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New Mexico sheriffs searching for a missing 3-year-old boy stumbled upon a heavily armed compound housing 11 starving children, authorities said Sunday. The children, ages 1 to 15, were discovered in the “Third World”-worthy compound, which was built out of garbage, in the desert near Amalia. “I’ve been working this job for 30 years, and…
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Recently, a theatrical modern musical composition called The Filthy 15 debuted in London at the Barbican, a venue known for its edgy events and performances. From what I saw of it online it looked a bit tedious and dull, but the idea of the piece is profound and inspired, and anyway it’s coming to the U.S. and Canada, and hopefully will be better rendered when it gets here.
The Filthy 15 is the creation of Canadian Gen X’er Nicole Lizée (pronounced Lee-zay), who grew up in the dawn of MTV with the appropriate pre-teenage angst required of a 12-year-old in 1985, and was disturbed by that year’s U.S. Senate hearings on rock-music lyrics.
The title refers to the original notorious list of 15 songs held up as examples of the sort of toxic lyrics kids were being exposed to. The hearings, which carried the full and serious weight of potential legislation against popular music, were themselves inappropriately instigated by Tipper Gore and Susan Baker, spouses of Sens. Al and James respectively, and two other prominent Washingtonian better halves, Pam Howar and Sally Nevius. The four horsey-class women of the threatened cultural Apocalypse formed an association called the Parents Music Resource Center (better known as PMRC), which sounded far loftier and more solid and thoughtful, and less barmy, than it really was.
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The Chelsea space gets an appropriate send-off — an improv marathon complete with dance party and Dumpster comedy — before the group moves to Hell’s Kitchen.
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Doreen St. Félix on “Girls Trip,” the new summer comedy from Malcolm D. Lee, starring Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish, Regina Hall, and Jada Pinkett Smith.
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