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Mortified's 5 Year, Mega-Angsty Anniversary Party

We've covered Mortified a lot over the years, but next month marks the holy grail of angsty onstage confessions and hilarious admissions of geeky absurdity. It's the oft sold-out show's 5 year anniversary. They're throwing a birthday party at the Makeout Room on December 3rd and 4th, but you can get a taste this Thursday and Friday at 8 pm if you've never experienced the magic. You'll want to grab tickets for the anniversary now, because they'll be gone in a flash.

Famed Butoh Troupe Performs Hibiki: Resonance from Far Away

Dramatic and precisely articulated with occasionally disturbing imagery, butoh rose from the ashes of nuclear war in 1960s Japan and grew into a performance art that reflects anguish as well as a time-halting sense of transcendance. Internationally known butoh troupe Sankai Juku is coming to Yerba Buena Center this week to present the local premiere of its landmark work, the deeply-felt and visually spectacular Hibiki: Resonance from Far Away. Butoh fans, rejoice.

Two Sense: Should a Guy Kiss and Tell?

A couple of years ago I hooked up with and dated a cute, sexy, and smart girl who seemed really cool at first but over time started some nasty fights with me, so I stopped going out with her. Recently I heard that a friend of mine is dating her and it sounds serious. I’m torn about telling him that I dated her. On the one hand it’s none of my business whom he dates, but on the other what do I say if he introduces me to her? I’m also worried because she might drop my name during a fight with him in a way that would make it hard for he and I to remain friends.
 

Local Author Kelly Valen On the Twisted World of Female Friendships

“My life’s greatest sorrow stems from my inability to feel close to other women.” This is the first sentence from Piedmont author Kelly Valen’s New York Times article from which her new book The Twisted Sisterhood: Unraveling the Dark Legacy of Female Friendship stemmed.  It’s been years since the sorority experience that soured Valen on female friendships, but the pain is still fresh. A pain that Valen found she shares with many women. 

Indie Filmmaker Gareth Edwards Explains Why CGI Is the Great Equalizer

Gareth Edwards won't reveal the budget for Monsters, his thriftily constructed feature debut about two young Americans trying to buy their way back from Mexico following an alien occupation. Yet he’s quick to acknowledge that his acclaimed sci-fi fantasy might never have been possible without advances in filmmaking technology usually associated with big-budget blockbusters like last year’s Avatar.
 

Photos: Windows Phone 7 launch with Maroon 5 @ The Fillmore

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Photos: The Heavy @ The Independent

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Kurt Vile & the Soft Pack Co-Headline @ Rickshaw Stop Tonight

Worlds colliding isn't always a bad thing. Case in point: tonight's co-headlining show at Rickshaw Stop between the psychedelic Crazy Horse stylings of Kurt Vile & the Violators and the airtight SoCal surf pop of the Soft Pack. Who knows? Maybe they'll even join forces on stage to play some psychedelic surf pop. Everbody wins!

Jeff Goldblum Talks 'Morning Glory,' Leaving 'Law & Order' and Waking Up with Martha Stewart

Jeff Goldblum isn’t really a morning person – much of the time, his sleep schedule is dictated by his work – but that doesn’t stop him from catching MSNBC’s Morning Joe whenever he can, sometimes as early as 3 a.m. if he’s lucky enough to be staying at his Los Angeles home.
 
Goldblum, the 58-year-old star of David Cronenberg’s 1986 sci-fi classic The Fly and, more recently, the USA network’s Law & Order: Criminal Intent, returns to the big screen this week with Morning Glory, the new comedy from director Roger Michell (Notting Hill) about a work-obsessed TV producer charged with rescuing a floundering morning talk show.
 

Or, at the Magic

Local favorite Liz Duffy Adam’s latest play is a departure from her usual post-apocalyptic sci-fi fare. Instead, her deft and witty pen sketches the cross-dressing, spying, bodice-ripping life story of Aphra Behn, the first professional female playwright. Dodging King Charles II, his mistress Nell Gwynne, and murderous double agents, Aphra works feverishly to finish her script and launch herself as an historical figure.

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