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    Unholy Three - In praise of Urbans dramaturgical excess

    Photo by Jay Michael FraleyAfter experiencing the three one-acts in Ken Urban's New Jersey Trilogy, you're not sure if you should brush up on your Hegel or take a cold shower, whether you should puke or beat off. As heady and metaphysical as it is...

    by Joel Beers on September 4, 2003
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    Reinvent Thyself - MTVs Made and BBCs Faking It

    Jump up here on yer ol' uncle's knee and lemme tell you a story. Not that knee. Once upon a time, back before you--hell, even I--was born, they made TV sets with screens the size of 50-cent pieces, and you had to walk over to 'em to change channels,...

    by Matt Coker on August 28, 2003
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    Episode 3:

    Yet another thing The O.C.gets right about Newport Beach is mommy hotness. We've been to the coffeehouses and shopping atriums and--despite the restraining orders--public parks, and let's face facts: Newport moms have got it going on! And when The O...

    by Matt Coker on August 28, 2003
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    The Mouse that Warred - Dan ONeills underground war against Disney

    It may come as a surprise to many that the invention of copyright during the 17th century had less to do with profit than profanity. The English Licensing Act of 1662 made it illegal to publish anything without first securing a license from the appr...

    by JARRET LOVELL on August 28, 2003
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    All This Senseless Beauty - Peter Blake Gallery gets it right

    Laguna gallerist Peter Blake has a big mushy tendrefor the LA heroes. You know, the Light & Space '60s toms whose resinous cloud boxes and baubles were created in the time they could spare from catting around Santa Monica and Venice, young and tanne...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on August 28, 2003
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    BraveLosers - Jack McCarthys everyman poems

    In his most recent fantasy novel, Wee Free Men, British writer Terry Pratchett features this brief scene of a witch staring down a man for beating his mule. Soon after, the witch explains to her 9-year-old granddaughter, "Them as can do has to do fo...

    by VICTOR D. INFANTE on August 28, 2003
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    Episode 2

    Episode 2: Ryan, the trouble-finding teen fish out of Chino, is foster-care bound. His new Newport Beach buddy Seth Cohen--or "Queer" to thug Luke--is upset with his parents for letting Ryan go, telling his dad, "You force me to live among these pod...

    by Matt Coker on August 21, 2003
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    Deep Do-Do - Treading Red Water

    Steven Spielberg learned something crucial while cutting Jaws: the fewer images he had of the man-eating shark in the first reel, the more suspenseful it made his final reel--by which time moviegoers would be so spooked it did not matter that the be...

    by Matt Coker on August 21, 2003
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    Is it Trash? Or is it Ikea? - Dumpster-dive decorating tips at the Muckenthalers "Recycle, Renew"

    Photo by James BunoanThere's an ugly gulf between art and craft that even the modernists couldn't quite resolve, and it reduces to something like this: How can you tell if something is really art, or if it just looks neat next to the sofa? It's an i...

    by Chris Ziegler on August 21, 2003
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    Girls! Girls! Girls! - OCMAs 150 years of women is a beautiful thing

    Photo by Chester Higgins Jr.I figured "Woman" would be nice. Instead, running through two galleries, it's a dizzying, overstimulating trove of photographs in columns stacked three deep, going deep into the 19th century. The beauty is sometimes stark...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on August 21, 2003
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    Supervillains Anonymous - Hospital Overlord conquers the world

    Photo by Jeani PisachubbePity the poor supervillain: trapped in a world that hates and fears you, surrounded by anonymous lackeys who can't seem to accomplish the simplest tasks, you're forever doomed to look on helplessly as self-righteous do-goode...

    by KELLY A. FLYNN on August 21, 2003
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    Its a Mans World - Raise your phalli for Spike TV

    The good folks at the basic-cable network the New TNN are so fucking good they have three names--"The New TNN," the "First Network for Men" and, starting Friday, "Spike TV." It's about time. Womenfolk have all kinds of choices when it comes to pro...

    by Matt Coker on August 14, 2003
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    Attack of the Pochos - Sandra Sarmiento charts the space between Mexican and American

    Tenaya HillsSandra Sarmiento heard the epithet whispered constantly after she returned to Santa Ana from Chapman University during the early 1990s: pocha. "When I got home from college, everyone could tell my accent and mannerisms were changing fr...

    on August 14, 2003
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    Pass the bong, Shaggy - Theater notes

    Zac ArgosLong Beach playwrights Nick Armstrong and Jeff Kriese have something in common with English playwright Joe Orton--and, so far at least, it has nothing to do with having your lover beat your brains out with a hammer before swallowing 22 slee...

    by Joel Beers on August 14, 2003
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    Suburban Funk - Fox re-enters the soap business with The O.C., the best show ever about Orange County

    Photo by A. RapoportTwo years ago, Fox launched a soapy nighttime drama called Pasadena, all about a wealthy SoCal family and the dark secrets they held while somehow managing to look fabulous and live even fabulouser. It aired exactly four times be...

    by BILL FROST on August 7, 2003
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    Life Was Good - Theater Notes

    Oh, sure, any yahoo can do a question- and-answer column with, say, an eccentric comedian, or, say, a legendary OC roots rocker, and be all saucy and temperamental and stuff, but how many scribes do you know who can do a Q&A with two people? Well, t...

    by Joel Beers on August 7, 2003
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    Sci-Fi Dada - The fabulous worlds of Christine Nguyen

    Photo by Tenaya HillsIf Fritz Lang's Metropolis were happy instead of sinister, and if it were set in outer space instead of an underground postindustrial city of the future . . . well, I suppose it would be Barbarella. Okay. So if Barbarella were...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on August 7, 2003
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    Saved by the Cross - David Cross was right about the war

    It was very early--8 a.m. for me, 11 a.m. for David Cross--when we had a lovely interview by phone for his upcoming Irvine Improv gig. David Cross is cool. He told his bitchy publicist to just give me his home number and I could just call whenever, ...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on July 31, 2003
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    Smirk at This! - Stung by Cupid

    I always figured there were two kinds of people: people like me and Republicans. Or people like me and NASCAR fans. Or people like me and reality-show viewers. It's not that I have a problem with the other people, it's . . . okay, that's bullshit. I...

    by Matt Coker on July 31, 2003
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    Bad Revolution - Romualdo Garcia, Mexicos forgotten portrait master

    In the 1890s, gritty miners in overalls shared the same wealthy Mexican mining city--and the same photography studio--with dapper businessmen toasting the camera with a beer, while Emiliano Zapata look-alikes menacingly brandished pistols. And for 2...

    on July 31, 2003
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