December 9th, 2005

Chris Keeley

local witch doctor aka 'traditional healer' in my home town of Grahamstown, South Africa.

South African hoodoo healer's flyer

  Pierre Nel says,

"I just uploaded a few flyers I scanned of a local witch doctor aka 'traditional healer' in my home town of Grahamstown, South Africa.

The guy claims to be able to cure AIDS, and other less serious (but strange) ailments."


Check out the large size of this image for a list of healing services which includes "bewitched," "women who can't ejaculate," and "promotion at work." The presence of a pipe there may indicate a connection to Bob Dobbs. Also, he has a cellphone.

posted by Xeni Jardin

Chris Keeley

The exquisite Ms. Gong looks like a gift that keeps on giving when trussed up in silk, but she and t

Underneath the Mask of a Heroine </nyt_headline>

Swathed in silk and longing (mostly for a bald guy called Oscar), the big-screen version of "Memoirs of a Geisha" arrives with good intentions firmly in place. Based on the best seller by Arthur Golden, this lavishly appointed melodrama was directed by Rob Marshall, lately of "Chicago," and features the Chinese superstars Ziyi Zhang and Gong Li, and the Malaysian transplant Michelle Yeoh, as Japanese geishas swept up in jealous rivalries during the 1930's and 40's. In this cloistered world, men come and go as do history and warplanes, amid spectacularly unfortunate metaphors about male eels and female caves and one regrettably brief catfight in a kimono.

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Memoirs of a Geisha

Opens today nationwide.

Directed by Rob Marshall; written by Robin Swicord, based on the novel by Arthur Golden; director of photography, Dione Beebe; edited by Pietro Scalia; music by John Williams, with cello solos by Yo-Yo Ma and violin solos by Itzhak Perlman; production designer, John Myhre; produced by Lucy Fisher, Douglas Wick and Steven Spielberg; released by Columbia Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment. Running time: 144 minutes.

WITH: Ziyi Zhang (Sayuri), Ken Watanabe (Chairman), Michelle Yeoh (Mameha), Koji Yakusho (Nobu), Youki Kudoh (Pumpkin), Kaori Momoi (Mother), Tsai Chin (Auntie), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (The Baron), Suzuka Ohgo (Chiyo) and Gong Li (Hatsumomo).

Chris Keeley

Mr. Richter's signature method of squeegeeing abundant quantities of paint to create smeary, layered

December 9, 2005

Art in Review

Gerhard Richter: Paintings 2001-2005
Marian Goodman
24 West 57th Street, Manhattan
Through Jan. 14

The celebrated German painter Gerhard Richter is one of a small number of artists who have enjoyed support from opposite ends of the critical spectrum. Some esteem him simply as a great traditional painter; others see him as a termite in the house of Modernism, eating away at its hidden ideological foundations.

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The paintings have the visually mesmerizing effect of Op Art, while the blurry illusionism conveys something more resonantly enigmatic: the awesome feeling of what has lately been called "the technological sublime." Like frames in some gloomy, visionary science-fiction movie, they suggest the revelation of some godless, infinitely extensive existential matrix underlying our fragile human world. No display trickery is needed for these paintings to cast their grandly pessimistic spell. KEN JOHNSON

Chris Keeley

the four-time convicted murderer and co-founder of the Crips street gang will die by lethal injectio

Gov. Quiet on Williams' Fate

Prosecutors and lawyers for the convicted killer make their arguments as his execution date nears.

By Jenifer Warren
Times Staff Writer

December 9, 2005

SACRAMENTO — The fate of Stanley Tookie Williams rested in the hands of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday after lawyers for the condemned man made a final plea for his life and prosecutors said his crimes merit society's harshest punishment.

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