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    American Heroics

    DANCE AFFICIONADOS CAN go on about the exquisite Indian dance forms finding purchase here in the Twin Cities, the lustrous new gems presented by American Ballet Theatre last week, the box office excitement greeting percussive dance here an...

    by Camille LeFevre on October 16, 1996
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    Culture Quake

    Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Penumbra Theatre Company PENUMBRA THEATRE CELE-BRATED the beginning of its 20th anniversary season on Saturday, October 5, with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the Saint Paul Hotel. Renowned playwright and Penumbra...

    by Michael Tortorello on October 16, 1996
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    The Dogs of War

    ANCIENT EUROPEANS GUARDED against demons by erecting gargoyles, the theory being that the gargoyles would out-scare the demons. That same premise led Herr Ludwig Dobermann to develop, through crossbreeding, the Doberman Pinscher; the fier...

    by Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl on October 16, 1996
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    Cinephilia, Eyestrain, Vertigo - This year's New York Film Festival kept movie buffs reeling.

    New York-- Compared to Sundance or (so I've heard) Toronto and Cannes, the New York Film Festival is a low-key, low-pressure affair, generally functioning as a Viewer's Digest version of the bigger festivals. Awards aren't given,...

    by Rob Nelson on October 16, 1996
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    How the West was Lost

    THE SIGN IN front of the old Stagecoach Museum reads "now open," and it's not entirely inaccurate. Long ago, vandals put out the eyes of the rotting buildings and tumble-down facades that make up the abandoned theme park in Shakopee, and n...

    by Joseph Hart on October 9, 1996
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    Endangered Species

    Pterodactyls Fully Reciprocal Theatre Company "In the beginning, there were dinosaurs." So says the sputtering Todd during the prologue of Nicky Silver's Pterodactyls, in which he delivers a very confused and compressed history of the worl...

    by Michael Tortorello on October 9, 1996
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    Lost & Found

    Mina Loy The Lost Lunar Baedeker:Poems Farrar Straus Giroux IF THE WRITER Mina Loy is remembered at all, it's as a kind of shadow figure. There she is, scratching around in the margins of Gertrude Stein's memoirs. Or Marcel Duchamp's. Or D...

    by Josie Rawson on October 9, 1996
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    Reborn in the USA - Bruce Springsteen finds new stories to tell.

    "All you folks with old favorites you wanna hear can just relax," Bruce Springsteen told the crowd with a good-natured laugh midway through his Northrup Auditorium show last Thursday. "Because I ain't gonna play 'em." In fact Springsteen d...

    by Steve Perry on October 9, 1996
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    Sex Monster

    Lulu, a sex tragedy 15 Head: a theatre lab Conference of Birds Pangea World Theater HERE SHE COMES. You'd better watch your step. She's going to break your heart in two. It's true. It's not hard to realize. Just look into her false colored...

    by Michael Tortorello on October 2, 1996
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    DANCE - Dances of the Disappeared

    FOR MORE THAN a decade, Susana di Palma, founder of Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre, has consistently expanded the boundaries of an art form known for its tradition rather than its innovation. Her successful combinations of drama and flamen...

    by Caroline Palmer on October 2, 1996
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    Sushi and Superheros

    Frederik L. Schodt Dreamland Japan: Writings on Modern Manga Stone Bridge Press. IN THE OLD days, Japanese culture seemed strange to Americans for the way it contained both the Zen peacefulness of rock gardens, meditation, and tea ceremon...

    by Jon F. Spayde on October 2, 1996
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    This Is Not A Metaphor For War - Croatia's Montazstroj crosses the border.

    A woman and a man, both wearing black pants and sturdy black boots, kiss. Another man approaches, separates them rudely and coerces the woman into a similar kiss. She resists, kicks, pushes him away, and escapes back into the arms of...

    by Jelena Petrovic on October 2, 1996
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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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