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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Art & Soul

    Purvis Young, known for his fiery mixed-media paintings of Overtown crowds and streaming boat people, recently visited the Bass Museum, where his works are included in Passionate Visions of the American South: Self-Taught Artists from 1940 to the Pre...

    by Judy Cantor on October 26, 1995
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    Oh What a Tangled Web

    First came the innovative 1976 novel by the late Argentine writer Manuel Puig, followed by his 1981 stage adaption. Then came director Hector Babenco's much-ballyhooed 1985 film. A musical rendition flopped when presented by New Musicals at SUNY Purc...

    by Pamela Gordon on October 19, 1995
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    Sudden Death

    We live in an era of easy confession, a time in which stories of abuse and neglect make the rounds of talk shows, support groups, and the evening network news programs. Because we've grown accustomed to the public disclosure of personal trauma, th...

    by Pamela Gordon on October 12, 1995
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    Blurred Vision

    An excerpt from writer Derek Walcott's 1992 Nobel lecture is included in the catalogue that accompanies "Caribbean Visions: Contemporary Painting and Sculpture," currently at the Center for the Fine Arts. In his moving essay, Walcott, a St. Lucia nat...

    by Judy Cantor on October 12, 1995
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    Loud and Fast Doesn't Always Rule

    There's a whole lot of ranting and raving going on these days over at Area Stage on Lincoln Road. Alan Bowne's Beirut, an unnerving nightmare about a not-so-distant future in which HIV-positive people are quarantined in warehouses on the Lower Eas...

    by Pamela Gordon on October 5, 1995
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