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    You Ain't Inventing Jack - Fullerton College looks back at sex, sex and the Old West

    The Rule Breaker by John AlexanderAs a former community-college student, I know just how much value you can get for your $11 per unit. At Santa Barbara City College-the junior college of choice for the Schoenkopfs-it was the cafeteria (run by the ho...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on October 23, 2003
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    Lives of the Baseball Saints

    Jessica Gandolf's Cleveland AlexanderThere was something a little off about Jessica Gandolf's paintings of baseball greats Lefty Grove and Don Newcombe. Surely Gandolf didn't realize her portraits were sort of . . . you know . . . gay. And by gay, o...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on October 16, 2003
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    Love Hurts - SCRs Anna In the Tropics

    Ken Howard/SCREarly in Anna In the Tropics, Nilo Cruz's Pulitzer Prize-winning play at South Coast Repertory, one of the characters quotes Tolstoy's Anna Karenina: "If there are as many minds as there are heads, then there are as many kinds of love ...

    by KELLY A. FLYNN on October 16, 2003
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    Bombs, Balls and Broads - Joel Beers theater notes

    If the intoxicating stink of sweating, straining, creating theater folk gets you off in the worst of ways, then you're no doubt already shivering in lusty anticipation of the coming weekend. Beginning Friday night, all the county's a stage, with the...

    on October 16, 2003
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    Philosophy in a Dumbbell

    George "Rube" Waddell was an old-time southpaw baseball pitcher for the Philadelphia A's around the turn of the century. He drank a lot, he philandered, he got into barroom brawls, he fled the pitching mound to join fire trucks or passing parades, a...

    by Stacy Davies on October 16, 2003
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    School of Rock - Mix master Hornbys Songbook

    While I read Nick Hornby's Songbook, the English writer's book of short essays on 31 pop songs that mean a lot to him (reissued in paperback this month with five new essays not in the hardback edition), mostly what I wanted to do was call him up and...

    by CORNEL BONCA on October 9, 2003
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    I Love Little Girls - They make me feel so

    (from Poughkepsie Journal) 1988There's no self-awareness to the girls of Katy Grannan, and even less for the young ladies of Daniella Rosell. What they do have is self-esteem. It never, ever occurs to Grannan's girls that they don't have what it tak...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on October 9, 2003
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    Pale Blues - Scorsese series lacks mojo

    Sam EricksonThe blues is the best music, and Martin Scorsese is the best film director--I shan't consider arguments to the contrary--and so you'd figure that the Scorsese-produced film series The Blues (commencing Sunday on KCET and airing over the ...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on October 2, 2003
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    On Hiatus

    Major League Baseball's playoffs and World Series is knocking Fox's The O.C. off the air until it premieres on a new night, Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 9 p.m. According to the show's website, if any of the playoff series end early, the network will run T...

    by Matt Coker on October 2, 2003
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    Illiterature for the Masses - Reading the states Official Voter Guide to the Recall

    Statewide Special Election: Official Voter Information Guide; California Secretary of State. Paperback, 47 pages, free. Now that the summer book season of easy reads, romance and adventure novels and mysteries is coming to a close, it's time to co...

    by NATHAN CALLAHAN on October 2, 2003
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    Pale Blues - Scorsese series lacks mojo

    Photo by Sam EricksonThe blues is the best music, and Martin Scorsese is the best film director--I shan't consider arguments to the contrary--and so you'd figure that the Scorsese-produced film series The Blues (commencing Sunday on KCET and airing ...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on October 2, 2003
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    Just Like in the Movies - Modern Myths at Grand Central Art Center

    James F. Lorigan introduces us to each separate element of his mythic paintings one by one, as if each painting is a character in a Robert Altman flick. In an Altman movie, the waitress will hit the little boy who won't have the birthday cake bake...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on October 2, 2003
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    A Tale of Two Productions - Anna won the Pulitzer, H plays to crickets

    This is a tale of two productions. One is the eagerly anticipated opening of Anna In the Tropics, a Nilo Cruz play that South Coast Repertory had its shrewd little orbs on long before the play stunned the theatrical world by winning the 2003 Pulitze...

    by Joel Beers on October 2, 2003
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    Episode 7

    Tonight's cliffhanger revolves around Newport Beach's spoiled rich teens going to Tijuana to celebrate the last weekend before school starts, which is apparently a "tradition" in the 949. Their motto is "what happens in Mexico, stays in Mexico," bu...

    by Matt Coker on September 25, 2003
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    Art of the Fields - The Migrant Project avoids dusty cliches

    Depicting agricultural laborers in art is a pathos minefield. Yes, immigrant farm workers suffer in what 1930s crusading journalist Carey McWilliams once famously deemed "factories in the fields." Yes, these people sacrifice their own health so the ...

    on September 25, 2003
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    So-called Plays - The surreal Sam Shepard

    Van Gogh no doubt trashed a few of his cocktail-napkin sketches. Beethoven probably had a riff or two he knew weren't worth the ink. And Sam Shepard has certainly had his share of gaseous emissions on the road to becoming America's hippest playwrigh...

    by Joel Beers on September 25, 2003
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    Episode 6

    If there were any doubts that real estate developer Kirsten Cohen's mega-rich father was not patterned after Irvine Co. chairman Donald Bren, they're blown out the proverbial poop chute on this installment of The O.C. Like Bren, Caleb Nichol runs a ...

    by Matt Coker on September 18, 2003
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    Sex Sells - Happy horny artwork

    Photo of Christianne Elise's Beach CrowdIt is a truth universally acknowledged that men accumulate wealth and achieve greatness so they can get some strange. Sex, posit these universal folk, is the catalyst for progress and civilization. For most ...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on September 18, 2003
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    Its a Jew Thing - Life before the war

    Photo by Henri Dirocco/SCRA funny thing happened on the way to World War II. People lived; people got drunk; people went to the movies; people were--as people usually are--petty, vain, lonely and horny. That's not the notion one gets from the reig...

    by Joel Beers on September 18, 2003
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    Episode 5

    Oh, sure, the best teen soaper evermay not get Newport Beach lifeguard towers right. It may leave "Hermosa" unblurred on background signs. It may thwart a lawsuit from local institution The Crab Cooker by having its fictitious restaurant workers wea...

    by Matt Coker on September 11, 2003
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