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    Meditative Like That - Alan Rifkins Signal Hill

    The five stories Alan Rifkin has assembled for his debut collection, Signal Hill, might be a suite to the midlife crisis. All the protagonists are fortysomething men who've never quite been there, never quite done that. "There is a point where hopel...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on November 20, 2003
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    Blues & Browns

    Aloysious T. Dougherty III, Costa Mesa portraitist/filmmaker/writer/musician/ photographer, has launched a website (www.dougherty3.com/art/index.html) offering a compelling peek into his shadowy obsession with early jazz and blues musicians. I'm no ...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on November 20, 2003
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    Very Picasso! - Laguna Beach roundup

    Artwork by John Brosio/Photo by James BunoanIt's a good thing Laguna Beach's First Thursday Artwalk comes but once a month; it takes at least that much time to recover from all the giddy dreck we're so delighted to traipse through. Mmmm, dreck! We...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on November 20, 2003
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    Still Angry - John Osbornes Look Back in Anger

    I have seen only two brilliant plays in my life, and Brits wrote both. David Halliwell's surreal 1966 tragicomedy, Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs, was the first. John Osborne's 1956 masterpiece, Look Back in Anger, is now the se...

    by Stacy Davies on November 20, 2003
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    Episode 9

    Episode 9: After a couple episodes that could have been centered in Anywhere, USA, The O.C. starts a thread that is ripped from actual local headlines. It seems that the Balboa Land Trust (think Bolsa Chica Land Trust) has retained Sandy Cohen's law...

    by Matt Coker on November 13, 2003
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    The Kind of Worst of Times - Strong theater in a weak week

    Photo by Lita PuyatA couple of weeks ago, it seemed every theater in Orange County was mounting something new, original, daring, fresh, inventive or provocative. That was very then, and this is very now. Name your least favorite theatrical smell, an...

    by Joel Beers on November 13, 2003
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    NoFX Please - Maverick Theaters Frankenstein

    A classic of the Romantic Era, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is an Age of Reason hangover: Should we really do something just because science makes it possible? Shouldn't the pursuit of knowledge be tempered by humility? These compelling questions are...

    by KELLY A. FLYNN on November 13, 2003
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    I See Fat People - Fernando Botero is stuck with his shtick

    Photo by James BunoanAbout three-quarters of the way through the Museum of Latin American Art's "Fernando Botero: The Evolution of a Master"--an exhibit that can only be described as juicy--you get the sense Fernando Botero's tired of his shtick. Yo...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on November 13, 2003
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    Infinity, IYI - David Foster Wallace stares into a mathematical abyss and lives to write about it

    Given his pan-intellectual dexterity and neurotically analytic zeal, his taste for vicious circles and recursive loops, his ability to locate beauty and comedy in atonal technical jargon, David Foster Wallace is the perfect parachute buddy for a fre...

    by DENNIS LIM on November 13, 2003
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    Episode 8

    Back on the air after those boring baseball playoffs finally limped to an end, The O.C. returns with not so much a bang as a whimper. Look, we're as much fans of necessary soap-opera exposition as the next long-haul truck driver, but for an all-impo...

    by Matt Coker on November 6, 2003
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    Mass Forgetting - Joan Didion tells you how we live in the greatest state in the greatest country on the greatest planet!

    "This book," Joan Didion announces near the beginning of Where I Was From, her meditation on the ways "California" signifies in the American psyche, "represents an exploration into my own confusions about the place and the way in which I grew up, co...

    by CORNEL BONCA on November 6, 2003
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    More Cliche than Risque - Bordellos and Boudoirs has no climax

    Photo by Liezel RubinThe Icaro Gallery in Bixby Knolls is a great space. High ceilings, wide open space and a mission, derived from the gallery icon Icarus--the Greek who daringly flew to the sun wearing wax wings--of displaying works from artists w...

    by Stacy Davies on November 6, 2003
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    Of Ice and Men - SCRs Terra Nova

    Photo by Henry Dirocco/SCRIt was unsettling walking into a theater last Sunday as ash rained from the sky and with the sky--in all the shades of the grayscale--stretching from horizon to horizon. It's fire season, and this one, deadlier and grander ...

    by Joel Beers on November 6, 2003
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    You Ain't Inventing Jack - Fullerton College looks back at sex, sex and the Old West

    The Rule Breaker by John AlexanderAs a former community-college student, I know just how much value you can get for your $11 per unit. At Santa Barbara City College-the junior college of choice for the Schoenkopfs-it was the cafeteria (run by the ho...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on October 23, 2003
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    Lives of the Baseball Saints

    Jessica Gandolf's Cleveland AlexanderThere was something a little off about Jessica Gandolf's paintings of baseball greats Lefty Grove and Don Newcombe. Surely Gandolf didn't realize her portraits were sort of . . . you know . . . gay. And by gay, o...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on October 16, 2003
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    Love Hurts - SCRs Anna In the Tropics

    Ken Howard/SCREarly in Anna In the Tropics, Nilo Cruz's Pulitzer Prize-winning play at South Coast Repertory, one of the characters quotes Tolstoy's Anna Karenina: "If there are as many minds as there are heads, then there are as many kinds of love ...

    by KELLY A. FLYNN on October 16, 2003
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    Bombs, Balls and Broads - Joel Beers theater notes

    If the intoxicating stink of sweating, straining, creating theater folk gets you off in the worst of ways, then you're no doubt already shivering in lusty anticipation of the coming weekend. Beginning Friday night, all the county's a stage, with the...

    on October 16, 2003
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    Philosophy in a Dumbbell

    George "Rube" Waddell was an old-time southpaw baseball pitcher for the Philadelphia A's around the turn of the century. He drank a lot, he philandered, he got into barroom brawls, he fled the pitching mound to join fire trucks or passing parades, a...

    by Stacy Davies on October 16, 2003
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    School of Rock - Mix master Hornbys Songbook

    While I read Nick Hornby's Songbook, the English writer's book of short essays on 31 pop songs that mean a lot to him (reissued in paperback this month with five new essays not in the hardback edition), mostly what I wanted to do was call him up and...

    by CORNEL BONCA on October 9, 2003
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    I Love Little Girls - They make me feel so

    (from Poughkepsie Journal) 1988There's no self-awareness to the girls of Katy Grannan, and even less for the young ladies of Daniella Rosell. What they do have is self-esteem. It never, ever occurs to Grannan's girls that they don't have what it tak...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on October 9, 2003
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