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  • Dec 24-30, 2003
  • Vol. 24, No. 11

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Arts & Culture

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  • The Barbarian Invasions

    French-Canadian writer/director Deny Arcand's sequel to his The Decline of the American Empire (1986) centers on the slow death of one of the film’s coterie of cheerfully pedantic intellectuals. Although the film has its comic moments, the mood is generally autumnal. Maybe something's being lost in the translation, but the mix of overbearing erudition and forced humor seems unnatural. Still, the film is effectively moving. In French, with subtitles.
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  • Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation

    For the past decade, Ferndale’s Magic Bag has hosted one of the most hungrily anticipated annual film festivals. The laid-back and liquor-stocked Bag is a perfect home for all the bloodletting, sexual depravity, and dead-on raunchiness of the more than 20 animation shorts, some brilliant, some clunkers, presented this year. Take part in this holiday tradition and you won’t be disappointed.
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  • Gloomy Sunday

    When a brooding pianist creates a tune for his Budapest object-of-desire called "Gloomy Sunday," it becomes famous for its melancholic beauty and uncanny ability to induce suicide, and the stage is set for a ponderous yet powerful film. The film’s rich and fallible characters create a gripping tale amid the historic backdrop of impending Nazi horrors. In German with subtitles.
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Food & Drink

  • Table and Bar
  • Tried and trendy

    The unpretentious exterior looks like a pancake house; it's crowded and noisy inside. All the attention has gone into the superlative food, which includes roasted wild mushrooms with peppercorn boursin, salad of warm tomato slices with chevre and red and yellow peppers, whitefish with tomato-ginger-cashew chutney, mahi-mahi with black bean, corn and tomato sauce. On weekends, there's a brunch menu till 4 pm. With no reservations taken, eager customers wait in line day and night, and are happy to do so.
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