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Watch The Walking Dead

The fourth episode of The Walking Dead is airing this Sunday at 10pm on AMC, and if you’re not watching it yet, you should be.

For those of you who don’t keep one foot in the comic world, The Walking Dead is a graphic novel by the famed Robert Kirkman. To sum up, the protagonist Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma to a zombie apocalypse and sets out to find his family. In my humble opinion, the story is completely heartbreaking and disturbing, and I would put it on par with the likes of The Road.

Since AMC is known for “great storytelling,” it was only a matter of time before they picked this up for a series. Before the series aired, people were describing it as “the next Mad Men… but with zombies.” Now don’t get me wrong. I’m completely certain that both Betty Draper and Peggy Olson would survive a zombie attack (Betty because she sucks the life out of everyone around her; Peggy because she has a firm handshake). But The Walking Dead is no Mad Men yet.

I think what sets Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner apart from everyone else is his profound attention to detail; every single set piece, character expression, and voice inflection is there to serve a purpose. No emotion that show triggers is accidental, and I really feel like Weiner and his writing staff deserve more credit for making these fucked up characters so sympathetic.

The Walking Dead is different because there’s an obvious bad guy: the hoards of zombies trying to eat everyone. Of course, there are a few living characters who are trying to figure out how to survive and still maintain some shred of humanity, but for the most part it’s pretty black and white. The television show, in a lot of ways, is a pretty much just a gorefest right now, and while you feel for the characters, you’re mostly just freaked out by seeing those scary as shit zombies close up. In the comic book, however, you find yourself breaking out into a sweat when one of the characters is in danger. Until the television show captures that emotion, I won’t compare it to Mad Men.

That being said, the show is still pretty fantastic. It was just signed on for a second season, and I think the next coming episodes have the potential to give Mad Men a run for its money.

Watch it: Sundays at 10pm on AMC.

Originally posted on Broke-Ass Stuart.
Thanks to IMDB for the photos.


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Broke-Ass Dream Team

Last week, I wrote a post for Broke-Ass Stuart about Hard French, and it caused a little bit of controversy. Shout out to the Real Nitty Gritty for defending me on their blog! It was much appreciated, guys. You’ll be seeing me and the Broke-Ass Team at next month’s party.

While I’m here, I should make mention that Broke-Ass Stuart has been nominated for an award. Go to the event’s Facebook page to check it out, and don’t forget to send your vote for Broke-Ass Stuart to mkim[at]commonwealthclub[dot]org or to #inforumsf on Twitter. Haaaay!


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Being a pretentious art and culture snob can get really expensive really fast.  Luckily there are organizations like the Mission Arts and Performance Project that let you be bougie without making your bank account hemorrhage.

Najva Sol runs an artist collective through MAPP called the Lowbrow Society for the Arts, which puts on art shows and events in borrowed neighborhood spaces.  The last event, “Urban Ho-Down,” took place in someone’s garage in the Mission.  Everything was set up to look like a carnival — there was a wall of freaks, a house of mirrors, hay rides, apple-bobbing, a pie-eating contest, face-painting, accordion players, and a booth with spiked cider.  And the best part is that it’s all free!  There is, of course, a suggested donation of $3 to pay for supplies, but if you can’t swing it, nobody will judge you.

These exhibitions are so much better than your average art show: they’re loud, drunk, colorful, and the people in attendance aren’t all graduates from MICA with a degree in basket weaving.  These MAPP people love art but don’t take themselves so seriously that they think their art is too good to be displayed on top of a barrel of hay.  These people do art for broke-ass people like me.

MAPP puts on events like this twice a month, and they never charge a cent.  They also run workshops, host performances, and put on exhibitions constantly.  On top of that, they provide the resources for collectives like Lowbrow Society to curate shows.  The only sort of downside is that MAPP is run exclusively by volunteers, so even though there is always something happening, information for the shows is almost never available until the day of.  But the lack of available details makes it more exciting because you never know what’s happening and who’s gonna pop up next.  And besides, it’s free, so why are you complaining?


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Bro Deals: 50 Cent Pabst Night at BOC

If you’re an avid boozehound like me, you should know that the best bars to frequent are in the Castro.  I feel like Castro bartenders really sympathize with the fact that in order to frequent their establishment, you have to march through a phalanx of creepy nightcrawlers in cock rings that smell like pee.  The reward for your endeavors is a stiff drink and cheap thrills, like the kind they offer at Bar On Church.  This bar is amazing and always has some sort of special deal going on, but my favorite Saturday night’s 50 cent Pabst night.  I’m pretty sure there’s no other bar in town where you can whip out a roll of laundry quarters and feel like a baller.

What’s also great about Saturdays is that they convert the pool table into a beer pong table.  That, combined with the fact that they have peanuts you get to shuck on the floor, makes this place feel like a dirty frat house in a good way, i.e. there’s no shame in getting completely shitfaced because that’s what you’re supposed to do.  But the thing that distinguishes this bar from a fraternity is that the guy serving you drinks isn’t gonna slip you a roofie.  Really, the only raunchy sexcapades that happen here go down in the bathroom, and from the sounds of it, it seems pretty consensual.

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