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Culture, Summer Guide Summer Guide: Pioneertown's Faux Frontier Paradise

Summer Guide: Pioneertown's Faux Frontier Paradise

ex•plor•er (ik-splawr-er), noun: a person or thing that explores. trailblazer. pathfinder. pioneer. Stand in front of the Jack Cass Saloon in Pioneertown at high noon under a cloudless sky, and it seems as if at any minute the heavy door…
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Calendar, Night&Day Settling Scores

Settling Scores

Over the course of a remarkable 54-year career that encompassed radio, television, and (most memorably) the movies, composer Jerry Goldsmith displayed an uncanny intuition. Instead of underlining what was on the screen or submerging audiences under a wash of music,…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Repertory Film Listings

Commentary by Gregg Rickman ( Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. For additional Reps Etc. listings, go to…
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Music, Reviewed Earth


Formed in 1990 and infamous for epic, lumbering walls of buzzing sludge, Earth is widely considered the progenitor of the drone doom genre, which includes the likes of Sunn O))) and Japan's Boris. Helmed by Dylan Carlson, the band has…
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Music, Reviewed Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone

Most attempts at compiling the massive output of Italian soundtrack giant Ennio Morricone have stuck to the obvious, focusing on a mix of the indelible spaghetti western themes that helped elevate director Sergio Leone's '60s films to high art along…
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Music, Reviewed Alvarius B

Alvarius B

Alvarius B is the solo pseudonym of Alan Bishop from the Sun City Girls, a band with one massive, sprawling discography. Bishop also co-runs the prolific world-music label Sublime Frequencies. Amidst all this, he still found time to create one…
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Music, Reviewed Paula Frazer

Paula Frazer

Melancholia comes easier to some than others -- but like most any state of mind, it's what one does with it that counts. S.F.'s Paula Frazer (who fronted altcountry locals Tarnation in the '90s) channels lingering, heart-rending images and stories…
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Music, Bouncer

Private Parts

Anyone who believes in Intelligent Design has never experienced natural childbirth. After huffing and heaving and moaning for 36 hours, my girlfriend Maria finally had to have a C-section because her son's head was pressed up against her pubic bone…
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Music, House of Tudor House of Tudor

House of Tudor

The most obvious and irrevocably frustrating thing about music award shows is the constraint of musical categories. How do you possibly pigeonhole a band that blends Gypsy violin with four-part rock harmonies, jazz percussion, punk rhythms, symphonic song styling, '80s…
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Dining, Eat Like Mamma Used to Make

Like Mamma Used to Make

I love television. (I used to tell people, in all honesty, that I hadn't watched television before 1994. That got a laugh for maybe three years. Nowadays it would be more accurate to say that I haven't stopped watching television…
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Music, Reviewed Pram


Since its debut in 1992, the Birmingham, England, collective Pram has made music that's so deceptively simple it sounds like it was written on a toy piano -- by children on huge doses of Ritalin. On the surface, the band's…
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Culture, Stuff He Scores

He Scores

Ennio Morricone can tell you stories about each of his 400 children--where they were conceived, what they mean to him, why each one remains so singular and special he cannot and will not choose a favorite. He's proud even of…
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Music, Record Willem Breuker Kollektief

Willem Breuker Kollektief

Willem Breuker Kollektief Hunger! (Bvhaast) Performances by the Dutch ensemble Willem Breuker Kollektief are more art happenings than mere musical events. Evolving out of the leader's pioneering free-jazz experiments with the Instant Composers Pool in the '60s, the 11-member group…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

I am told by a roving acquaintance that there is a huge party every single night of the week in Havana, and that folks go out to dance regardless of their early morning work schedules, pressed onto the last bus…
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Tindersticks 2nd Album (This Way Up/London) This has to be the apotheosis of sadcore: In the Tindersticks' "My Sister," a girl goes blind at 5, burns down the family home at 10 (killing Mum and the cat), is paralyzed by…
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