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Music, All Shook Down Sam Smith Grabs His Balls, Katy Perry Buys Hillary a Necklace, and Ed Sheeran Doesn't Have a Vagina

Sam Smith Grabs His Balls, Katy Perry Buys Hillary a Necklace, and Ed Sheeran Doesn't Have a Vagina

There are influential women all over the place this week, with Katy Perry hanging with Hillary Clinton and Madonna, Alanis Morissette inspiring an unlikely song cover, Dave Navarro's mom's story getting told in a documentary, and Lionel Richie making an…
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Music, Berlin techno producer Ellen Allien steers to innerspace

Berlin techno producer Ellen Allien steers to innerspace

The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 abruptly offered sizable options for euphoric electronic music fans. Formerly grayed-out factories-turned-clubs played host to a flush of activity. Warehouse spaces — cheap, plentiful, and relatively unpoliced — bulged with the exaggerated…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Hubba Hubba

Hubba Hubba

THURS 11/17 The piano-bar performances of contemporary cabaret often don't hold a candle to the classic stuff. Think the Moulin Rouge, or Weimar-era entertainment full of top hats, feather boas, moody torch songs, and a glamorous touch of transvestitism. But…
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Calendar, Performance Gilman's Treat

Gilman's Treat

SAT 1/22 Major-league playwright Rebecca Gilman, who has enjoyed far more success in this city than should probably be allowed, is back with another American premiere at her national theatrical home, the Magic. Known for using straight realism to address…
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Music, House of Tudor House of Tudor

House of Tudor

Equipped with a synthesizer that sounds as if it has rusted and a drum kit that clearly fears for its life, the Portland, Ore., duo Point Line Plane twitches along the lonely, jagged crevice between new wave and speed metal.…
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Hear This

VH1 would like viewers to believe that Celine Dion and Mariah Carey are divas. But the original disco diva, Nina Hagen, could bitch-slap the fake smiles off both of them any day of the week. Berlin's reigning queen of the…
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The House of Tudor

While the greatest strides in electronic music have come from the U.K., it has not been the British media proclaiming -- out of plain desperation -- that electronica is the "next big thing." After all, until recently, electronic music was…
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Night Crawler

Outside the Casanova Lounge Wednesday night three svelte young men in well-cut cream-colored trousers stand under a striped awning while a pretty, slightly sweaty woman sits on the sidewalk gingerly applying powder to her nose. A mixture of music and…
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Night Crawler

"Media tables are in the first tier," directs an usher at Bimbo's 365 Club last Wednesday, with a flick of his pink scarf. I sit down between an elderly woman with powdered hair and a latex-clad dreadlocked punk waiting patiently…
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