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    Femmey Fracas

    The Women Park Square Theatre For Whom The Southern Bell Tolls Handsaw Theatricals at Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater WE HAVE BEEN waiting for a revival of Clare Boothe's caustic 1936 comedy The Women--unknowingly, perhaps, but waiting nonethele...

    by Michael Tortorello on January 17, 1996
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    The Year in Film - Movies in 1995 didn't completely suck--assuming you knew where to look.

    In no year since the dawn of cinema has there been a higher percentage of dreadful films than in 1995. That sounds hyperbolic, I know, but there's no other way to describe the experience of sitting through pernicious garbage like White Man's Burden...

    by Rob Nelson on January 10, 1996
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    Top 10 Films

    1. Safe. A thoroughly bleak film, yes, but also an impassioned reminder of how not to spend one's life. Director Todd Haynes has zero patience with the dangerous laziness of the status quo, either in movies or the real world. 2. Georgia. Boys on ...

    by City Pages Staff on January 10, 1996
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    Rock & Roll Hearts - Two books look at the his and hers of pop music fandom.

    Nick Hornby High Fidelity Riverhead Evelyn McDonnell and Ann Powers, eds. Rock She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Pop, and Rap Delta Among my high school circle of friends, collecting rock & roll records was a compulsive habit. I rem...

    by Ivan Kreilkamp on January 3, 1996
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    The Waiting Game

    THERE IS A Tupperware line for the microwave oven and the Muslims are on the floor in the corner near the pay phones, at their afternoon prayers. Somewhere beyond the gray sprawl to the east is Mecca. On Jenny Jones today the subject is "Frumpy-to-...

    by Brad Zellar on January 3, 1996
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    Art Without Pity

    YOU DON'T NEED a telescope to witness a heavenly convergence due to take place amid the arrested decay of the Southern Theatre, site of that annual rite of winter known as the Walker Art Center's Out There series. The 1996 perform-a-rama is especia...

    by Caroline Palmer on January 3, 1996
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    Hanging from the Top of the World

    ON THE NIGHTS when Paul Taylor goes downtown to change the strobe light atop the antenna on the roof of the IDS building, his wife doesn't sleep. It's been like this for the entire 15 years that he's climbed the antenna. But she's not alone in her ...

    by Ann Bauleke on December 27, 1995
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    Ebony and Ivory - Cry, the Beloved Country makes melodrama out of apartheid.

    Alan Paton's Cry, the Beloved Country was the only novel of its kind when it was published in 1948: a tragic and politically forceful examination of South African apartheid, presented through the story of a Zulu Anglican pastor, his chance encounte...

    by Rob Nelson on December 20, 1995
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    The Revenge of Mrs. Claus

    EVERY YEAR PEOPLE ask me the same question. Mrs. Claus, they say, what's it like living with Mr. Claus on the luxurious North Pole Estate in this special season? And for once I'd like to, pardon the expression, shit in the figgy pudding and tell al...

    by Michael Tortorello on December 20, 1995
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    Gutter Ball - Lost in Cyberspace with Shu Lea Cheang

    "The project just took off with that 50-foot lane, and took off on its own and I had no control of that ball, almost....." --Artist Shu Lea Cheang, on her Bowling Alley installation at the Walker Art Center So much for artistic license. What Fr...

    by Julie Caniglia on December 13, 1995
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    The Glass Menagerie Jungle Theater POOR LAURA WINGFIELD. Twenty-four years old and never been kissed, meek on the inside, mousy on the out, so scared of studying typing at the Rubicam Business College that it interferes with her digestion. She ...

    by Michael Tortorello on December 13, 1995
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    Spare Parts

    "I ran for president in 1992 to restore the American Dream for all our people, to bring the American people together, and to assure that America would remain the world's strongest force for peace and freedom, democracy and prosperity, into the 21st...

    by Steve Perry on December 6, 1995
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    Spin-Doctoring as Expose

    Roger Warner Back Fire Simon & Schuster TWENTY YEARS AFTER the United States finally conceded Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos to communist regimes, the statute of limitations on American immorality in the Southeast Asian war has probably expired ...

    by Britt Robson on December 6, 1995
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    The Birds For Christmas

    We wanted The Birds for Christmas. We had seen the commercials for it on the television donated thirdhand by the Merchant Seamen's and Sailors' Rest Home, a big black-and-white Zenith of cracked plastic and no knobs, a dime stuck in the channel sel...

    by Mark Richard on December 6, 1995
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    Crow Time

    Remember our weekend visit in November--Marsha and I brought the kids along as granny bait hoping to lure you to town with us but even that scheme failed to budge you. "I'll stay on like the crows," you said, and with eyes the color of the Atlant...

    by Shelia Cudahy on December 6, 1995
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    Why had he gone way out there, twenty-four freeway miles from his house, for the holiday, the sense that on a holiday--or worse, since it was not the holiday yet but an advance party for the holiday to come--the sense that for a holiday something, ...

    by Greg Mulcahy on December 6, 1995
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    My Last Try

    It was January, not a pretty month no matter how you shake it down. I thought when I left Yance that day, well, I thought that's that. I can see handwriting on the walls as well as the next person. It's the kind that makes that little sinky feeling...

    by Jonis Agee on December 6, 1995
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    In the Year of Long Division

    They were always breaking bones across the street. Knuckled and fisted, those boys had bruised voices that traveled, raised. We could hear them in the alley in the night behind our house, the curtains swelling in a room still shared. We lay in bed ...

    by Dawn Raffel on December 6, 1995
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    City Pages' HiberNation

    Just the worst time of the year For a journey, and such a long journey: the ways deep and the weather sharp, the very dead of winter. T.S. Eliot, from "Journey of the Magi" (1927) SO DON'T GO. It seems the only sensible response to folks ...

    by City Pages Staff on December 6, 1995
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    Married to the Job - Director Martin Scorsese shoulders his cross--again--inCasino

    I love movies--it's my whole life and that's it. --Martin Scorsese For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? --St. Matthew 16:26 To understand that Martin Scorsese suffers for his art, it isn't impor...

    by Rob Nelson on November 29, 1995
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