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Agnés Varda: Gleaning the Dispossessed

It is the two divides -- between the rich and the poor, between publicity and the practices of everyday life -- that most concerns Agnés Varda.

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Pretty Much a Rock Band: An Interview with Kinski

Kinski guitarist Chris Martin says he'll never be nervous again after the summer's last-minute, arena-sized tour with Tool. His Seattle four-piece may be the only band ever to open for Tool and record a split with Acid Mothers Temple.

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17 Mar 2008 // 11:00 PM

Music Days 3 & 4: “Too Much Fun”

With 40+ bands to catch, plenty of beer to be drunk, and only four Bathroom Breaks between the two of them, we wonder about the state of our writers’ bladders. Either they’re shockingly resilient or there was a gold pile of good music this weekend. Our sources say yes.

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17 Mar 2008 // 11:00 PM

Classical Egypt in America

By shining the light on the vast, rich cultures of the Middle East, these musicians are bringing misconceptions and misunderstandings out of the darkness of the past, not to mention the dark corners of our present.

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17 Mar 2008 // 10:59 PM

Film Days 5-7: Amazing Truths and Beautiful Losers

Explorations into the complex lives and motivations of a Filipina transsexual and Lower East Side graffiti artists, among others, trump the perplexing polyamory of Scorsese, the Stones, and IMAX. Meanwhile, torture-porn loses whatever remaining edge it had.

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Music Days 1 & 2: Rabid Blues-Punk, Americana, and a Whole Lot of Crooning

PopMattters gladly shoves its neck under the Guilloteens before getting buried alive under a huge bed sheet at Mae Shi and walloped by just a few legendary Americana artists: but it's the good kind of violence, we swear.

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16 Mar 2008 // 11:00 PM

Surviving Le Crunch

On rugby rivalry, Anglo-French relations, and places in Paris that Englishmen should avoid.

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20 Questions: Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette Winterson's philosophy, as revealed in her response to PopMatters 20 Questions, seems to be: let Art engage and challenge you, and engage yourself artfully, in turn.

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PHOTOS: SXSW Music Days 2-4

Pics of Simian Mobile Disco, Le Loup, Clipse, No Age, Woods and many more.

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Film - Days 3 and 4: Marijuana, Joy Division and Ear Candy Galore

Rock operas sink, while PopMatters swims -- in documentaries, that is. From the new Joy Division doc to a spoof of Super Size Me to a journey into the high-stakes gantlet of high school student government elections, we've got coverage of the latest docs from the SXSW Film Festival right here behind the click.

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13 Mar 2008 // 11:00 PM

The Ballot or the Beef

It's possible that hip-hop and the US government have been engaged in the longest running beef of all, from the infamous FBI letter sent to NWA in 1998 to the Congressional Hearings in 2007 seeking to investigate hip-hop lyrics.

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13 Mar 2008 // 10:59 PM

The Truth You Say?: The End of ‘The Wire’

Finding ourselves at the end of The Wire we might ask: what was the point of these sometimes hopeful but often tragic stories? What purpose did they serve?

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PHOTOS: SXSW Music Day 1

Pics from the event at Emo's including The Wedding Present, Why?, The Mae Shi and YACHT.

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If It’s Gay, It’s Gotta Be Good, Right?

Dante's Cove isn't the only piece of gay schlock to be embraced by the gay and lesbian community – we're quick to latch on to almost anything gay-related and rally around it, no matter how bad it may be.

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Conquest of Paradise: Spain at SXSW 2008

With an ever growing sense of belonging to a certain international musical indie community and with better weapons than ever, Spanish acts of astonishing quality abound in this year’s SXSW.

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Various Artists: City of Dreams

This collection spreads piano, blues, street beats, and slippery funk over four discs that are as joyous and imperfect as the Crescent City itself.

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11 Mar 2008 // 11:00 PM

Film: Days 1 and 2

During Days 1 and 2 of the SXSW film festival, PopMatters dives head-first into the darkest depths of the human psyche, only to emerge cold and bleary-eyed several hours later, and with a few great movies to show for it.

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11 Mar 2008 // 11:00 PM

A Return to Rhetoric

Long past the days of the eloquent Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., or John F. Kennedy, Americans have rediscovered the desire to be absorbed by words, stirred by words, even awed by words, again.

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10 Mar 2008 // 11:00 PM

Identity Thief: “There’s Banksy”

If people knew who he was, if they could point and whisper, “There’s Banksy” as he gingerly squeezed tomatoes at his local supermarket, would his art lose its power?

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10 Mar 2008 // 11:00 PM

The Gap: Charles Lloyd

Saxophonist Charles Lloyd enjoyed periods of critical acclaim, popular celebration, eccentric withdrawal, and general trivialization. He was easy to ignore if you came of jazz fan age after 1970, and that's a shame.

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Ubisoft Understands the Art of the Climb

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"Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed and Grow Home epitomize the art of the climb.

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