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Culture, Artcap The Other 'Burbs: Michael Jang's Family Photos Defy the Brady Bunch

The Other 'Burbs: Michael Jang's Family Photos Defy the Brady Bunch

In the 1970s, the Bay Area was 86 percent white and just four percent Asian, according to U.S. Census data. Asian faces were rarely in visual media, except occasionally as TV journalists (Wendy Tokuda) and movie actors (Bruce Lee). So…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist There and Blecch Again: <i>Mad</i> Magazine's <i>Lord of the Rings</i> Parodies

There and Blecch Again: Mad Magazine's Lord of the Rings Parodies

So, after years of legal and logistical wrangling in which director Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema were suing each other over royalties from the Lord of the Rings movies and whether he'd direct the not-really-necessary The Hobbit, followed by…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Licensed to Blecch: <i>Mad</i> Magazine's James Bond Parodies

Licensed to Blecch: Mad Magazine's James Bond Parodies

The new James Bond movie Skyfall has been out for a few weeks now, grossing nearly $789M worldwide and getting a healthy 91 percent on the Tomatometer. That's a damn shame, too, because it means that hundreds of critics were…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist In Space, No One Can Hear You Blecch: <i>Mad</i> Magazine's <i>Alien</i> Parodies

In Space, No One Can Hear You Blecch: Mad Magazine's Alien Parodies

Prometheus, Ridley Scott's sorta-kinda-maybe-but-not-really prequel to 1979's Alien, opened this past weekend and made many millions of dollars. Not as many millions of dollars as Madagascar 3, mind you. (USA! USA! USA!) All the same, I'd imagine a Mad Magazine…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>MAD</em> Magazine Taught Us How to Laugh at Fame and Power

MAD Magazine Taught Us How to Laugh at Fame and Power

When it launched in 1952, there had been nothing like MAD -- a comics magazine dedicated to humor and satire aimed at a broad range of targets. In particular, MAD exposed the cultural fakery behind familiar and beloved images that…
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Calendar, Night&Day Won&#146;t Somebody Please Think of the Children?

Won’t Somebody Please Think of the Children?

During the Comic Book Hearings of 1954, Senator Estes Kefauver lambasted Bill Gaines, publisher of EC Comics and Mad magazine. Kefauver was a staunch advocate of what he considered decency; the hearings were conducted by his Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile…
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Music, Bouncer

Heckled to Death: The Mystery of a Good Joke

I love mysteries, preferably British ones with asexual detectives who have odd personality quirks. My entire Netflix queue consists of what my roommate calls "tea and death," disc after disc of various murders that take place in England. I'm fascinated…
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Calendar, Night&Day They Stand Alone

They Stand Alone

For seven years in the 1990s, the Solo Mio Festival presented work by the best theatrical performers from the Bay Area and beyond. The 1996 event, for instance, featured the likes of Margaret Cho and David Sedaris alongside locals such…
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Best of San Francisco, Shopping & Services

Best Pulp Fiction

Kayo Books 814 Post (at Leavenworth), 749-0554, www.kayobooks.com Little wonder why Kayo Books is a favorite of classic kitschmeisters like filmmaker John Waters. It's a store full of wondrous impulse buys with a gift for almost anyone, and it…
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