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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tattered Teddies: Q&A with Photographer Mark Nixon on <em>Much Loved</em>'s Stuffed Companions Loved to Pieces

Tattered Teddies: Q&A with Photographer Mark Nixon on Much Loved's Stuffed Companions Loved to Pieces

They have been with us through it all. They protected us from monsters under the bed and cuddled with us when we were afraid of thunderstorms. They were our best friend and we vowed that nothing would ever separate…
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News, The Snitch BART Considers Cleaner, but Less Comfortable Seats

BART Considers Cleaner, but Less Comfortable Seats

We all know how utterly disgusting a trip on BART is -- the seats are coated in years of grease and grime and the carpet is as sanitary as a Porta Potti.But alas, BART trains are nearing the end of…
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Music, All Shook Down Over the Weekend:  Zion I, Pep Love, and Dublin at the Independent

Over the Weekend: Zion I, Pep Love, and Dublin at the Independent

​Zion I, Pep Love, Dublin Friday, April 2, 2010 The Independent Better Than: Your last house party. Friday night, Zion I performed its second show in a row, joined by fellow natives Pep Love of Hieroglyphics and Dublin of Jazz Mafia fame.…
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Film, <i>Leap Year</i>: No luck among the Irish

Leap Year: No luck among the Irish

Is this a commercial for the National Tourism Council of Ireland or for the conditioner Amy Adams uses in her hair? Either way, both look fabulous. Then there's the movie, a soggy affair directed with no great enthusiasm by Anand…
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Music, Bouncer The Irish and the Inventor

The Irish and the Inventor

At first I thought I'd come upon some sort of urban fishing experiment. I was in an alley off Grant Street, walking toward the Irish Bank, when I saw two men in suits flinging fishing rods and casting their lines.…
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Music, Bouncer

Where the hell is Bill? He's at Danny Coyle's

A friend of mine who is in her 60s is afraid she might be developing Alzheimer's. She is losing her acuity, her memory, and her train of thought a lot, so she is jumping to the worst possible scenario. She…
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Music, Reviewed The Shotgun Wedding Quintet

The Shotgun Wedding Quintet

The Shotgun Wedding Quintet is an engaging jazz and hip-hop group in the same Bay Area tradition that birthed the likes of Alphabet Soup and the Broun Fellinis. On the band's debut disc, MC Dublin spits tales from the mind…
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Music, All Shook Down Dilberts Within Dilberts: Scott Adam's Takes Over His Sinking Restaurant

Dilberts Within Dilberts: Scott Adam's Takes Over His Sinking Restaurant

The shoe is on the other foot for Dilbert creator Scott Adams, since his second restaurant, Stacey's at Waterford in Dublin, has hopped the crazy train to financial ruin. Now the man who made unbearably out of touch, rule-crazy…
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Home Entertainment, What Else Is New?

Our top DVD picks for the week of June 6:

The Abyss: Special Edition (Fox) The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: Extra Frills Edition (MGM) Bruce Springsteen With the Sessions Band: Live in Dublin (Sony) The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari: A Re-Imagining of the 1919 Masterpiece of Horror…
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Film, Busker Love

Busker Love

Once, written and directed by John Carney, is a deceptively simple movie — a narrative strung together by pop songs, but without the sheen (or arrogance) of most cinematic musicals. By day, a Dublin busker (Glen Hansard) sings Van Morrison…
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Music, Bouncer

Erin go bragh ya bloomin' phonies!

I feel very Holden Caulfield lately. I don't like phonies. I also feel like an outsider, just like him. It's a feeling that culminated in my getting into an altercation in a cemetery with a woman. She had just finished…
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Culture, Stage

American Irish

Ken Slattery's new comedy follows what happens when John, an Irishman living in San Francisco for five years, pops home to Dublin for a few days to attend his friend Derek's wedding and tell his family and friends some long-overdue…
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Culture, Stage

A Man of No Importance

The man in question is a Dublin bus conductor, Alfie Byrne, who tries to mount an amateur production of Oscar Wilde's Salomé at his local church in 1964. He's unmarried and middle-aged, which makes him queer enough in Irish-Catholic eyes;…
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Music, Reviewed The Thrills

The Thrills

It's not difficult to understand people's obsession with California, especially if you've spent a significant amount of time here. It can be a magical place, which is why it comes up in pop music so often -- see Led Zeppelin's…
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News, Dog Bites

Photo Phreaks

Most people store snapshots of family and friends in a haphazard pile in the handiest desk drawer, where they gradually turn brown and get buried in loose change, old check stubs, and pencil shavings. Such people haven't discovered the joys…
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Culture, Stage

The Ghost of Molly Malone

During intermission on the first night of this new play a few audience members on the sidewalk broke out in a not-so-tuneful version of the old ballad -- "She wheeled her wheelbarrow! Through streets broad and narrow!" -- about the…
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Culture, Stage Dublin Fields

Dublin Fields

Howie the Rookie is yet another piece of evidence that the results of David Mamet's influence on young playwrights from the U.K. have been healthier and more interesting than most of his own recent work. Ireland's latest young talent, Mark…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

LoykoNext-generation Russian Gypsy band Loyko draws its inspiration from the exuberant lust for life, love, and music found in gitano cultures all over the world. But this trio of two singing fiddlers and a lone six-string slinger is clearly on…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): One of the ultimate challenges many Aries face is how to synchronize their two ruling archetypes: the lover and the warrior. It's a daunting task: trying to be true to the tender, generous instincts of the…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Fine Feathered Friends

Long before movies like In the Name of the Father brought Ireland's Troubles to American screens, cinematic adaptations of Sean O'Casey's plays gave us a glimpse of Ireland's political and economic hardships. The Irish playwright, who taught himself to read…
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