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  • [Trendzilla] Of Sleeping and Beauty

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    [Trendzilla] Of Sleeping and Beauty

    You don't get to tell me what to wear when I go to bed. Nylon what? Satin that? No thanks. The second I get home, the pants come off, and the big T-shirt and American Apparel track shorts (they were free, okay?) go on. Hair up, contacts out, glas...

    by Vickie Chang on August 27, 2009
  • 'The Merchant of Venice' as Proto-Bromantic Comedy?

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    'The Merchant of Venice' as Proto-Bromantic Comedy?

    I Doth Love You, Man Drag your pounds of flesh to see the stellar lead performances in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice The man-crush has been around far longer than bromantic comedies and UFC. In Team of Rivals, Doris Kearns Goodwin wrote tha...

    by Joel Beers on August 20, 2009
  • [Trendzilla] Buy an Eyelash

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    [Trendzilla] Buy an Eyelash

    Confession: I've got, like, five eyelashes. Okay. Maybe more than that--six, seven. Maybe. So what's a lashless gal to do? Use tons of mascara, making your eyelashes look spider-y, unnatural and gross? Cough. Trashy. Not to mention how brittle ...

    by Vickie Chang on August 20, 2009
  • Snap Judgments About the Late, Lamented Polaroid at the Hibbleton

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    Snap Judgments About the Late, Lamented Polaroid at the Hibbleton

    Mementos Snap judgments about the artistic relevance of the now-obsolete Polaroid, courtesy of 'Instant Gratification' at the Hibbleton Something funny happened on the way to obsolescence for the Polaroid picture: It has, in the words of Newsweek'...

    by Joel Beers on August 13, 2009
  • [Trendzilla] We All Scream for Eames

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    [Trendzilla] We All Scream for Eames

    Go on, do it: Mention the word "Eames" to hipsters of any age and watch their hearts melt in your hands. It's a neat trick. Like talking to a foodie about ramps and microgreens. Or an audiophile about that rare northern soul 45. Or Pavlov about his ...

    by Vickie Chang on August 13, 2009
  • 'Presidential Hopeless' Works as a Farce, Not as Satire

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    'Presidential Hopeless' Works as a Farce, Not as Satire

    The Change It Needs John Richardson's retooling of the seminal play Ubu Roi works as a farce but doesn't quite make it as satire It's a safe assumption that many who watch Presidential Hopeless will exit STAGEStheatre thinking they just watched a f...

    by Joel Beers on August 6, 2009
  • [Trendzilla] Whole Grain Baby's Bright Prints Aren't Just for Dress-Up Anymore

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    [Trendzilla] Whole Grain Baby's Bright Prints Aren't Just for Dress-Up Anymore

    Not Just for Dress-Up Anymore If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself--or you can get Varenia Jensen to do it for you. Jensen, 31, has run Whole Grain Baby out of her Costa Mesa home for two years. A refuge for those seeking...

    by Vickie Chang on August 6, 2009
  • A Few Bones to Pick With 'Cannibal! The Musical'

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    A Few Bones to Pick With 'Cannibal! The Musical'

    A Few Bones to Pick Garage Theatre tries to capture the schlocky intentional-badness of Cannibal! The Musical, but did the cast and crew bite off more than they could chew? No great cultural achievement ejaculates from its creator's mind in a singl...

    by Joel Beers on July 30, 2009
  • [Trendzilla] Truth and Nail Polish

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    [Trendzilla] Truth and Nail Polish

    With things going the way they are right now, getting a manicure is a real luxury. Sitting there in that plush spa chair, I can't help but feel deep pangs of guilt--I can do all this myself. I'm just lazy. So, yeah: I have been avoiding the nail sa...

    by Vickie Chang on July 30, 2009
  • 'Third Tree on the Left' Breaks Through the Stigma of Mental Illness

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    'Third Tree on the Left' Breaks Through the Stigma of Mental Illness

    Branching Out A powerful collaboration between theater professionals and people living with mental illness breaks through barriers of shame and stigma Third Tree on the Left is not the most eloquently written, masterfully performed or glamorous...

    by Joel Beers on July 23, 2009
  • [Trendzilla] Gilt-y Pleasures on the Internet

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    [Trendzilla] Gilt-y Pleasures on the Internet

