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Dining, Eat Tacolicious' MF Hot Sauce: Feel the Burn

Tacolicious' MF Hot Sauce: Feel the Burn

Inspiration is a fickle friend: sometimes it's sitting there waiting for you at your desk, and other times you have to travel halfway around the world to find it. While consulting on a Mexican restaurant in Sydney called Barrio Chino…
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Film, "Finding Nemo 3-D": Pixar's Grand Fish Tale Needs No Enhancement

"Finding Nemo 3-D": Pixar's Grand Fish Tale Needs No Enhancement

A re-release whose cash-grab intentions are as transparent as the crystal-clear Sydney ocean, Finding Nemo 3-D exists only to relieve parents of money for a movie they undoubtedly already own. Disney's double-dip of Andrew Stanton's beloved 2003 adventure features absolutely…
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Music, BeatBox Bag Raiders: Show Preview

Bag Raiders: Show Preview

Hailing from Sydney, Bag Raiders' Jack Glass and Chris Stracey produce tracks that burst with airy euphoria. Like Australian labelmates the Avalanches and Cut Copy, Bag Raiders lay down music that is tactile, a percolating mélange of blissed-out swells and…
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Music, The Church reinvents its past with a three-album live set

The Church reinvents its past with a three-album live set

When the Church brings its show to a close at the Great American Music Hall on Friday night — or, more likely, Saturday morning — the seminal alt-rock band from Australia will have played nearly three hours of music from…
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Film, Snow Job

Snow Job

Just a guess here, but the majority of Amanda Bynes fans probably didn't get most of the Shakespeare references in her As You Like It–inspired She's the Man, so, behold: This time she's gone for something a bit more familiar…
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Dining, Eat Good Fressin' at the Delicatessen

Good Fressin' at the Delicatessen

God knows, we live in a gastronomically blessed region, from the raw materials (I can still hear my Angeleno culinary-worker friends sighing as I led them through the produce aisles at the Berkeley Bowl, at the abundance and the prices…
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Dining, Eat Reality Check

Reality Check

My tastes in food have always been adventurous. I'm interested in trying every ingredient that man has ever enjoyed eating, as well as every cuisine. This is such a given, professionally -- restaurants and purveyors are always ferreting out the…
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Film, Live Baby Live

Live Baby Live

Some of the people who helped bring you dank, morose amusements such as The Crow, Dark City, and The Matrix have a new movie to offer. Like The Matrix, it features a dork who flies through the air. As in…
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Calendar, Night&Day Baz's <i>Boh&egrave;me</i>

Baz's Bohème

If opera is on its last legs, as we hear all the time, then filmmaker Baz Luhrmann is just the man to give it a boost. The Australian Wunderkind is an old pro at making stuffy art forms palatable to…
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Culture, Stage


"PINS" stands for Person In Need of Supervision -- new counselor lingo for "juvenile delinquent" (which is nothing but old counselor lingo). But Jim Provenzano's new play, PINS, tells the story of an upright high school jock named Joe Nicci…
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Film, Saving Grace

Saving Grace

What's your pick for the most ridiculous movie ever made? The Conqueror, starring John Wayne as Mongol emperor Genghis Khan? How about The Manitou, in which the grizzled head of an Indian medicine man sprouts from Susan Strasberg's neck? The…
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Her Brilliant Career

Australian director Gillian Armstrong was making films with independent, tough-minded female leads before the "scarcity of women directors" became a subject for festival seminars. In the mid-'70s, Armstrong was a select member of the inaugural class at the National Film…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): You'll have a spooky yet benevolent magic working in your behalf any time you pry open locked doors that lead you to colorful, fertile freedom. This same mojo could backfire, however, if you try to use…
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News, Feature

Murder at the Pink Tarantula

If Carmel Sanger had been able to attend her own memorial on that chilly night in March, she would have thought the event unnecessary, even ridiculous. One after another, vehicles parked at the Walden House rehab center off Buena Vista…
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