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 Oct 15 - 21, 2009 
The cast of   Oedipus   takes a break from augury and incest.

Culture Shock

The Art of Compromise

By Erin Adair-Hodges

Anyone who's ever been in any kind of human relationship with anyone knows that compromise is key. Whether it's eating at a home-style buffet that closes by 5 p.m. because that's where Grandma wants to go or sitting through your best friend's mime punk band / drum circle, we all do things we may not want to out of love. Sometimes, though, it works out so that everyone gets what they want.

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The cast of   Oedipus   takes a break from augury and incest.

Performance Review

The Ties That Blind

Oedipus at Aux Dog

By Julia Mandeville

In many ways, Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex epitomizes the Ancient Greek tragedy. The narrative is framed by prophecy; poetic priests foreshadow and omniscient oracles foretell each ruinous event. Past and present collide with catastrophic consequences, raising the eternal question: Is the individual ruled by fate or freewill? (The Ancients seem deleteriously attached to the power of the former.) A chorus of citizens speculates incessantly, often in echo of the audience’s observations.

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Sherman Alexie

Book Review

The Story of Man

Review by Erin Adair-Hodges

War Dances

At its heart, Sherman Alexie's newest collection of stories, War Dances, is an exploration of manhood in the 21st century. His characters struggle with the legacy of their fathers, worry over how to be fathers themselves, and stumble along paths constructed of desire and duty.

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Deep in the Ju Ju, Chasing the Train

Manuel Valera Trio

By August March
Grammy-nominated pianist and composer Manuel Valera performs jazz.
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Banjo Jazz? Sure, Why Not?

Jayme Stone's Folklife

By Robin Babb
Two-time Juno award-winning banjoist and composer Jayme Stone performs folk, jazz and chamber music while both defying and honoring the banjo's role in the world's music.
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