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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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    Slight Power - In the Blood Misses

    Photo by Ruben DarioSuzan-Lori Parks is the winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for drama, a couple of Obies and a MacArthur Genius grant, and is one very hot commodity on the alt.-theater scene. She writes about the seamy and the strung-out, the marg...

    by Joel Beers on July 31, 2003
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    They Shouldnt Have Cars - Tracy Morgan lites up the house

    Tracy Morgan, one of Saturday Night Live's funniest cast members for seven seasons, calls us one Friday morning. Tracy Morgan: Yo, yo! What's up? OC Weekly: What's up with you? Just chilling out. How are you? Well, not that good really, but I'm ...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on July 24, 2003
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    The Anti-Rebel - Maile Meloys brittle Southern Californians are real, no kidding

    Liars and Saints, the debut novel from UC Irvine M.F.A. grad Maile Meloy, comes on the heels of her celebrated collection of short stories from 2002, Half in Love. That first book--praised nearly everywhere for its precision of craft, its infusion o...

    by CORNEL BONCA on July 24, 2003
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    Menage a Moi - Three great tastes at Marion Meyer

    Photo by Tenaya HillsIt isn't often that Laguna Beach's commercial art galleries can please persnickety old us. You get your choice of neo-Impressionist children frolicking at the seashore or flowers tumbling over a faux-Mediterranean balcony (at th...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on July 24, 2003
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    Robin Hood With Scalpel - Sweeney Todd

    Photo by Adam MartinIt's hard not to feel sorry for Stephen Sondheim. While he's produced often, commands nothing but respect and has enjoyed a long, successful career, he's just too quirky for the mass market. He's Elvis Costello to Andrew Lloyd We...

    by Joel Beers on July 24, 2003
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    Wank Bush Out of Office! - Grant Morrison tells you how

    Grant Morrison doesn't just write Batman or the X-Men, he reinvents them. In Batman: Arkham Asylum, he delved into the bug-fuck craziness behind a man who dresses like a bat to fight crime every night. In his current run on New X-Men, he's taken the...

    by VICTOR D. INFANTE on July 17, 2003
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    Not The Tom Green Show - Tom Green puts away childish things

    A few months back, Tom Green appeared in yet another wretched teen comedy, and I lamented the sorry state of his career. I expressed hope that Green would soon get back to where he belonged--the TV screen, where he'd become a star by doing hilarious...

    by GREG STACY on July 17, 2003
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    Staged Attack - Three Great Plays, One Weekend

    This is a landmark weekend for Orange County theater as the most frenetic burst of new play productions in its history takes place. The first event concludes tonight: Insurgo Theater Movement's Workshop. Ten short plays go up in the workshop, which ...

    by Joel Beers on July 17, 2003
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    The Importance of Being Lee Mallory - A meditation on the poet laureate of the middle class

    Lee Mallory is like Li Po, the eighth-century Chinese poet who could entertain a drunken bar crowd or the emperor of China, delivering delicate verse about nature, life and romance with panache and melodrama. To the casual observer, Po's poems were ...

    by VICTOR D. INFANTE on July 10, 2003
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    The Starfleet Ensign Who Fell to Earth - Stand by Wil Wheaton

    Wil Wheaton was a frail, perpetually worried-looking teen actor, seemingly ubiquitous for a time in the '80s. For those of us who were teens or preteens in 1986, he fell somewhere between Anthony Michael Hall and one of the Coreys, and is now best r...

    by GREG STACY on July 10, 2003
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    Less Talk, More Shooting - Execution of Justice

    Dan White rode an anticrime campaign into San Francisco City Hall, resigned from the city council in 1978, immediately begged for his job back, was rebuffed, executed Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, and so became one of the most not...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on July 10, 2003
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    7 reasons to hate Shakespeare

    Welcome to the summer of my discontent: Shakespeare time. Time for Shakespeare by the sea, Shakespeare beneath the stars, Shakespeare in the park, Shakespeare outdoors, Shakespeare indoors. Shakespeare everywhere. A cursory perusal of upcoming the...

    by Joel Beers on July 10, 2003
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    This Is Just Wrong - Im With Busey chokes your inner monster

    Don't be fooled by my sensitive, wussy exterior. Just beneath the surface there lurks a monster with a near-bottomless hunger to see humans get hurt and humiliated. When Johnny Knoxville gets hit in the nuts by school kids with plastic bats? I hoot ...

    by GREG STACY on July 3, 2003
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    Wood vs. God - God wins!

    I picked up James Wood's debut novel, The Book Against God, with anticipation, also with a couple of worries furrowing the brow. I wondered whether, this late in the day, it's possible to get very worked up, as a reader, over a literary character's ...

    by CORNEL BONCA on July 3, 2003
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