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    Grin and Beckett

    Photo by John BeaneIf you like Samuel Beckett, you'll probably like the Insurgo Theater Movement's ongoing production of Waiting for Godot. If you don't, you'll probably be going over your shopping list by the 10-minute mark. Directed by Insurgo h...

    by Joel Beers on January 22, 2004
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    Episode 16

    Before we get to this week's rather ho-hum episode, a couple more notes about the previous installment: Modern Amusement was already deemed the "hip local reference of the week," but there was also an "un-hip local reference of the week": The Arches...

    by Matt Coker on January 15, 2004
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    Lesbians! - The L Word makes a saucy splash on Showtime

    The hot, smokin' lesbians are upon us--and it's about time. Showtime is rolling out The L Word, the female analog to the network's male-centered Queer as Folk. It's like HBO's Sex and the City, but this time it's the labia-lovers--not the mandhandle...

    by Stacy Davies on January 15, 2004
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    Art of War - Howard Zinns Artists in Times of War

    Historian Howard Zinn's new book, Artists in Times of War--pamphlet-sized at five by seven inches and 112 pages--is a timely primer for budding progressives. It's aimed mostly at American college students, that easily distractible but perennially id...

    by CORNEL BONCA on January 15, 2004
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    The Rising Euro - Theater notes

    Photo by Steve MayedaOrange County theater goes positively European this week, as plays written by krauts, micks, frogs, dagos and not one but two russkies appear in some of the county's best theaters. We begin first at The Hunger Artists, who ope...

    by Joel Beers on January 15, 2004
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    Episode 15

    Kirsten's leech of a sister Haley is cluttering up the TiVo with her E! shows and eating the Cohens out of house and manse, so Sandy, Seth and Ryan gang up on mom to kick the extended visitor out on her shapely ass. It is there, on the Cohen front p...

    by Matt Coker on January 8, 2004
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    Shows Over - After the curtain fell on the Fox Fullerton Theater

    Even for the biggest film fan, the modern movie-going experience can be a hellish ordeal. Whoever invented the modern multiplex should be dealt with most severely--I wouldn't rule out crucifixion. In the interests of greater profits, too many asses ...

    by GREG STACY on January 8, 2004
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    Let Them Eat Beefcake - Men of the Grand Central register blip as art scene flatlines

    Photo by Rebecca SchoenkopfThe boss wanted to know why I thought the art scene in Orange County was so sad 'n' scrawny this season--it was the Little Match Girl of art seasons, really, dying alone and unloved in the snow. After rambling on about nat...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 8, 2004
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    Dont Stop the Musical - Laguna Playhouses The Last Five Years

    Photo by Ed Krieger/Laguna Playhouse The Last Five Years should send discriminating theatergoers fleeing for anything--a shot of Old Grand-Dad, a fistful of Vicodin, a hammer--to make them forget what they've just experienced. It's a musical, so t...

    by Joel Beers on January 8, 2004
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    Not So Soiled Rose

    Tennessee Williams was a dirty homosexual. He wrote about sex, he wrote about filth, rape, infidelity, Mexicans, pedophiles, Italians. He was at times brilliant, at times overly symbolic and--as is the case with The Rose Tattoo--he was sometimes jus...

    by JOHN BEANE on January 8, 2004
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    Episode 14

    Episode 14: Kirsten's hell-raising, much-younger sister Haley shows up unannounced--and previously unmentioned--and the whole wide O.C. is turned upside down. For New Year's Eve, Haley convinces Kirsten and Sandy to get out of their marital rut by a...

    by Matt Coker on December 18, 2003
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    Crap for Kids - Getting your childrens book published is easy when youre famous

    It's happened again. Yet another celebrity has sent forth into the Children's Kingdom of Unneeded Crap yet another piece of crap. Yup, I'm talking about Madonna and her second trite little tale, Mr. Peabody's Apples, a tot-sized tome filled with all...

    by Stacy Davies on December 18, 2003
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    Noel, Noel - And not a cherub in sight

    Photo by James BunoanCosta Mesa DIY punks may be a fashion don't--okay, so there's no may be about it--but that same do-it-yourself ethic is responsible for almost enough good to make up for the spikes, bleached blond hair (on men) and goatees, whic...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on December 18, 2003
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    We Kill Beauty - Good times in Huntington Beach

    Photo by James BunoanSome years ago, the Huntington Beach Art Center became the subject of a power play by the city's community services director, who claimed the shows at the center--which were pulling in visitors from around the country and had cr...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on December 11, 2003
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    A Fragile Message - One last look at old music before it topples forgotten into history

    Photo by James BunoanIn 1996, photographer Jake Jacobson drove through the Mississippi Delta and started snapping big fat photos. A musician himself, he wanted to document often archaic, homemade, handcrafted musical instruments and the people who m...

    by Chris Ziegler on December 11, 2003
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    Snuff Theater - Slab

    Photo by Jack MillsIt's generally a bad idea to tell theatergoers that the ticket they've just bought is evidence of their own stupidity--that theater is dead and you've got a ringside seat in the graveyard. But that's how Slabbegins, with frustrate...

    by Joel Beers on December 11, 2003
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    Episode 13

    Episode 13: When Seth, the child of Orange County WASP princess Kirsten and Bronx Jewboy Sandy, isn't extolling the virtues of Chrismukkah ("the greatest superholiday known to man"), he's eeny meeny miny mo'ing between Anna or Summer. He winds up wi...

    by Matt Coker on December 4, 2003
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    Tibet! - Now more exciting!

    Photo by Peter Keller, Ph.D./ Courtesy of Bowers museum of cultural artThe Bowers Museum of Cultural Art has a fine mission and pulls in crowd-pleasing spectaculars almost always laved in gold. But the Bowers also has a complex. After giving us ...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on December 4, 2003
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    Too Much of Nothing - Insurgo Theater Movements Troilus and Cressida

    The difficult and highbrow critic Harold Bloom, who seems to believe that God gave us soul but Shakespeare revealed it, regards Troilus and Cressidaas Shakespeare's most difficult and highbrow play. It was never produced during Shakespeare's time, l...

    by Joel Beers on December 4, 2003
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    Episode 12

    It's bizarre alliance night as, by the time the end credits roll, Sandy's chummy with Jimmy, Kirsten's buddy-buddy with Julie and, most incredibly, Ryan's all palsie wowsie with Luke. The last two mortal enemies, who've both had carnal relations wit...

    by Matt Coker on November 27, 2003
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