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    Juvenilia

    AMID THE SIMPLE ink lines of Beanworld, Larry Marder is building a whole ecology from scratch. In his comic book, the Beans, who look like legumes with stick-figure limbs, inhabit an island; in the sea below is a colony of giant one-armed heads cal...

    by Francis Hwang on June 4, 1997
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    Inspecting the Cannes - In its 50th year, is the world's most prestigious film festival showing its age?

    Cannes, France-- Judging from its coverage in the American trade papers, you'd think the 50th anniversary edition of the Cannes Film Festival had nothing in particular to do with good movies. The Hollywood Reporter devoted a page of its daily fe...

    by Rob Nelson on May 28, 1997
  • La Isla Obscura - Is My Lipstick On Straight?: Elizabeth Chaigne and Josť Alfredo Panelli in Ni Boca, Ni Sangre.

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    La Isla Obscura - Is My Lipstick On Straight?: Elizabeth Chaigne and Jos Alfredo Panelli in Ni Boca, Ni Sangre.

    Ni Boca, Ni Sangre Teatro Latino de Minnesota THE NIGHT BEGAN badly. We all stood around a tiny lobby for half an hour before the show due to some sort of "lighting crisis." Then, in the opening scene, snickers arose from the audience when two ...

    by Kate Sullivan on May 28, 1997
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    Smash Palace

    DALE ERICKSON BREAKS free of the pack a split second before he flashes into Dan Price's peripheral vision. Suddenly the two men are sprinting down court as fast as their arms could carry them, locked in a competitive vacuum broken only by the inten...

    by Britt Robson on May 28, 1997
  • Mending Fences - The Twin Cities' most celebrated playwright and their most prominent theater finally meet--under questionable circumstances.

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    Mending Fences - The Twin Cities' most celebrated playwright and their most prominent theater finally meet--under questionable circumstances.

    It was a historic moment, of that there is no doubt. There I was in the bathroom of the Guthrie Theater, moments before the start of August Wilson's Fences, when I noticed a man standing in front of the mirror, adjusting his tie, checking his hair,...

    by Tad Simons on May 21, 1997
  • Big Picture - A chat with Robert Hughes

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    Big Picture - A chat with Robert Hughes

    In just about every article on Robert Hughes lately, he's identified variously as the "most famous" or "successful" or "influential" art critic of his time. This is curious not because it's untrue, but because such adjectives rarely apply to anyone...

    by Julie Caniglia on May 21, 1997
  • Poultry in Motion

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    Poultry in Motion

    THERE IS A photo album making the rounds of the crowded ThomasDale Block Club: photos of a chicken coop under construction, of the completed coop, of chickens, and of Melissa Driscoll with the chickens in her life. Driscoll is a self-described "chi...

    by Brad Zellar on May 21, 1997
  • Vamping By Numbers - The Minnesota Opera's Carmen sacrifices passion for fashion.

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    Vamping By Numbers - The Minnesota Opera's Carmen sacrifices passion for fashion.

    Watch the buxom Carmen take her final tumble down the red-carpeted stage--blood spurting from her throat, her white-flounced dress sailing over her body--while out in the dark house, the audience sits perfectly still. As the curtain falls, there st...

    by Amanda Ferguson on May 14, 1997
  • Taking the Hit

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    Taking the Hit

    ELIZABETH STREB IS on the phone from New York at the uncivilized hour of 7 a.m., talking (lucidly) about falling flat down from ridiculous heights, fractured wrists and noses, fast motorcycles and rodeo: "Those eight-second guys in rodeo! I am so i...

    by Jelena Petrovic on May 14, 1997
  • Shakespearean Tabloid - Desdemona: a play about a handkerchief

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    Shakespearean Tabloid - Desdemona: a play about a handkerchief

    Fully Reciprocal Theatre Company SHAKESPEARE'S DESDEMONA has been called many things--innocent, virtuous, loyal, honest, blond--but seldom does the scholarship indicate that Desdemona was a lusty, two-timing tramp. But now that playwright Paula V...

    by Tad Simons on May 14, 1997
  • The Remains of the Day

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    The Remains of the Day

    CHRISTINA HARRISON SETS her spade into the ground at a sharp angle, pushes, and lifts. A load of dirt drops onto a frame strung with wire mesh. She shakes the sieve until all that remains on top are what look like a few odd-shaped pebbles. Harrison...

