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Summer in the Cité 

Wednesday, Jun 24 2009
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A vacation in Paris requires means and opportunity, and both are in short supply at this point in the recession and the summer. What to do? You could get all melancholy with a glass of Burgundy and that five-year-old slideshow of your trip with what’s-his-name. But better to revel in the time-honored practice of living vicariously through the movies. The series “20 Films in Paris” illuminates every facet of that city's personality, from haughty doyenne to free-spirited flirt to multiculti mystery. Matthieu Kassovitz’ 1995 maelstrom, La Haine (June 26), a hurtling saga of three young and angry down-and-outers, offers an insider’s view devoid of postcard shots and perfume. A different kind of drama unfolds on June 27, when Julie Delpy brings jealous boyfriend Adam Goldberg home to meet her parents in the inviting but talky Two Days in Paris, and upscale genre director Luc Besson cooks up a desperate love affair between two near-suicides in the lushly stylized Angel-A. Billy Wilder’s 1963 romp, Irma La Douce (June 29), reunites Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine as a cop and a prostitute, respectively. Like so many films set in the City of Light, it’s a celebration of beautiful people, improbable love and bittersweet fantasy.
June 17-July 1, 2009

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Slideshows

  • Jack White at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
    Jack White and his band performed at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Friday and Saturday nights in front of sold out audiences. Jack entertained his fans with music that included songs from his days with The White Stripes, and The Raconteurs, as well as hits from his solo albums; Blunderbuss and Lazaretto. Photography by Sugarwolf.
  • San Francisco Street Food Festival 2014
    The San Francisco Street Food Festival was another success this year. Dozens of vendors with original, unheard-of creations, such as deep fried mac and cheese on a stick, black pea paste pancakes, and Korean quesadillas. Then there was the comfort foods we've grown accustomed to, like creme bruleé, shrimp rolls, and pound cake. Photographs by Mabel Jimenez.

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