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    It's the Shit

    London There are several intelligent, deftly installed shows up in the city right now, including one of Picasso's ceramic work at the Royal Academy, the Aubrey Beardsley centenary exhibition at the Victoria & Albert, and the Hayward Gallery's "Addr...

    by Vince Aletti on November 3, 1998
  • Feel the Burn

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    Feel the Burn

    Sometimes the quietest images sear the mind. As Incidents, the first of Ronald K. Brown's three programs, begins, a woman (Torya Beard) sits on the floor, her head in Dafinah Blacksher's lap, while Blacksher plucks something--thorns, maybe--out of he...

    by Deborah Jowitt on November 3, 1998
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    Helgi Heaven

    Here's a thought, looking toward the year 2000. Perhaps ballet is returning to the pre-Balanchinian era, when star dancing took precedence over star choreography. This idea is prompted by American Ballet Theater's past spring season at the Met and t...

    by Nancy Goldner on November 3, 1998
  • California Scheming

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    California Scheming

    While Olympia Greene, the lightweight champion of the world, barks insults after knocking out a male competitor, her husband Rudolph sits meekly in the corner sewing. Ever since Mother Hubbard's revolutionary takeover of California, men have become s...

    by Charles McNulty on November 3, 1998
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    Last Call

    In the midst of William Saroyan's The Time of Your Life (Chain Lightning Theatre), McCarthy, an intellectual longshoreman, offers his critique of a would-be comedian's dance. "It's awful," he proclaims, "but it's honest and ambitious." Much the...

    by Alexis Soloski on November 3, 1998
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    Reefer Madness

    There is another political party making waves this November, if the size of the crowd that met gubernatorial candidate Tom Leighton last Wednesday at the Jan Hus Church on East 74th Street is any indication. The Marijuana Reform Party may sound like ...

    by Frank Ruscitti on November 3, 1998
  • Zombie Aerobics

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    Zombie Aerobics

    Footloose is sad because its intentions are so good: It's like a well-meaning child trying to teach a lame dog to jump through hoops. Visions of commercial success may be floating through the child's head, but that doesn't erase the good it wanted to...

    by Michael Feingold on November 3, 1998
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    Vegging Out

    When you write badly about passion, you get pulp; with politics, you grind out sawdust. Maybe that's why The Life and Times of Ng Chung-Yin (Theater for the New City) is so utterly devoid of juice when the Hong Kong radical's life seemed to burst w...

    by Francine Russo on November 3, 1998
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    Walter Kendrick, 19471998

    Walter Kendrick--who died Sunday morning with terrifying suddenness--was a great wit and a great scholar whose scholarship ranged freely over a staggering range of interests. His books include The Secret Museum, an indispensable survey of the history...

    by Geoffrey O'Brien on November 3, 1998
  • Porn of Plenty

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    Porn of Plenty

    At a time when the sleaziest city in the world has been brought to its knees (or rather, up from its knees), Annie Sprinkle shows a lot of chutzpah in hosting her retrospective, Annie Sprinkle's Herstory of Porn: Reel to Real at P.S. 122--i.e., not j...

    by Sightlines on November 3, 1998
  • Pride and Prejudice

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    Pride and Prejudice

    Once and for all, the current crop of slave scholarship should put to rest the unspoken folk understanding of slavery as an aberration, a bizarre and inexplicable bad habit that whites had which was merely a hermetically sealed sidelight to all the t...

    by Debra Dickerson on October 27, 1998
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    The KGB Bar Reader

    Columbia admissions officer encounters a grad school applicant with the same name as her dead high school heartbreaker. A promiscuous Catholic-school girl lurches through the emptiness of her upper-middle-class world, and stumbles into a tender momen...

    by Hillary Rosner on October 27, 1998
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    Swindler's List

    Through corporate welfare and indirect subsidies, sports team owners alternately sweet-talk and bully their way to constructing new stadiums--at the expense of taxpayer and municipal social services. The price tag is expected to be $11 billion by the...

