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Finding inspiration at Creativity Explored's "Finders Keepers"

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Making it: Car Factory by Walter Kresnik

By Amy Glasenapp

What first struck me at the opening reception of "Finders Keepers" at Creativity Explored on Jan. 10 was the sheer volume of the crowd. By 7:30 p.m., an hour after the reception began, the show looked like a success. Read more »

Lit: Veronica De Jesus's memorial drawings

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This week's Lit features Lynn Rapoport writing about Hello-Now, from Everywhere, the new book collection of local artist Veronica De Jesus's memorial drawings. Read more »

Little chocolate disco rocks me

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All I know is, someone recently dropped this little goodie off on my desk (thanks, Chocolate Elf!) .....

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... and it's freakin' delicious. The instructions on the back of this "Taza Disco" say: Break one piece chocolate into one cup steaming milk or water and whisk until frothy -- but I just ate the dang thing whole and now I'm the one who's frothy. Read more »

Lit: Why the Devil Chose New England for His Work

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Theo Schell-Lambert weighs in with a review of Jason Brown's new book of short stories, out now in paperback:

The title of Jason Brown's Why the Devil Chose New England for His Work promises the text as a collective explanation. Here, in this "linked collection" (all tales have roots in the fictional Vaughn, Maine), we'll find evidence of some native Northeastern immorality, or at least a special inclination to fall. The devil might not demand evil as a prerequisite, but he'd surely want a people who could be swayed. Read more »

Bye bye, mai tai: Trader Vic's no more

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Alas, along with the dispiriting news that people keep getting shot and jumped outside nightclubs, that the police are pushing to "more directly" regulate bars and clubs, and that perennial underground jam palace the Gingerbread Warehouse finally got busted on New Year's Eve, comes this awful fact of 2008: The San Francisco branch (the original) of Read more »

Film: Def + Black + sweded

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I know that Science Of Sleep, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and umpteen hyperreal, DIYish music videos director Michel Gondry is just SO DAMN PRECIOUS, but his new movie Be Kind Rewind, planned for release on February 22 looks like a real hoot. Read more »

Cockmeat sandwich, anyone?

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It's soooo stupid! But yes, I'm totally wetting my pants over the new trailer for Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay. As a swarthy gay arab who once got called "Osama" in Ohio (and "Apu" in Utah), I feel it's my honor-bound duty. Plus I'm kinda hot for both of them. Read more »

Get your '08 FLOAT on

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By Justin Juul

Doesn't it sometimes seem like the world is working against you? It's bad enough those days when you wake up feeling like shit for no reason, but it really sucks when things just get worse from there. And it's always their fault, isn't it? The dickhead at the liquor store forgets to stock your brand of cigarettes. Some yuppie in a fancy car nearly runs you off the road. Your manager fires you, your landlord evicts you, your friends diss you. Sometimes other people are just too much to bear. Don't you wish you could just make them all disappear for a while? Read more »

Rock out with the cockatoo out

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OK, the dancing bird is almost up to 1 million views: what does that say about YouTube viewers? Silly animal tricks slay 'em every time.