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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 »

Local Artists of the Week: Guillermo Gómez-Peña and James Luna

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LOCAL ARTISTS Guillermo Gómez-Peña and James Luna
TITLE Photos of El Mexican’t and The Shame-man
THE STORY Chicano performance artist Gómez-Peña’s and Native American conceptual artist Luna’s ongoing project The Shame-man meets El Mexican’t challenges stereotypes, assumptions, and lazy thinking about race and culture. Read more »

George Carlin: Gee, he was here a minute ago

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'Tokyo Gore Police,' 'Machine Girl' splash down at Hole in the Head's finale

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One-armed bandit: Machine Girl's Asami lost an arm in her battle against a shady ninja family, but that doesn't mean you should stand in the way of her quest for vengeance (witness the poor slob in the rear).

Ho boy, are you ready for the nightmares? That's practically guaranteed this weekend as the Another Hole in the Head fest closes out with its final mow-down. Read more »

Free glam lashings at Shu Uemura, all summer long

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Color me impressed: the source (water) color palette from Shu Uemura's limited-edition summer collection, Hana-bi.

I had too much sake to steer last night - the Muni was just the ticket after the fab lil' get-together at Shu Uemura's Fillmore Street boutique. Read more »

Montreal Fringe Festival: on y va le Fringe!

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By Nicole Gluckstern

It's official, I've gone bi. Bi-coastally Fringe that is. The 18th annual Montreal Fringe Festival has begun, and I'm here to play my role. Like the San Francisco Fringe, of which I'm also a part, the Montreal Fringe offers an eclectic array of unjuried theatrical performances, from dance to drama, acrobatics to absurdities, spoken word to shadow puppetry. Read more »

I'm a highway star

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By Dona Bridges

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From Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof, the last great car movie

June is here at last, and the door to summer is swinging on its green hinges—we may even get one of those fabled, rare warm nights tonight. Read more »

Quickies: Fast reviews of Frameline fest films

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Still from The Lost Coast

FRIDAY, JUNE 20
The Lost Coast (Gabriel Fleming, US, 2008) Writer-director Fleming recorded location sound for Kelly Reichardt’s Old Joy (2006), and all that time spent in Oregon’s Cascade Mountains must have rubbed off on him. Read more »