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    Episode 6

    If there were any doubts that real estate developer Kirsten Cohen's mega-rich father was not patterned after Irvine Co. chairman Donald Bren, they're blown out the proverbial poop chute on this installment of The O.C. Like Bren, Caleb Nichol runs a ...

    by Matt Coker on September 18, 2003
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    Its a Jew Thing - Life before the war

    Photo by Henri Dirocco/SCRA funny thing happened on the way to World War II. People lived; people got drunk; people went to the movies; people were--as people usually are--petty, vain, lonely and horny. That's not the notion one gets from the reig...

    by Joel Beers on September 18, 2003
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    Sex Sells - Happy horny artwork

    Photo of Christianne Elise's Beach CrowdIt is a truth universally acknowledged that men accumulate wealth and achieve greatness so they can get some strange. Sex, posit these universal folk, is the catalyst for progress and civilization. For most ...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on September 18, 2003
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    Episode 5

    Oh, sure, the best teen soaper evermay not get Newport Beach lifeguard towers right. It may leave "Hermosa" unblurred on background signs. It may thwart a lawsuit from local institution The Crab Cooker by having its fictitious restaurant workers wea...

    by Matt Coker on September 11, 2003
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    Damn you, Kirby Dick! - Filmmaker exposes more than ta-tas in Showgirls: Glitz & Angst

    Tits and asses are exposed early and often in the latest HBO America Undercover report, Showgirls: Glitz & Angst, but be warned. Just when you think you're settling into some pleasing stimulation, you begin caring more about the people than the real...

    by Matt Coker on September 11, 2003
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    Not So Little Plays - The 9 Most interesting theatrical productions coming your way over the next few months

    Photo by Cristofer Gross/SCRFleetwood Macbeth. Grove Theater Center, Sept. 5-13. Matt Walker is the funniest man alive, and will likely prove it once again when his Troubadour Theater Company returns to Orange County this weekend. The troupe's lates...

    on September 11, 2003
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    More Tampons, Please! - Sometimes, whimsy is its own reason for being

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsI come to praise "Small Comforts, Other Worlds," not to bury it--to praise its simplicity, joyful slightness and quirky, modest absurdity, not its self-importance and thematic gravity. "Small Comforts" comprises works by El...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on September 11, 2003
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    Episode 4

    DATELINE: NEWPORT BEACH -- To get a true sense of what makes The O.C. characters tick, for this installment The O.C. Watch trekked from The C.M. all the way to The N.B., where we rented a beach house just on the other side of The S.A. River from The...

    by Matt Coker on September 4, 2003
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    Wholly Without Merit - Al Franken makes me mad!

    Thank god for Fox News. If that august news organization--you know, the fair and balanced one helmed by Roger Ailes--had filed a decent lawsuit against Al Franken instead of one the judge called "wholly without merit," I would have had to wait sever...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on September 4, 2003
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    Surely, This Is Grace - Amazing good stuff in a hotel

    Though the Gallery at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort doesn't pander nearly so loathsomely as the Kinkade Gallery in the Queen Mary, its raison d'tre is to give tourists a chance to bring home a piece of the Beach. Naturally, that will le...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on September 4, 2003
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    Unholy Three - In praise of Urbans dramaturgical excess

    Photo by Jay Michael FraleyAfter experiencing the three one-acts in Ken Urban's New Jersey Trilogy, you're not sure if you should brush up on your Hegel or take a cold shower, whether you should puke or beat off. As heady and metaphysical as it is...

    by Joel Beers on September 4, 2003
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    Reinvent Thyself - MTVs Made and BBCs Faking It

    Jump up here on yer ol' uncle's knee and lemme tell you a story. Not that knee. Once upon a time, back before you--hell, even I--was born, they made TV sets with screens the size of 50-cent pieces, and you had to walk over to 'em to change channels,...

    by Matt Coker on August 28, 2003
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    Episode 3:

    Yet another thing The O.C.gets right about Newport Beach is mommy hotness. We've been to the coffeehouses and shopping atriums and--despite the restraining orders--public parks, and let's face facts: Newport moms have got it going on! And when The O...

    by Matt Coker on August 28, 2003
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    The Mouse that Warred - Dan ONeills underground war against Disney

    It may come as a surprise to many that the invention of copyright during the 17th century had less to do with profit than profanity. The English Licensing Act of 1662 made it illegal to publish anything without first securing a license from the appr...

    by JARRET LOVELL on August 28, 2003
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    All This Senseless Beauty - Peter Blake Gallery gets it right

    Laguna gallerist Peter Blake has a big mushy tendrefor the LA heroes. You know, the Light & Space '60s toms whose resinous cloud boxes and baubles were created in the time they could spare from catting around Santa Monica and Venice, young and tanne...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on August 28, 2003
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    BraveLosers - Jack McCarthys everyman poems

    In his most recent fantasy novel, Wee Free Men, British writer Terry Pratchett features this brief scene of a witch staring down a man for beating his mule. Soon after, the witch explains to her 9-year-old granddaughter, "Them as can do has to do fo...

    by VICTOR D. INFANTE on August 28, 2003
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    Episode 2

    Episode 2: Ryan, the trouble-finding teen fish out of Chino, is foster-care bound. His new Newport Beach buddy Seth Cohen--or "Queer" to thug Luke--is upset with his parents for letting Ryan go, telling his dad, "You force me to live among these pod...

    by Matt Coker on August 21, 2003
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    Deep Do-Do - Treading Red Water

    Steven Spielberg learned something crucial while cutting Jaws: the fewer images he had of the man-eating shark in the first reel, the more suspenseful it made his final reel--by which time moviegoers would be so spooked it did not matter that the be...

    by Matt Coker on August 21, 2003
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    Is it Trash? Or is it Ikea? - Dumpster-dive decorating tips at the Muckenthalers "Recycle, Renew"

    Photo by James BunoanThere's an ugly gulf between art and craft that even the modernists couldn't quite resolve, and it reduces to something like this: How can you tell if something is really art, or if it just looks neat next to the sofa? It's an i...

    by Chris Ziegler on August 21, 2003
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    Girls! Girls! Girls! - OCMAs 150 years of women is a beautiful thing

    Photo by Chester Higgins Jr.I figured "Woman" would be nice. Instead, running through two galleries, it's a dizzying, overstimulating trove of photographs in columns stacked three deep, going deep into the 19th century. The beauty is sometimes stark...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on August 21, 2003
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