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    Idle Worship - American Idol judge Paula Abdul keeps dancing

    Photo by Robert Sebree/FoxThe average American Idol contestant lasts four, maybe five minutes in front of the judges--and they're trying to win. OC Weekly lasted that long in a recent conference-call interview with Idol judge Paula Abdul--and we wer...

    by THEO DOUGLAS on February 12, 2004
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    Drop In, Tune Out, Turn On - How to experience "Mitosis" at the Beall Center

    Photo by James BunoanThe bed is disgusting. For one, it's tilted up from the floor as though it's about to start wobbling across the floor of its own free will--wasn't there a walking bed, most likely named Beddy, hanging out with Mrs. Rambling Teap...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on February 12, 2004
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    Kitsch and Tell - Charles Phoenix: Americana the Beautiful

    Photo by James BunoanIt takes about 10 minutes for Charles Phoenix to call us "baby." One more for him to apologize. Another to explain that he was overwhelmed, and then one more to bounce right back to his typical ebullient self. If you had no idea...

    by Chris Ziegler on February 5, 2004
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    We Are Clown - Mooky and Claudio reinvent

    Verily it is said that few things in life are as horrible--Russian land war? Genital warts?--as trying to explain why someone is funny. And yet, here we are, you guarding your flank, me telling you the funniest people in Orange County right now are ...

    by Steve Lowery on February 5, 2004
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    Conflict-of-Interest Story - Burlesque babe Dita Von Teese plays coy for the boys at the Galaxy Concert Theatre

    Fifty-seven years after she went to the big S&M club in the sky, people are still resurrecting the Black Dahlia. Neo-burlesque queen Dita Von Teese is the latest, in a set of recent photos shot by erotic surrealists Pierre et Gilles. Teese? You'll r...

    by THEO DOUGLAS on February 5, 2004
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    Lewis Black plugs, mugs, shrugs

    Lewis Black: Sorry I'm late. I'm doing interviews all day; I've got three stacked up. It's getting to be stupid. OC Weekly: Now I feel bad. Don't. Okay. I didn't really. I know. Hey! I've got a question! Howard Dean. Angry. Lewis Black. Angry...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 29, 2004
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    Alien Cover-Up Scores Victory - KFI replaces space junkie Noory with yet another right-wing wacko

    Illustration by Bob AulIs KFI-AM 640's burial of the popular Coast to Coast in a dead-end time slot another vast right-wing conspiracy? After all, the station does pollute Southern California's airwaves with Bill "I Hate Immigrants" Handel, "We Hate...

    by Nick Schou on January 29, 2004
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    Bootyquake - You want fries with that shake?

    Zuma PressScott McKiernan has been to four continents looking for booty--and booty he has found. Now his large glossy pieces of ass cover the high, loft-like walls at the Ocean Brewing Co. in Laguna Beach, evoking a bizarre m?lange of feelings tha...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 29, 2004
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    Thursday, Jan. 29 You know what you should do tonight? You should go see Kevin Nealon, who, according to the Improv press release, was in Happy Gilmore. I don't know what that is. But I do know I saw Nealon years ago at Luna Park, back when I did ...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 29, 2004
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    Fuddy Mnemonic - Fuddy Meers forgets the past, is doomed to repeat it

    David Lindsay-Abaire's Fuddy Meers begins like a Kafka story--or like any "suspense" flick that might have gone straight to Cinemax--with its main character waking up. Sweet-natured Claire (Mo Arii) suffers from "psychogenic amnesia" due to an undis...

    by KELLY A. FLYNN on January 29, 2004
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    Episode 17

    Crazy-eyed Oliver's plan to win Marissa by driving Ryan away--actually, by getting Ryan to drive himself away--works to perfection. But what's up with this camping trip to the Santa Monica Mountains? Orange County has one of the top camping spots in...

    by Matt Coker on January 22, 2004
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    Re-Imagining Retro - Again.

    "What are you doing down here?" the 20-something with the shaved head who's minding the Quiksilver booth pointedly asked me, implying that last weekend's Action Sports Retailer expo in San Diego is too far from OC for me--so why don't I just fly the...

    by THEO DOUGLAS on January 22, 2004
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    All This Useless Beauty - Suzanne Greenberg explores the scary depths of suburban disaffection

    The most beautiful and perhaps telling moment in Long Beach writer Suzanne Greenberg's debut collection of short stories, Speed-Walk and Other Stories, occurs in the "The Queen of Laundry," in which a woman gets a glimpse of the back of her young da...

    by CORNEL BONCA on January 22, 2004
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    Poison in the Sugar Pill - A little ugly beneath the beauty of Cities of Promise

    By Godon BrusstarYou've got to hand it to the Orange County Museum of Art for going against type. A show about cities should be gritty, grimy and gray. It should be depressing--Hopperishly lonely, and even suicidal--with some Social Realist poor fol...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 22, 2004
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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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