    Should I really tell you about this? Am I going to regret it when I'm up at 9 in the morning, battling it out with you for the last Diane von Furstenberg dress left in my size? Probably. Oh, well: The most frequent question I get revolves around ...

    by Vickie Chang on July 23, 2009
  • Rembrandt's Sympathy for the Poor Still Holds Lessons Today

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    Rembrandt's Sympathy for the Poor Still Holds Lessons Today

    It's Not Such a Wonderful Life Rembrandt's etchings of beggars and paupers were controversial in their time. Good thing our attitude toward the poor has evolved so much then, right? Last month, the city of Santa Ana decided to lock down its recycli...

    by Dave Barton on July 16, 2009
  • [Trendzilla] The 'It' Bag Returns

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    [Trendzilla] The 'It' Bag Returns

    Baguette or Bag 'It'? Blame it on Carrie Bradshaw. It wasn't until sometime after Sex & the City popularized those purses so tiny they could disappear in an armpit--remember that episode about the fake Fendi bags sold out of a car trunk? And why ...

    by Vickie Chang on July 16, 2009
  • At Irvine Fine Arts, Mothersbaugh Is Edgy, But Taussig Truly Goes to the Edge

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    At Irvine Fine Arts, Mothersbaugh Is Edgy, But Taussig Truly Goes to the Edge

    Going Postal At Irvine Fine Arts, Mark Mothersbaugh's huggable paranoia is amusing enough, but Arthur Taussig's photography is truly edgy For more than 30 years, Mark Mothersbaugh, lead singer of the performance art/new wave band Devo, has kept con...

    by Dave Barton on July 9, 2009
  • [Trendzilla] The Crème de la Crème (de la Mer) of Men's $kincare

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    [Trendzilla] The Crme de la Crme (de la Mer) of Men's $kincare

    The Crme de la Crme of Men's $kincare In this second, super-not-so-special edition on men's skincare, we learn that money buys nicer things. Sad face. For many skincare enthusiasts as well as people on an obsessive mission to keep themselves loo...

    by Vickie Chang on July 9, 2009
  • Pop-Inspired Musicals Like 'My Way' Put Asses in Seats

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    Pop-Inspired Musicals Like 'My Way' Put Asses in Seats

    Jukebox Heroes Pop-inspired musicals such as My Way may not be Beckett, but they do put asses in seats--which just might save local theaters from the ravages of this recession First, the bad news: Devotees of serious, highbrow, theatrical entertain...

    by Joel Beers on July 2, 2009
  • [Trendzilla] Man Up with Manly Facial Products for Men, Men

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    [Trendzilla] Man Up with Manly Facial Products for Men, Men

    Man Up I'm not sure how I'd feel about it if I found out a dude I was dating had a medicine cabinet filled with pricey skincare goods. On the one hand, it'd be nice to see a guy not afraid to take care of himself. But on the other? I'm not sure I'd...

    by Vickie Chang on July 2, 2009
  • Boobs, Bloodshed and Some Actual Art at Laguna Art's 'World of Warcraft' Show

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    Boobs, Bloodshed and Some Actual Art at Laguna Art's 'World of Warcraft' Show

    Make Love, Not Warcraft A few glimmers of hope, humanity and actual art stand out amid the orgy of fanboy boobs-and-bloodshed fetishization at Laguna Art Museum If scantily dressed chicks with huge breasts and steroidal Conan the Barbarian rejects ...

    by Dave Barton on June 25, 2009
  • [Trendzilla] Cute Drunk Guys In Shorts!

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    [Trendzilla] Cute Drunk Guys In Shorts!

    The Hotter You Drink, the Looker You Get I'm jealous: When did getting drunk look this good? It's effortless, clean, not too serious and just thrown together--the perfect combination for summer weather. Though, yeah, it's kind of silly matching...

    by Vickie Chang on June 25, 2009
  • With 'Reefer Madness,' Maverick Theater Has a (Bong) Hit On Its Hands

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    With 'Reefer Madness,' Maverick Theater Has a (Bong) Hit On Its Hands

    By the Same Tokin' A kind crop of actors makes Reefer Madness an enjoyable theatrical munchie, but it might be time for the writers to change the satirical bong water You don't come to Reefer Madness seeking literary merit or intellectual gravitas. T...

    by Joel Beers on June 18, 2009
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