2008 Stories by ANDREW TONKOVICH

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  • Syncopation Nation

    published October 23, 2008

    It’s rhythm time. Authentic American subculture time. It’s ragtime at Ragfest, a celebration of the syncopated musical form that changed... More >>

  • Big Mac

    published October 23, 2008

    Writer, editor, activist, scholar and journalist Bill McKibben is the reincarnation of Henry David Thoreau, but with an advanced degree, his own... More >>

  • Ecologically Friendly

    published October 16, 2008

    Live animals. Food and drinks. Activities for all ages. We know it sounds like another family weekend in Vegas, but if you’re tired of living... More >>

  • The Verdict is In

    published October 16, 2008

    Remember that classic scene with Humphrey Bogart and the sexy bookstore clerk in The Big Sleep? She takes off her glasses, lets her hair... More >>

  • Raising Standards

    published October 16, 2008

    Why do we have spring fever this late in the year? Must be because chanteuse/diva/songstress/international vocal-jazz sensation Miss Sophie Milman... More >>

  • Ain't Dead Yet

    published October 2, 2008

    What with the assault on reason, the death of reading, the collapse of newspapers and the privatization of culture, it’s amazing these kinds... More >>

  • Cowboy Celtic

    published October 2, 2008

    Don’t be taken in by the over-the-top Wild West theme and boomtown nostalgia. Sure, locals at this fall canyon fair dress up as floozies,... More >>

  • Hammer Down

    published September 25, 2008

    Joni Mitchell’s 1971 album, Blue, did as much for the modest dulcimer as any folk or old-time music. She played the Appalachian... More >>

  • Pierogi Pressure

    published September 18, 2008

    Was everybody’s favorite pontiff a Pole? All together, let’s say “yes” in Polish: Tak! If you can’t get to Pierogi... More >>

  • Making Change

    published August 21, 2008

    Women For is OC’s oldest feminist outfit so these activists (sponsors of the annual Great American Write-In) oughta know who deserves an... More >>

  • Grillin’, 
Not Killin’

    published July 10, 2008

    Body of War is an award-winning documentary by Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro about a gung-ho Army soldier, Tomas Young, wounded in Iraq... More >>

  • Dead/Not Dead

    published June 19, 2008

    Thousands of sandbags filled and stacked by volunteers this winter are now falling apart. The Great Wall of Straw Bales is tumbling down. It's... More >>

  • War of Words

    published May 22, 2008

    If a body is what you want, then here is bone and gristle and flesh." In that first line of Iraq-combat veteran Brian Turner's title poem from... More >>

  • The Holy See

    published May 15, 2008

    It was at least partly James Corbett's lecture on Joseph II-Holy Roman Emperor and ruler of the Hapsburg lands (1741-1790)-that provoked a... More >>

  • Deadline Distinguished

    published April 24, 2008

    UC Irvine's annual Pereira Distinguished Lecture brings prominent writers to campus (last year, Susan The Orchid Thief Orlean) to... More >>

  • Something Completely Different

    published April 10, 2008

    Read the Dada-Anarcho-Situationist manifesto on this conference's website and be inspired. Then wonder if Chapman University's "festival of... More >>

  • Giving Back!

    published April 3, 2008

    Looking to do something smart, ecological, even revolutionary with those free return-address labels you get from disabled vets, animal people,... More >>

  • Book ’Em, Dan-o

    published April 3, 2008

    The OC Public Library, UC Irvine and the California Center for the Book team up once again to offer a literary lineup with something for... More >>

  • Cutting Edge

    published March 27, 2008

    You might recognize her Dolmen Music or pieces used in The Big Lebowski or her iconic Medusa meets Bob Marley braids; if you haven't heard her... More >>

  • Radio Days

    published January 10, 2008

    He's from Baltimore, wears funny glasses and majored in semiotics. Dad was an accountant, Mom a shrink. If you're going to "Ira Glass: Radio... More >>

  • Remember Books?

    published January 10, 2008

    Chapman University's 2008 Visiting Writers Series begins with David Unger reading from his second novel, In My Eyes, You Are Beautiful.... More >>

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