    by Athima Chansanchai on October 27, 1998
  • In-flight Ballet

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    In-flight Ballet

    And you thought 19th-century ballet scenarios were illogical! If your mind doesn't instantly turn to crme caramel at the sight of masculine torsos emerging from feathered white bloomers, you may have a few questions about Matthew Bourne's smash-hit,...

    by Deborah Jowitt on October 27, 1998
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    Low Life

    In an old can factory down by Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal, nine figures shuffle across a splintered floor with wedges of chalk tied to their feet. Some wear cardboard appendages, others swags of lemony fabric. This is the stuff dreams are made of, I thi...

    by Christopher Reardon on October 27, 1998
  • Erin Go Boom

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    Erin Go Boom

    The West Belfast street crowd mills about you in the dark, cavernous space. Excited shouts break out, and you catch the contagious rush of danger as people tumble past. Amid clangor, smoke, and gunshots, you see a house suddenly alight and roughly wa...

    by Francine Russo on October 27, 1998
  • Farewell Column

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    Farewell Column

    This is goodbye. After eight years with the Voice, I have been hired as the art critic of The New Yorker. Not long ago I wrote in these pages that to separate me from my column would be as simple as prying it from my cold, dead fingers. I meant that ...

    by Peter Schjeldahl on October 27, 1998
  • Blind Ambition

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    Blind Ambition

    First, there's the sheer audacity: Dare Clubb has written a new Oedipus. Then there's the brazen ambition: the play takes on the Big Questions--the meaning of fate, free will, love, sex, humanity, violence, responsibility. The dailies have slammed th...

    by Alisa Solomon on October 27, 1998
  • Watch This Space

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    Watch This Space

    Lately a quote keeps floating to the surface of my mind: "Must then a Christ perish in torment in every age to save those who have no imagination?" If you don't recognize it, you probably haven't read, or need to reread, the epilogue to Shaw's Saint ...

    by Michael Feingold on October 27, 1998
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    The Jazz Singer

    When Wesla Whitfield sings, it's with the zing of a brushed cymbal, a quality that invigorates her entire repertoire. Though she's been appearing in Manhattan clubs--usually the Algonquin's Oak Room--for the past five years, she's now trying somet...

    by David Finkle on October 27, 1998
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Of Course Larry Clark's Art Show is Full of Bare Teenage Bodies Of Course Larry Clark's Art Show is Full of Bare Teenage Bodies

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

"I want to be known," says the magnetic young actor Zak Resnick, playing the part of songwriter Bert Berns. Bert who? Berns, the subject of this biographical jukebox musical, penned… More >>

Ever Hear the One About Hamlet's Mother?

"People should take Gertrude seriously," declares the queen, speaking of herself in the third person. Howard Barker's 2002 rendering of Hamlet defends the title character (Hamlet's mother), by rethinking her… More >>

Gimme Fallout Shelter: Atomic is an Epic Meltdown of a Musical

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

If you think those people in The Birds had it bad, just wait till you meet Frank, the nebbishy hero of Robin Frohardt's puppet play The Pigeoning. Now running at… More >>

Behind the German Blitzkrieg of Pop Art

How is it that the nation that vilified the avant-garde in the first half of the 20th century somehow brought forth a band of artists that propelled vanguard art into… More >>

Rum Punch: The Qualification of Douglas Evans is a Boozy Doozy

The Qualification of Douglas Evans, a deeply compelling new play for the Amoralists by Derek Ahonen, looks at addiction without embellishment. It skips the pathos we're used to seeing in… More >>

Nicola Samori's Rereadings of Old Master Oils are a Revelation Nicola Samori's Rereadings of Old Master Oils are a Revelation

Gazing at Italian painter Nicola Samori's new work might bring to mind Auden's famous opening from "Musée des Beaux Arts": "About suffering, they were never wrong, the Old Masters." Think of… More >>

Performed in a Lounge, Play/Date Will Attempt to Set the Bar for Immersive Theater

At first glance, Fat Baby looks like any other Lower East Side bar on a weeknight. A woman waits for someone while texting impatiently. A guy on a stool engages… More >>

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