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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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    Damn you, Kirby Dick! - Filmmaker exposes more than ta-tas in Showgirls: Glitz & Angst

    Tits and asses are exposed early and often in the latest HBO America Undercover report, Showgirls: Glitz & Angst, but be warned. Just when you think you're settling into some pleasing stimulation, you begin caring more about the people than the real...

    by Matt Coker on September 11, 2003
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    Not So Little Plays - The 9 Most interesting theatrical productions coming your way over the next few months

    Photo by Cristofer Gross/SCRFleetwood Macbeth. Grove Theater Center, Sept. 5-13. Matt Walker is the funniest man alive, and will likely prove it once again when his Troubadour Theater Company returns to Orange County this weekend. The troupe's lates...

    on September 11, 2003
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    More Tampons, Please! - Sometimes, whimsy is its own reason for being

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsI come to praise "Small Comforts, Other Worlds," not to bury it--to praise its simplicity, joyful slightness and quirky, modest absurdity, not its self-importance and thematic gravity. "Small Comforts" comprises works by El...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on September 11, 2003
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    Episode 4

    DATELINE: NEWPORT BEACH -- To get a true sense of what makes The O.C. characters tick, for this installment The O.C. Watch trekked from The C.M. all the way to The N.B., where we rented a beach house just on the other side of The S.A. River from The...

    by Matt Coker on September 4, 2003
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    Wholly Without Merit - Al Franken makes me mad!

    Thank god for Fox News. If that august news organization--you know, the fair and balanced one helmed by Roger Ailes--had filed a decent lawsuit against Al Franken instead of one the judge called "wholly without merit," I would have had to wait sever...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on September 4, 2003
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    Surely, This Is Grace - Amazing good stuff in a hotel

    Though the Gallery at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort doesn't pander nearly so loathsomely as the Kinkade Gallery in the Queen Mary, its raison d'tre is to give tourists a chance to bring home a piece of the Beach. Naturally, that will le...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on September 4, 2003
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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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