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Lou Reed, CSN&Y, Jaques Barzun and Other April Fools

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It’s tough to perform under pressure. That’ll be the gist, I bet, of Friday’s national education conference on "High Stakes Testing: What Are the Effects?" Presenters include Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone, who failed the high-stakes test of being the U.S. Congress’ lone left dissenter by voting against Clinton’s impeachment. If you go to this conference, [&hellip
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The Irish Go Nuts; Joan Jett and the Donnas Hit the Roxy

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Let’s Get Free is interesting musically too–it’s mostly at about Mobb Deep tempo (same as Black Sabbath tempo), with the same popping snares but a less digitized bass sound. The drums get busier, too. In more than one place it seems as if they’re trying to use dub reggae techniques to hypnotize listeners into higher [&hellip
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The New York Underground Film Festival; Metal in Jersey; Kittie Hits the City

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Though that’s not the case for people who keep in touch with nature by growing seasonal plants. A chance to join the ranks of such well-connected hobbyists will be offered this Saturday by the New York Botanical Garden. "Get Up and Garden!" is the appropriately imperative title of their full day of lectures and workshops [&hellip
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Jarmusch’s Ghost Dog Hits the City

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Film Forum’s ongoing "Neo Noir" series gets ethnic this weekend, with the blaxploitation double feature of Coffy and Superfly on Friday and Saturday (3/3-4). These two are probably the genre’s most fun to sit through, with Pam Grier’s style and Curtis Mayfield’s soundtrack, respectively, making up for typically lame plots. On Sunday (3/5) the series [&hellip
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Graffiti Artist Kaws Takes it to the Next Level

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Kaws Kaws’ real name is Brian, and he’s from Jersey City, now residing in Williamsburg. He declines to give his full name, assuring me that it is, essentially, “Brian Irish.” Tall and quite thin, he was part of a white minority at St. Anthony’s, a Catholic high school known for producing basketball stars–making Kaws’ graduation [&hellip
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“Neo-Noir” at Film Forum, and Other Cool NYC Stuff

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THE HIGHLIGHT of the 2000 presidential campaign so far was crowd-surfer Alan Keyes during the Republican debate on Larry King, I’m dedicating this column, for this week with an extra day, to political activism a la Alan Keyes, the extra candidate. His is not activism as expressed via institutional fealty, but activism conveyed through an [&hellip
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Hillary, Vonnegut and a New Space Attraction

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When I heard they were tearing down the 30s-vintage Hayden, it seemed reasonable to assume that the replacement would be an imitation of the "interactive" science museums they have in San Francisco and Seattle–sort of physics playgrounds that don’t teach much but are very colorful because every exhibit has a different corporate sponsor, and are [&hellip
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Beck at Radio City; Lots of Live Hiphop

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Yep, I earn my share of dot-com dollars, too–no sense in fronting like I’m not a Beck fan. I’d rather be associated with proud, conscious yuppies than with white brats who think despising their whiteness repudiates racism. Last week I got an anonymous e-mail from a reader in the throes of such an identity crisis. [&hellip
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That’s a Nasty Thing to Call Black History Month!

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Outrage surged again, though, when I took a hard look at the press release for Grammy-nominated pop star Brian McKnight’s Monday-afternoon performance at Hammerstein Ballroom. (2/7, 1:30-2:30 p.m., 311 W. 34th St., betw. 8th & 9th Aves., 580-0835 for credentials.) Yeah, credentials. It turns out the event is actually a press preview and luncheon launching [&hellip
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