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Your Slacker, My Hero

The Big Lebowski opened in 1998 to mixed reviews and a so-so box office. Fresh off the smash success of their breakthrough 1996 movie Fargo, Joel and Ethan Coen had raised critics' expectations for yet another dark, demented comedy in…
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Wednesday, March 16, 2005 New York owns Broadway and Los Angeles hosts the film industry, but San Francisco's hardly the epicenter of what's left -- music, dance, or the visual arts. Yet despite our rep as a sleepy cultural backwater,…
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We're Sold

What could be more mundane than grocery shopping? Trundling a cart up the aisles, checking off items on a list (mustard, batteries, milk), numbly buying the same products each time until -- hello, what's this? -- a squashed ceramic replica…
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Wednesday, March 9, 2005 We first witnessed the art of So So Many White White Tigers lead singer Liza Thorn on the sidewalk outside Balazo Gallery one night. She simultaneously screeched, fell down, drank beer from a can, and delivered…
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Wednesday, March 2, 2005 Modern movie-watchers who've been exposed to Greta Garbo only through clips of scenes from her most famous roles, such as Camille's dying plea for solitude, often wonder what the big deal is. She's cute enough, sure,…
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Hide and Seek

I'm sure I'm not the only woman who prefers the cuter guys, more realistic sex, and lack of horrifying breast implants in gay male porn. So expect some ladies in the audience at the Gay Adult Film Festival, four nights…
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Wednesday, February 23, 2005 At this point, it's a given: The infamous WMDs the Bush administration used as a premise for the invasion of Iraq never existed. But at the time, the public didn't know whether Saddam Hussein had his…
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The Straight Girls Guide to Sleeping With Chicks

By Jen Sincero Fireside/Simon & Schuster (2005), $12 I'm either going to have to bang Jen Sincero or hand this book off to my husband, because it's just full of great tricks. Though the author runs through the gamut of…
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Wednesday, February 16, 2005 Surrealism is so strongly associated with Salvador Dali's limp clocks and René Magritte's apple-faced guy that we sometimes forget the style isn't just a footnote in art history books. As practiced by young and groovy artists…
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Fiends Forever

Few things last for almost 200 years. Corpses rot, buildings crumble, governments fall. But a horror novel published in 1818 by a 21-year-old Mary Shelley remains so relevant that its themes have been reworked repeatedly in books and movies. Now…
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Wednesday, February 9, 2005 Are your friends worthless? Sure, they make you laugh and drive you to the airport, but think of all the things you could be doing instead of hanging out with them week in and week out.…
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Wednesday, February 2, 2005 It's a long way, in our minds, from noise rock to Renaissance-inspired four-man harmonies laced with flute and melodica. But then, we are neither Josh Alper nor Hugh Holden, who came from acclaimed noise band the…
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Art Walks

ONGOING 2/4-26 The experience of catching someone's eye in a crowd -- or, as it was called in the 19th century, "love at last sight" -- is one of the deliciously private moments enjoyed by the elusive figure of the…
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Clone Zone

Rodger Roundy's paintings remind me of a celebrated San Francisco sexual oddball. Mike the PieMan followed up a grade school incident in which a group of girls cruelly smashed pastries into his face by developing a yen for being hit…
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Wednesday, January 26, 2005 Activists get a bad rap for lacking humor, but it's not always true: Witness the Internet phenom The Meatrix. This short animated film (in which "Moopheus" counsels "Leo," "This is the story we tell ourselves about…
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Wednesday, January 19, 2005 It's one thing to watch an adult recount painful childhood memories. It's quite another to watch a troubled kid grow up in front of your eyes. The documentary Tarnation begins with adult filmmaker Jonathan Caouette's discovery…
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Wednesday, January 12, 2005 We doubt we're the only ones who browse galleries full of images of hot chicks and wonder how the works are art and not porn. Let's tot up the similarities between this genre of art and…
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Wednesday, January 5, 2005 "Get your geek on," urges the Web site promoting Ultimate Film Fanatic, the Independent Film Channel game show, and that motto should give you some idea of what to expect from the "Ultimate Film Fanatic Challenge."…
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Microcosmic

Robert Schwartz's gouache and oil paintings resemble scenes captured from dreams -- assuming yours involve cat-suited jesters, shirtless guys lounging in trees, and forbidding Escher-like buildings. Fanciful imagery and brilliantly cheerful colors define the tiny works (most measure less than…
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Wednesday, December 29, 2004 Warm fuzzies, both literal and figurative, seem like an unusual subject for working artists -- cuteness has long been a hallmark of uninformed amateurs. But in the oddly titled exhibition "and now they aren't. but they…
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