    by Monika Bauerlein on May 7, 1997
  • Chi-Tome

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    Chi-Tome

    Donald L. Miller City of the Century: The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America Touchstone IT'S THE PROBLEM of the writer, not to mention the teacher, to convey passion and ambiguity simultaneously. And in telling the story of the buildin...

    by Sara Vowell on April 30, 1997
  • Where Are They Now? - Romy and Michele's High School Reunion commemorates Gen-X nostalgia

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    Where Are They Now? - Romy and Michele's High School Reunion commemorates Gen-X nostalgia

    I went to a restaurant recently that had posted a list of "Inappropriate Topics of Conversation." Along with Dennis Rodman and Tiny Murdered Beauty Queens, the list included Bad Movies with Gratuitous '80s Soundtracks. I will take it on faith that ...

    by Julie Caniglia on April 30, 1997
  • The Anatomy of Disgust

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    The Anatomy of Disgust

    Quills Eye of the Storm AS THE NECROPHILE said of his latest date, so I acclaim Eye of the Storm's excellent new production on the Marquis de Sade: "Well worth the dig!" Pardon me. I have Sadomy on the brain, having seen two fine works on the man in...

    by Kate Sullivan on April 23, 1997
  • Shock Resistant

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    Shock Resistant

    Long Day's Journey Into Night Jungle Theater DRUG ADDICTION AND family dysfunction ain't what they used to be. Why, there was a time in this country when if you had a family member whose medicinal needs went beyond two aspirin and a shot of whiskey,...

    by Tad Simons on April 23, 1997
  • Getting Into the Groove - In two new works, Sarah Skaggs and Morgan Thorson break down the wall between concert dance and club culture.

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    Getting Into the Groove - In two new works, Sarah Skaggs and Morgan Thorson break down the wall between concert dance and club culture.

    As a college student faced with choosing a career, Sarah Skaggs was drawn to anthropology. Somewhere between academia and downtown New York, however, the Virginia native became a modern dancer, and eventually a choreographer. But she never lost her...

    by Caroline Palmer on April 23, 1997
  • Crazy Wisdom Masters - The Jungle Brothers' careful return to hip hop.

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    Crazy Wisdom Masters - The Jungle Brothers' careful return to hip hop.

    Ask hip hop fans about the Jungle Brothers and they'll likely refer you to better-known groups De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest. For folks old enough to remember rap's pre-gangsta days--the 1987-90 period some nostalgically call hip hop's golden...

    by Roni Sarig on April 16, 1997
  • Word Up

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    Word Up

    Chasing the Sun: Dictionary Makers and the Dictionaries They Made Jonathon Green THERE'S SOMETHING IRONIC in the way conservatives get upset over improper language, all the while using "liberal" as an epithet bearing no relation to its dictio...

    by Paul Rosenberg on April 16, 1997
  • Unisex Bloodlust

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    Unisex Bloodlust

    Rene Denfeld Kill the Body, the Head Will Fall Warner Books "I THINK OF the rock star Courtney Love, who has been accused of assaulting fans and fellow musicians. Love has gloated over her violence, and for the most part, the press has joined...

    by Kate Sullivan on April 16, 1997
  • Whip it Good

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    Whip it Good

    SARAH CONSIDERS HERSELF a great cook and she's always wanted to run her own restaurant. Fate has blazed a different trail for this local woman who, among other things, operates a thriving dominatrix center called, plainly put, "The Center." Mistress...

    by Amanda Ferguson on April 16, 1997
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The fierce <i>Threepenny Opera</i> hits the Southern Theater The fierce Threepenny Opera hits the Southern Theater

For Frank Theatre, performing at the Southern is a bit like coming home. The theater company spent most of its early years there, and has more recently made several strong returns… More >>

Nacirema: Stories of Color explores race

While the Twin Cities' stages still tend to be lily-white, more creators of color are finding spaces for their work. After facing well-deserved criticism for the monochromatic makeup of recent… More >>

The Mountaintop shows a different side of Martin Luther King Jr.

In a dingy hotel room on his last night on Earth, Martin Luther King Jr. is about to have a singular, metaphysical experience in The Mountaintop, Katori Hall's intriguing, if… More >>

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