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    Lost at Sea - Surfing the subconscious at the Salvation Army

    Photo by James BunoanArt coupled with anonymity has a certain power that trumps just about any built-in flaws--after all, everybody loves a good mystery. Graffiti went from art crime to art craze in part because of its firmly gray-area heritage; obs...

    by Chris Ziegler on March 27, 2003
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    For Those About to Slap - The Sheds parable for 21st-century America

    It's 10 p.m. on a Wednesday in the part of downtown Los Angeles that lies in the shadows of the Sixth and Seventh Street bridges. The labyrinth of dark, narrow streets winds through a warehouse district virtually deserted at night. Unless you're loo...

    by Joel Beers on March 27, 2003
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    Living With the Media - Todd Gitlin urges you to get comfortable with the monster

    So there's this customs officer who keeps seeing the same truck pull up to his border crossing week after week. Now, he just knows the driver's carrying contraband, but his searches never turn up a thing. Years pass, and the officer finally says to ...

    by CORNEL BONCA on March 13, 2003
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    Life In the Airport Lounge - Where is utopia in 2003? Youre parking on it

    Photo by James BunoanAt a lecture in Chapman University's Argyros Forum, we're looking at slides of between-the-wars utopian architecture concepts, the ideal future as they saw it in the 1920s: a traffic jam, a set of glassy skyscrapers, a river edd...

    by Chris Ziegler on March 13, 2003
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    Spicy Protest Jambalaya - Armed only with paintings, Mark Chamberlain takes on Bush

    Image by Michael WeschlerThe pundit class has been whining and kvetching all over its blogs lately: Why isn't there any good antiwar music coming out of this generation? It's not a fair question, really. Vietnam had been dragging on for six years be...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on March 13, 2003
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    Theater of Battle - Stages Henry V

    Shakespeare's Henry V is already an Elizabethan Bruckheimer movie--violent, revisionist and unabashedly patriotic--and the Stages Theater production helmed by Brian Kojac (who also dons the crown of the title character) is equally Bruckheimerian: lo...

    by ANDREW NIENABER on March 13, 2003
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    War and Blackface - GTCs Lend Me a Tenor

    In a four-night stretch last week, this lowly theater scribe experienced war, murder, bloodshed, carnage, mayhem and an opera singer in black face. On Friday, it was the Hunger Artists' staging of BAFO, Tom Strelich's incisive hostage drama that, am...

    by Joel Beers on March 13, 2003
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    Bush Seeks New Favorite Philosopher - President, Jesus split over Iraq war plans

    File photoCAMP DAVID, Md.-- "The president made a very good case, a very strong case for a just war in Iraq," Fleischer told reporters just minutes after Jesus stormed out of the president's office looking defiant but visibly shaken. "But in the e...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on March 6, 2003
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    Fear Factor - What do women really dream?

    by Ellen RoseMore womyn artists this week--and still no Pap smears or stirrups! Could we be moving beyond identity art? Is that soooo 1980s? There's still a feminine lilt to "When Women Dream," of course. Hell, it's got "women" right there in the ...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on March 6, 2003
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    TV Land - Concordia Universitys Medea

    Euripedes' Medea brings to mind jealousy, passion, murder and infanticide, but not necessarily the 1950s. In the popular imagination, the 1950s was the peaceable decade, a time when no man ever dreamed of going behind his wife's back and no mother c...

    by JULIAN SMITH-NEWMAN on March 6, 2003
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    The Seventh Annual OC Weekly Theater Awards!

    Photo by Ken Howard/SCRIf you're one of the 140,000 or so people who read this paper every week, chances are good you're among the 139,700 who missed this week's seventh annual OC Weekly Theater Awards. Hosted by South Coast Repertory on the company...

    on March 6, 2003
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    Some Explicit Polaroids Is Much More Than Dirty Pictures

    Photo by Jay Michael FraleyThe Rude Guerrilla Theater Co. loves British playwright Mark Ravenhill, and it's easy to see why. Ravenhill's one of the up-and-coming satirical scribes being hailed in every dark corner of independent theater. He balks at...

    by Stacy Davies on March 6, 2003
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    Love & Duty - Lovers at Versailles at the Laguna Playhouse

    A devoted daughter sacrifices her dreams to care for her aging father; Daddy's losing his marbles, and his loving little girl fears she may be heading down the same path; a posthumous discovery throws the grieving survivors' lives into turmoil. Anot...

    by KELLY A. FLYNN on March 6, 2003
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    The Nominees Are . . . - Introducing the seventh annual OC Weekly Theater Awards

    The seventh annual OC Weekly Theater Awards--or the OCIE's, as we've grown so fond of calling them, because it mimics the OBIEs and because it pays obeisance to Orange County's Midwestern roots--will be announced Feb. 24 in South Coast Repertory's j...

    on February 27, 2003
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    Photo by Jami McCoyConsidering my extreme anti-war stance these days, it seemed almost too perfect that I was sent to a black comedy about a small defense contractor's fight to submit the best and final offer (thus the title, BAFO) on a bogus milita...

    by Stacy Davies on February 27, 2003
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    Its a War Thing - Joel Beers theater notes

    WAR, PART I War may suck for every living thing on the face of the planet besides maggots and lice, but it's a great opportunity for theater companies and artists to raise their voices. So it's heartening to see that three local companies are part...

    on February 27, 2003
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    The Photographed Word - Some artists dont know when to shut the hell up

    Grand Central Art Center--Cal State Fullerton's Artists Village satellite--is drenched in spooky blooood. But--shockingly!--there's not a found-art tampon sculpture in sight! Dismayingly, Maria Pulera and Michele Iverson decline to provide profoun...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on February 27, 2003
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    Goth Not

    Photo by James BunoanWho hasn't spent a sleepless night pondering the Big Questions: What does it all mean? What happens when we die? Why are we here? Who sleeps with Eddie from The Munsters? Well, sweet dreams, sleepyhead: in our fantasy, Eddie (Bu...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on February 20, 2003
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    Go Climb a Tree - Michael Jackson and other childish things

    Here we are, on the brink of a messy, bloody war with Iraq (again); the economy is in free fall (again); our leaders are clueless, conservative assbags (again); and yet North America is obsessing instead over some passing TV amusement (again). Deep ...

    by GREG STACY on February 20, 2003
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    Stop Time - Eadweard Muybridge and the Age of the Image

    History, like evolution, or flying an airplane, seems to consist not of gradual changes but of long periods where nothing much happens, punctuated by brief, terrifying moments where the shape of things to come is largely determined. The years 1860 t...

    by PAUL LAFARGE on February 20, 2003
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