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News, The Snitch Google Attempts to Teach Everyone on the Planet That Being Gay Is Not a Crime

Google Attempts to Teach Everyone on the Planet That Being Gay Is Not a Crime

Hey homophobes, here's one more big corporation for you to boycott. Today is the day that Google launches its much-talked-about campaign, "Legalize Love." We know what you are thinking -- what do those geeks in Silicon Valley know about love?…
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Film, Going to Pieces

Going to Pieces

Canadian poet Anne Michaels' beautiful 1996 novel, Fugitive Pieces — about a Jewish writer immobilized by the memory of his Polish family's murder at the hands of the Nazis — distills tragedy into grief, terror, and a wary romance built…
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Culture, Art Maverick or Madman?

Maverick or Madman?

When I first heard of the late, great Stanislav Szukalski, I thought he must be a hoax -- a fabrication of some canny art dealer out to make a buck, or an artist's joke aimed at deflating the pretensions of…
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Culture, Books Native Speaker

Native Speaker

English is my first, last, and only language. I don't say this proudly, and it's not for lack of trying. I took Spanish in high school and remember enough of it to ask for a drink and a room (or…
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Culture, Stage Swing Lower

Swing Lower

When the swing-dance movement (along with the stock market) flagged at the turn of this century, another retro fashion was starting to rise. Burlesque, vaudeville, cabaret, boom-boom -- all these manifestations of the Jazz Age's underbelly have made a comeback,…
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Culture, Stage

The Party & Out at Sea

Slawomir Mrozek is a Polish satirist from the same generation as Stanislaw Lem, the great science-fiction writer. In spite of a long exile in the West (including the United States), Mrozek is almost unknown outside of Poland, and FoolsFury wants…
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News, Night Crawler Tanks for the Memories

Tanks for the Memories

I keep all of my photographs in an old "snakeskin" suitcase, which was once the likely property of some chirpy young thing enrolled at the Baltimore School of Beauty. The pink logo is still clearly embossed on the front of…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

During Halloween, every house in Brooklyn's Little Poland neighborhood glows with leering jack-o'-lanterns. Ghouls and hags peer through the curtains of the houses, swigging strong potions made from gnarled roots, as packs of fierce, sharp-toothed children wage egg-wars throughout the…
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Music, The Magic Carpathians Project

The Magic Carpathians Project

Like any form of fusion -- nuclear or jazz -- "world music" is a high-risk endeavor. It often leads earnest but aesthetically challenged dabblers to smush disparate musical elements into an odious pan-cultural cheese wheel palatable only to the hippie-dippiest…
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Film, Holocaust Comedy Strikes Again

Holocaust Comedy Strikes Again

The joke that opens Jakob the Liar, the new Holocaust comedy (talk about an oxymoron) starring Robin Williams, captures the bittersweet quality -- the grim reality mixed with laughter -- that the rest of the movie tries and fails to…
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Dining, Eat

Magnetic Poles

Old Krakow Polish Restaurant & Art Cafe 385 West Portal (at Wawona), 564-4848. Open for dinner daily 5 to 10 p.m., for brunch on weekends from noon to 3 p.m. Reservations recommended. The restaurant is fully wheelchair accessible. Parking is…
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Zoom Lens

The Osher Marin Jewish Film Festival The Bay Area has become the nation's center for independent film exhibition, and April begins the season of bloated, ennui-inducing film festivals. With a mere four features and no -- that's zero! -- short…
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