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    The Kind of Worst of Times - Strong theater in a weak week

    Photo by Lita PuyatA couple of weeks ago, it seemed every theater in Orange County was mounting something new, original, daring, fresh, inventive or provocative. That was very then, and this is very now. Name your least favorite theatrical smell, an...

    by Joel Beers on November 13, 2003
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    NoFX Please - Maverick Theaters Frankenstein

    A classic of the Romantic Era, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is an Age of Reason hangover: Should we really do something just because science makes it possible? Shouldn't the pursuit of knowledge be tempered by humility? These compelling questions are...

    by KELLY A. FLYNN on November 13, 2003
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    I See Fat People - Fernando Botero is stuck with his shtick

    Photo by James BunoanAbout three-quarters of the way through the Museum of Latin American Art's "Fernando Botero: The Evolution of a Master"--an exhibit that can only be described as juicy--you get the sense Fernando Botero's tired of his shtick. Yo...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on November 13, 2003
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    Infinity, IYI - David Foster Wallace stares into a mathematical abyss and lives to write about it

    Given his pan-intellectual dexterity and neurotically analytic zeal, his taste for vicious circles and recursive loops, his ability to locate beauty and comedy in atonal technical jargon, David Foster Wallace is the perfect parachute buddy for a fre...

    by DENNIS LIM on November 13, 2003
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    Episode 8

    Back on the air after those boring baseball playoffs finally limped to an end, The O.C. returns with not so much a bang as a whimper. Look, we're as much fans of necessary soap-opera exposition as the next long-haul truck driver, but for an all-impo...

    by Matt Coker on November 6, 2003
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    Mass Forgetting - Joan Didion tells you how we live in the greatest state in the greatest country on the greatest planet!

    "This book," Joan Didion announces near the beginning of Where I Was From, her meditation on the ways "California" signifies in the American psyche, "represents an exploration into my own confusions about the place and the way in which I grew up, co...

    by CORNEL BONCA on November 6, 2003
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    More Cliche than Risque - Bordellos and Boudoirs has no climax

    Photo by Liezel RubinThe Icaro Gallery in Bixby Knolls is a great space. High ceilings, wide open space and a mission, derived from the gallery icon Icarus--the Greek who daringly flew to the sun wearing wax wings--of displaying works from artists w...

    by Stacy Davies on November 6, 2003
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    Of Ice and Men - SCRs Terra Nova

    Photo by Henry Dirocco/SCRIt was unsettling walking into a theater last Sunday as ash rained from the sky and with the sky--in all the shades of the grayscale--stretching from horizon to horizon. It's fire season, and this one, deadlier and grander ...

    by Joel Beers on November 6, 2003
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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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    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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