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Saturday, March 18 2006

Music Day 2: Apologies and Local Diversions

When the overwhelming hype of the festival begins turning up underwhelming leads, it's important to get a little perspective from some of the city's fringe events.


Music Day 2: Everything’s Bigger in Texas

The second day of music madness is marked by mushrooming crowds, humidity, and an eclectic array of performers big and small.


Friday, March 17 2006

Music Day 1: Dream Pop and Dance Disasters

Annie put in an enervating performance while relative old-timers, Irving, briefly bring the rock.


Music Day 1: Hallelujah and All That Bullshit

Amos Lee sets new records in underwhelming while the Flaming Lips bring a cell phone surprise.


Thursday, March 16 2006

Film Day 4: Druggie Teens and The Female Orgasm, Part Two

A film that smells badly like teen spirit followed by another investigation of the wondrous mysteries of the vagina.


Film Days 4 and 5: Camps, Pixies, and Four Letter Words

Attending these events makes me feel a lot like one of those nature documentarians, tracking some bizarre annual urban migration.


Wednesday, March 15 2006

Film Day 2: Paying with Plastic and Playing an Invisible Guitar

It's time to cut up your Visa and play 'Barracuda' on a guitar built by the engineers of Wonder Woman's jet.


Film Day 3: Other Bodies, Other Selves

This year's festival is a scene Fellini would have been proud to shoot. And I haven't even gotten into the theater.


Tuesday, March 14 2006

Film Day 1: Mississippi Goddamn and the Dangerous Female O

A flawed film about Bible Belt gays and lesbians will melt your heart, while a film about the people who brought us PG-13 will blow your mind.


Film Days 1 and 2: Aged Wonders and Troubled Rebirths

The festival, you see, is both an indivisible whole and a Trinity, comprised of the line, the film, and the schmooze.


Wednesday, March 1 2006

FOUND Magazine

Gazing at the collected fragments of other people's litter, Schabe finds a little bit of himself and a lot of humanity in the magnifying glass world of the lost and FOUND.


Wednesday, February 22 2006

Bob Greene’s Be True to Your School

After exploring Bob Greene's diary of 1964 for the past 15 years, Besenyodi is able to move past Greene's very public fall from grace and maintain an appreciation for the book and its influence on his own origins and high school memories.


Wednesday, February 1 2006

Family Circus: Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love

Abernethy learns to look below the surface of appearances with the aid of a book that funhouse-mirrors our own ugliness and holds it up to the light in lurid spectacle.


Tuesday, December 13 2005

Every Bedroom Is a Porn Studio

An analysis of how gay-porn site Amateur Straight Guys indulges fantasies not of indulgence or sexual abandon but of control and revenge.


Wednesday, November 9 2005

Where’s My Dylar?: Don DeLillo’s White Noise

DeLillo's 1985 masterpiece has its finger on the pulse of our most universal preoccupations.


Wednesday, November 2 2005

Urban Urbanity: Fran Lebowitz

Gibron salutes the Messiah of Misery, a humorist ensconced in the concepts of camp and kitsch, the glee in gay culture, and inspirational insights into the life of the mind that would make Barton Fink balk.


Thursday, October 27 2005

From Your First Cigarette to Your Last Dyin’ Day: Schlong’s Punk Side Story

Horn discovers the hidden connections between Berkeley and Broadway. Start snapping your fingers....


Wednesday, October 12 2005

It Gets Under My Skin

The Body Worlds exhibit showcases human anatomy in a simultaneously life-affirming/death-everlasting way.


Tuesday, October 4 2005

Moon Musick: Coil’s Musick to Play in the Dark

In which Schiller discovers beauty and majesty that he never thought possible in experimental electronic music.


Wednesday, August 24 2005

The Iliad

Pride, lust, mortality, and divinity -- McClinton breaks down the heady language and epic grandeur of this classic of classics to reveal a heart that speaks to modern life as easily as it did the ancient world.


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