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    Drunk On Art - Building the perfect bar

    Sometimes, owning everything old--house, car, furniture, clothes, record players--just ain't worth it. Like that cool '74 Camaro, old stuff seems like a great idea till you get the mechanic's bill. That leaves room for someone like, oh, let's sa...

    by THEO DOUGLAS on March 18, 2004
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    Gap Kids - Glass House lets art/music cross-pollinate

    The Getup Kids by Dan MonickArt rock comes from art school, which is full of art students who just can't get enough of gobbling down gloppy wads of art, but for some reason, the impulses never cross: when you go to see your art-rock band, there's ne...

    by Chris Ziegler on March 11, 2004
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    Workingmans Dead - Working works despite stupid changes

    Studs Terkel's 1972 Working is a national treasure, a slab of the Republic that captured the voice of proles and the bourgeois alike as they talked about their jobs. So to tinker with this, as Stephen Schwartz did in his 1978 musical adaptation of t...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on March 11, 2004
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    Episode 21

    So who did Riviera magazine blow to get such prominent product placement tonight? As Kirsten finds out how crooked her mega-developer dad Caleb "Don't Call Me Don Bren" Nichol is--an investigator tells Sandy "The Newport Group is Orange County's Enr...

    by Matt Coker on March 4, 2004
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    Rally Round the Racist - Why Howard Stern matters

    "The professional pornographer[s] . . . tend to be strong, maniacal personalities who can bluster and demand with the rest of them. They're outspoken, brash and as distrustful of the media as only one who is part of the media can be. . . . They are ...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on March 4, 2004
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    Licensed to Ink - Outer Limits owner Kari Barba buys up Bert Grimms World Famous Tattoo

    Photo by Chuck Sundquist/Courtesy of Long Beach Press-TelegramGetting a business license to run a tattoo parlor in Long Beach is like getting a license to do anything remotely interesting in Long Beach--tough. Live music? They don't like it; it k...

    by THEO DOUGLAS on March 4, 2004
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    Overloaded - Ground Flor is New Yorks Factory with better parking and louder sound

    Photo by James BunoanTeresa De La Torre did it to herself, really: she goes to art galleries and hates their boring music, she goes to shows and hates their boring blank walls, and now there's only one place left in the world she can truly be happy....

    by Chris Ziegler on March 4, 2004
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    Shabby Men, Giant Names - Picasso to Pollock is OCMAs very own Van Gogh

    Piccasso's The BatherThe Orange County Museum of Art is a freakin' zoo these days. While its echoing chambers would normally be a great place to conduct a crack deal, make a little "public" whoopee, or hide an inconvenient corpse, step in any day th...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on March 4, 2004
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    Hyperminimalist Yuks - Stages Dirt Cheap Musicals

    Finally, a show that lives up to its title. Dirt Cheap Musicals, two new one-act musicals written and directed by Myles Nye, are unabashedly cheap--no sets, no costumes, no bells, no whistles, no accoutrement of any kind save a handful of actors and...

    by Joel Beers on March 4, 2004
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    Episode 20

    Finally, a fair representation of Orange County's hefty Latino population! Okay, at least there are Latino faces and references as we get Seth spouting off about telenovelas and Ryan's caliente ex-Chino girlfriend Theresa, and Theresa dropping in an...

    by Matt Coker on February 26, 2004
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    The Taxidermists Wife

    All day my husband works alone in his studio, works with his dead animals. Behind his shut door a hammer coughs, the sound of pliers clipping something off, in half. Some days I only see his back, hunched over his worktable as he ben...

    on February 26, 2004
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    Fall of the Legend - George Herms comes to Costa Mesa, tries to make rent

    When I meet George Herms on a dull December afternoon, he talks first about a sculpture he has been working on called Event Horizon Rose. It is a large shelving unit on wheels that he rolls about so I can see all sides. The shelves are crammed with ...

    by MICHAEL FALLON on February 26, 2004
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    Go for the Nostalgia - Leave Schoolhouse Rock Live! early, seething

    The men and women who wrote the lyrics to Schoolhouse Rockin the mid-'70s had a nefariously influential effect in shaping the mental processes of a shitload of impressionable kids. So there was a definite element of nostalgia at work when I learned ...

    by Joel Beers on February 26, 2004
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    Episode 19

    Four days after Valentine's Day, it's the big Valentine's Day show, so we get a steady dose of the Fox network's "Due to the sexual nature of this program . . ." warning--even though the actual episode is filled with more innuendo than carnal knowle...

    by Matt Coker on February 19, 2004
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    Harlem Along Bolsa - One Mic Seeks to Spark a Little Saigon Renaissance

    A crowd of 120 people warm themselves with viciously caffeinated Vietnamese coffee one freezing Friday night at a gel-lit Garden Grove coffee shop. The occasion is One Mic, which organizers bill as the first open-mic night ever devoted to bicultural...

    on February 19, 2004
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    Son of a . . . - Toyotas new Scion proves the more things change, the more they stay the same

    Photo by Matt OttoThe name "Scion," which means descendant or heir of something, should have been a clue that there was major money at work somewhere. But for many car buffs, the Scion--quietly made, not so quietly marketed by Toyota--seemed the s...

    by THEO DOUGLAS on February 19, 2004
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    Strange Land - Chapman leaves us lost in translation

    Photo by James BunoanHey! There's a whole big world out there that's very different from the US of A! It's true. Just take a trip to the cinema, where for your enjoyment and edification, there's an "It's a Small World" of movie choices, but with p...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on February 19, 2004
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    Post-Apocalypse Now! - The Rogue Theater Ensemble gets puppety

    There's a lot to like about the Rogue Artists Ensemble, a new theater company comprising a bunch of supertalented former UC Irvine theater geeks. They're original: the first play they've decided to mount, D Is for Dog, is a sci-fi thriller written...

    by Joel Beers on February 19, 2004
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    Episode 18

    Just when you thought they'd milk the Ryan-Marissa-Oliver love triangle for the rest of the season, your favorite teen sudser mercifully ends it with an exit so whacked out, gunplay filled and manic obsessive, Tony Montana would accuse it of being t...

    by Matt Coker on February 12, 2004
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    The Day the World Didnt Change - NFL, Laguna Beach, America are shocked by MTV

    For years, we've been told MTV is changing our world for the worse--its quick-cut music videos shortening our attention span, its obsession with sex and celebrity lowering our tastes. It's one big honking wrecking ball--and Kurt Loder--fiddling whil...

    by Steve Lowery on February 12, 2004
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