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CRITICAL Darling 

Did it take Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis long enough to get litigious about the name of David Duchovny’s new Showtime series, or is it just me? Far be it for Critical Darling to dispute Kiedis’s statements about his own band’s career, but I would argue Blood Sugar Sex Magik is the group’s signature record, not Californication. Can I get a witness? Honestly, this is the kind of greedy, past-your-prime ranting that makes greedy, past-their-prime musicians so dead sexy.

So there’s the show’s name, sure — a word which the Peppers didn’t invent anyway — and an instance of homage or two. If the occasional uncredited lift is a crime, then we’ve got a lot of artists to lock up. (Perhaps you’ve heard of this film director whose last name `almost` rhymes with maraschino.)

But moving on (to cooler people, ahem), 10 budding film students from the Cinema Department of the North East School of Arts have been selected to attend Sundance Film Festival ’08. You can contribute to their travel fund by attending a swanky, Crumpets-catered reception at the Magik Theatre (Uh-oh, could it be Kiedis’s next target?!) this Thursday, November 29, at 7 p.m. XO.


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