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My Life in the Concrete Jungle

"I just want to keep it real," director Rhodessa Jones growls as she paces the stage in an Army fatigue jumpsuit and tribal face paint. For the next two hours she and the large, multiethnic cast of powerful women (many…
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This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, April 2, 2003 The make-believe premise of the group exhibition "The Pretendlings" is understandable at this critical juncture in history -- who wouldn't want to hide out in a parallel universe right now? Exploring their alter egos in installations,…
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Panning for Gold

Indigo Blues has the plot of a good folk song, like "Long Black Veil" or "Big Joe and Phantom 309." It's about a saxophonist named Moses who shows up, suddenly, at the plushly furnished country home of two sisters,…
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Street Smarts

Many of the performers at this year's In the Street Festival have already shown their zeal for populist art, like the San Francisco Mime Troupe (which joins forces here with the Vietnamese Youth Development Center) and the musical partnership of…
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Aisle Seat

Fantastic Voyage This week, Solo Mio Festival opens with a toast to Idris Ackamoor and Rhodessa Jones, who have powered through 15 years of performance with their company, Cultural Odyssey. The fearsome twosome are presenting a retrospective of their work,…
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