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Calendar, Night&Day Relevant After 400 Years

Relevant After 400 Years

Plato was among many to observe that art imitates reality. He also was among many who’ve advocated that art -- especially poetry and drama -- should be severely censored for the good of the people. The fear that art depicts…
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Calendar, Night&Day Perfection Revisited

Perfection Revisited

When we picture utopia, our version involves baskets of kittens, free-flowing rivers of hot fudge, and endless time to squander on playing Angry Birds. But we’re not the first to ponder this. The idea of utopia has its roots in…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


Neon lights aren’t usually associated with highfalutin’ notions of art or metaphysics. They’re usually the domain of Vegas and Times Square tackiness, synonymous with seedy titty bars, bottom-shelf booze, and blinking advertisements for failing brands. So for Meryl Pataky to…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Shadow Knows

The Shadow Knows

Shadow-puppet theater is elementally powerful and super-ancient: Think of Plato's cave wall. Shadowplay shows up in the folk art of India, China, Greece, and plenty of other places, but tonight, the old standby bursts into the here and now. Sort…
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Charles Mee has mastered a playwriting formula all his own that mixes farce, theories of love, and the ancient Greeks. Wintertime throws in an homage to Shakespeare's A Winter's Tale for good measure, but still manages not to be profound.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Living La Vida Leguizamo

Living La Vida Leguizamo

A wise man (OK, Plato) once said, "The life which is unexamined is not worth living." By those standards, actor and comic John Leguizamo has lived a life worth his weight in gold. Most recognizable for his roles in Baz…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): So did you hear that the Pentagon spent over $5 million last year to build a third golf course at Andrews Air Force Base? Or that the CIA is ordering La-Z-Boy recliners for its offices at…
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Pet Sounds

Named for Aeolus, the god of wind, Douglas Hollis' Aeolian Harp towers like an alien creature over the entrance to the Exploratorium. A choir of strings stretches between three curved steel-and-aluminum sculptures, forming a lyre across which the bay breezes…
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