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September 26, 2008

Washout

Following the San Francisco Giants can be a tough proposition - Indian cricket fans, particularly the older ones, will probably know exactly what I mean. Never did I think, however, that someone would illustrate the point via a picture of a desi college prank. Here goes:

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- September 26, 2008 2:47 PM // Humour

September 21, 2008

Final Solutions

A PSA for Naatak. The play is authored by Mahesh Dattani of "Bravely Fought The Queen" and "On A Muggy Night In Mumbai" fame. Should be a scorcher:


NAATAK
presents its 28th production

FINAL SOLUTIONS
(English)
A play about bias, bigotry and bloodshed

SHOW TIMES
October 11 Saturday 8pm
October 12 Sunday 5pm
October 17 Friday 8pm

VENUE
Cubberley Theater
4000 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303

TICKET PRICES
VIP: $25 till September 25 ($35 thereafter)
General: $15 till September 25 ($20 thereafter)
Child: $10 till September 25 ($15 thereafter)

PLEASE NOTE
VIP tickets include preferential assigned seating and complimentary snacks.
Children under 8 will be admitted ONLY to the Sunday October 12 show.
Child tickets are general admission only.
Child-tickets are required for all children under 8, including infants.
People accompanied by children will be asked to sit in "exit-friendly"
assigned seats.
While this is not a children's play, it does not contain language or content
inappropriate for children.
Buy online at www.naatak.com
Or email tick...@naatak.com
Or call Soumya, 408 425 2647

ABOUT THE PLAY
This critically acclaimed play by Sahitya Akademi award-winning playwright
Mahesh Dattani examines the never-ending saga of Hindu-Muslim conflict in India. Which "side" should take the blame for the madness?

What does the future hold? The play ponders these difficult questions through the lens of three generations of a middle-class Gujarati family as they harbor two Muslim boys during a communal riot. Through a stylishly choreographed "mob" that represents the collective voice of either community, and a narrative that slickly moves back and forth between today and 1947, Final Solutions makes us rethink own communal prejudices and perceptions.
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- September 21, 2008 10:12 PM // Bay Area , Theater

September 16, 2008

Chandu The Magician

Move over Gunga Din:

Based on a popular radio series, “Chandu” could almost be the missing link between the great silent European crime serials (“Les Vampires,” “Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler”) and their more modest American cousins, the Saturday matinee serials of Republic and Columbia. Edmund Lowe stars as Frank Chandler, an American who has spent three years studying the mystical arts in a highly implausible Hindu temple (the first of the film’s many commanding blends of set design and miniature work).

He becomes Chandu, a fighter-against-evil with irresistible hypnotic powers. He needs them all when he takes on Roxor — a red-meat role for Bela Lugosi, here in his “Dracula”-era prime — a freelance madman with plans to destroy the world’s capitals with a giant death ray.

This is nothing recent, mind you, but the directorial fruit of William Cameron Menzies:

a fascinating figure of the classical Hollywood era whose credits range from “Gone With the Wind” to low-budget independent horror movies

including

“Chandu the Magician,” a 1932 production that Fox Home Video recently issued in a set called “Fox Horror Classics 2”

Apparently, there are at least two sequels, The Return of Chandu with Bela Lugosi as Chandu, and Chandu on the Magic Island.

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- September 16, 2008 8:34 PM // Film