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'Da Noise

Like most in the audience, I rose to my feet to applaud the virtuoso cast of Bring In ’Da Noise, Bring In ’Da Funk. But I also was struck by a question: Just how new was this much-touted reinvention of tap dancing? The answer: not as much as advertised, though......
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'Da Funk

Watching Bring In ’Da Noise, Bring In ’Da Funk, I was not so much watching after a while as remembering, in my body, what drew me to tap as a kid. It was less a dance to me than a declaration of spirit (I tap, therefore I am), and so......
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The Titanic Transcripts

Buried in this abridged pocket-dictionary-size edition of the official transcripts of the 1912 Senate investigation into the Titanic disaster is as clear-headed an account of history’s greatest catastrophe at sea as there is. Although it is at times repetitive, the firsthand evidence, side by side with contemporaneous expert testimony, provides......
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The Drawing Group at Loyola Marymount

THE DRAWING GROUP At the LABAND ART GALLERY Loyola Marymount University 7900 Loyola Blvd., Westchester Through April 18 The 13 artists in "The Drawing Group" put a lot of faith in appearances. Not that they presume a thing can be known by its looks, but they do presume that something......
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Betye Saar at the California African-American Museum

"Ritual & Remembrance/Personal Icons" provides an introduction to the work of as semblage artist Betye Saar. Saar, who watched Watts Towers being built when she was a child growing up locally, finds most of her materials at flea markets, at antique stores and in the garbage. She combines junk, castoffs......

Last Rights

On a brilliant spring day in 1996, flanked by American flags on the White House South Lawn, President Clinton signed the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act. "From now on," he told the gathered citizenry as a military band stood by, "criminals sentenced to death for their vicious crimes will......
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Home of the Brave

"Now that's music," whispered the man behind me to his companion, as Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic launched into the merry A-major opening bars of Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony. After a stiff dose of forward-marching works from his own century to start off last week's program, my neighbor had......

Net Edibles

Growth Spurts Time of growth to 50 million households: radio - 38 years television - 13 years cable - 10 years Internet - 5 years (projected) (Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Reseach, 1997) There will be 150 million worldwide Internet users by 2000. (CyberAtlas, 8/97) There are 1.6 million domain names......

Spam:

It's happened to all of us. You receive an e-mail that reads something like this: "Apparently, a new computer virus has been engineered by a user of America Online that is unparalleled in its destructive capability . . . What makes this virus so terrifying is the fact that no......

Top Ten Choices for a Live-Action Lara Croft

(Courtesy of the Ultimate Guide to Tomb Raider) 1. Elizabeth Hurley ". . . uncanny ringer for Lara . . . Hurley knows how to deal with sticky situations. After all, she still dates Hugh Grant." 2. Sandra Bullock ". . . Anyone who can make a 10 ton bus......