Pixel Vision

L'homme de evasion: Tell No One

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By Erik Morse

Winner of four 2007 César Awards, including Best Director and Best Actor, Tell No One -- aka Ne le dis à personne -- stars François Cluzet as Alexandre Beck, a successful Parisian doctor whose wife Margot (Marie-Josée Croze) is horribly murdered in the disturbing opening scene. Huit ans plus tard and we learn that Beck has been investigated, harrassed and scapegoated by the gendarmerie for the crime until several key pieces of evidence link Margot’s death to the work of a local serial killer. Read more »

Local Artist of the Week: Jen Merrill

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LOCAL ARTIST Jen Merrill
TITLE The Proportion of Perception
THE STORY Inspired by scientific anatomical studies and human interactions, Merrill uses paper, paint, and her scalpel to create a three-dimensional world of eerie, sometimes humorous figures. Read more »

Lit: Commie Girl rips OC, invades SF

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By Kat Renz

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Commie Girl on the OC: “It took Senor Schwarzenegger’s propositions, overwhelmingly denied through the rest of the state and overwhelmingly approved here, to make me see just how willingly I’d blinded myself. It’s not the conservatism that bothers me: it’s the nastiness. The nattering classes I’d thought were fringey were in fact the decision makers.”

First off, what a great word: nattering. Second, really? Read more »

Semiconscious Consumerism: American Spirits light the way to the finish line

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Just in time for the Fourth of Independenciality, another installment of our Semiconscious Consumerism blog by confused-with-a-capitalism-C Justin Juul. To read about his previous Nike vs. American Apparel torment, click here.

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Sweatpants and Spirits. Read more »

'Usually I like it when you play with yourself,' or Richard T. Walker at Iceberger

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By Ari Messer

Continuing to glide through artistic media, the Mission's new Iceberger gallery opened its fifth show, Richard T. Walker's video installation, "sometimes i like you more than othertimes," with a bang on June 14. Read more »

Local Artist of the Week: Praba Pilar

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LOCAL ARTIST Praba Pilar
TITLE Performance still from The Church of Nano Bio Info Cogno
THE STORY Reverend Praba Pilar of the Church of Nano Bio Info Cogno travels the world offering fantastical prophesies, outrageous sermons, incantations, neorituals, and a freshly minted techno-communion with emerging technology. Read more »

More Montreal Fringe Fest: Peg-Ass-Us, Zombie parties, faux kraut rock ...

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Nicole Gluckstern reports from the Montreal Fringe Festival. You can read part one here.

It's Monday morning, three am. Read more »

Burning Man film revives key conflict

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A new film about Burning Man – Dust & Illusions, which has its first public screening tomorrow night at CELLspace in a benefit for the fire arts collective Flaming Lotus Girls – revives questions about whether the rapidly growing event has missed an opportunity to transform itself from the best party on the planet into an important and enduring sociopolitical movement. Read more »

LIT: Beautiful photography exposes crude reality

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photo by Lou Dematteis

Crude Reflections opens with pastoral scenes of a rainforest lagoon and the looming roots of a giant ceiba tree. Indigenous Ecuadorians are dancing in an open-air hall and traveling by canoe down tributaries of the Amazon River. A placid stretch of water seems threatened by nothing more than a puffy white thunderhead.

Turn the page. Read more »

Frameline: Project Runway's Jay and the perils of PR

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By Jason Shamai

Part of what makes Project Runway so good is that it loves its clever queers. By no means is the show light on standard-issue drama, but one thing its producers and editors don't abide is bullshit fabulousness comedy routines. They love their bitchy overcompensators (Christian) and their angelic peacekeepers (Danny V.) and their hyperbaric chambermaids (Austin Scarlett, and Malan Breton from Taiwan) and their everything-but-the-sodomy queens (Vincent Libretti), but they would not put up with a Carson Kressley. Read more »