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2005 Stories by Michael Leaverton

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  • Citizen Kane

    published November 30, 2005

    I could've anticipated a documentary about the New York Dolls, the cross-dressing band that lit NYC on fire in the early '70s. After all, the... More >>

  • This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

    published November 30, 2005

    Wednesday, November 30, 2005 It's like someone threw the New Pornographers out of the house and made them live on the street for a... More >>

  • Du Right

    published November 30, 2005

    ONGOING 11/30-3/5/2006 After spending a year in jail for his involvement in China's pro-democratic protests, Wang Du moved to Paris,... More >>

  • Power Up

    published November 30, 2005

    FRI-SUN 12/2-4 Your average gamer, manning his Taco Bell register or trying once again to whittle down his semester course load,... More >>

  • Psych Art

    published November 30, 2005

    WED 11/30 Psychologists walk a peculiar line between art and science. Like biologists and chemists, they use the scientific method;... More >>

  • This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

    published November 23, 2005

    Wednesday, November 23, 2005 Yes, Kate Eric has two first names, but that's because Kate Eric is not a she but a they,... More >>

  • A Thrilling Death

    published November 23, 2005

    ONGOING 11/23-12/31 I first saw Grigor and Valentyna Paylevanyan in a burst of staccato images glimpsed through unabashed double takes... More >>

  • Quite the Catch

    published November 23, 2005

    TUES 11/29 In the 1980s, you could find mural-size photographs of 49ers quarterback Joe Montana in the atriums of downtown... More >>

  • Bombing the Mission

    published November 23, 2005

    WED 11/23 The idea of a feature film about graffiti culture might remind you of 1984's wrongheaded Breakin', which only... More >>

  • Close Encounter

    published November 16, 2005

    Step up to a Chuck Close painting and you'll see squares filled with abstract shapes, a precise arrangement of dots, or some other technique in... More >>

  • This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

    published November 16, 2005

    Wednesday, November 16, 2005 That Blonde Venus hair, those frilly outfits, that sweet, sweet voice: It could only be Uni &... More >>

  • Structured Cinema

    published November 16, 2005

    WED-THURS 11/16-17 Single shots, the building blocks of film, mass into palaces or collapse into rubble depending on the mortaring... More >>

  • Mount Up

    published November 16, 2005

    FRI 11/18 Higher Ground is Warren Miller's 56th film in so many years -- 56th! -- so we can forgive him if his... More >>

  • Hubba Hubba

    published November 16, 2005

    THURS 11/17 The piano-bar performances of contemporary cabaret often don't hold a candle to the classic stuff. Think the Moulin... More >>

  • Tough Love

    published November 16, 2005

    FRI-SAT 11/18-19 First crushes are always painful, especially when they involve a literal punch or pigtail-pull from one... More >>

  • Burns Bright

    published November 9, 2005

    In 2004, when describing Charles Burns' then-unfinished book Black Hole, Chip McGrath wrote in the New York Times Magazine,... More >>

  • This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

    published November 9, 2005

    Wednesday, November 9, 2005 We're very much in favor of "large and lovely." Bigger is, so much of the time, better, and we're not... More >>

  • Fight Club

    published November 9, 2005

    WED 11/9 Battling Retief Goosen at Pebble Beach for three hours while incurring weirdly persistent left-hand numbness is hardly... More >>

  • Rise of the Machines

    published November 9, 2005

    SAT-SUN 11/12-13 Maybe you grew up, as I did, with brothers brooding behind closed doors, building and manipulating their own... More >>

  • Walking Her Walk

    published November 9, 2005

    WED 11/9 Viv Corringham appreciates the racket of urban street noise; it inspires her to sing. The celebrated British... More >>

  • This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

    published November 2, 2005

    Wednesday, November 2, 2005 Interestingly enough, the "i once was lost ... II" found art and rock show doesn't mention the... More >>

  • Cat Food

    published November 2, 2005

    ONGOING 11/5-12/3 Art that attempts to give animals a voice is a noble endeavor, but these misshapen critters look like a... More >>

  • Robert's Rocket?

    published November 2, 2005

    SUN 11/6 The fate of comics artists is often absurd: While eternal fame goes to people like Roy Lichtenstein who "comment" on the... More >>

  • A Filipino Dorothy

    published November 2, 2005

    ONGOING 11/3-20 The Wizard of Oz meets the dreaded Filipino fiend the aswang: Does this sound weird, even for a... More >>

  • Fright Night

    published October 26, 2005

    In 1920s Grand Guignol productions, audience members entered theaters stealthily, much as you would the Lusty Lady, and were sent atwitter... More >>

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