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Culture, Feature Whose Line Is It, Anyway?

Whose Line Is It, Anyway?

Tabitha Lahr isn't so sure about the latest real estate crypto-acronym for her neighborhood. "Doesn't 'DivCo' sound like a terrible supermarket?" she asks. "I'm not a huge abbreviator. And nobody wants to call it 'NoPa.'" She's an artist, baker, freelance…
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Culture, Feature Kubrick: The Cabinet of Dr. Strangelove

Kubrick: The Cabinet of Dr. Strangelove

As you walk up the stairs towards "Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition," you might miss an anteroom on your right. Separated from the main gallery of Kubrick film paraphernalia, this waiting room, at a passing glance, registers as a blank space.…
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Culture, Feature Colonial Mentality

Colonial Mentality

Until President Barack Obama signed legislation last month that eliminated "Oriental," "Eskimo," "Negro," and other outdated terms as references in written federal laws, the U.S. government effectively sanctioned those terms for public use. These vestiges of racist colonial-era mores remained…
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Culture, Feature Entran-sed

Entran-sed

Once again, public restrooms have become the locus of the fight for equal rights. In retrograde states like North Carolina, the struggle over allowing transgender Americans the right to use the toilet corresponding with their gender identity has complicated the…
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Culture, Feature Droning On and On: Jeremy Scahill on Obama's War

Droning On and On: Jeremy Scahill on Obama's War

As a muckraking national security and foreign affairs journalist whose beat is whistleblowers, drone warfare, and other stuff the federal government would prefer he leave alone, Jeremy Scahill is disappointed he didn't get an extra pat-down before his flight to…
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Culture, Feature Mechanical Animals: Theo Jansen's Strandbeests

Mechanical Animals: Theo Jansen's Strandbeests

When looking at art, the rule of thumb is not to get too close, lest a no-nonsense guard shame you with a reprimand. In the case of Theo Jansen's strandbeests, it's important not to crowd around behind them on the…
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Culture, Feature Grace and Style at MoAD

Grace and Style at MoAD

Clad in impossibly elegant tailoring and never failing to accessorize, the Sapeurs are a Congolese subculture bent on looking suave no matter the financial cost. A pun on sape, French for "attire," the name derives from the Société des Ambianceurs…
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Culture, Feature Living Single: Charlie Levin at SFIAF

Living Single: Charlie Levin at SFIAF

"When you're right and everyone else is wrong, there's no room for anything else," says the artist Charlie Levin, who spent time in a community of Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs "living together in conflict." The community's schools teach children…
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Culture, Feature Famous Anus: How Robert Mapplethorpe Made Photography the Equal of Painting

Famous Anus: How Robert Mapplethorpe Made Photography the Equal of Painting

For someone as in love with the human face as Robert Mapplethorpe, choosing to photograph a fully hooded subject might sound curious — at first. The erotic dehumanization of some forms of BDSM play erases individuality — it could be…
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Culture, Feature Thinking Inside the Box: Anna Pulley's Lesbian Haiku

Thinking Inside the Box: Anna Pulley's Lesbian Haiku

Not all illustrated books destined for a coffee table or the top of a toilet tank reference Vita Sackville-West — the British poet, gardener, and sometimes-lover of Virginia Woolf — but Anna Pulley's The Lesbian Sex Haiku Book (with Cats!)…
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Culture, Feature An Afternoon With Noel Fielding

An Afternoon With Noel Fielding

Though outlandish costumes are an integral element in Noel Fielding's smash BBC 3 show The Mighty Boosh and his follow-up, Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy, he's not hard to spot out in the wild. When he arrives at The Station in…
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Culture, Feature Easter Offensive: Surviving the Mothership to Reno

Easter Offensive: Surviving the Mothership to Reno

There are two fears you must conquer when traveling to Reno over Easter weekend on a bus filled with 40 drag queens: getting up on stage in a wig and a dress — if applicable — and urinating in a…
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Culture, Feature Courtney Love Doesn't Want to Be a Grandma

Courtney Love Doesn't Want to Be a Grandma

When Vanity Fair dispatched Kevin Sessums to profile Courtney Love in the '90s, longtime editor Graydon Carter gave him some advice: "Say 'fuck' a lot and act like that's what you want to do to her." It worked well enough…
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Culture, Feature Sally Field, Hipster Icon?

Sally Field, Hipster Icon?

Sally Field does not care to dress like a hipster. As the title character in Hello, My Name Is Doris, she plays a mildly eccentric mouse of a woman who lives alone on Staten Island, commutes by ferry to a…
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Culture, Feature The Restored Hibernia Bank Wants a Tenant

The Restored Hibernia Bank Wants a Tenant

Winter is coming. Winter, that is, in the sense of hibernia, the Latin word for the coldest season. (The Romans, upon conquering most of ancient Britannia, referred to the rainy island now known as Ireland as Hibernia, or the Land…
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Culture, Feature Queen of Cups: An Interview with Natalie Portman

Queen of Cups: An Interview with Natalie Portman

Finding your place in the world is difficult. But if you get sidetracked by Hollywood temptations — liquid breakfasts, powdered lunches, and intravenous dinners, broken up by outings to strip clubs, plastic surgeons and luxury automotive retailers — it's easy…
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Culture, Feature The Big Island

The Big Island

The Big Island is unlike any other island experience in Hawaiʻi. Adventures are found around every turn: in desolate lava fields, on gorgeous onyx and green sand beaches, amidst lush rain forests, atop snow-capped mountains, in underground lava tubes, and…
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Culture, Feature Your 2016 Sketchfest Guide

Your 2016 Sketchfest Guide

Christmas may have come on Dec. 25, but one of the year's best gifts will be opened today. This is when Sketchfest, three weeks of the best comedy programming you can imagine, descends on San Francisco for its 16th year…
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Culture, Feature Who to See at Sketchfest

Who to See at Sketchfest

Once again, San Francisco's annual Sketchfest comedy festival is upon us, and once again the options for mirth, merriment, and contented confusion are endless. Like arriving at a Cineplex with no earthly idea what film you want to see, trying…
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Culture, Feature Mr. Shows: Paul F. Tompkins

Mr. Shows: Paul F. Tompkins

Take away the bowtie and the ravishing moustache and Paul F. Tompkins could be almost anyone. In the last year, he's played a slew of characters on podcasts and television, running the gamut from the time machine-wielding H.G Wells to…
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