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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Golden Age of TV Movies: <i>Mae West</i> (1982)

The Golden Age of TV Movies: Mae West (1982)

Welcome to The Golden Age of TV Movies, a monthly column about those wonderful made-for-TV movies of yesteryear. Some have said that Mae West (1893-1980) was the Madonna of her day, but in actuality it was the other way…
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Culture, Art The Glow of Celebrity: Diane Arbus Caught Every Uncomfortable Moment of Life Until Her Last

The Glow of Celebrity: Diane Arbus Caught Every Uncomfortable Moment of Life Until Her Last

Four decades after Diane Arbus was found dead in a New York bathtub with both of her wrists slit, the art world is still analyzing her life and her artwork for fresh clues, hoping to reveal new insight into a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Where Glitter Came From

Where Glitter Came From

You fucking kids. You’ll never know what it was like before hippie drag theater queens romped on the stages of San Francisco. You’ll think there have always been outrageous pounds of glitter parading around for national banks to co-opt at…
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Calendar, Night&Day Lipstick and Beards

Lipstick and Beards

You fucking kids. You’ll never know what it was like before hippie drag theater queens romped on the stages of San Francisco. You’ll think there have always been outrageous pounds of glitter parading around for national banks to co-opt at…
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Calendar, Night&Day Take Sides

Take Sides

Rock, Strip, 'n’ Roll isn’t a battle of the sexes, exactly. It is, however, an evening’s entertainment featuring (male, sort of) rock bands and (women’s, near as we can tell) burlesque dance troupes. An analytical mind might just divide that…
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Calendar, Night&Day Go Ahead, Stare

Go Ahead, Stare

Art class lacks something. Like sex! A while back, a frustrated art student named Molly Crabtree had a light bulb go off over her head, connecting the two places a modern young lady experiences public nudity these days: the burlesque…
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Calendar, Night&Day Grow the Hell Up

Grow the Hell Up

Young people! It is understandable that you assume black and white movies are boring. Youth equals stupidity, after all. No, srsly: If you have not seen My Little Chickadee, you're stupid. It's like if you thought cake was boring, or…
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Culture, Encore

Also Playing

Camino Real. Tennessee Williams' 1953 stream-of-consciousness fantasia set in a timeless no man's land is difficult to stage. The largely plotless drama revolving around broken dreams and futile attempts to escape the confines of a dead-end, vaguely Latin American seaport…
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Culture, Encore

Also Playing

Camino Real. Tennessee Williams' 1953 stream-of-consciousness fantasia set in a timeless no man's land is difficult to stage. The largely plotless drama revolving around broken dreams and futile attempts to escape the confines of a dead-end, vaguely Latin American seaport…
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Culture, Stage <i>Sex</i> Sells Itself at the Aurora Theater in Berkeley

Sex Sells Itself at the Aurora Theater in Berkeley

When she was released from jail for transgressing indecency laws with her 1926 play Sex, Mae West told reporters that her play about a street-smart prostitute's adventures in love was "a work of art." This was a bit of a…
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Home Entertainment, What Else Is New?

Our top DVD picks for the week of April 4.

Bee Season (Fox) Best of 3rd Rock From the Sun (Anchor Bay) The Big Question (THINKFilm) Bustin' Bonaparte (Freestyle) Dawson's Creek: The Complete Sixth Season (Sony) Dirty (Sony) The Fallen (Anthem) Far Side of the Moon (TLA) Gorillaz: Demon Days…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Repertory Film Listings

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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Culture, Stage

Dirty Blonde

Claudia Shear's Dirty Blonde is blowsy, empty Broadway fare from the first scene, but all the critics love it, and the only reason I can find for this is that Mae West still holds a powerful sway over our collective…
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Dining, Social Grace

Toast of the Town

Dear Social Grace, As I prepare to run the holiday cocktail-party gauntlet, I could use a little clarification with regard to toasting. I was raised to toast fellow participants at dinners, or when friends or family get together for a…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): In the African savanna, water holes are pivotal and precarious. In times of plenty, each species of animal can claim its own special source for bathing and drinking. But when drought shrinks the number and size…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): The equinox arrives Sept. 23. For a brief cosmic moment, the sun hovers directly over the equator; the length of day and night are equal. For every sign, but especially for you, this is a propitious…
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