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    Fathers & Sins

    IT'S AFTERNOON RUSH hour in Manhattan, and author Larry Brown is speaking so softly his voice can barely be heard over the traffic 13 stories below his hotel room. "I guess I'm always so shocked by the way that some people do," says the Mi...

    by Laura Reynolds Adler on October 23, 1996
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    It Takes A Nation Of Millions

    Local disputes highlight a national debate about the state of black theater. by Michael Tortorello In June of this year, playwright August Wilson addressed The Theatre Communications Group, the preeminent national conference of theater ar...

    by City Pages Staff on October 23, 1996
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    Beyond Drinking and Driving - A number of Minnesota jurisdictions are experimenting with more aggressive and invasive programs to deal with repeat drunk-driving offenders.

    For the past 10 years, local and national arrests for first-time drunk-driving offenses have been on a steady decline. But the number of those re-arrested on DWI charges has remained fairly constant; there have even been instances in which...

    by Mary Ellen Egan on October 23, 1996
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    Book Shorts

    Book Shorts Kim Benabib Obscene Bodies HarperCollins IS THE PUBLISHING industry really floating on the wave of a literary renaissance, or is it merely being pumped up with a bookish equivalent to junk bonds? I'd wager the latter, to judge ...

    by City Pages Staff on October 16, 1996
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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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