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  • Word Up


    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


    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


    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
  • Refugee Crew


    Refugee Crew

    Always Together Theatre Lagniappe ONE SUPPOSES THE sentimental English title of Romanian playwright Anca Visdei's play would sound better and mean more in the original French, as would perhaps everything in this ill-conceived but earnest production....

    by Tad Simons on April 9, 1997
  • Of Love and Sadism


    Of Love and Sadism

    Madame de Sade The Mary Worth Theatre Company THE MOST INTRIGUING aspect of Madame de Sade--a look at the notorious whipster from women's p.o.v.--might be the playwright himself, the prolific and renowned Yukio Mishima, born in Tokyo in 1925. The st...

    by Kate Sullivan on April 9, 1997
  • Hard Eight


    Hard Eight

    How fitting that the opening-night movie of this venerably risk-taking festival should be about gamblers. An aging tipster (Philip Baker Hall) meets a hungry young vagabond (John C. Reilly) in Reno and shows him the key to hustling a free hotel room ...

    by Rob Nelson on April 9, 1997
  • Article

    Gray's Anatomy

    Spalding Gray's latest filmic monologue chronicles his affliction with an eye disorder known as a macula pucker, and the ends to which he goes to treat it. These include visits to a nutritional opthamologist (and ski enthusiast) in Nutley, New Jersey...

    by Will Hermes on April 9, 1997
  • Article


    Any indie filmmaker with talent who decides to direct a Cassavetes-style drama is hardly being unoriginal, for his was not a series of films so much as a philosophy of cinema. The challenge for a Cassavetes scholar isn't figuring out how to remake Sh...

    by Rob Nelson on April 9, 1997
  • Article

    Chronicle of a Disappearance

    In a series of filmed diary entries, Palestinian moviemaker Elia Suleiman records his return home after a self-imposed exile in New York. Captured by a camera that hardly seems to move except when cutting from shot to violent shot, Chronicle voyeuris...

    by Cecily Marcus on April 9, 1997
  • Article

    Ulysses' Gaze

    One could think of this epic odyssey as another self-reflexive Rivertown story: A man known as A (Harvey Keitel) goes against the commercial dictates of his filmmaking career to embark on an obsessive search for the rarest of movies--the Lumire-like...

    by Rob Nelson on April 9, 1997
  • Article

    Children of the Revolution

    This is clever stuff from Australia, starring a better-than-ever Judy Davis and based on a wacky premise: What if, on the last night of his life, Josef Stalin slept with a woman, and she was an Australian communist, and this union brought a child? Su...

    by Phil Anderson on April 9, 1997
  • Article

    Only in America

    If only for its uber-ordinary Texas settings and pseudo-verite affectations, this ambitious Amerindie invites comparison to Richard Linklater's formative Slacker--albeit with only a fraction of that film's memorable character sketches. Where Linklate...

    by James Diers on April 9, 1997
  • Article

    Predictions of Fire

    Set in Slovenia, this documentary companion to Sonic Outlaws weaves newsreel footage and quotes from Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht into a dense compendium of history and art theory. It focuses mainly on the Slovenian industrial band cum "resista...

    by Rob Nelson on April 9, 1997
  • Article

    The Last Days of Frankie the Fly

    Director Peter Markle made local history 15 years ago with The Personals, the first genuine made-in-Minnesota movie. Since then, he's been a journeyman filmmaker in Hollywood, mixing feature assignments (Youngblood, Wagons East) with good work on TV ...

    by Phil Anderson on April 9, 1997
  • Article

    The Scottish Tale

    Writer-director Mackinlay Polhemus's quirky romance starts with a clever idea and goes straight downhill from there. Built around the play whose name is unspoken in theater circles (don't think too hard--the lovers' names are Mack and Beth), the stor...

    by Carolyn Petrie on April 9, 1997
  • Article

    Unspooling the Globe - A grab bag of reels from the Mpls./St. Paul Film Festival

    This is the second year that the film festival formerly known as Rivertown has been called the Mpls./St. Paul International Film Festival, but it's pretty much the same as it's been for over a decade: a catch-as-catch-can affair, at once thrillingly...

    by Rob Nelson on April 9, 1997
  • Blood Simple


    Blood Simple

    The Fool's Tree Theatre SOMETIMES IT SUCKS to be a critic. Whenever I feel really mixed or happily befuddled about a play, people read the review and then ask me, "So... did you like it?" Who cares? I want to say--what does "like" mean? Sometimes, ...

    by Kate Sullivan on April 2, 1997
  • All Dressed Up


    All Dressed Up

    Cabaret Dolls Ballet of the Dolls Legal Innocence Corning Dances & Co. IT WAS 8 p.m. on Good Friday and the faithful were streaming into the Basilica for the evening's service. Meanwhile, on the other side of Hennepin Avenue, pilgrims of an entirely...

    by Caroline Palmer on April 2, 1997
  • Enraged and In Love - Sleater-Kinney and the dichotomies of rock & roll


    Enraged and In Love - Sleater-Kinney and the dichotomies of rock & roll

    The hallways of San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium are papered with '60s-show posters, their curlicue lines and letters reaching out to entangle you like a persistent, still-perplexing dream. From where I stand, watching Sleater-Kinney put the peda...

    by Terri Sutton on April 2, 1997
  • Shoot the Moon - Theatre de la Jeune Lune makes the best of lean times with The Kitchen.


    Shoot the Moon - Theatre de la Jeune Lune makes the best of lean times with The Kitchen.

    Call it survival of the fattest: Corporate blobs like to eat independent information and entertainment sources for lunch. That's no news flash--witness the recent profitable surrenders and unnatural deaths in the local media. They're easy to ration...

    by Kate Sullivan on March 26, 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 >>