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Culture, The Whore Next Door Baby Makin' Music: Use Good Judgment When Crafting Your Sex Playlist

Baby Makin' Music: Use Good Judgment When Crafting Your Sex Playlist

I can't listen to Regina Spektor without thinking about handjobs. It's really unfortunate. I used to love the forlorn way she sings about cleavage and drug overdoses. But a year ago, I put Regina on my playlist for erotic massage…
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Calendar, Night&Day There is no festival

There is no festival

Riled opponents may enjoy finding it ironic that at the fifth Atheist Film Festival, even the non-documentary fare makes bold claims on big truths — be it 2002's The Magdalene Sisters, about Irish teenagers deemed "fallen" and sent to…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Finds a Carnival of Subtlety at Playland

Bouncer Finds a Carnival of Subtlety at Playland

"Where are the clowns?" I asked the bartender. Before you curse me for putting "Send in the Clowns" in your head, let me explain. I recently went to Playland, the new bar in the space that Kimo's used to occupy.…
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Film, "The Pirates! Band of Misfits": An Animated Pleasure Cruise

"The Pirates! Band of Misfits": An Animated Pleasure Cruise

The year is 1837. A newly crowned Queen Victoria, voiced by Imelda Staunton and animated in clay as a shrewish little turnip of a woman, decrees war on buccaneering. Well down her Most Wanted list is the Pirate Captain (Hugh…
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Calendar, Night&Day Natural Selections

Natural Selections

Christopher Ryan took a cue from Charles Darwin. Not many people know it today (because not many people today have read The Origin of Species), but Darwin was a clever writer — and he used that to full effect when…
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Film, <i>Creation</i> casts light on Darwin the scientist, and Darwin the man

Creation casts light on Darwin the scientist, and Darwin the man

Already a blogosphere punching bag for right-wing Christians, Creation — about Charles Darwin's writing of On the Origin of Species — commits the sin of thoughtfulness, and is quite moving in the process. Director Jon Amiel, working from a screenplay…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Creation</i>

Creation

Already a blogosphere punching bag for right-wing Christians, Creation—about Charles Darwin's writing of On the Origin of Species—commits the sin of thoughtfulness, and is quite moving in the process. Director Jon Amiel, working from a screenplay by John Collee, injects…
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News, The Snitch Celebrate Charles Darwin's Legacy -- at Church

Celebrate Charles Darwin's Legacy -- at Church

It was former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli who asked "Is man an ape or an angel? I, my lord, am on the side of the angels." Yes, that's where that expression originates. Lesser known still is that this was…
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Calendar, Night&Day Night at the Museum

Night at the Museum

The dissolute among us visit the new glossy high-tech nature museum and think: It's great, but ... with a martini it would be really spectacular. We're not bad people. We are just, as Dorothy Parker would say, very thirsty. At…
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Calendar, Night&Day Pants on Fire

Pants on Fire

Dr. Ekman knows you're lying, so don't even try it. The top-shelf psychologist is a pioneer in documenting facial expressions, and he's a friend of the Dalai Lama, a go-to guy for the FBI and the CIA, and a consultant…
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Calendar, Night&Day Alpha Female

Alpha Female

Charles Darwin's discovery that 13 species of finches had adapted to the conditions on the Galapagos Islands led eventually to his theories on the survival of the fittest -- including the fittest humans. But what happens to those theories when…
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News, Feature Looking for God at Berkeley

Looking for God at Berkeley

In a crumbling UC Berkeley research lab, Jed Macosko is looking for God. Macosko is a molecular biology researcher who holds chemistry degrees from Cal and MIT. As a Christian, he believes that God is everywhere. As a scientist, he…
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News, Feature

The Face of Lying

"I hope," said the lady, "that you have not come to cross-examine me again?" "No," Holmes answered, in his gentlest voice, "I will not cause you any unnecessary trouble, Lady Brackenstall, and my whole desire is to make things easy…
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REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): In a recent Whole Earth Review, Dr. Andrew Weil reported on the special talents of folks with multiple personality disorders. One such woman often breaks out in hives when she eats citrus fruits, but suffers no…
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Night + Day

Wednesday March 4 Time Has Come Today Writer/performer Michael Goldfried understands New Yorkers who call Californians hopeless flakes and Californians who describe New Yorkers as uptight jerks. His one-man comedy Enter, Then Pause, a chronicle of his journey from Babylon…
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