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Culture, The Exhibitionist Bay of the Living Dead: Billy Clift Has Bette Davis Eyes

Bay of the Living Dead: Billy Clift Has Bette Davis Eyes

Welcome to Bay of the Living Dead,  a twice-a-month column about the horror genre. Robert Aldrich’s Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1965) remains one of the best known and beloved titles in the Bette Davis filmography.  Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte was the follow-up…
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Calendar, Night&Day Magnetic Unknown

Magnetic Unknown

Lesser known but freakier than Freaks, Tod Browning's silent horror movie The Unknown stars Lon Chaney in an epic turn as Alonzo the Armless, a deformed knife-thrower who uses his toes to hurl daggers. His lovely assistant Nanon (played…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Soaks in the Celebratory Vibes at Martuni's

Bouncer Soaks in the Celebratory Vibes at Martuni's

It's hard to write about bars after your friend dies from alcoholism at age 48, but just as many folks die from heart disease, and that doesn't stop us from getting the chorizo at El Farolito. Still, I can't stop…
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Calendar, Night&Day Wagging Your Tale

Wagging Your Tale

A woman is the large version of a little girl. We know that. Is a female child the miniature version of an adult? Television show Toddlers and Tiaras would lead you to think so, but unless you’re talking Benjamin Button…
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Calendar, Night&Day Love, Minneapolis Style

Love, Minneapolis Style

Peaches Christ always looks like Joan Crawford. Not too much; not in a tired or obvious way — it's mostly a thing that happens kind of around the eyes — and even when she's in drag/reverse drag as Prince, Peaches…
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Music, Bouncer

Everybody poops at Lime

They say that beauty is only skin deep, which is indeed true. Case in point: Joan Crawford, the original "hot mess." I find her a very sympathetic character, despite being an abusive nympho alcoholic with major control issues. In a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Joan of Argh

Joan of Argh

Poor Joan Crawford. Despite star roles in histrionic classics like Mildred Pierce and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, she was portrayed as a merciless, wire hanger-hating harridan in Mommie Dearest, and experienced one of the most graceless cinema departures…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Reps Etc.

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). 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 We're interested in your film or video event.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Revival Riot

Revival Riot

Film lovers refer to the 1930s as the Golden Age of Cinema, particularly 1939, when both Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz were released. On a local level we have that annus gloriosus to thank for the…
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Culture, Stage

Christmas With the Crawfords

This trumped-up drag queen revue started as an underground San Francisco sensation in the early '90s and went on to play New York. It's back home this year with a fresh batch of bad hair. Joan Crawford has just been…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Mildred Fierce

Mildred Fierce

THURS 11/20 Christmas Eve, 1944. Despite the violent abuse that Christina Crawford claimed was a near-constant occurrence in the Joan Crawford household, mother, daughter, and brother Christopher are all smiles for a live holiday radio broadcast from their Brentwood home.…
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Second Time Around

Possessed Life in an industrial whistle-stop is too confining for vibrant, wild-eyed Joan Crawford -- it's 1931, she's young, and she's free to do just about anything. In this film, directed by the usually more sedate Clarence Brown, she looks…
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Calendar, Halloween

Savage Love

Recently, I hid a quote from a classic Hollywood film in my column, and challenged my cinema-savvy readers to identify the quote and send in a letter telling me who said it, in what film, and why it is the…
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Culture, Stage

Lyp Service

He's every woman. John Epperson, aka Lypsinka, is back, channeling Crawford, Davis, Merman, Taylor, and Endora in the world premiere of his latest dragstravaganza, Lypsinka Must Be Destroyed!, which runs through March at Josie's Cabaret & Juice Joint. Though he…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Night+Day

wednesday october 25 Hungry Eye Most people know (and love) William Conrad for his TV roles, especially Cannon, that crime-fighting detective who -- in the words of one fan -- looks like "a bowling ball in a leisure suit." But…
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