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Eve Ensler promotes new memoir in Oakland

'The Vagina Monologues' author discusses rape, abuse and cancer in 'In the Body of the World'

({}) What does this look like to you? A vagina? Yes. Are you embarrassed? Maybe. An emblem of sorts for V-Day, a global movement to end worldwide violence against women and girls, the purpose of this symbol is not shock value. Eve Ensler, the founder of V-Day, instead aims to
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‘Before Midnight’ engages viewers with frank depiction of relationships

Director Richard Linklater leaves behind the storybook romance of his earlier films and instead offers a rich yet sad portrayal of the unorthodox partnership.

What’s so seductive about the “Before” movies, which consist of “Before Sunrise” (1995), “Before Sunset” (2004) and the upcoming “Before Midnight,” is the unique concept of following two very flawed but likable and engaging people and watching how their unorthodox relationship changes every nine years. By now, it would perhaps
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The Beat Generation, as seen through the lens of Allen Ginsberg

Photography exhibition at the Contemporary Jewish Museum offers striking reflection on community, generation and decay

“He looked by that time like his father, red-faced corpulent W.C. Fields shuddering with mortal horror…” Thus reads the inscription of a photo depicting American icon Jack Kerouac and taken by Allen Ginsberg in 1964 — just a few years before the former’s death. Far from the exuberant youth depicted
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‘The Hangover III’ makes for a dumb yet satisfying summer movie

Zach Galifianakis steals the show in the predictable yet entertaining conclusion to the "Hangover" trilogy.

In a world of stupid movies, “The Hangover III” does not stand out. The Wolf Pack returns with yet another inane movie that rides on Zach Galifianakis’ strange facial expressions and obtrusive figure. However, that’s exactly what the movie is supposed to be: The audience comes in expecting nothing more
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Upcoming indie games provide new, unique ways to play

Throw Trucks With Your Mind True to its title, “Throw Trucks With Your Mind” allows you to throw trucks in-game with your mind. Using NeuroSky’s MindWave EEG headset, which is noninvasive and does not require applying gel or other substances, the game translates your brain waves into inputs to the
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Interview with L.A. punk-pop band Bleached

If the music world were a high school, then punk-rock sisters Jennifer and Jessie Clavin of Bleached would be the most popular girls in school. Since their first album, Ride Your Heart, dropped in April, the Clavin sisters have been riding a seemingly nonstop press circuit and tour. Last month,
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New iOS app ‘Haunting Melissa’ brings horror to smartphones

App from ‘The Ring’ producer Neal Edelstein is a new step for horror

Neal Edelstein loves to tell stories. As the producer of “The Ring,” he improved upon the original Japanese horror film and brought it to English-speaking audiences; now, as the director and producer of new iOS horror app “Haunting Melissa,” Edelstein is bringing horror to the small screen — and with
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‘My Dirty Dumb Eyes’ puts a childlike spin on adult humor

Lisa Hanawalt’s got a downright dirty sense of humor. Her new book, “My Dirty Dumb Eyes,” delves into nether regions, the therapy sessions of anthropomorphic figures and a Manhattan Toy Fair “full of serious adults in business suits with corporate accounts.” The book, which is a collection of illustrations and
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