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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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    Encyclopedia Blue - Matt Warshaw discusses making the ultimate surfing reference book

    From Maverick's to maneuvers, when it comes to surfing, bigger is always better. Now brace yourself for the leviathan of surf literature, an 816-page reference book called The Encyclopedia of Surfing. Master surf journalist Matt Warshaw spent three ...

    by MATT WALKER on November 27, 2003
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    A Hopeful Orwell? - Introducing Thomas Pynchons intro to the new 1984

    Illustration by Bob AulSo, Thomas Pynchon has popped up again. America's premier literary practitioner of silence, exile and cunning--last heard from in 1997, when his massive and beautiful novel Mason & Dixon came out, and whose last publicly avail...

    by CORNEL BONCA on November 27, 2003
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    The Shadow Knows - UC Irvines Beall Center fades to black

    By Rebecca Schoenkopf "Everyone wants virtual reality now," one of my paintin' friends hissed--he does that a lot--when I said I was headed to UC Irvine to see electronic art. "So, do some," I said. I am nothing if not sympathetic. He hissed again, ...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on November 27, 2003
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    Episode 11

    After Ryan informs Marissa he's going to visit his brother in Chino prison for Thanksgiving, she demands he let her tag along. Once there, bro says to stop the beatings inmates are giving him for welching on $6,000 in gambling losses, Ryan must deli...

    by Matt Coker on November 20, 2003
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    The Real The O.C. - Foxs Arrested Development captures Newport

    Contrary to the reviews penned by highly paid television critics at real newspapers, I have publicly proclaimed that The O.C. is a damn-fine television show. So it pains me to report after only its 11th episode, the Fox prime-time teen soaper has al...

    by Matt Coker on November 20, 2003
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    Episode 10

    Characters made more moves tonight than Tiki Barber. Newport Beach deb Marissa exchanged fluids with Chino transplant Ryan. Marissa's evil mom Julie hooked up with Don Bren wannabe Caleb. Caleb's son-in-law Sandy fought off the advances of his smoki...

    by Matt Coker on November 20, 2003
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    The Big Chill - The Reagans takes a right hook

    Illustration Bob AulIn the 1990s, Howard Kaloogian, an assemblyman from north San Diego County, regularly scored 100 percent ratings from groups such as the Gun Owners of California and Southern California Taxpayers Alliance while landing in the sub...

    by STEVEN MIKULAN on November 20, 2003
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    Meditative Like That - Alan Rifkins Signal Hill

    The five stories Alan Rifkin has assembled for his debut collection, Signal Hill, might be a suite to the midlife crisis. All the protagonists are fortysomething men who've never quite been there, never quite done that. "There is a point where hopel...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on November 20, 2003
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    Be Like Magno! - Laguna Playhouses The Romance of Magno Rubio

    Photo by Lita PuyatI knew this guy once who loved relating this story: he's bent over in agony one early morning, hurling the contents of far-too-many beers and Lord knows what else into a gutter in downtown Fullerton. Long after the contents of his...

    by Joel Beers on November 20, 2003
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    How to Kill America - La Miradas All My Sons

    Photo by Michael LamontEven "good wars" leave bad scars, a lesson we would all be wise to recall in this era of preemptive invasion and massive military spending. Arthur Miller wrote presciently about the legacy of battle and the uneasy intersection...

    by KELLY A. FLYNN on November 20, 2003
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