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Culture, Kill Your Television Midseason Madness: 8 New Shows to Watch

Midseason Madness: 8 New Shows to Watch

Midseason replacements are like that old Avis slogan: "We're number two, we try harder." Some of the best TV comes out at this time, probably because more risks are taken when a network adopts the "Ah, fuck it, let's just…
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Calendar, Night&Day Ancient Rights

Ancient Rights

The Cyrus Cylinder is one of the worldÕs greatest surviving documents governing peopleÕs personal freedoms Ð as important as the U.S. Constitution and EnglandÕs Magna Carta, but dating back much further to 539 BCE, when PersiaÕs Cyrus the Great conquered…
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Music, Hear This Model 500: Show Preview

Model 500: Show Preview

Quite a few claim the title of "Godfather of House," but nobody disputes Juan Atkins' stature as the man who invented Detroit techno. Working first as Cybotron and later as Model 500, he built the foundations for a genre that…
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Film, Sergei Dvortsevoy has his way with camels and shepherds alike in <i>Tulpan</i>

Sergei Dvortsevoy has his way with camels and shepherds alike in Tulpan

A small mob of camels stampedes by a nomad's tent, with something that might once have been a tractor eating the kicked-up dust. Inside, a young guy in a sailor suit sits on the rug, cheerfully recounting his death struggle…
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Calendar, Night&Day Danger Beauty Goo

Danger Beauty Goo

We have a mild obsession with the word "encaustic." It makes us think of chewed gum, toxic chemicals, and stinging snot. We have active imaginations. But so does Sono Osato, who uses encaustic — a thicker, rubberier version of paint,…
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Music, Reviewed Clockcleaner

Clockcleaner

Clockcleaner's second full-length album came out in the late fall, just in time to purge the last of 2007's positivity. The Philly trio spews bilious cynicism and doomy bass lines from the start: "New in Town" is a threat that…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Beautiful Bald Head

The Beautiful Bald Head

Many remember Sinead O'Connor's infamous appearance on Saturday Night Live during which she ripped up a photo of the Pope. That performance inspired boycotts and stunts like the public destruction of her CDs by steamroller. Her career faltered, at least…
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Home Entertainment, What Else Is New?

Our top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

The Archie Show: The Complete Series (Genius) Babylon 5: The Lost Tales (Warner Bros.) The Best of the Kids in the Hall: Volume 2 (A&E) Bloodlines (THINKfilm) Creature (MGM) A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (Docurama) Dallas: The Complete Seventh…
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Music, Dub Wise

Dub Wise

There are several figures in music who, despite their significant impact establishing genres, styles, and mythologies, still aren't household names. Lee "Scratch" Perry is one of those important instigators lacking mainstream kudos. He's a Jamaican producer, songwriter, mixologist, and performer…
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Home Entertainment, What Else Is New?

Our top DVD picks for the week of March 14.

All Dogs Go to Heaven/All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (MGM) American Psycho (Lions Gate) Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers (Warner Bros.) Basic Instinct: Ultimate Edition (Lions Gate) Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo -- The Little Black Book Edition…
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Music, OK Then

OK Then

I wonder if I'll go to hell for this one? Let me set the scene for you. Lit by scattered, hanging Christmas lights, Café Du Nord is packed for "Stinky's Peepshow," the monthly club night that offers "Large 'n' Lovely"…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Brew-haha

Brew-haha

SAT 4/12 Six thousand years ago, in the city of Babylon near the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, the ancient Sumerians mixed up a simple combination of water, barley, hops, and yeast -- and presto, the world's first microbrewery was born.…
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Culture, Stage

Beach Blanket Babylon

Steve Silver's madcap cabaret musical is one of San Francisco's best-kept secrets -- not because no one knows about it, but because no one who lives in the city ever goes to it or knows how good it is. That's…
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Calendar, Halloween

Slap Shots

Limo Ride to Babylon "Is this the person who writes the column about photography?" inquired the stuffy British voice one weekend morning. I replied that this was indeed the author of the column Slap Shots, and no, it was not…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): In a recent episode of the TV science-fiction show Babylon 5, an earthling and an alien were talking about why their mutual friend had a giant poster of a goofy-grinned Daffy Duck over his bed. The…
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Music,

Night Crawler

From a distance, the motley crowd covering People's Park and neighboring Haste Street last Sunday appears engaged in the kind of Dionysian revelry that knows no bounds of age or hairstyle, but 18-year-old Nathan sets me straight. "The basketball court…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): Your lucky colors of the week: pomegranate and beet. Favorable numbers: 15, 51, 115, 151, 155, 511, 515, 551. Best source for personal omens: other people's dreams about you. Auspicious hair-care product: mud from an unpolluted…
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Calendar, Halloween

Slap Shots

The Smell's the Thing French maid outfits, crotchless bodysuits, tiny penis pencil erasers, beverage squirt bottles shaped like dicks, flavored body paint ("also great on ice cream"). Give a monkey a brain and what does he do? Why, he makes…
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