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The quality of mercy is not strained;
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes

— Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice


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Andrea Carney, retired union rank-and-file organizer.
David Hughes, freelance writer.


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Portrait of Rudy Perez

Last year, in Everybody Dance Now 1, I reminisced about studying with dancer-choreographer Rudy Perez in the early 1980s. Nearly four decades later Rudy agreed to let me interview him. What follows has been lightly edited for clarity.  We’ll begin where I left off in that prior post.

Penniman, Shelley and Lee

Sorry about the duplication. This is The Rill Thing. (Technical issues caused me to post this twice…) Little Richard died Saturday. He instinctively figured in my review of Martin Aston’s Breaking Down the Walls of Heartache: How Music Came Out:


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