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<party> Thursday, Dec. 18 Slate ‘Serial’ Spoiler Special Listening Party Please & Thank You, Record Room 800 E. Market St. Free; 9 a.m. Serial Theory & Discussion Meta 425 W. Chestnut St. Free; 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Thanks to the creators of “This American Life,” eavesdropping is the new voyeurism. And that’s what listening … Continued

Video Tapworm

This Week’s Twin Peeks ENTER THE DRAGON 1973; $28.98-49.98; R Arguably the greatest martial arts movie ever made – certainly the most iconic – this has already been released on every form of video known to humans. So why are we mentioning it again today? Because (1) this 40th anniversary Blu-ray version is about half … Continued

THEATER: ‘Kings of Christmas’ packs The Bard’s Town

“Marley was dead: to begin with.” Second only to “Call me Ishmael,” this just might be one of the most recognizable opening lines in English literature. Not only does it kick off the best known Christmas story of modern times, it does so with that delightful and perplexing colon – a piece of punctuation that’s … Continued

COMEDY: Nate Bargatze’s local roots run deep

If, like Bruce Lee said, “Life is like water.” Then Nate Bargatze is on Jurassic Park vibrating as the all-consuming T-Rex of fame approaches to his flank. You might not recognize him now, but you’ll definitely remember him later. After years of playing the road, club gig after club gig, Bargatze refined a sharp witty … Continued

ART: ‘En el Espiritu de Frida’ at Swanson Contemporary

Madonna wanted to portray her. Jennifer Lopez too. Salma Hayek won that battle and received an Academy Award nomination. All for the admiration of Frida Kahlo, an artist as famous as her unibrow. As with many artists who get reduced to one or two identifying factors – ear/Vincent van Gogh, white wig/Andy Warhol, short/Henri Toulouse-Lautrec … Continued

Video Tapeworm

This Week’s Twin Peeks LORD OF ILLUSIONS 1995; $24.98-29.98; R This had the potential to be author Clive “Hellraiser” Barker’s greatest movie – if only he hadn’t directed it. Scott Bakula plays a private eye investigating the murder of a sleazy magician, but the more he learns about the man and his magic, the more … Continued

FILM: The Ballad of Dave and Bill and Dave

Despite having appeared in nearly every LEO over the past 19 years, not one person in our office had ever met or spoken with the mysterious authors of The Video TapeWorm, David B. King and Bill Raker. Four months into my job as managing editor and the TapeWorm remained a cheesy enigma. I had to … Continued

THEATER: Madcap holiday theater at Bunbury and Savage Rose

Bunbury Theatre’s ‘Forgive Me, It’s Christmas’ “Churchill is about ready to kick me out,” says Meryl Loomis (Brad Castleberry) early in Juergen K. Tossman’s new play, “Forgive Me, It’s Christmas,” which opened last week as Bunbury Theatre’s holiday offering. Meryl is a horse trainer whose career is on its last legs. Like many of the … Continued

COMEDY: ‘The Roast of Jesus,’ take two

Take a breath. Step back, this won’t be as bad as you think. The band of comedians that brought you the roasts of Batman, Dorothy and Freddy Kruger are returning to their roots — revisiting the show that launched the local franchise. Born from the twisted minds of stand-up comedians Will Hardesty and Raanan Hershberg … Continued

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Thursday, Dec. 11 Sweaty Sheep Merry Christmas Gala Headliners Music Hall 1386 Lexington Rd., 584-8088 $12.50; 7:45 p.m. Two years ago, Ryan Althaus and friends organized a Christmas dinner followed by an “eggnog-chug” 5K. They invited area homeless people to the dinner, many of whom decided to run in the 5K, where they “kicked some … Continued