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    Art From The Inside

    What kind of art deserves--or is denigrated by--the term "outsider"? For about a hundred years now, since avant-garde European artists began to turn to folk art, African art, and the art of the insane for inspiration, many have offered the...

    by Julie Caniglia on September 25, 1996
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    Alone Again, Naturally

    Krapp's Last Tape and Diary of a Madman Jungle Theater IF YOU WERE looking for, say, some fun dinner companions, Samuel Beckett and Nikolai Gogol would probably not be among your first choices. Gogol, like many a clown, led a sad life. In ...

    by Carolyn Petrie on September 25, 1996
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    Hardcore Dave, Rock God of the Twin Cities

    IT'S APPROACHING MIDNIGHT at the Hardee's near the University of Minnesota's West Bank and Hardcore Dave is trying to make the difficult final selections for his personal rock & roll hall of fame. "Obsession," he says, "and the Suburbs, de...

    by Brad Zellar on September 25, 1996
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    Darkness on the Edge of Town

    Siri Hustvedt The Enchantment of Lily Dahl Henry Holt HOW'S THIS FOR storybook romance: Lily Dahl is a shapely 19-year old waitron with two fixations: Marilyn Monroe, and, closer to home, painter Edward Shapiro (a.k.a. "Mr. Tall, Dark, an...

    by Michael Tortorello on September 25, 1996
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    Psychedelic Radio Shack - Born in Louisiana, the Elephant 6 collective herald a new rock underground.

    If Ruston, Louisiana, isn't officially the middle of nowhere, it's the first exit before it. Five or six hours north of New Orleans, the only reason Ruston even made my AAA guidebook is because it's home to Louisiana Tech University--an en...

    by Jim DeRogatis on September 25, 1996
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    Family Feuds

    Three Tall Women Ordway Music Theatre Simpatico guthrie, too IMAGINE RICHARD DAWSON behind the big red buzzer, the Family Feud flip-board overhead. He closes in for the compulsory cheek-peck and asks this question: "One hundred people sur...

    by Michael Tortorello on September 18, 1996
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    Dioxin for Dinner

    For decades the Dow Chemical Company trotted out platoons of scientists and PR flacks to claim that the public had nothing to fear from background levels of dioxin that kept showing up in their blood, milk, and food. These levels of the poison, Dow p...

    by Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn on September 18, 1996
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    Walking the Cultural Tightrope

    There is a murderer loose in Seattle, stalking, kidnapping, and scalping white people, leaving blood-soaked owl feathers for a calling card. It could be John Smith, the six-and-a-half foot Native American whose adoption at birth by a wealt...

    by Britt Robson on September 18, 1996
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    A Film of Their Own - Girls Town subverts the patriarchy.

    As a verit portrait of adolescent life in the city, Girls Town won't get one-tenth the hype of last year's Kids, although it deserves to. The problem from a PR standpoint is that this movie doesn't tell an easily summarized, fire-and-brim...

    by Rob Nelson on September 18, 1996
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    Fire and Ice - The Burning House Group meet Joyce Carol Oates in Gulf War.

    In the business, the sentence you are currently reading is called the lead. The alliterative, boldface words at the top of the page are the head, and the short, descriptive "teaser" phrase that follows is the sub-head. If the head and sub-...

    by Michael Tortorello on September 11, 1996
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    A Room of One's Own - No Name Exhibitions showcases art on the other side of the tracks

    822arts A Room of One's OwnNo Name Exhibitions showcases art on the other side of the tracks. by Julie Caniglia As arts venues go, The Soap Factory has little in common with any others in the Cities. It's more than a simple lack of a...

    by Julie Caniglia on September 4, 1996
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    A Rose is a Metarose

    Gertrude Stein's Photograph Walker Art Center, Red Eye, and the New Music Theater Ensemble WATCHING PAUL BOESING'S musical staging of Gertrude Stein's Photograph, I found myself mentally shackling monkeys to typewriters. How many woul...

    by Michael Tortorello on August 28, 1996
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    The Gentleman's Game

    WHEN YOU PULL into the parking lot of the Bryn Mawr Meadows, the cricket matches are not the first thing to command your attention. Perched at the southern end of this urban playground is a gorgeous view of the Minneapolis skyline, spread...

    by Britt Robson on August 28, 1996
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    Loss Leader - Music-wise, this weekend's Mill City Festival looks like a winner. Business-wise, it's a $1.7 million gamble.

    "Oh, man, what have I got myself into?" It's a question every promoter asks at some point, and Danny Alexander, founder of this weekend's Mill City Music Festival, says he posed it to himself this past February. Faced with nearly $1 milli...

    by City Pages Staff on August 28, 1996
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    Stargazers in Cyberspace - Confessions of an On-Line Fan Club Junkie

    It started with a purely pragmatic interest in finding out when the next Bruce Springsteen album and tour were going to happen. I logged onto Luckytown, an online musical mailing list, both for the concert information and out of a...

    by Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen on August 21, 1996
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    House of Style

    FACED WITH WHAT she fears may be chronic obscurity, Mari Newman occasionally wraps some of her artwork in white plastic garbage bags, carefully letters a sign that says "Original Artwork For Sale," and ventures out into the city in search...

    by Brad Zellar on August 21, 1996
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    Imperial Bedrooms

    Karal Ann Marling Graceland: Going Home With Elvis Harvard University Press ELVIS IS TOO big for this sentence. Too big for this paragraph, for this page. Elvis is too big for this paper. A national archive of Elvis located in a...

    by Michael Tortorello on August 21, 1996
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    Make Mine Meat!

    McColl's Steakhouse 366 Jackson St., St. Paul; 291-8703 TO BE CHEESY, it's so easy: words immortalized in a song sung practically everyday last summer by my next door neighbor, aged 5. I thought of that song when, months ago, I opened...

    by Amanda Ferguson on August 21, 1996
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    Mommy Can You Hear Me?

    Manny & Lo Uptown Theatre, starts Friday AS A ROAD movie, Manny & Lo is definitely neither here nor there. Its point of origin is murky, and its ending is more of a suggestion than a summation. However, like a package of snapshots almos...

    by Phil Anderson on August 21, 1996
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    Through the Body

    Through the Body Frederick R. Weisman Museum THROUGH THE BODY is a type of exhibition Minneapolis art institutions have ignored for years--one that ferrets out a pervasive trend in the local artistic community. The show is composed of...

    by Tim Peterson on August 14, 1996
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