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Avatars smoking expensive cigars

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By Lotto Chancellor

My avatar has a 7.5 soft, looks like the late Vonnegut Jr., and speaks French. And he can make all my delusions of grandeur come virtually true.

For those who don’t know: an avatar is a simulated, pixilated, entirely customizable web identity rendered by the programmer gods in the image of man. Websites like SecondLife.com give users the chance to guide their avatars through virtual worlds in search of racy online chatting, or perhaps a pair of those brand name cybersneakers. Read more »

"Remarkable Men" at Jack Hanley

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Monkeying around: Djordje Ozbolt's Little Ricky.

By Amy Glasenapp

Friday night, Sept. 7, and art was in the air. Among the early evening spatter of exhibitions in the Mission District was “Meetings with Remarkable Men,” a small but salient show of paintings by Serbian artist Djordje Ozbolt. Read more »

Farewell, fingerpainter

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Intern Amber Peckham remembers outsider artist Jimmy Lee Sudduth.

As a sixth grader on a field trip to Washington DC, I was fortunate enough to see one of Jimmy Lee Sudduth’s works, Fantastic Building, on display at the Smithsonian Institute. It was the only painting that lingered in my mind on the long drive home, simultaneously conjuring up fond memories of sand castles and horrific daydreams of prisons and boarding schools. Read more »

Throw back the throwback "Brave One"...puleeze!

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Ms. 45 2007? Jodie Foster and her point-n-shoot.

You kind of want to like this film, because you appreciate Foster's mini-genre of woman-alone-against-a-threatening-world;Terrence Howard's twinkly, tear-eyed, shiny-jelly-bean cuteness; and the general '70s-era throwback Ms. 45 tone of the entire outing. Read more »

Rosh Hashanah newbie

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Fabulous intern Amber Peckham takes in the Jewish New Year tradition for the first time.

As a Wiccan, I often get mistaken for a Jew. The percentage of people who are unable to recognize the difference in shape (and the difference in doctrine) between a five pointed star and a six pointed one is a lot larger than any intelligent member of society would like to fathom. Therefore, the opportunity to live with my Jewish relatives in San Rafael when I came to the Bay Area from Indiana was one that both amused and excited me. Read more »

Tattoo you: David Cronenberg on ultra-violent horror, insect opera, naked knife fights, and more

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David Cronenberg, right, and Viggo Mortensen field questions at the Toronto film festival. Photo courtesy of Yahoo News.

Body horror – that’s the cinematic genre tag that’s often been slapped on filmmaker David Cronenberg, who brushes it off like so much splattered gray matter before confessing, “I’m happy that some people think I invented my own genre or something like that. Read more »

Stuck inside of Toronto with the movie blues again

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Day Five of the Toronto International Film Festival: I had to make a Bob Dylan pun above because today I saw I'm Not There, Todd Haynes' tribute to the star (focusing on the young, exciting, pre-Victoria's Secret sellout years, thankfully). There's a lot going on here -- I'm sure you've already heard about the gimmick of having several different actors play Dylan or Dylanesque characters. Read more »

LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!

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I knew there had to be a silver lining to the predictable cavalcade of hate for B_____y S____a' VMA performance: it's providing Chris Crocker with his biggest crossover to date.

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He brings it, too, seizing the moment to let us all know what the title "Gimme More" is about and to show why Perez Hilton is worse than Paris Hilton. What in tarnation has the 21st century answer to Jonathan Caouette's boy-self wrought? Read more »

"It's meant to be funny!"

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Day four of the Toronto International Film Fest: So, I was wrong. Nick Broomfield's Battle for Haditha isn't a documentary. Hell, it doesn't even have any voice-over. It's a drama -- a docu-drama -- that reenacts a real-life Iraq war incident in which a roadside IED led to the death of one American solider -- and in turn, many Iraqi civilians (including children) shot to death by the fallen soldier's weary, emotional, and confused squadmates. Read more »

Drag queens for dessert

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"Sharlyn melon granita, rose geranium ice cream, and lavender cookies"

--- a delicious dessert at Nopa in the Western Addition, or a trio of soon-to-be-famous drag queens? Either way: scrumptious.

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Lavender Cookies? Nah, it's Ethyl Merman .....

The Bay Guardian: all drag queens, all the time.