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Tuesday, January 31 2006

Stop Playing with Your Ticket: An Investigation of Concert-going Practices

Feeling stifled by symphonic stodginess? Jenkins reviews concert-going practices of previous centuries and suggests ways to improve the concert experience in our own.


Monday, January 30 2006

Too American?

Staying true to one's nationality while embracing the culture of another can create a soul-searching challenge.


Sunday, January 29 2006

Peanuts Brittle

In Royal's theatrical adaptation of the Peanuts cartoon strip, Charlie Brown and the gang have grow older, been through some hard times. It's sometimes funny, sometimes morbid. But like it's one-dimensional inspiration, it never manages to get 'real'.


An Anthropologist on Mars

Want to learn more about the human race? Just turn on the TV and experience the foibles and frivolities of mankind as seen through the eyes of 'the others' -- filters in the form of aliens, robots, and talking animals.


Thursday, January 26 2006

Sweet Relief

What if you could have the majestic intensity of metal music without the overblown male bravado? One Dutch band's frontwoman sheds some light on goth-tinged rock and single-handedly alters the dimensions of doom.


Wednesday, January 25 2006

Public Figure Him Figurehead

A visual hiphop artist, Basquiat rolled hiphop style by liberally sampling African-American icons, comic book superheroes, and cultural totems at will.


Tuesday, January 24 2006

Spies Like Us, or, Not Just Anyone Can Be a Dick

From one master of disguise and snooping about to another; only I can detect the ploy behind your clever techniques! But no worries -- your secrets are safe with me.


Art and Artifice

Trends, fads and formulas -- the stuff of modern cinema. This month's To Be Seen looks back at how Hollywood came to this place, and reflects on a time when a 'movie' and a 'film' were not two different artistic ideals.


Monday, January 23 2006

A Change in Seasons (Greetings)

He wants to stay in your good graces, so Holden and his family (yes! the whole family, for including close relations in this complicated, frenzied relations ritual are important!) send their nenga jou to you. All the way from the land of ReDotPop.


A New Kind of Magic: Part I: The Power of Prestidigitation

In the first of a three-part look at the symbiotic relationship between the horror film and special effects, our Dread specialist argues for magician George Melies' place as the father of all F/X-based fright flicks.


Sunday, January 22 2006

Where Have You Gone, J.D.?:  Pro Sports Fans in a Pomo Flux

The marquee names of a franchise are no longer written in lights, as in the time of Joe (J.D.) DiMaggio, but rather in sand, as in the time of Johnny (J.D.) Damon.


Ladies’ Plight

What's most notable about superstars in the last decade is not that there are so few of them. It's that none of them have been female. Of Hollywood's elite women, several have found success largely in the shadows of men.


Thursday, January 19 2006

Post (Modern) Punk

Gimme gimme mock treatment! A Shanghai folk band go suddenly and self-consciously punk in front of an in-on-the-joke Beijing audience.


Meta-Bullshit:  The Trouble with Sarah Silverman and the Fawning Cult of Meta-Bigotry

In the guise of smarts, there's woeful lack of intellect. Silverman tears-up the historical significance of the words she uses only to quilt them back together in meticulously parsed clashes of shock.


Wednesday, January 18 2006

SupraDeluxe Interactive Reader Edition

Our intrepid correspondent answers his fan mail. That which is publishable, anyway.


Monday, January 16 2006

A Pack of Pandas

Zoo-kept pandas inspire musings on civilization-kept humans' sexual behavior.


Love Is Risky Business

With all the Oscar buzz swirling around Ang Lee's taboo-busting drama, our literary liaison wants us to not forget the stellar short story it's based upon.


Sunday, January 15 2006

The Year in Review

Gadgets & Technological Moments of 2005 You Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda Noticed.


Thursday, January 12 2006

Chuck Berry: A-Merry-Can Rebel

Hail! Hail! One of rock 'n' roll's most innovative mavericks whose dissenting rebellion was fueled by subversive humor.


Wednesday, January 11 2006

Cairo in Capetown

Away on holiday Lindsey finds that thoughts of Cairo have followed her to Capetown, and representations of Egypt are seen nearly everywhere in South Africa. If only she could bring back hopeful traces of Capetown for Cairo...


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