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Culture, Kill Your Television Suppositori: Uncomfortable Application of the Next Chapter of Tori Spelling's Life

Suppositori: Uncomfortable Application of the Next Chapter of Tori Spelling's Life

There's a concept in the study of literature that says "the text is the thing." What matters is what is in the book, not what we know about the author. So the fact that Emily Dickinson was a weirdo shut-in…
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Calendar, Night&Day I See Myself

I See Myself

Today you may — you must — behold the film for which SF Weekly last year deemed local musician and moviemaker H.P. Mendoza our Best New Horror Director. In I Am a Ghost, he had us at the Emily…
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Culture, Stage "Tell It Slant": So studious and earnest it's practically inert

"Tell It Slant": So studious and earnest it's practically inert

The phrase "Emily Dickinson musical" evokes troubling images of the Moth of Amherst doing jazz hands. I have nothing against jazz hands, mind you. It's just that Dickinson's life story seems ill-suited for any stage adaptation, let alone the song-and-dance…
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Culture, Stage Overproduced Noel Coward adaptation <i>Brief Encounter</i> proves that sometimes less is more

Overproduced Noel Coward adaptation Brief Encounter proves that sometimes less is more

In the United States, hardly anyone takes the train anymore. Perhaps that's why rail travel seems so hopelessly romantic, conjuring up images of missed connections, fond farewells, and figures emerging like ghosts from a platform's swirling steam. It's no wonder…
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Jailhouse Rock

Two Friday nights ago Dog Bites attended an impromptu party of a sort undoubtedly destined to become more and more trendy as our times wear on. A random selection of 33 women was brought together for an evening of whatever…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Night + Day

Wednesday November 18 Sociable Darwinists Comic actor John Cleese ponders the meaning of life yet again when he and British biologist Richard Dawkins satirize the interview process during a City Arts & Lectures onstage conversation. So far, Cleese's best-known contribution…
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REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): War! Famine! Pestilence! Earthquakes! Crime! Scandal! Those storytellers known as "journalists" love and thrive on the nihilistic vision of the world captured in screaming headlines like that. But they're not the only fabulists who do so.…
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Culture, Stage

Aisle Seat

The FYhrer's Fortuneteller "If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry." So said Emily Dickinson, no slouch in the poetry line. I feel the same way about theater. Great…
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