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    Don't Have to Live Like a Refugee

    From 1915 through 1923, one and a half million Christian Armenians died at the hands of their Muslim Turkish neighbors as part of a holy war declared by the Turkish government. Entire families were wiped out; whole communities were brutally destroyed...

    by Pamela Gordon on January 18, 1996
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    Deals! Deals! Deals!

    Promotional materials for last week's Art Miami '96 conferred upon the event the dubious distinction of "America's Largest Mid-Winter International Art Fair." Since Art Miami's debut in 1991, organizers David and Lee Ann Lester have striven to positi...

    by Judy Cantor on January 18, 1996
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    A Boy Grows in Brooklyn

    It's two weeks before Stewie's bar mitzvah and his family is having a collective breakdown. Doris, his mother, sits on the couch transforming her wedding gown into a Bride of Frankenstein costume for Halloween. Herbie, his father, shuffles home after...

    by Pamela Gordon on January 11, 1996
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    Morris Major

    Six dancers and some folding metal chairs set the stage for "The Office," one of four works that the Mark Morris Dance Group will perform Friday at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts. The members of the sextet whirl, throw their hands in the a...

    by Judy Cantor on January 11, 1996
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    Cloud Nine

    A psychedelic color field of cloudlike forms trails swiftly along one wall of the darkened gallery of North Miami's Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), engulfing visitors in a sublime hallucination. Smoke Screen (part of Jennifer Steinkamp: Video Proj...

    by Judy Cantor on January 4, 1996
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    Reinventing the Theatrical Wheel

    The mark of a superb theatrical production lies in its ability to astonish us even after we've been saturated with reports of its power. News of an audacious version of J.B. Priestley's 1945 An Inspector Calls reached these shores soon after director...

    by Pamela Gordon on January 4, 1996
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    Freudian Tip

    Penis envy may be ludicrous. The analyst's couch may be passe. Still, there's no eradicating the imprint Sigmund Freud's theories of personality have left on our collective psyche in the last 100 years. Through his writing and research, Freud popular...

    by Pamela Gordon on December 28, 1995
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    Stand-up Guy

    Stand-up comic Jeff Garlin learned how to make people laugh from the bathtub. As a toddler, he cracked up his parents by filling a plastic toy with water and announcing that it was "concentrated." He garnered even more chuckles with words such as gir...

    by Pamela Gordon on December 21, 1995
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    Water, Water Everywhere

    Not surprisingly, boats, the most obvious symbols of exodus and displacement, have emerged as central pictorial components in the work of contemporary Cuban exile artists. The images of watercraft created by Cuban immigrants to Miami typically docume...

    by Judy Cantor on December 21, 1995
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    The Doctor Sings

    Robert Louis Stevenson's novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde touched a collective nerve when it was first published in 1886. The provocative story of a scientist who unleashes the darkest parts of his nature by drinking an elixir spaw...

    by Pamela Gordon on December 14, 1995
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    The Benetton Bodega

    Imagine an ethnically mixed inner-city neighborhood devoid of drug deals and drive-by shootings. Older residents leave their apartments without fear of getting mugged. Young black men are not harassed by police. And every morning in this urban enclav...

    by Pamela Gordon on December 7, 1995
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    Mural Imperative

    Two school security guards in green T-shirts and khaki pants stand inside the doorway of Horace Mann Middle School as a group of seventh graders excitedly gather around a large mural painted in the front hallway. The face of a young man with a determ...

    by Judy Cantor on December 7, 1995
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    Gonna Take a Miracle

    You may not know that the 1966 musical Man of La Mancha takes place in a prison cell during the Spanish Inquisition. You may not know that the play's main character is Miguel de Cervantes, the sixteenth-century Spanish author who wrote the masterpiec...

    by Pamela Gordon on November 30, 1995
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    Taking the Sting Out of WASPS

    In his elegantly directed production of A.R. Gurney's Later Life, director Rafael de Acha tellingly gives Cole Porter the last word. As the lights dim at the end of this wistful comedy, "Begin the Beguine" drifts over the sound system at New Theatre ...

    by Pamela Gordon on November 23, 1995
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    Thoroughly Modern Micky

    With Designing Modernity, the Wolfsonian museum's much-anticipated inaugural exhibition, Mitchell (Micky) Wolfson, Jr., finally reveals his infamous private obsession to the public. Wolfson's massive assemblage of furniture, household appliances, boo...

    by Judy Cantor on November 23, 1995
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    Mother and Child Reunion

    Relationships between mothers and daughters are never simple. Whether they lean on each other, dominate each other, envy each other, criticize each other, reject each other, or seek each other out, mothers and daughters find themselves enmeshed throu...

    by Pamela Gordon on November 16, 1995
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    Public Art, Private Parts

    One morning last month, Gustavo Matamoros arrived at Miami International Airport to find that his flight to Tampa had been canceled. For Matamoros, the director of the South Florida Composers Alliance, the two-hour wait for the next plane to Tampa wa...

    by Judy Cantor on November 9, 1995
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    A Town Without Pity

    On the surface, Arthur Miller's 1950 adaption of Henrik Ibsen's 1882 An Enemy of the People seems theatrical proof of the French adage that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Set in a nineteenth-century Norwegian town, the drama's s...

    by Pamela Gordon on November 9, 1995
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    My City Was Gone

    Blaine Dunham began her career in theater down by the docks in Coconut Grove. Now 23 years old, the two-time Carbonell Award-nominated actress and artistic director of Lunatic Theatre Company arrived in Miami at the age of 6, making a dramatic entran...

    by Pamela Gordon on November 2, 1995
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    The Power of Positive Drinking

    "Look at that woman," muses Hattie, as she watches a contestant dressed in a chicken suit lose everything during a rerun of Let's Make a Deal. "Disappointment is carved on her face." Of course, Hattie (Meredith Marsuli), a character in James McLure's...

    by Pamela Gordon on October 26, 1995
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