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2014 Stories by SR Davies

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  • Race for the Rescues

    published November 13, 2014

    Say what you will about the Puritans, but one thing they got right was their stance on animal welfare. Including an abundance of ordinances on... More >>

  • Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox

    published November 6, 2014

    In an age of epidemic remakes, reboots, cloning and sampling, it can feel like no one creates anything original anymore—and a whollotta... More >>

  • Gandhi

    published October 30, 2014

    Hibbleton Gallery owner Jesse La Tour knows that cinema isn’t just about corporate profiteering off of audiences who pine for gore flicks or... More >>

  • Marilyn Manson

    published October 23, 2014

    Shock-rocker Marilyn Manson scared the Dockers off mainstream America in 1995 with his goth cover of “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”... More >>

  • Wendy Liebman

    published October 16, 2014

    Stand-up comic Wendy Liebman had a great track record in the late '80s through '90s, fitting in perfectly with the Ladies of the Night Showtime... More >>

  • Poltergeist

    published October 9, 2014

    Considered one of the great horror stories ever filmed, this 1982 blockbuster is credited to director Tobe Hooper, yet now known as the auteurist... More >>

  • Sordid Lives

    published October 2, 2014

    Playwright Del Shores’ hilarious 1996 southern-fried comedy about a quirky Texas family digging up skeletons after their matriarch dies is... More >>

  • Monster Mash II: The Zombie Prom

    published September 25, 2014

    Halloween is the best. As the only mainstream cultural celebration that doesn’t require you to observe religious dogma, practice... More >>

  • Jack's 9th Show

    published September 18, 2014

    It’s hard to believe that Jack FM has been on the air nine years—ever since 2005—but as the sound of what KROQ used to be when... More >>

  • The Long Beach Q Film Fest

    published September 11, 2014

    The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach has presented the Q Film Festival since 1993, spotlighting the underrepresented cinema of people who, for most of... More >>

  • Diana Ross

    published September 11, 2014

    As the lead singer of the most successful American vocal group ever, Miss Ross really didn’t need to do anything else for the rest of her... More >>

  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    published September 4, 2014

    This 1955 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tennessee Williams was his personal favorite, and, like much of his work, is filled with dark personal... More >>

  • West Coast Film Festival

    published August 28, 2014

    The West Coast Film Festival is back for its fourth year, offering a slew of vintage and modern classics, only one of which stars a person of... More >>

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    published August 28, 2014

    Based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, this 1962 tear-jerker about a young girl coming of age in a southern town hot with... More >>

  • 15th Annual Elvis Festival

    published August 21, 2014

    Elvis Presley wasn’t very complicated. Even though he read books of philosophy and poetry, for the most part, he was a simple, down-home boy... More >>

  • The Terminator

    published August 14, 2014

    No one wanted to make The Terminator. Well, at least they didn’t want to let James Cameron, the screenplay’s writer, direct it.... More >>

  • OC Seafood Festival

    published August 7, 2014

    Strap on your plastic bib and get ready for some crabby cakes, a seafood extravaganza is afoot—or, aflipper. Yes, the festival for all... More >>

  • Back to the Future

    published July 31, 2014

    No, today is not the day that Marty McFly traveled to the future from 1985. He always travels in 30-year increments: 1955, 1985, 2015. Except when... More >>

  • Ghost the Musical

    published July 24, 2014

    Everyone can finally agree that the things that made Ghost the film a hit were the Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody,”... More >>

  • Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure

    published July 17, 2014

    Considered one of the treasures of cult moviedom, this Paul Reubens-Tim Burton-Danny Elfman schlock-and-awe campfest served as the launching pad... More >>

  • Movie Mondays: The Little Colonel

    published July 10, 2014

    There’s just no easy way to watch films set during the Civil War, especially those made prior to 1945. The depiction of African Americans... More >>

  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    published July 10, 2014

    Considered one of the world’s most beloved children’s storytellers, author Roald Dahl may have disowned this cinematic version of his... More >>

  • Sullivan & Kyle's Vaudeville Revue

    published June 26, 2014

    The last vaudeville performers and patrons have long since departed, and since moving-picture cameras weren’t widely used until the early... More >>

  • In the Heights

    published June 26, 2014

    Even though critics panned the book (meaning the script, for ya non-theatrical types), a rousing dose of love was showered on the score of this... More >>

  • Yadi Presents Gotham Vixens Burlesque

    published June 19, 2014

    Lady comic book superheroes, anti-heroes and villains have been around since 1940, beginning with Fantomah, an ancient, ageless, beautiful blonde... More >>

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