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The Pirate and the Princess

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This week, in Careers and Education, Justin Juul seeks expert help to write erotic prose. Here's his first attempt at the easy to publish, but not so easy to write, art form. And yes, he found a pseudonym.

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The pirate costume I ordered from eBay was sitting in a box by my door when I got home last night. I took it upstairs, set it on the kitchen table, and poured myself a glass of rum. Read more »

Magic and memory: Matt Sussman chats with Apichatpong Weerasethakul

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Whereas David Lynch at times utilizes all the excesses of a bad rock video to give form to the dream logic of his films, Apichatpong "Joe" Weerasethakul creates quietly evocative cinematic reveries. Paced to the unhurried rhythms of their character's lives and structured around the landscapes (frequently, the verdantly green jungles of his native Thailand) in which they unfold, Apichatpong's films invite introspective contemplation as much as they have puzzled many an audience and critic. Read more »

Blue Door's Delroy Lindo -- an ethic for theater

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Delroy Lindo has appeared in dozens of films over the years. Currently, he's directing Tanya Barfield’s Blue Door at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Lindo, who played Herald Loomis in the Broadway run of August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, has only recently returned to the stage. He brings the intensity and drive that comes through on the screen to his directorial work – this is the first time he’s directed in the Bay Area - and to his conversation. Read more »

After Dark tote bags -- on the phone with Lypsinka

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No one knows more about timing than Lypsinka, who could school every MTV video clone of the past two decades on the art of talking silent and saying something. The lady is in town at the Plush Room with her most recent show, The Passion of the Crawford. While Passion draws upon an onstage interview with a drunk, fiesty and almost huggable Joan Crawford for much of its material, Lypsinka's portrayal is still hypnotically scathing, while also appreciative of the star's pre-feminist power. Read more »

International Ms. Leather: "A stick of gum, a SuperBall, and a frog"

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Well, I didn't get to go to any Cat Circus like Ms. Cheryl Eddy (see previous post), but I DID get to attend the fantastic International Ms. Read more »

One weird Easter

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I blame the cats. The Russian cats. The Moscow Cats Theatre. First of all, when the cat circus comes to town, I'm pretty sure there's a law on the books that you don't miss it under any circumstances. Actual performing cats! Kitties in little sparkly ruffs, scampering across high wires and jumping through hoops! Who passes that up??

Pretty much everyone I happen to know, it seems. Read more »

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Missive from Whiskeyville

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From the files of our cocktail sniffer Jonathan Beckhardt

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Dear Mom,

I am sorry that I only contact you when i need something, but I was wondering if you could send me my whiskey-shoes. I imagine they're on the bottom shelf of my dresser, since I haven't worn them since Jim Holt's barbecue last summer. If you could get them in the mail this week, that would be great, as I need them for next Saturday. Read more »

6 great sandwich shops

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The sandwich has both moral turpitude and spiritual strength in its legendary origins. It was named for John Montagu (1718-1792), the fourth Earl of Sandwich and member of the infamous cabal of whoring, hammered, pseudo-satanic noblemen known as “The Friars of Saint Francis of Wycombe,” but better known as “The Hellfire Club.” Montagu, who had a fondness of deflowering virgins, was also fond of eating cold roast beef between bread so he could continue gambling at cribbage without getting the cards greasy. Read more »

We see dead people: Traipsing through the valley of the Bay Area kings, all dead as coffin nails

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It's always a grand old, gruesome time visiting Mountain View Cemetery at the dead edges of Oakland. The Bay's most historic burial ground was designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, who also had a hand in NYC's Central Park and Yosemite, and encompasses so many generations, grandiose sacrophagi, weird crypts, oddball mausoleums, and intriguing headstones that one's head begins to spin, imagining all the dead people roaming Gold Rush 'Fisco, bunkered down during WW II, forever dying young and leaving a beautiful monument. Read more »