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Film, "The Last Sentence": A Famous Critic of the Nazis Gets All the Ladies

"The Last Sentence": A Famous Critic of the Nazis Gets All the Ladies

Jan Troell's drama The Last Sentence follows the travails of real-life Swedish journalist, anti-fascist, and incorrigible dog person Torgny Segerstedt (Jesper Christensen) during World War II. The elderly Segerstedt was an outspoken opponent against the rise of Nazism, openly insulting…
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Calendar, Night&Day Learn Before Loving

Learn Before Loving

Buildings that exude obvious grandeur — like New York's Chrysler Building or Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral — are easy to love. Buildings that seem ordinary need help — usually from historians — to explain their importance. So it is…
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Dining, Eat Summer Guide 2013: Best Practices for Drinking in the Park...

Summer Guide 2013: Best Practices for Drinking in the Park...

Be subtle Besides the obvious benefits of drinking in a park rather than a bar (fresh air, nice views, cheaper prices, day-drinking without feeling like a degenerate), part of the fun of park-boozing is the middle school sense of glee…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Dining Room Table Affair

The Dining Room Table Affair

Barney Frank is a liberal’s liberal. He called Bill O’Reilly “boorish,” on live TV, dismissed Michelle Bachmann as “an odd lady,” and famously responded to a woman who compared Obama to Hitler with, “Arguing with you is like arguing with…
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Film, "K-11": Prison Gets Weird

"K-11": Prison Gets Weird

K-11 The nicest thing to say about this first feature from Jules Stewart, formerly a script supervisor, is that it contains no noticeable continuity errors. As for the story itself, and the direction thereof... er, um, did you know that…
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Calendar, Night&Day Really, Don't Be Shy

Really, Don't Be Shy

Is Shylock, the Jewish moneylender in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, a villain or a victim? For one night, watch award-winning actor Guy Masterson debate the question in Shylock, as he explores the controversial character. A lot has happened since…
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Music, All Shook Down David Bowie Continues a Long-Held Obsession With Berlin

David Bowie Continues a Long-Held Obsession With Berlin

Everyone and their mother got a bit excited yesterday when David Bowie released new material for the first time in 10 years, to coincide with his 66th birthday. Not only is "Where Are We Now?" very good indeed, but…
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Calendar, Night&Day Who Dunnit?

Who Dunnit?

A note from the killers is found on the corpse, addressed to Colonel Otto Skorzeny, Hitler's favorite commando. It says simply: "We are coming for you. Await our call." Or so begins the premise of author and L.A. Times Book…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Finds a Loud Homophobe at the Pilsner Inn

Bouncer Finds a Loud Homophobe at the Pilsner Inn

I was going to cover the Pilsner Inn a few weeks ago, but I walked in, saw all the sports fans, and made an immediate Michael Jackson heel-spin right out the door and into Chow. Since the entire city has…
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News, The Snitch Paul Ryan Has "Klout" with Cloth Diapers, Pokemon, and White People

Paul Ryan Has "Klout" with Cloth Diapers, Pokemon, and White People

After Mitt Romney announced that Congressman Paul Ryan would be his Republican running mate, politically minded Americans spent the weekend Googling his name to find out who the hell this guy was -- and how smooth his chest is.It's nice…
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Culture, Stage "A Bright Room Called Day": Production Is Unequal to the Play

"A Bright Room Called Day": Production Is Unequal to the Play

In his pre-show speech, director Brian Katz warns us that his production of A Bright Room Called Day at the Custom Made Theatre Co. runs two hours and 40 minutes with intermission — what he calls "short for a Tony…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sounds Like Gore

Sounds Like Gore

Gwar is a band. Yet Gwar also provides something more, um, experiential. Elaborately costumed as grotesque overlords from another dimension, the band has been known to strap on gigantic penises and, uh, leave its spray on the first few rows…
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Film, "Captain America": Hokey, Hacky Exercise in Franchise Building

"Captain America": Hokey, Hacky Exercise in Franchise Building

Created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby for Marvel Comics in 1941, Captain America was among the first American comic books intended as an explicit work of patriotic, political propaganda: The cover of the first edition, available months before Pearl…
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Calendar, Night&Day It Stands for NYNNYE, You Ninny

It Stands for NYNNYE, You Ninny

Next year is sure to be stranger than 2009, which makes it only fitting to ring the thing in with performances by three unconventional comics. Not Your Normal New Year’s Eve, dreamed up by San Francisco comedian Jill Bourque —…
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Film, In a triumph of his will, Tarantino makes Holocaust revisionism ridiculously fun in <i>Inglourious Basterds</i>

In a triumph of his will, Tarantino makes Holocaust revisionism ridiculously fun in Inglourious Basterds

Energetic, inventive, swaggering fun, Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds is a consummate Hollywood entertainment — rich in fantasy and blithely amoral. It's also quintessential Tarantino — even more drenched in film references than gore. Tepidly received in Cannes and thereafter tweaked,…
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Film, <i>Bruno</i>: Not quite as funny as <i>Borat</i>

Bruno: Not quite as funny as Borat

"Heterosexuals can't understand camp because everything they do is camp," opined an associate of the old Playhouse of the Ridiculous, a New York theater known for its good-natured, anarchic sexual farce — a piece like Turds in Hell, which offered…
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Film, With a blunt and searching Iron Mike, <I>Tyson</i> delivers a surprisingly powerful blow

With a blunt and searching Iron Mike, Tyson delivers a surprisingly powerful blow

The face of Mike Tyson stares out from the screen like a sentry — intent, sober, watchful. The camera sits close, the framing is tight, and as we lock eyes with the former heavyweight champ who could shatter an opponent's…
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Film, From Reverence to Rape

From Reverence to Rape

Will there be a special Academy Award for Best Aryan Costume Design this year? Everywhere you turn in the movies, it's swastika flags and SS uniforms. Although the Holocaust movie has been on hiatus for a while, lately it seems…
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Calendar, Night&Day Don&#146;t Disappoint the Governess

Don’t Disappoint the Governess

This holiday season, the hills are alive with the sound of Nazis. A real-life eye-patched patriot (Tom Cruise) executes a failed hit on Hitler in Valkyrie, while a closeted former SS guard (Kate Winslet) enjoys a postwar fling with a…
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Film, Risky Business

Risky Business

Claus Philipp Maria Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg — a lot of name for a lot of guy. Born into aristocracy in 1907, he was a soldier by the age of 19 and, by most accounts, a warrior with the soul…
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