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wednesday april 10 Double Farley Feature Why are the closeted gay actors of yesteryear -- Sal Mineo, Anthony Perkins, and Montgomery Clift, for example -- more interesting than today's (supposedly) gay male film stars? Soft and pretty, Farley Granger is…
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wednesday april 3 Blood Ties William Klein's beautiful and disturbing '50s N.Y. street photos often show boys shooting toy guns and imagining other acts of violence. In the documentary Muhammad Ali, the Greatest, Klein's examination of masculinity shifts to manhood…
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wednesday march 20 Motion and Emotion New York choreographer Donald Byrd combines classical ballet, modern dance, and the vernacular of African-American dance. In Bristle, Byrd examines gender's effect on male-female relationships; costumed in black, his company -- The Group --…
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Love Sick

Today, straight-white-male punk "counterculture" is sold over the counter; phony rebel angst dominates glossy magazines and MTV. But packaging pseudo-feminist and apolitical-homo rock is a troublesome new development. When female writers rush to whiny Alanis Morissette's defense and refuse to…
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wednesday march 13 Evil Eye Though not as famous as Citizen Kane, the vision of American corruption in Orson Welles' Touch of Evil is just as timely -- and more entertaining. The film's lengthy single-shot opening bomb sequence is just…
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Double Fantasy

There aren't many 62-year-old female voices in rock; for that reason alone, Yoko Ono is unique. Male rockers rarely age gracefully, perhaps because many of them refuse to mature. The Rolling Stones strut like studs, even as their skin sags…
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wednesday march 6 My Red Self An eight-week documentary series, "Discontent and Its Document" addresses social and political issues, showcasing local and international artists including fab photographer William Klein and rad homo filmmaker Rosa von Praunheim. The program opens with…
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Toxic Gump

North Londoner Graham Young was a chemistry wiz. Unfortunately, he took his experiments out of the lab and into the kitchen. As a teen, he used his stepmom as a guinea pig, feeding her toxic substances and monitoring their effects.…
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wednesday february 28 Eyes, Knees, Groin, Throat The 1993 rape and murder of Gits singer Mia Zapata sparked the formation of Home Alive, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization that offers free workshops, lectures, and self-defense classes for women. A new major-label…
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wednesday february 21 Hindsight and Blind Sight The formal end of apartheid in South Africa frees not only people, but also images the country's racist regime censored and obliterated. A three-night program, "Unshackling the Vision" presents some examples: Nice to…
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wednesday february 14 Blondes Have More Fun? When Marilyn Monroe starred in Some Like It Hot, she was still playing breathy blondes. But Sugar Kane -- her character in the film -- has a sadness and vulnerability absent from gold…
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wednesday february 7 Look Closely Maoist propaganda and old photographs taken by Western visitors to "exotic" China are often the source material for Hung Liu's art. Liu's Bunny Dance depicts four children dancing in rabbit costumes, an artificially "happy" image…
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wednesday january 31 Keep a Goin' Most people agree that the '70s were a golden age for American film and film writing. Robert Altman and Martin Scorsese created challenging works with major studio money; Wes Craven and Tobe Hooper used…
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wednesday january 24 Mr. Mouth Along with Karen Black's amazing cabaret turn, A View of the Heart (which featured a Wagner-esque cover of "Eleanor Rigby"), James Lecesne's Word of Mouth was a hit at 1995's "Solo Mio Festival." Lecesne plays…
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wednesday january 17 Border Crossing Three new exhibits look at immigration from numerous perspectives. "Points of Entry: A Nation of Strangers" examines immigration's history through photos, portraits, and illustrations by Dorothea Lange, Eadweard Muybridge, and others; it's on view 11…
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wednesday january 10 Skin Flick Film targets the eyes. Horror targets the body. Georges Franju's 1959 horror film The Eyes Without a Face combines these attacks with its tale of a surgeon who literally lifts the skin off the face…
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James Sullivan's Best Music, 1995 1. Insurgent Country/Twangcore/Cowpunk: Two of my favorite records of the year -- the Geraldine Fibbers' Lost Somewhere Between the Earth and My Home and Tarnation's Gentle Creatures -- took white trashdom to new extremes. The…
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wednesday january 3 Toru Toru Toru A sound design pioneer in the '50s and '60s, Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu has scored more than 90 films, including Woman of the Dunes and Akira Kurosawa's Ran. "My music is composed as if…
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wednesday december 27 Vacant Lot Ira Nowinski's "No Vacancy" records the history of the Yerba Buena Redevelopment Area, documenting the lives of local residents and their efforts to organize and protect their homes against the S.F. Redevelopment Agency. Through archival…
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wednesday december 20 Meet the Beatles ... Again In case you've spent the past month on Pluto, there was another Fab Four revival recently, with TV specials, a new double LP of rare and previously unreleased material, and enough hot…
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