Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

Doomsday dream believer

A documentary uncovers Jim Jones's bad faith and the how behind the Guyana tragedy
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"We didn't commit suicide," Jim Jones gravely intones in an audiotape capturing the final moments of Jonestown. "We committed an act of revolutionary suicide protesting the conditions of an inhumane world."Read more »

Hotel California

Z marks the present moment in Culture Clash's excellent Zorro in Hell
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The father of all masked superheroes, Zorro first appeared in California in 1919, in serial form, brought to life by pulp writer Johnston McCulley. Soon afterward, the suave, playful Zorro (the secret identity of the decidedly unglamorous Don Diego Vega) became an enduring international phenomenon, thanks to screen legend Douglas Fairbanks Sr., and continues to evolve in a slew of films, TV shows, and comic books up to and including a new Isabel Allende novel and a forthcoming musical scored by the Gipsy Kings.Read more »

Zombies are back!

Chris D. reanimates a classic LA punk incarnation of the Flesh Eaters
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In early 1981 a Los Angeles punk band called the Flesh Eaters made a record called A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die for the Slash Records imprint Ruby. The band members that recorded the album played only a handful of shows and then went their separate ways. Now, almost 25 years later, these monsters have crawled out from under a rock to perform just a few more times, concluding with an appearance at the influential All Tomorrow's Parties Festival, in Great Britain. Read more »

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, all right already

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SONIC REDUCER In the best of all music fans' worlds, an album will grow on you like lichen, excessive body hair, or a parasite à la guinea worm, only with more pleasure and less arterial spray, I pray. You like it more and more as you play-repeat-play. It starts with an ear-catching opening track or appetite-whetting overture, as that well-worn pop recipe goes, and builds momentum until track three or four. Read more »

Use that Star Power wisely

Guitar Hero (RedOctane)
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GAMER Rhythm games are a mixed bag, but the good ones are great. Games like Karaoke Revolution, Dance Dance Revolution, and now Guitar Hero (PS2) set the standard. This game is so much fun it makes jerks explode.Read more »

Strike a pose

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I keep waiting for Madonna to have her James Frey moment. Some Jewish Web site — a philo-Semitic "Who's Jewish?" site like Jewlicious or one of the many anti-Semitic "Who's Jewish?" sites — will be looking for a photo of Madonna in her Zohar whites and red bracelet at the Kabbalah Center and won't be able to find it. Read more »

Going blank again

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THE SOUNDTRACK FROM Garden State  (Twentieth Century Fox Home Video, $29.98) has now infiltrated a healthy percentage of San Francisco's cafés and boutiques. The country is a-flower with new Shins fans, while the coffers of Messrs. Simon and Garfunkel, whose "Only Living Boy in New York" surfaces in the film at a moment of rain-soaked poignancy, are no doubt ringing with the cl ink ing sound of incoming royalties on the latest round of reunion-tour and greatest-hits albums. Read more »

No one steps to Kitchen Stadium!

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TV

Taking over Project Runway's time slot, Top Chef has some big shoes to fill. No, I don't mean Santino's (or his friend Tony Ward's) or creepy Heidi Klum's. How in the hell does this show even think it can approximate the greatness of Iron Chef? (Not the US version — I'd sooner flay Bobby Flay than pledge allegiance to any culinary competitor other than the huggable Hiroyuki Sakai.) Read more »

Whither Slither?

Slimy things in film.
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What, you don't already have plans to see Slither? A glistening new horror comedy is certainly reason to break out the Sno-Caps and take the missus to the picture show. Slither heralds the feature directing debut of James Gunn, a screenwriter with Sgt. Kabukiman on his résumé (Troma overlord Lloyd Kaufman cameos in Slither as "Sad Drunk"), as well as both Scooby-Doo movies (boo!) and the recent Dawn of the Dead remake (yeah!). Read more »

Vainglorious

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"You sound like such an old fogey when you go on about 'the club kids.' And how you do go on," hissed a perfectly middle-aged acquaintance sporting a ginormous fun-fur cap with big floppy ears sewn on. Oof. It was bad enough I was frittering my nightlife away at yet another no-host-bar art opening while half my friends were at the GayVN Awards (the "Oscars of gay porn") in LA, another bunch were rocking out at South by Southwest in Austin, and the rest were sunning their itchy waxes in Miami at the Winter Music Conference. But old fogey? What the heck's a fogey? Read more »