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2007 Stories by Hiya Swanhuyser

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  • The Beth of Times

    published December 26, 2007

    We love Beth Lisick, and not just because her name is so close to "Lipstick." She is one of our best local delicacies, like clam chowder in... More >>

  • Totally Seriously Free

    published December 26, 2007

    Capitalism, yeah, yeah. It's great! It's real motivational and gets you blenders. Still, it doesn't really help if you're poor, or weird enough to... More >>

  • Thank You Sir! May I Have Another?

    published December 26, 2007

    Stand-up comedian Scott Capurro is not very nice. He's indiscriminately mean to everyone -- if you don't like a man onstage mocking you and your... More >>

  • Movie Music

    published December 26, 2007

    Music plus motion pictures equals music video, right? Thus, "Themes for the Eclipse" at first sounds like it could be a music video. The... More >>

  • We're All Mad Here

    published December 26, 2007

    Sometimes, you look at a piece of art, and you like it, but you become partially uncomfortable as you realize the person who made this is... More >>

  • Free Your Family

    published December 19, 2007

    If you are not celebrating Christmas today, you could probably just have fun running down the middle of the street. The big problem with that is... More >>

  • Mensches On Parade

    published December 19, 2007

    Esther Paik Goodhart calls her mother "the Asian Tammy Faye Bakker." Scott Blakeman created "Stand Up for Peace: The Two Comedian Solution to... More >>

  • Alchemical Art

    published December 19, 2007

    Raymond Saunders is far from the only artist to use street detritus in his work, but he's among the most powerful of those who do. He's won almost... More >>

  • Roasting A Chestnut

    published December 19, 2007

    Most reviews of The Hard Nut can be paraphrased as follows: "OMG! OMG! This choreographer puts both men and women in the corps de... More >>

  • Gliding Through the Holiday

    published December 19, 2007

    This is where all those sweet Christmas stories come true: Glide Church gets toys for kids, food for the hungry, and coats and blankets for the... More >>

  • Cute Overload

    published December 12, 2007

    Where did the "country kitchen" aesthetic come from? What's with the geese? We don't get it. The copper pots and greyish-blue fabric mania that... More >>

  • Here To Stay

    published December 12, 2007

    Twenty years is an eternity for any organization. Even families don't always last that long, let alone non-profit art galleries. So "In the... More >>

  • New Graf

    published December 12, 2007

    Graffiti art continues to move from the alleyways to the galleries, and often retreats structurally from explosive outlaw murals to smaller, more... More >>

  • A Muse Meant

    published December 12, 2007

    Two known entities, Instant City magazine and local writer and vegetable enthusiast Sarah Fran Wisby, pique our interest in "Mixed Muse:... More >>

  • Holiday in Baghdad

    published December 12, 2007

    Adel Abidin's travel agency installation "Abidin Travels" is gruesome, sarcastic, and pretty funny. The artist, a Baghdad native, lives in... More >>

  • Very Very Mary

    published December 12, 2007

    We saw Mary Wilson, the normal Supreme, last time she was here. She's not the mean diva, she's not the cheated one and she's not the replacement:... More >>

  • Classy Caroling

    published December 12, 2007

    We were raised in a spiritual tradition other than Catholic. (Is there a name for "In this family, we worship trees, but not very energetically?")... More >>

  • It's Always Tropical Romance In Here

    published December 5, 2007

    The warm, misty interior of the Victorian greenhouse beckons: "Color: A Winter Carnivale" is the Conservatory of Flowers' new special... More >>

  • Faux to Joy

    published December 5, 2007

    It looks hoaxy: The "Centennial Celebration of the Elationists" is presented as an exhibit of items from a lost San Francisco art movement. This... More >>

  • Sick, Sick People

    published December 5, 2007

    Lemony Snicket and Lisa Brown would like to cause your offspring harm. Whether they're telling famous tales of woe concerning the... More >>

  • "I'm Still Kicking Ass"

    published December 5, 2007

    She's the only singer ever to be backed by all four Beatles. The Rolling Stones opened for her. Most of the Ramones and most of the Beach Boys... More >>

  • All Bucked Up

    published December 5, 2007

    Local getup Red Meat may be Bay Area born and bred, but its sound is pure Bakersfield. For those of you who don't own Wrangler jeans, the... More >>

  • Who's Afraid of the Morality Police?

    published December 5, 2007

    Once upon the 1950s, the world was even more dangerous and complicated for gays than it is now. As a result, they had to make more and better... More >>

  • Borrowing Some Cash

    published November 28, 2007

    Johnny Cash is gone, but he left Jesse Morris and the Tenderloin Two to do his work down here. Hardcore Cash fans might scowl at Morris' Mohawk... More >>

  • Australian for Rock

    published November 28, 2007

    Recordings of the Grey Daturas show off the majestic noise-metal drone the Melbourne band is famous for. But the trio is an improvisational... More >>

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