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Jean Baudrillard is not dead.

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Ah, the ecstacy of pomo French theorizing: it feels like sandpaper, tastes like mint, and never leaves the cold bathroom. Sometimes it's a bloody butterfly. Other times it's a tongue on vinyl. And always the future conditional pluperfect leotard. Ce ca?

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And yet, the gulf may exist.

Fuck Baudrillard. Fuck Foucault. Read more »

Smells like art

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I knew I was in the right place. I could smell it before I even got in the building. The brazenly pungent aroma emanated out the glass doors, down the yellow walls of the entrance corridor, and out into the San Francisco Art Institute’s scenic courtyard.

It was a smell both foreign and familiar. Read more »

A party pooper's thoughts on 'Inland Empire'

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by Jason Shamai

Sitting in the theater the other night, it was with both great relief and great sadness that I realized I felt zero obligation to work out what was going on in David Lynch's Inland Empire. The movie practically dares you to be stupid enough to try, so I didn't. At first all I felt was the relief -- what a pleasure to let the movie's New Orleans funeral procession of words, sounds, images, and performances roll along without having to ask the left side of my brain to do anything. Read more »

You really need to go

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Fried chicken, hot boys, and DJ Derek B. Oh, and that Oscar thingie.

PS -- you MUST check out Juanita's New Pornographers vid

How Weird is on -- probably -- for one last year

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By Steven T. Jones
The How Weird Street Faire, which had its permits denied by city officials a couple weeks ago, won a bittersweet victory this morning at an appeals hearing before Department of Parking and Transportation administrator Bond Yee. "It's clear to me this event is popular, and that's a good thing, but that's also a bad thing," Yee said after hearing from supporters of the event and neighbors who complained that it's just too big and loud. Read more »

Shear variety

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Sagacious and audacious: Kiyoshi Kurosawa talks about Letters From Iwo Jima

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The Academy Awards lumber toward us, and Clint Eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima is up for some big ones. In this week's Guardian, Taro Goto, Assistant Director of the fast approaching San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, writes about the reactions to Eastwood's film in Japan. Goto also recently interviewed the director Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Cure; the Japanese version of Pulse; Bright Future) about Eastwood. Read more »

Getcher steaming hot Valentine's Day get-your-hate-off bake-off right here...

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Guardian film intern Matt Sussman reports on the best Valentine's Day party idea ever:

Contrary to popular belief Valentine's Day is not for lovers. It's really for the haters.

Nothing brings folk together like seething negativity, and nothing hardens hearts more than the perceived enjoyment of those "fortunate enough" to be in the throes of romantic bliss. The only sweetness encountered at the "Valentine's Can Fuck Off Bake Off" -- an annual house party/ baking competition -- was chocolate and lots of it. Read more »

Make your own toothpaste in Iowa, shave your armpits in San Francisco

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Tonight's episode of ABC's Wife Swap pits Iowa farm family the Haigwoods (apocalypse-fixated and obsessed with raw food, they even eat raw meat; the kids are home-schooled and spend all day working on the farm; they don't clean their home because they think germs are helpful -- and that manure can cure cancer) and San Francisco sophisticates the Hess-Webbs (neat freaks who eat out several times a week and put great emphasis on their clothing and appearance).

Naturally, the sparks (essential in Wife Swap, which tee Read more »

Hamburger Eyes epicenter kicks it

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Hard-partyin', hard-workin' Hamburger Eyes photo collective threw a grand opening party - on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, of all days (love those dudes!) - for their photo epicenter, 26 Lilac, off 24th and Mission, SF. The collective promise that a spot for pro color and B&W darkroom rentals, custom printing, digital production, and classes. Read more »