written the kind of book she has always been accused of. Queer theory, with which Sedgwick's name has become near synonymous since the publication in 1990 of Epistemology of the Closet, is characterized by its critics as the...

    by David Kurnick on August 3, 1999
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    This novel of despair, stasis, and regret in post-AIDS New York centers around Randy, a thirtysomething masseur cum hustler who is stunningly handsome. Memories of a childhood sexual relationship with his father's boss have left him numb and inartic...

    by Bruce Benderson on August 3, 1999
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    Meet the Composer - Trisha Brown Dialogues With Music

    It began when Lina Wertmuller approached Trisha Brown about choreographing her 1986 production of Bizet's Carmen. Brown was startled. During the '60s and '70s, almost all the dances made by this brilliant radical were accompanied only by talking or s...

    by Deborah Jowitt on August 3, 1999
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    High Hurdles

    Halfway through The Last Lap, Karole Armitage's new work for White Oak Dance Project, a rough flourish evokes her wilder past. Ruthlyn Salomons does a pretty little arabesque; Susan Shields grabs Salomons's ankle and wrist and gives her a good shake....

    by Christopher Reardon on August 3, 1999
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    Bronx Tales

    It's not every day that an art exhibition makes something as complex and horrific as the Bronx's 40-year season in hell convincingly real. This is the weird achievement of "Urban Mythologies: The Bronx Represented Since the 1960s," at the Bronx Museu...

    by Jerry Saltz on August 3, 1999
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    Water Works

    Socrates Sculpture Park has a spirit of its own. A getaway from Manhattan's commercial art gallery spaces, it rewards visitors with visually refreshing outdoor exhibitions on its East River waterfront in Long Island City. The current exhibition, "7.8...

    by Pavel Baned Radzetski on August 3, 1999
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    Making the Scenes - New Dramatists Turns 50

    On a Thursday afternoon in early May, the ballroom in the Marriott Marquis was buzzing. The occasion: New Dramatists' spring luncheon, a fundraiser for New York's seminal refuge for playwrights. Always a schmoozefest, this year's fete was an even big...

    by Stephen Nunns on August 3, 1999
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    Naked Boys Singing!

    Ibsen may be the father of modern drama, but I don't recall him writing any play with eight nude men dancing in a line, their genitalia swinging in unison. That aesthetic revolution has been left to impresario Robert Schrock and his Naked Boys Singin...

    by Brian Parks on August 3, 1999
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    Psycho Analysis

    Francis E. Dec, Esq., the schizophrenic manifesto writer who acquired an underground following with his musical rants about the "Communist computer god," is the paranoid subject of the Emerging Artist Series's current installment (Performing Garage)....

    on August 3, 1999
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    The Drunken Book

    The exquisite core of Christophe Bataille's slight novel documenting the grand, last days of absinthe, which was officially banned in France in 1915, is the mysterious and ritualized brewing of the emerald green liqueur. This takes place in the labor...

    by Ben Marcus on August 3, 1999
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    The Surreal Deal

    In his lifetime, Nesuhi Ertegun, a partner in Atlantic Records, rarely visited museums. "I don't like going places where there's nothing to buy," he reportedly remarked. His friend, French media mogul Daniel Filipacchi, went to the Louvre once and di...

    by Leslie Camhi on July 27, 1999
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    Looking Black

    Since the early 1980s, Keith Piper has brought an activist's social conscience to emerging media. In this retrospective, the 39-year- old British artist refreshes his output of collagistic videos, interactive CD-ROMs, and installations by remix...

    by Grady T. Turner on July 27, 1999
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    Complexity's Master - Merce Cunningham's 60 Years Onstage

    New York City awarded Merce Cunningham the Handel Medallion, its highest honor, at the July 21 opening gala of his company's New York State Theater season. It was the least we could do for a man who has altered our eyesight, our hearing, our ways of ...

    by Deborah Jowitt on July 27, 1999
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    Y2K Ballet

    If ballet doesn't evolve, it will die," James Canfield, artistic director of Portland's Oregon Ballet Theatre, likes to say. His 10-year-old company makes its New York debut at the Joyce Tuesday, with two programs. OBT's hard-driving, sexy, revved-u...

    by Martha Ullman West on July 27, 1999
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    Scotch on the Rocks

    Beware of a play that winds toward its ending with lines like: "Now we've both told the truth. Now we've judged each other right enough. For if I've failed at least I tried." Sharman Macdonald's The Bravewritten in 1988 and receiving its American pr...

    by Alisa Solomon on July 27, 1999
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    Pillow Talk

    Mommy, suburban-blond and cardiganed, lies curled up on the sofa. Daddy, just home from work, unburdens himself of briefcase and joins her. Daddy wants to play. "Once upon a time," he proclaims, "I was a star of the Russian ballet." After some prompt...

    on July 27, 1999
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    Suburban Blight

    When was the last time you read a story in which something good happened in the suburbs? It seems to be a common, almost universal, tactic in American literature to depict the suburbs as a duplicitous world where a safe, materialistic, blandly cheerf...

    by Judy Budnitz on July 27, 1999
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    The Big Con

    Out of print for three decades, David Maurer's legendary 1940 excavation of the con artist's world has been reprinted with a zippy new introduction courtesy of Luc Sante, who's prowled these same alleys with distinction. Fortunately, it hasn't dated ...

    by Jesse Berrett on July 27, 1999
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