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    The Gay Inferno - Fabulous Hell doesnt try to promote the upbeat living-with-AIDS story

    Even as the first wave of AIDS cut short the creative careers of gay artists and engulfed gay culture, the disease proved fertile territory for the imagination. In writing, a whole genre emerged from the loss: the AIDS narrative. From the first se...

    by ALISTAIR MCCARTNEY on May 4, 2000
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    Let the Bastards Burn! - Wait a minute: Thats us in Birks war between the Californias

    Photo by Jack GoldIf every last one of San Francisco's pretentious yuppie assholes got wiped out by E. coli-tainted arugula, you wouldn't see me tearing my hair out in anguish. I hate that fucking place. And as far as I can tell, the schmucks up the...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on May 4, 2000
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    From Russia, With Lust - See the world through previously Red eyes

    Photo by Jack GouldIf I could feel sorry for a genre--and guess what? I can!--it would be for poor Russian Constructivism, which is usually greeted with the hearty sound of a thousand souls retching. A few years ago, sassy Russian artists Komar and ...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on April 27, 2000
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    Is David Woodard's Life His Art? - Or is his art his life? Or is he just scamming us?

    You perceive, now, that these are all impossible except in a dream. You perceive that they are pure and puerile insanities, the silly creations of an imagination that is not conscious of its freaks--in a word, that they are a dream. . . . The dream-...

    by Steve Lowery on April 27, 2000
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    QUICKLEY, NOW! - Hurry after the revolution

    It wasn't until 1995, when he moved from New York to Los Angeles, that poet Jerry Quickley came to the attention of a major athletic-shoe manufacturer. He asked the Weekly not to name the firm because he's tired of dealing with its lawyers in a cont...

    by VICTOR D. INFANTE on April 27, 2000
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    Theater for Those Who Love To Hate Theater

    Make no mistake: the very things the theater-hating antagonist in David Hare's play Amy's View most despises about theater are the very things that make Hare's play what it is. There are long stretches in which nothing happens. Characters enter a ro...

    by Joel Beers on April 27, 2000
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    Just F---ing Brilliant

    In our brave new world of global communications, in which anyone can reach just about anyone else anywhere, any time, it's easy to forget that less than a century ago, large areas of the world were uncharted and unknown. Terra Nova, Ted Tally's dram...

    by MICHAEL M. MILLER on April 27, 2000
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    Socks Talks

    Things are finally looking very up for Alternative Repertory Theatre (ART). Following its move last year to downtown Santa Ana, attendance sagged. ART was banking that its production of John Patrick Shanley's contemporary sex comedy Psychopathia Sex...

    by Joel Beers on April 20, 2000
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    Feed Your Head

    Watching ron campbell play Iago or Richard II or any of the other colorful lunatics he is so adept at portraying is always a joy. Watching him breathe creative life into a small, eccentric nerd like R. Buckminster Fuller is to be privy to the artist...

    by Joel Beers on April 20, 2000
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    Van Gogh to Hell - Vincent van Goghs nightmare hits the big screen

    Self Portrait (1889) by Vincent Van GoghWhat if Vincent van Gogh got to come back to life for 100 days a century after his death to "set right the pain he suffered in his former life"? What if he had the aid of a cunning lawyer and the love of a goo...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on April 20, 2000
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    Oh - Linda McCartneys photos, bold African Ceremonies

    Photo by Jack GouldBefore one is admitted to San Juan Capistrano's House of Photographic Art (HOPA, open by appointment only), one ponies up five bones and meets with Mrs. Maryanne Charis at the Charis Portrait Studio, where Mr. Charis (or Phillip S...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on April 13, 2000
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    He Gets on Your Nerves - GTC tries to stay close to Sam Becketts twisted vision

    Photo by Keith MayIn 1973, the esteemed actress Jessica Tandy complained to the equally esteemed playwright Samuel Beckett that the breakneck pace of his play Not I, in which Tandy was starring, made the play unintelligible. The writer's response? "...

    by Joel Beers on April 13, 2000
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    Poet Oracle - LAs Laurel Ann Bogen

    It'd be nice to produce great art with a Montblanc pen in your hand, an immense feather pillow under your ass, a full belly, and a trust fund dumping million-dollar interest payments into your checking account every few days, but it rarely works tha...

    by VICTOR D. INFANTE on April 6, 2000
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    A Miracle in Fullerton

    Johnna Adams' The Miracle of Mary Mack's Baby lets us in on the fascinating lives of people who are abducted by aliens or who give birth to alien babies--true stories even the tabloids don't have the courage to report. Adams' realistic, witty dialog...

    by BRYAN REYNOLDS on April 6, 2000
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    Reality Sucks

    You don't usually expect samuel beckett from a group of amateur playwrights, but you're always pleased to be proved wrong. Of the 14 plays in The Writes of Spring and The Bed Plays, most are predictably dull, anchored stupefyingly to reality. But a ...

    by Joel Beers on April 6, 2000
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    Let Us Now Praise the Very (Very) Rich - Really, isnt it about time?

    Photo by Jack GouldYou know, when I've a hankering for a diamond tennis bracelet or a $300 French frock for a 2-year-old girl--since I don't have a 2-year-old girl, I generally have to corral a random one walking by--I cruise over to South Coast Pla...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on April 6, 2000
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    Crap As Art?! - Yeah! Because the artist says so!

    Peter and Eileen Norton--who apparently are as rich as Methuselah!--consistently make ArtNews' list of the world's Top 200 Collectors. When the Richard/Bennett Gallery had its "Store Show" in 1991, featuring 72 artists working in multiples (art as a...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on March 30, 2000
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    Drop-Dead Strange

    Buzzy enniss and derrick brown make my head hurt. I had high expectations of the eccentric poet/performance artists' newest endeavor, Drop Dead Theatre at Captain Blood's Village Theatre. Maybe poetry mixed with music, comedy, stage magic and dousin...

    by VICTOR D. INFANTE on March 30, 2000
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    Hideous Gifts, Ugly Talents

    Santa Ana College is producing Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?That's jaw-dropping on two fronts. First, Albee is notoriously reticent about granting rights to the play to any theater, professional or amateur. Second, what college othe...

    by Joel Beers on March 30, 2000
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    The Truth About Beauty - It can be downright ugly

    If you've been anywhere near universities or museums during the past 20 years, you know that the concept of beauty has all but dropped out of highbrow discussion. It's become an embarrassment, something you slip in ("Sure, that painting's beautifull...

    by CORNEL BONCA on March 30, 2000
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