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2011 Stories by Becky Bartkowski

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  • Dark Ages

    published November 3, 2011

    Playwright Charles Hinkley's new work, The Man in the Black Pajamas, is a humor-tinged psychological thriller exploring the bad luck of... More >>

  • Singles Serve

    published November 3, 2011

    In Woody Allen's comeback thriller Match Point, former tennis pro Chris, played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers, debates the merits of being... More >>

  • Car Talk

    published November 3, 2011

    Some folks take a midday recharge with snacks, an extra cup of coffee, or (shudder) one of those kinda terrifying energy drink power shots. But... More >>

  • King Louis

    published October 27, 2011

    Much as his comedic hero George Carlin, stand-up comic Louis C.K. trashes his material when it’s chewed up. After each of... More >>

  • Firestarter

    published October 27, 2011

    Whether or not you want to admit it, you’ve likely heard Taio Cruz’s radio hit “Dynamite.” It’s bumped in clubs, amped... More >>

  • Adventureland

    published October 27, 2011

    The Brelby Writer's Circle reimagines Lewis Carroll's classic, placing the iconic Alice in her senior year of art school. Rather than tumbling... More >>

  • A La Mode

    published October 20, 2011

    Nieman Marcus’ senior vice president and fashion director Ken Downing has the desirable duty of attending fashion shows around the world.... More >>

  • Lost City

    published October 20, 2011

    We’ll readily admit that, despite the utilitarian nature of the Valley’s grid-based roads, we still manage to get lost sometimes.... More >>

  • Greek God

    published October 13, 2011

    The oft-documented collegiate experience has given the world quotable comedies including Animal House and Legally Blonde. While... More >>

  • Pattern Recognition

    published October 13, 2011

    Italian fashion house Missoni’s diffusion Target collection caused nothing short of hullabaloo, overrunning the retailer’s website... More >>

  • Sign Language

    published October 6, 2011

    Consider for a moment the bright lights of debaucherous Las Vegas, and the signs that bear them. To vacationers, the beaming bulbs signal good... More >>

  • An A'Fare to Remember

    published October 6, 2011

    “You always know you're at the right party when it feels like The Riddler is about to attack,” 30 Rock character Avery Jessup... More >>

  • Design of the Times

    published October 6, 2011

    Paris Fashion Week ends on Wednesday, October 5, leaving the catwalk obsessed to pour over the event’s photos, reviews, and style... More >>

  • Scope Opera

    published October 6, 2011

    As they stand outside an opera house waiting for tardy friends in Seinfeld’s “The Opera” episode, the titular Jerry... More >>

  • Punk Rock Grrl

    published September 29, 2011

    Women’s wear designer Betsey Johnson has a fashion formula. “Take a leotard and add a skirt,” she once quipped of her... More >>

  • Lit Rocks

    published September 29, 2011

    If you’ve heard of the new Ryan Gosling vehicle Drive, then you’re tangentially familiar with local crime author James... More >>

  • Moon Faces

    published September 29, 2011

    All Gossip Girl fanatics (and their whipped boyfriends) know that any time one of the show’s scheming fashionistas holds a party --... More >>

  • Clutch Performance

    published September 22, 2011

    Luxurious materials, a unique build, and a healthy dose of fashion mag hype are key ingredients in the making of an “it bag.” From... More >>

  • Rhyme Wave

    published September 22, 2011

    Whether your experiences with poetry include wading through Walt Whitman or watching drama queen Judy Funnie, the beret-wearing beatnik sister... More >>

  • House Party

    published September 15, 2011

    This isn’t your mom’s Martha Stewart-style craft party. Hello There! House is anything but stuffy, pricey, or, dare we say,... More >>

  • Space Cases

    published September 15, 2011

    Nerd god Joss Whedon is busy making the highly anticipated, blockbuster Avengers film. Unfortunately for fans of the Buffy and Dollhouse... More >>

  • Head Check

    published September 15, 2011

    Legendary costume designer Edith Head is a fashion icon, known for her heavy-framed glasses, eight Academy Awards for dressing actors ranging... More >>

  • Couture Club

    published September 8, 2011

    Any fashionista worth her weight in Manolos knows that New York City is one of the fashion capitals of the world. From its cutting-edge... More >>

  • Dog Day Afternoon

    published September 8, 2011

    We have one seriously soft spot for furry, lovable animals. Our favorite Frasier character was Eddie the terrier, and online webcomic Garfield... More >>

  • Epic Tale

    published September 1, 2011

    During the Catholic sacrament of penance, priests absolve believers of their sins. In Japanese filmmaker Sion Sono’s action-dramedy Love... More >>

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