Producers Andy Driscoll and Tom O’Connell, in conjunction with CivicMedia/Minnesota, present Part II of an audio documentary about Circle of the Witch—a nonprofit theater company that formed in 1973. For five years it functioned as a political performance group, exploring the relationship between theater and feminism. For more information on COTW, visit the Minnesota Historical Society.
The first of two consecutive DJ Baby Swiss solo outings saw him “pouring dubbles” almost all night, and including coming-to-towners The Selecter, currently touring their 2013 release “String Theory” (the tour hits The Cedar Fri. Sept. 13), and Jimmy Cliff, who brings plenty of musical “Rebirth” to First Avenue on Thur. 9/19, as well as Nye’s regulars The Dropsteppers. Stylistically, the rootical dub of the Skatalites, the ’70s electronics of Jean-Michel Jarre, the jungle and dubstep of Congo Natty, the hot-club techno-gypsy-jazz of Caravan Palace, and even bossa nova a la Lionel Hampton were represented, as well as the classy big-band revisionism of Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band with the inimitable swooping, soaring singing of Cory Daye… all in a program that made liberal use of KFAI’s notorious Outboard Soundboard (a.k.a. the “Black Hole”). Truly all-over-the-map in a way that Swiss’s alter-ego DJ Weston East could appreciate.
We speak with Constance Hale about her book Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose. She is also the author of a number of other books, including Wired Style: Principles of English Usage in the Digital Age and Hex, Vex, Smash, Smooch: Let Verbs Power Your Writing. And she teaches at Harvard University and the University of California at Berekeley.