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    My Last Try

    It was January, not a pretty month no matter how you shake it down. I thought when I left Yance that day, well, I thought that's that. I can see handwriting on the walls as well as the next person. It's the kind that makes that little sinky feeling...

    by Jonis Agee on December 6, 1995
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    In the Year of Long Division

    They were always breaking bones across the street. Knuckled and fisted, those boys had bruised voices that traveled, raised. We could hear them in the alley in the night behind our house, the curtains swelling in a room still shared. We lay in bed ...

    by Dawn Raffel on December 6, 1995
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    City Pages' HiberNation

    Just the worst time of the year For a journey, and such a long journey: the ways deep and the weather sharp, the very dead of winter. T.S. Eliot, from "Journey of the Magi" (1927) SO DON'T GO. It seems the only sensible response to folks ...

    by City Pages Staff on December 6, 1995
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    Married to the Job - Director Martin Scorsese shoulders his cross--again--inCasino

    I love movies--it's my whole life and that's it. --Martin Scorsese For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? --St. Matthew 16:26 To understand that Martin Scorsese suffers for his art, it isn't impor...

    by Rob Nelson on November 29, 1995
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    Secret Lives of Everyday Objects

    Matthew Rohrer A Hummock in the Malookas W. W. Norton I WAS THINKING the other day how little enchantment is left in this world. After an hour of commercials blaring full-tilt from the tube, even the landscape of a kitchen flattens into a cra...

    by Josie Rawson on November 29, 1995
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    So Good It Hurts

    Gifts Refreshment Committee Theatre Company at Seventh Place Theater GOD BLESS THE Wright brothers: Wilbur, who preached the gospel to the chickens as a child; and little Orville, who broke his brother's head with a fistful of silver dollars. T...

    by Michael Tortorello on November 29, 1995
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    Monsters and Megashows - Two theatrical premieres take excess to the max.

    Minnesotan theatergoers, we are told, are clamoring for epic. They want lavish sets, luscious costumes, fountains of sparks and banks of fog, chorus lines and dancing girls, and plenty of pomp all around. And while national touring productions hav...

    by Michael Tortorello on November 22, 1995
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    Peavey's Folly

    THE LEAFLESS TREES and low winter sky lend this section of St. Louis Park a depressing air. Even the newer condos look worn out and the older three-story walk-ups that line the railroad tracks near Excelsior Boulevard are positively shabby. All aro...

    by Joseph Hart on November 22, 1995
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    Never Set In Stone

    Mark C. Carnes, ed. Past Imperfect: History According to the Movies Henry Holt and Company James Riordan Stone: The Controversies, Excesses and Exploits of a Radical Filmmaker Hyperion JUDGING FROM THE 15 minutes of Nixon I've se...

    by Rob Nelson on November 22, 1995
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    Let's Get Lost - As part of Brian Eno's Passengers, U2 get a chance to escape themselves.

    In Europe and the UK these days, standard-issue guitar bands don't get much respect; rave culture has so transformed the musical landscape that much of what once constituted rock now seems impossibly quaint. One result is the new retro-fication--Blu...

    by Will Hermes on November 15, 1995
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    Roller Kings

    BOIL THE WORD "nostalgia" down to its etymologies and you're left with a taut little haiku kicker that goes something like this: "The pain of returning home." And, man, isn't that the truth? you might think to yourself as you step inside St. Louis ...

    by Brad Zellar on November 15, 1995
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    Brothers Falling

    TOO OFTEN THESE days we're reminded of what we've lost. How we choose to respond to, and in turn survive, our losses is the question choreographer Ron Brown explores in Dirt Road (Morticia Supreme's Revue), an evening-length emotional journey fille...

    by Caroline Palmer on November 15, 1995
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    Mean Ol' World

    Four Dogs and a Bone The New Classic Theatre They're Coming to Make it Brighter Mixed Blood Theatre Company BETWEEN ENTERTAINMENT Tonight and Entertainment Weekly, the intrigues and power plays of Hollywood would seem to have be...

    by Michael Tortorello on November 15, 1995
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    Mal Amore

    Tony and Tina's Wedding Hey City Theater The Second Story Man The Cricket Theatre at Hennepin Center for the Arts FORGET THE CONTROVERSY surrounding Sandy Hey, the city of Minneapolis, and the unconscionable sum of money spent reha...

    by Michael Tortorello on November 8, 1995
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    Language Is Fluid - The L.A. godmother of spoken-word poetry talks the talk.

    "You have to remember I'm in the South," says poet Wanda Coleman, "Southern California. And basically, things here are segregated, okay? I mean we all pretend that it isn't, but basically it is...You can count the blacks who participate actively in...

    by Laura Sinagra on November 8, 1995
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    Taking Out the Garbage - Wisconsin uber-producer Butch Vig and band swap the studio for the road.

    Inside a rented warehouse on Madison's south side, Steve Marker, guitarist for Garbage, is pacing and playing with a cigarette he won't light for another half-hour. Waiting for the rest of the band to arrive, he makes conversation, rocks back and f...

    by Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen on November 1, 1995
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    My Nails, Myself

    MY YOUNGER SISTER says that in order to appreciate this story you need to know certain things about me: my disdain for makeup; my penchant for black; how color makes me nervous. She's been trying to change me for years. It's been a kind of family p...

    by Ann Bauleke on November 1, 1995
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    Power Plays

    Measure for Measure , Frank Theatre The Visit, University Theatre OCCASIONALLY, ONE MUST risk appearing dull-witted in the course of being an honest critic. Which is to confess that Shakespearean comedy has always struck me as both an oxymoron ...

    by Michael Tortorello on November 1, 1995
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    Through the Looking Glass - Kathryn Bigelow's Strange Days turns the camera on itself--and its audience.

    "The entire life of societies in which modern conditions of production prevail, heralds itself as an immense accumulation of SPECTACLES. Everything that was directly lived has moved away into a representation." So began Guy Debord's 1973 anti-film ...

    by Julie Caniglia on October 25, 1995
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    The Trouble With Harry

    COTTON MATHER MIGHT have called Jerry Whebbe down the aisle for a hellfire-and-damnation sermon about fraternizing with the devil's dark legion. Dante might have found some likeness to his own purgatorial rhyme schemes in Whebbe's yarns about appar...

    by Josie Rawson on October 25, 1995
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