You rate the look: NY Fashion Week

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Fashion designers have been sending all kinds of looks down the runway the past as part of New York Fashion Week. Which brings us to another round of “You Rate the Look.” So take scroll through some of the designs presented and share your critiques in the comments.

We’ll start with one of my favorite dresses, from designer Jason Wu (who presented a much different collection that his recent Target looks). I love the contrast between the covered top and open leg. Sexy but not slutty. I also really love the L’Wren Scott dress for its color and shape. I also like the movement of the J. Mendel dress.

Jason Wu

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Almost that time: Rogue Festival 2012

Now that we’re more than halfway through February, it’s time to start getting serious about the Rogue Festival — our city’s biggest annual celebration of independent performing arts. This year’s Rogue runs March 1-10 and features more than 60 different shows at 14 venues. For you planners, you can start to nose through the schedule.

Since we’re getting close, the Rogue folks have launched a web commercial to get people excited — or get Rogue rookies to understand what the festival is all about. Yes, even as the festival moves into its 11th year, there are many who still don’t know about it.

So here ya go:

‘Between Two Worlds’ filmmakers at Fresno State

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There are some fiery debates raging these days within the American Jewish community — and Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman are in the thick of them. They’ll be on hand 5:30 p.m. Friday at Fresno State to screen their film “Between Two Worlds” and discuss it. The program is part of the CineCulture campus film series. I have an interview with the pair in Friday’s 7 section. Here’s my extended email interview with the pair. They raise some provocative issues about identity, censorship and the role of debate in a free society.

Question: What is your film about?

Answer: “Between Two Worlds” tells a series of stories about our family histories and about current battles over American Jewish identity: Who is a Jew? What does it mean to be Jewish? Are American Jews allowed to criticize the government of Israel? and What is the meaning of the Holocaust for the next generation?

So many questions! And we don’t really provide answers! But we do try to open these questions up so people can talk about them. We hope that by doing so we can encourage people from other groups in America to question–even provocatively–their own received ideas and traditions and to re-interpret them for the next generation.

Win tickets to see Howlin’ Rain

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SF psychedelic rockers Howlin’ Rain arrive in Fresno on Sunday with a bunch of momentum — the band just released its new album, “The Russian Wilds” on Valentine’s Day. It was produced by the uber-famous Rick Rubin.

Sunday’s show is also cool because it includes local bands Strange Vine and Fay Wrays, plus it’s a good way to cap off the Tower District’s annual Mardi Gras parade.

You can buy tickets at lovethecaptive.com — $8 in advance, or $10 at the door — or you can win a pair from your Beehive buds.

Leave a comment below telling us your favorite artist Rick Rubin has worked with and you’re entered to win. Deadline is 2 p.m. Friday. We’ll draw a winner at random and notify them via e-mail — so please leave a valid e-mail address and please check it. Complete rules (and some Howlin’ Rain goodies) below.

Put some Ozmosis in your ears

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So, Beehivers, how many of you have been tuning into my radio show on New Rock 104.1? Sunday will be our fourth episode and I’m pleased with the show thus far. Whether you’ve been listening each week or sadly missing out (tsk! tsk!) — I thought I’d give everybody a gift with some playlists from the first three shows.

We haven’t quite got the podcast situation figured out yet, but I’m assured it’s coming. Until then, you can listen to all the great songs with less of my yapping. Win-win, right?

Looking ahead to this Sunday’s show: I’ll be premiering a brand new track from local band Rademacher, plus playing new tunes from Dr. Dog, Sleigh Bells and Royal Canoe, among others. Let’s make a date for Sunday at 9 p.m., yeah?

Quinlan, Costa survive first episode

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SURVIVOR1.JPG Fresno’s two connections to the CBS reality competition program “Survivor: One World” made it through the opening show. It helped that one of the female competitors was injured during the first challenge and had to withdraw from the game. That meant no one got sent home during the elimination ceremonies.

Bullard High School graduate Matthew Quinlan, a 33-year-old San Francisco attorney, has emerged as an early favorite. When the competitors were divided into two teams – men vs. women – Quinlan quickly took the role of leader. He’s formed an alliance with four other strong male players that should keep him around for a few weeks.

Nina Acosta, a 51-year-old retired Los Angeles Police Department officer who now lives in Clovis and is the secretary to the chancellor of the State Center Community College District, played under the radar in the first episode. The most screen time she got was after a fell during the first challenge left her with multiple injuries to her face.

The competition continues Feb. 22 on KGPE (Channel 47.1).

On TV tonight: ‘Unsupervised’

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MovieClipping15.jpeg “Unsupervised,” 10:30 p.m. FX: The quirky cable channel animated series follows the lives of two eternally optimistic best friends – Gary (voiced by Justin Long) and Joel (voiced by David Hornsby). The buddies try to do the right things in life but that can be a little difficult at times because they have absolutely no parental guidance.

Tonight’s episode, “Stupid Idiots,” has the pair staging an uprising at school to end academic segregation. It will come as no surprise to fans of “Unsupervised” that Gary and Joel are not part of the stronger academic circles at school.

The series has some strong credentials as it’s created and executive produced by Rob Rosell, Scott Marder and Hornsby who are all writers and producers on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” That should tell you that this is not your typical animated offering.

Other voice talents include Kristen Bell, Romany Malco and Rosell.

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