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Calendar, Night&Day Rites and Wrongs of Passage

Rites and Wrongs of Passage

To a generation growing up during the David Zucker era of Airplane! and The Naked Gun slapstick, those films were an education on absurdity, but also on the play of language and the weirdness of our culture. Why did they…
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Music, All Shook Down

R.I.P. Leslie Nielsen: At Last, Stop Calling Him Shirley

Pseudo-slapstick comedy legend and all-around silver fox Leslie Nielsen died yesterday at 84. I don't know about you, but his unflappable deadpan, as highlighted in Airplane!, the Naked Gun series, and to a way lesser extent a rash of…
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Calendar, Night&Day What Cats Think

What Cats Think

When Jaws came out, shark researchers got all shouty, claiming that Steven Spielberg misrepresented the evilness of great whites. The same did not happen among alligator researchers after Alligator came out, because alligators are fucking assholes. So are piranhas —…
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Film, <i>Meet the Spartans</i> Lazy, Unfunny

Meet the Spartans Lazy, Unfunny

Perhaps the most oft-quoted line from Zack Snyder's cinematic adaptation of the Frank Miller graphic novel 300 is "Tonight we dine in hell!" Chowing down on a box of Butterfinger Minis during a screening of Meet the Spartans, you will…
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Calendar, Sports/Outdoors Sand Dabbing

Sand Dabbing

SAT 10/2 Not much grows in sand, vegetatively speaking. But once a year the beach near the Cliff House sprouts a surprising number of other things: Buddhas, pyramids, even a fire hydrant. At the Leap Sand Castle Classic, professionals from…
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The Specials, Undercover S.K.A. Fillmore Thursday, July 31 Have you ever dreamed about going back in time to one of the creatively crucial moments in modern music history? Maybe to the groundbreaking recording session that produced Miles Davis' Kind of…
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