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Multi-angle magic

Margaret Jenkins Dance Company gets kaleidoscopic with A Slipping Glimpse
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"Dance/Screen: Innovative International Dance Films"

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PREVIEW Dance on film looks flat, distorted, and without nuances, right? Yes and no. In general, dance does not take kindly to the screen. Good enough for documenting or teaching, films simply don't convey the effervescent presence of a live performance. But in some cases the medium goes beyond simply recording and actually partners with the choreography in a way that can be every bit as exciting as a live performance. As a genre, dance films are fairly new and, often, still don't get no respect. Read more »

Turfing the Web

Hip-hop producer Damon Todd stakes out Townturf.com
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Bitter wounds

The eloquent Devil on All Sides searches for life during wartime
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Youthful innocence and stupidity can generally be relied on in making soldiers and war; those lacking such qualities may have to be beaten and intimidated into service. The process inspires some vivid imagery in French playwright Fabrice Melquiot's The Devil on All Sides (Le Diable en Partage), a poetical mix of fantasy and harsh reality set amid the 199295 Bosnian war. Read more »

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Marvin Gaye - The Real Thing in Performance 1964-1981
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PRESS PLAY Extreme emotional response is never quite as simple as stroking an erogenous zone or pressing a few buttons keyed to childhood memory, but like select performances in The Last Waltz, Marvin GayeThe Real Thing in Performance reduced — or rather, elevated — me to tears.Read more »

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Double digits

Caryl Churchill's creepy A Number loses some of its complexity at ACT
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Bernard is a chip off the old block. "You're just what I wanted," his father, Salter, assures him. Made to order, in fact. Now a grown man, Bernard (Josh Charles) confronts his father (Bill Smitrovich) with an unsettling discovery: He's the clone of a previously undisclosed original, a replacement for the beautiful child Salter once had but, apparently, lost. At first it's hard to say how Salter's story keeps changing. Read more »

"The Man Box and Beyond"

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REVIEW Postfeminism — which is not the death of feminism so much as an effort to examine how culture creates gender differences in terms of how femininity and masculinity are defined — is a good place to start when thinking about the work included in "The Man Box and Beyond." The exhibition was inspired in part by an exercise from the Oakland Men's Project, a violence-prevention program that asks men how they feel when they're expected to "act like a man." The 15 participants in this show approach and extend this question through a range of responses from the Read more »

King "B"

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Bronson's Loose! The Making of the Death Wish Films

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Bronson's Loose! The Making of the Death Wish Films

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