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Culture, The Exhibitionist Bay of the Living Dead: Classic Horror Stars Join Forces

Bay of the Living Dead: Classic Horror Stars Join Forces

Welcome to Bay of the Living Dead, a twice-monthly column about the horror genre.  Once upon a time we had horror stars — versatile, classically trained actors who built entire careers on their appearances in scary movies. Actors like…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Bay of the Living Dead: Tales of Poe

Bay of the Living Dead: Tales of Poe

Welcome to Bay of the Living Dead, a twice a month column about the horror genre. Edgar Allan Poe wrote that "The boundaries which divide life and death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Frightening Disappearance of the Line Between Stage and Life

The Frightening Disappearance of the Line Between Stage and Life

The boundaries between theater and truth blur in Grand Guignol. The play is set in Paris in 1903 and follows psychiatrist Alfred Binet, who becomes obsessed with the horror shows he sees in a back-alley theater, the Grand Guignol.…
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Calendar, Night&Day All Hallow's Evening

All Hallow's Evening

Who says Halloween is no fun since they cancelled the Castro? This is still San Francisco, and this year Halloween (and the week leading up to it) has a veritable cornucopia of events to feed your fright fix. If you…
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Calendar, Night&Day Poe-try in Motion

Poe-try in Motion

Imagine Edgar Allen Poe filtered through a Euro sensibility and the delirious excesses of the ‘60s, and you’re apt to conjure cinematic pleasures great and, uh, less great. But even the don’t-quite-work moments in Spirits of the Dead (1968), the…
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Culture, Art BOSF 2012: How to Be the Creepiest Goth in the City

BOSF 2012: How to Be the Creepiest Goth in the City

You've been reading a lot of Edgar Allan Poe, you can't stop listening to Sisters of Mercy, and the smallest glimpse of sunlight makes you weary. It's time for a change, and you're ready to embrace Gothdom full-time. So what…
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Calendar, Night&Day The World In 50 Takes

The World In 50 Takes

We think like a photojournalist (natch): Shoot absolutely everything interesting, from every angle and setting, and from the bigger set you’re sure to get a handful of good shots and one that just nails it, the image that wows people…
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Calendar, Night&Day Caw, Caw

Caw, Caw

Edgar Allan Poe’s work comes into schoolchildren’s lives when they’re about 12. Strangely enough, kids who have just discovered that they hate everything, especially school, not only universally love Poe, but also freely admit it. There is no tougher audience;…
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News, The Snitch Edgar Allan Poe -- Who Never Visited San Francisco and May Never Even Have Thought of It -- Would be 200 Today

Edgar Allan Poe -- Who Never Visited San Francisco and May Never Even Have Thought of It -- Would be 200 Today

It seems so right. It should have been true. Edgar Allan Poe, his jaw taut and his eyes bloodshot, ought to have been wandering along a foggy San Francisco alley upon a midnight dreary, pondering weak and weary. Alas, 'twas…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sweet Marissa

Sweet Marissa

Say "goth" to the average quasi-hipster and he'll know the reference pertains to saturnine, dark-clothed youth with thick black eyeliner who listen almost exclusively to depressing music featuring lots of flanged bass and danceable remixes. Those who didn't sleep through…
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The Birds

We have no idea how the current storybook "fantastical creature" genre of art started, but we can only assume some crack illustrator had an Audubon fever dream and started assembling animal parts like Dr. Frankenstein's kid sister. Although the leading…
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Culture, Stage

Scattering Poems All Through the Night

Word for Word normally stages short stories. The troupe once tried a novel (well, one chapter) with brilliant success, but so far it has avoided poems. The rules of its game involve mounting a work of literature without changing a…
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Culture, Stage Two Plays, Fat and Thin

Two Plays, Fat and Thin

In a quest to find interesting new plays, I dropped in on Girl Meets Girl, about some lesbians, and Mary in the Hydrangea Bush, about four straight people in a beach house. They have a lot in common. Mary shows…
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Slap Shots

DDIY Italy has discovered its newest star -- Joan Ellis. You haven't heard of her? You are out of the loop, my friends, because Joan Ellis is it. She's captured the imagination of an entire country, birthplace of strong coffee…
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