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    Less Talk, More Shooting - Execution of Justice

    Dan White rode an anticrime campaign into San Francisco City Hall, resigned from the city council in 1978, immediately begged for his job back, was rebuffed, executed Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, and so became one of the most not...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on July 10, 2003
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    7 reasons to hate Shakespeare

    Welcome to the summer of my discontent: Shakespeare time. Time for Shakespeare by the sea, Shakespeare beneath the stars, Shakespeare in the park, Shakespeare outdoors, Shakespeare indoors. Shakespeare everywhere. A cursory perusal of upcoming the...

    by Joel Beers on July 10, 2003
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    This Is Just Wrong - Im With Busey chokes your inner monster

    Don't be fooled by my sensitive, wussy exterior. Just beneath the surface there lurks a monster with a near-bottomless hunger to see humans get hurt and humiliated. When Johnny Knoxville gets hit in the nuts by school kids with plastic bats? I hoot ...

    by GREG STACY on July 3, 2003
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    Wood vs. God - God wins!

    I picked up James Wood's debut novel, The Book Against God, with anticipation, also with a couple of worries furrowing the brow. I wondered whether, this late in the day, it's possible to get very worked up, as a reader, over a literary character's ...

    by CORNEL BONCA on July 3, 2003
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    On Second Thought

    As you all know, Mama's got issues about what she likes and what she don't. Almost psychopathically incapable of putting my own prejudices aside and seeing the good in genres besides my preferred ones, I am liable to speedwalk around area museums wi...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on July 3, 2003
  • A Play About Micky Dolenz - In one act 
 Produced by Stacy Davies


    A Play About Micky Dolenz - In one act Produced by Stacy Davies

    Stacy: Hey, Matt . . . you don't still want me to interview Micky Dolenz, do you? [Silence.] Stacy: I can tell from your enthusiasm that's a big "yes." Matt: I was drinking water. What's your angle? Stacy: I don't know. I'm not really that i...

    by Stacy Davies on July 3, 2003
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    Through With Bars - Now we only eat guitars

    "He never turns down his punker music!" Commie Mom would say whenever my little brother Cake had her particularly frazzled. She would deliver "punker music" in a horrible, screechy witch voice, one designed to impart just how nerve-racking was the s...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on July 3, 2003
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    Crossed Out

    Crosses are common on Mexican roadsides, memorials to fatal wrecks on the country's treacherous highways. But the clusters of pink crosses in Ciudad Jurez memorialize the unsolved murders of some 320 women in Jurez during the past decade. The late...

    by ADRIANA ALBA-SÃ?NCHEZ on June 19, 2003
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    Lets Hear it for the P! - Rediscovering the importance of nudity

    Photo by Rebecca SchoenkopfLaguna Beach's seven-degrees is a snazzy venue and snazzier business concept. It uses a human zoo of artists as a draw for big-bucks private parties, and knows how to present underground chic while being about as undergrou...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on June 19, 2003
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    The Truth About Lying - The Drawer Boy

    Photo by Henry DiroccoThe two best kinds of liars in the world are actors and writers. Actors always pretend to be someone else. Writers prey on people's confidences in order to divine "the truth." Both liars are at work in Michael Healey's The Dr...

    by Joel Beers on June 19, 2003
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    Making Everyone Miserable With Me - Rachel McKibbens Writes From the Other OC

    The girl who became the poet RAC was born in Anaheim and grew up in the parts of Orange County not featured in Coast Magazine, facts that account for the raw power and terror of her vital art. "At one point," Rachel McKibbens recalls, "my dad lost h...

    by VICTOR D. INFANTE on June 5, 2003
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    Blowback - Stages We Bombed In New Haven

    How's this for marketing genius? A week before the production of Joseph Heller's We Bombed in New Haven opens at Stages, a bomb really does go off in New Haven--or whatever it was that exploded at Yale. This life-imitating-art coincidence is ultim...

    by Rich Kane on June 5, 2003
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    Portrait of the Art Critics - Bradford Makes Em Tastier

    You'll find a lot of critical cooing over Bradford J. Salamon's "Orange County Tastemakers," at Square Blue Gallery--the pretty, blond-wood garret space that abuts his studio. The Register's Daniella Walsh coos. Laguna Art Museum curator Tyler Stall...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on June 5, 2003
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    The Unmiraculous - The Houseguests and Road

    We look to the theater for assurance that the road to empowerment is laid out there before us, but some of the greatest plays are about miserably lost, hopeless people. Think late Eugene O'Neill. Think Hedda Gabler or any of Ibsen's darker works. Th...

    by Joel Beers on June 5, 2003
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    Each year, its a little less wonderful - David Weddles Newport Beach

    Photo by Jack GouldNo. 12 on the Los Angeles Times Bestseller List, David Weddle's Among the Mansions of Eden is a colorful, scathing examination of the history and culture of Beverly Hills. It seems eerily familiar to anyone who's been around Newpo...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on May 29, 2003
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    Love Makes Us Freaks - Chance Theaters Midsummer Night

    It's hard not to laugh when a character in the Chance Theater's production of A Midsummer Night's Dreamsays "the course of true love never did run smooth." That's an understatement. Let's face it: love makes us freaks. So it may not be a good thing ...

    by KELLY A. FLYNN on May 29, 2003
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    This Heaven Can Wait - John Miners Heavens Cafe

    Cancel my subscription to this resurrection. If the afterlife is anything like the heaven portrayed in John Miner's rock opera Heaven's Caf,I'll stay worm food. It's a drab place, filled with uninteresting characters, dull language and unfocused mo...

    by Joel Beers on May 29, 2003
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    She Saved the World a Lot - Buffy the vampire slayer and revolutionary

    "We saved the world. I say we party." --Buffy Summers Two years ago, when Buffy the vampire slayer died, the words "She Saved the World a Lot" were carved onto her tombstone. Of course, she got better, and in death and resurrection, she kicked a...

    by VICTOR D. INFANTE on May 22, 2003
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    Course Of Empire - Ron Pastucha Makes Us Hate Bush More Than Ever

    Ron PastuchaThe blurb sounded intriguing: "Ron Pastucha's large-scale oil paintings combine witty satire with significant and timely historical metaphors." Only it turns out there's not nearly enough wit or satire to satiate our funny bone, and the ...

    by Rich Kane on May 22, 2003
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    Is This the Greatest Weekend Ever or What?! - Joel Beers on SCRs new playwrights fest

    Photo by Christofer Gross/SCRJerry Patch is feeling like Bill Bennett with a bucket of quarters in front of the Circus Circus slots--except sober and not a hypocrite. Director of the Pacific Playwrights Festival, South Coast Repertory's annual sho...

    on May 22, 2003
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