Smut Slam Returns to Leipzig

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Storytime, kids! In November 2016, right after the U.S. presidential election had been called for Trump, I was supposed to be hosting a Smut Slam in North Carolina, in a small liberal city surrounded by a sea of Trump-voting Republicans. Smut Slam, for those of you just finding out, is a community dirty-storytelling open mic.

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ETL: Gruesome Playground Injuries

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Love hurts, and for some people, that’s the point. Trying to write a one-line introduction to this play has me stumped. “A skeletal outline of common events wrapped up in an uncommon friendship.” That is the closest I could get to describing ETL‘s production of Gruesome Playground Injuries, by Rajiv Joseph. It opened on 3

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SWDC: BATS live, in Widescreen

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60 minutes is not a long time, but BATS manages to evoke love, playfulness, fear, hate, loneliness, and more. It truly is like going to a movie. Not one word is spoken. Yet, plenty is communicated about how we interact with and affect others through choreography, visuals, and music. This is tap, Sebastian Weber style.

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Michiko Saiki’s Voices of Women: on Acceptance and Affirmation

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How to bore an audience: provide one-dimensional characters. So many of us are pigeon-holed and stereotyped. In her multimedia performance, Voices of Women (Stimmen der Frauen), Michiko Saiki examines the multiplicity that is woman. We are not just baby-making machines. We are living, breathing creatures with unique stories to tell. Look into our eyes. Read

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Harry Hachmeister: Von Disko zu Disko

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Art is not instantaneous, nor are openings. It took a little while after restrictions lifted, but now there are vernissages all over town, pretty much every weekend. Excited people arrive early and find lines out the door, some are turned away due to capacity restrictions. Wait, did I say art exhibitions or clubs? Now is

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Uncharted: Twenty Questions with Peter Seaton-Clark

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Peter Seaton-Clark made his international film debut a week ago with Uncharted, the box-office hit adaptation of the popular video game series. He was born in Barnstaple, England, and has been living in Leipzig with his wife, Nicola Seaton-Clark, since 2003. They have two children and two cats, Boris and Bagheera. Peter and Nicola are

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