Saturday, March 18 2006
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.
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
Annie put in an enervating performance while relative old-timers, Irving, briefly bring the rock.
Amos Lee sets new records in underwhelming while the Flaming Lips bring a cell phone surprise.
Thursday, March 16 2006
A film that smells badly like teen spirit followed by another investigation of the wondrous mysteries of the vagina.
Attending these events makes me feel a lot like one of those nature documentarians, tracking some bizarre annual urban migration.
Wednesday, March 15 2006
It's time to cut up your Visa and play 'Barracuda' on a guitar built by the engineers of Wonder Woman's jet.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
DeLillo's 1985 masterpiece has its finger on the pulse of our most universal preoccupations.
Wednesday, November 2 2005
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
Horn discovers the hidden connections between Berkeley and Broadway. Start snapping your fingers....
Wednesday, October 12 2005
The Body Worlds exhibit showcases human anatomy in a simultaneously life-affirming/death-everlasting way.
Tuesday, October 4 2005
In which Schiller discovers beauty and majesty that he never thought possible in experimental electronic music.
Wednesday, August 24 2005
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.