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2004 Stories by Hiya Swanhuyser

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  • Leave Them Kids Alone

    published December 22, 2004

    Bad Education is a dream come true for many reasons, but first and foremost, the pairing of director Pedro Almodóvar with actor... More >>

  • Large and Lovely

    published December 8, 2004

    At first blush, it sounds like Burning Man: A temporary city springs up on a dusty plain, complete with its own Department of Works. Lured by the... More >>

  • Here Beneath Low-Flying Planes

    published November 24, 2004

    By Merrill Feitell University of Iowa (2004), $15.95 In case you've ever wondered whether sharp wits, good education, and... More >>

  • With Avengeance

    published November 24, 2004

    We know some cynical tykes who start whining every time an old band plays a few shows. "On the paying-for-their-coffins tour?" they mewl. And... More >>

  • Cinema Paradiso

    published November 10, 2004

    The sprawling International Latino Film Festival covers a lot of ground: Among its 81 films, it's got everything from heartwarming... More >>

  • What You're Mission

    published October 27, 2004

    Sergio de la Mora is nothing if not a diplomat. Addressing the issue of gentrification in the Mission District, the curator and assistant... More >>

  • Live, Through This

    published October 13, 2004

    Just a guess: You've been feeling cynical lately. Everything seems crappy, or fake, or stupid. The whole election situation makes you want to... More >>

  • Vote El Vez

    published September 29, 2004

    One of the best Elvis Presley impersonators in the world isn't very faithful to the King of Rock 'n' Roll. He doesn't re-create specific shows, he... More >>

  • Sugar and Spice

    published September 15, 2004

    Reality is grim. Not only is there a war on, but also Blind Date continues to enforce idiocy and hatred between sexy singles nightly. For... More >>

  • Publish It Yourself

    published September 1, 2004

    The first zine I ever saw was Pippilotta in the jampot come quick ville villecula! It called for revolution, railed against racism, and... More >>

  • Damned, Damned, Damned

    published August 18, 2004

    Joe Meno broke a very important rule. When writing a semi-autobiographical novel, you're supposed to make the main character a lovable... More >>

  • Rock Doves

    published August 4, 2004

    We have pink hair, we love birds, and there are more of us than you think. Our tattoos belie our habit of crouching in bushes clutching binoculars... More >>

  • Getting Busted for Dummies

    published July 21, 2004

    As the cops led him away, hands held behind his back with plastic manacles, he looked back at his wife and grinned. She waved, gave him the... More >>

  • This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

    published July 21, 2004

    Wednesday, July 21, 2004 There are those who will revere Sarah Dunn's girlie beach read The Big Love for... More >>

  • Body Manipulation

    published June 30, 2004

    Picture this: A woman sits indoors, looking through an open door at a lake. It is hot outside, and there are beautiful naked people frolicking in... More >>

  • Was Lost, But Now I'm Found

    published June 23, 2004

    To quote Drew Barrymore, "I love Found!" Drew and I both adore the unpredictable and often optimistic window into human nature provided by... More >>

  • A Ware Ness

    published June 9, 2004

    Chris Ware is a smart man with a strange vision: In the intricate worlds he creates in his graphic novels (that's "comic books" to you... More >>

  • This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

    published June 9, 2004

    Wednesday, June 9, 2004 There was a significant period in the early '90s during which we walked around feeling angry that we couldn't... More >>

  • This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

    published June 2, 2004

    Wednesday 2 The most exciting thing happening in Dallas last Friday wasn't for everyone. Was it an edgy art show or a risqué... More >>

  • Canada's Xenophonia

    published May 26, 2004

    Frog Eyes isn't your normal rock band. Its members speak softly, even intelligently, and appear mild-mannered. Drummer Melanie Campbell in... More >>

  • Old's Cool

    published May 5, 2004

    "Trad music with attitude" is the tag line of the "Crooked Jades/Los Cenzontles Cinco de Mayo Celebration," and we like the sound of that.... More >>

  • Outlaw Representation: Censorship and Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century Art

    published April 28, 2004

    By Richard Meyer Beacon Press (2004), $25 "So as to gather evidence against Warhol, two FBI agents were sent to watch... More >>

  • Billy, Do Be a Hero

    published April 21, 2004

    It's abundantly clear what Reverend Billy & the Stop Big Boxes Gospel Choir are against. On the off chance you're confused, the good... More >>

  • Poetry: A Notion

    published April 14, 2004

    Try this experiment: Print up little cards that say "Poetic License." Hand them out to 10-year-olds and explain that the flimsy rectangles allow... More >>

  • Time Off! The Unemployed Guide to San Francisco

    published March 31, 2004

    Edited by Dean LaTourette and Kristine Enea Leisure Team Productions (2004), $19.95 Layoffs were epidemic in this town for... More >>

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