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Music, Bouncer

I Wanna Be Adored

Let us now discuss recognition. The end of the year is a time for it: top 10 lists, thank-you notes, bonuses, gift certificates to Outback Steakhouse, and herpes flare-ups (the gift that keeps on giving). But I'm actually talking about…
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Film, Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation

Among the many mysteries surrounding The Interpreter is the one that finds Sydney Pollack heralded as a major American director, a maker of Serious and Important Movies. His filmography, marked by mawkish mediocrities (Out of Africa, as vibrant as a…
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Culture, Stage Love and Its Illusions

Love and Its Illusions

If Shakespeare had heard of California, he probably would have set a play there. He based The Tempest on early reports from the New World, and more than one European painter over the years has noticed that the quality of…
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News, Night Crawler Soup, Salad, and Surrealism

Soup, Salad, and Surrealism

"One, two, three, four! We don't want to wash the floor!" shouts a wild-eyed stilt-walker with a distorted face and a mop. "Five, six, seven, eight! You should wash your own plate!" hollers a disgruntled imp waving a placard at…
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Culture, Stage

Love's Labors

"What do you want?" is the recurring question in Stephen Wadsworth's elegant translation/adaptation of Changes of Heart, Marivaux's 1723 French comedy now playing at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. As each of the characters begins to grapple with the answer, each must…
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