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

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    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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    Boom, Boom, You're Dead

    "ANYONE WHO NEEDS bruises or contusions, come to Table E. Bruises or contusions, over here, please." It's 0500 hours, Saturday. Outside, the moon slumps behind a massive cloud itself the color of a fresh bruise. Inside the hangar at the U.S. Air Fo...

    by Joseph Hart on March 26, 1997
  • Domestic Disturbances

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    Domestic Disturbances

    As we all know, the world's a wild and crazy place these days. Technology is running amok, for one thing. Whole cultures are being assimilated, marginalized, or pretty much decimated, with political borders and alliances as mere lines in the sand. ...

    by Julie Caniglia on March 26, 1997
  • Remember When

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    Remember When

    2-gether Illusion Theater Fortinbras Park Square Theatre THE BIG BULLY was getting in my space. Despite the pitch blackness, I could feel him next to me, inching closer. "Are you gonna give this a favorable review? You better," he threatened. "It's ...

    by Kate Sullivan on March 19, 1997
  • Flirting With Disaster - With Crash, David Cronenberg drives mainstream cinema over the edge.

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    Flirting With Disaster - With Crash, David Cronenberg drives mainstream cinema over the edge.

    It's a built-in need that we rehearse the difficult things of life, so they don't come as a complete surprise and don't overwhelm us. --David Cronenberg Confession: I was nervous about seeing Crash, as I've been before all of David Cronenberg's film...

    by Rob Nelson on March 19, 1997
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    J.G. Ballard: bard of the autoerotic

    No film could ever hope to wholly capture the virtuosic and polymorphous perversity of J.G. Ballard's Crash, and that's probably a good thing. Ballard's text is literally a catalog of the most malignant sort of eroticism, and spares nothing in the w...

    by Brad Zellar on March 19, 1997
  • Exquisitely Mundane

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    Exquisitely Mundane

    Kenzaburo Oe A Quiet Life Grove Press ALL FICTION IS fundamentally autobiographical. All serious fiction, that is. Right? To a genre hack who spins yarns about detectives or spaceships or heaving bosoms, personal history may be irrelevant. But a ser...

    by Steve Schroer on March 19, 1997
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    Frozen Flora

    I'M LOSING MYSELF in a prickly-ash bud. It didn't look like much from the trail, a mere rusty knob among hundreds dotting a chest-height shrub. But up close the color intensifies; soon it shines almost scarlet against the cinnamon bark. What seemed ...

    by Monika Bauerlein on March 19, 1997
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    Womb with a View

    WHETHER COMICS WERE ever really kids' stuff, there is a certain juvenile quality implied by their accessibility, by how much easier they are to grasp than prose. It only makes sense, then, that some of the medium's best work should be concerned wit...

    by Francis Hwang on March 12, 1997
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    Short Takes

    Todd Komarnicki Famine Arcade FAMINE COMES AT a perfect time to cash in on the zeitgeist of paranormal phenomenon. Even if its only metaphysical activity is the ghostly presence of an emotionally crippled teen, this story about the need for h...

    by City Pages Staff on March 12, 1997
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    Margin Walking

    Mary Gaitskill Because They Wanted To: Stories Simon & Schuster MARY GAITSKILL MADE a name for herself charting the shoddy S/M scenarios of young, unstrung New Yorkers, which is not why she reminds me of Henry James. Mary Gaitskill reminds me...

    by Terri Sutton on March 12, 1997
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    The End

    Constance Jones R.I.P.: The Complete Book of Death & Dying HarperCollins LIKE ANY OTHER self-respecting workaholic, I do not fear death, which is why my favorite euphemism for the end may be "the big sleep." So I was a little horri...

    by Sara Vowell on March 12, 1997
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    Paradise Lost

    Katie Roiphe Last Night in Paradise Little, Brown YEARS AGO, A friend visiting from Texas toured an exhibit of conceptual art at the Walker. She looked at the bent wire, the empty frames, mistook a fuse box on the wall for part of the exhibit...

    by Ellen Levy on March 12, 1997
  • Coups and Blues

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    Coups and Blues

    Good News About Third World Shoes Mixed Blood Theatre Not Without Laughter Children's Theatre O Pioneers! Great American History Theatre LIFE IS TOO short for plays that make you fantasize about intermission--especially when it never comes. And rea...

    by Kate Sullivan on March 12, 1997
  • Talkin' Bout Our Degeneration - Director Richard Linklater drives through Eric Bogosian's bleak subUrbia.

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    Talkin' Bout Our Degeneration - Director Richard Linklater drives through Eric Bogosian's bleak subUrbia.

    Performance-art renegade Eric Bogosian penned the play subUrbia partly as a typical teen-angst manifesto, basing its characters loosely on the suburban Massachusetts slackers he hung out with in the early '70s. But of course, given his particular mi...

    by Rob Nelson on March 12, 1997
  • The Importance of Being Earnest - U2 goes forward and backward with Pop.

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    The Importance of Being Earnest - U2 goes forward and backward with Pop.

    In the opening lines of Invisible Republic, his soon-to-be-published book on the making of Bob Dylan's "basement tapes" recordings, Greil Marcus writes of an artist standing "at a world crossroads," holding a stage "that may no longer exist." The boo...

    by Will Hermes on March 5, 1997
  • Riddle Me This

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    Riddle Me This

    Many Colors Make the Thunder-King Guthrie Lab AT ONE OF the most entertaining high points of Many Colors Make the Thunder-King, a small cavalcade of ants peeps out from the stage floor to quiz a chameleon who's trapped in a cave. "What can even the...

    by Carolyn Petrie on March 5, 1997
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    Hell Hath Fury

    Whenever I'm feeling overwhelmed by fax and phone, e-mail and junk mail, and all of the paraphernalia that confines me in my shiny, post-modern chrysalis, I like to amble through the streets of Minneapolis to a deserted intersection near my house--a ...

    by Joseph Hart on March 5, 1997
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    Freedom Rings

    Streamers Pillsbury House Theatre IT'S A FREE country. Pillsbury House Theatre producing artistic director Ralph Remington, apparently unfettered by racial alliance, can present whatever plays he sees fit. It's his privilege to ignore libraries of b...

    by Dwight Hobbes on February 26, 1997
  • Dynamic Duo

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    Dynamic Duo

    AS NEW YORKERS who've adopted the Twin Cities as a second home, Danial Shapiro and Joanie Smith are certainly doing their part to keep the airlines in business. Since they began teaching at the University of Minnesota nearly two years ago, they've b...

    by Caroline Palmer on February 26, 1997
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