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Film, Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts: United Under the Banner of "People Are Amazing"

Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts: United Under the Banner of "People Are Amazing"

To ascribe a general theme to the Academy's chosen contenders for superlative short-form documentary, let's borrow a line from prelapsarian Woody Allen: "Human beings, wow." Just a few degrees away from some wry Christopher Guest leg-pull, Jeffrey Karoff's commendably sincere…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Gift of Admission

The Gift of Admission

The Contemporary Jewish Museum’s free Family Day on Christmas brings up an interesting question: What constitutes a family? Are you and your bus pass a family? Today you are! But the museum is also hoping for actual little ones and…
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Calendar, Night&Day It’s Kafka-esque!

It’s Kafka-esque!

It’s been our experience that any time a writer can be compared to Franz Kafka, he will be. Take Kobe Abe: he was compared to Kafka so often that he became known as the “Japanese Kafka,” which must have made…
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Culture, Encore

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Franz Kafka's Love Life, Letters, and Hallucinations in Short Scenes with Live Actors. The long title essentially sums up the plot structure of this meticulously detailed biography of the famous writer's tumultuous love life and his seemingly pained relationship with…
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Culture, Encore

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7 Sins. Halfway through James Judd's entertaining 75-minute solo show, it dawns on you: Who the hell is this guy and why am I laughing so hard? While autobiographical one-person shows are nothing new, it's one thing to keep an…
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Music, Reviewed Josef K

Josef K

Emerging from Scotland's late-1970s nearly post-punk scene, Josef K retains its wry, surly-dark (pre-goth) edge despite the passage of time. Comprising its complete 1980-81 output, Entomology (the band's first U.S. release, btw) presents Josef K in all its timelessly downcast…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Reps Etc.

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. We're interested in your film or video event.…
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Music, House of Tudor House of Tudor

House of Tudor

Tortured by a never-ending emotional dependence on his parents, sexual dissatisfaction in the company of respectable ladies (non-prostitutes), mind-numbing employment in the Workers' Accident Insurance department, and private creative aggravations that drove him to write in the darkness of his…
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Culture, Stage

Josephine the Mouse Singer

"Josephine the Singer, or, the Mouse Folk" is one of Franz Kafka's concept-fables, a vision of a cartoon world where animals do funny things that throw light on human behavior. A community of mice, in this case, worships a squeaky…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): If this were a thousand years ago and you were suffering from the same kind of temporary insanity you are right now, I might have recommended that you immerse yourself in a tub of live eels,…
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Culture, Stage

Stage

Word Play Verbatim. By Terri Kasch. Directed by Mark Staley. Starring Timothy Lane, Shoshana Kuttner, Jason Arquin, and Brighid O'Shaughnessy. Produced by Mike Balsam and the Grindstone Theater Company at Exit Theater, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), through Aug. 2. Call…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): Are you familiar with gargoyles? On Gothic buildings, they were the grotesque stone creatures designed to scare away evil spirits. I suggest you acquire a scary guardian like a gargoyle to assist you this week. You…
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