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    Mortified: Love Is a Battlefield

    By David Nadelberg Simon Spotlight Entertainment, $14.95 Schadenfreude, as the past year of closely monitored starlet meltdowns has proven, is rising faster than Guitar Hero as a lazy national pastime. David Nadelberg's traveling event, Mortif...

    by Frances Reade on January 23, 2008
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    Also Playing - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    reOrient. What makes Golden Thread's collection of five short plays about the Middle East better than your average festival aimed at a Large Theme or Important Cause is the theatrical imagination with which the company approaches the various stories...

    by Chloe Veltman on January 23, 2008
  • All Tomorrow's Art Parties - Some artists are mad at Gen Art, but the organization says putting on its shows is no party

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    All Tomorrow's Art Parties - Some artists are mad at Gen Art, but the organization says putting on its shows is no party

    The Web site appeared in September. Its anonymous creators claimed to be artists who had been part of shows put on by Gen Art, a bicoastal nonprofit that creates annual San Francisco events such as Emerge and the NewFangle New Media Exhibition. Titl...

    by Traci Vogel on January 16, 2008
  • "Sweetie" Tanya Musical's Many Chefs Concoct Potent Dessert - What if Sweeney Todd was a barista?

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    "Sweetie" Tanya Musical's Many Chefs Concoct Potent Dessert - What if Sweeney Todd was a barista?

    The theater is full of big egos, and musical theater probably boasts the biggest of all. Noel Coward acted as spokesman for the genre when he said, "I'm an enormously talented man, and there's no use pretending that I'm not." Perhaps this is why suc...

    by Chloe Veltman on January 16, 2008
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    reOrient

    What makes Golden Thread's collection of five short plays about the Middle East better than your average festival aimed at a Large Theme or Important Cause is the theatrical imagination with which the company approaches the various stories. In The M...

    by Molly Rhodes on January 16, 2008
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    Speed-the-Plow

    There's a growing collection of behind-the-scenes Hollywood plays involving coke-addled Tinseltown assholes stomping on good people in their single-minded quests to make celluloid drivel. Speed-the-Plow falls squarely into that category, but David M...

    by Nathaniel Eaton on January 16, 2008
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    Also Playing - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Cirque du Soleil: KOOZA. The last few Cirque du Soleil touring shows (Dralion, Varekai, Corteo) were so slick and so mass-marketed to general audiences that the action under the blue and yellow tent had become ho-hum. The company had strayed from ci...

    on January 16, 2008
  • Lukewarm Gun - Unreal Tournament III blasts new holes in old terrain.

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    Lukewarm Gun - Unreal Tournament III blasts new holes in old terrain.

    Unreal Tournament III is ideal for overcaffeinated teenage boys with PlayStation 3s, broadband internet connections, extensive online friend lists, hours and hours of time to blow, and -- just for good measure -- a deep appreciation of the steroid-a...

    by Gary Hodges on January 16, 2008
  • Wookiee Mistake

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    Wookiee Mistake

    Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest (Fox) As someone with no use for Seth MacFarlane's potty-mouthed Simpsons rip, I'll admit to choking out a few giggles during his Star Wars send-up -- though, truth be told, it's slightly less daring than Space...

    by Jordan Harper on January 16, 2008
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    Our top DVD picks scheduled for release this week:

    Alex Haley's Queen (Warner Bros.) Amazing Planet Earth (Questar) The Attic (Allumination) Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown (Warner Bros.) Breaker Morant (Image) Extras: The Complete Series (HBO) Dora the Explorer: Undercover Dora (Pa...

    on January 16, 2008
  • Boy Trouble

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    Boy Trouble

    Joshua (Fox) George Ratliff's movie, a sort of satirical take on Rosemary's Baby, came and went upon its release; seems no one got the joke about how parents (Sam Rockwell and Vera Farmiga, in this case) are scared shitless of their own children ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 9, 2008
  • Shift Happens - Indy Legends brings Brickyard history to life

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    Shift Happens - Indy Legends brings Brickyard history to life

    When I was 12, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway totally screwed me over. After visiting the famed Brickyard and eagerly paying 10 bucks to take "a lap around the track," I was placed in a golf cart that putted around the asphalt at a not-entirely-...

    by Chris Ward on January 9, 2008
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    Our top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

    The All New Super Friends Hour: Season One, Volume One (Turner) American Carny: True Tales From the Circus Sideshow (Koch Vision) Cary Grant: 4-Disc Collector's Set (Republic) Casablanca (Warner Bros.) Death Sentence (Fox) Eagle vs. S...

    on January 9, 2008
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    Also Playing - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Camino Real. Tennessee Williams' 1953 stream-of-consciousness fantasia set in a timeless no man's land is difficult to stage. The largely plotless drama revolving around broken dreams and futile attempts to escape the confines of a dead-end, vaguely...

    on January 9, 2008
  • Election, Stage Left - Political theater may preach to the converted, but it can still teach us something about the world

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    Election, Stage Left - Political theater may preach to the converted, but it can still teach us something about the world

    Theater is a difficult business to be in at the best of times, but it's even more challenging in an election year. With the mass, commercialized media of television, the Internet, talk radio, and movies possessing an exponentially greater ability to...

    by Chloe Veltman on January 9, 2008
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    Also Playing - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) and Completely Hollywood (abridged). The founders of the Reduced Shakespeare Company (RSC) brilliantly anticipated society's chronic case of attention deficit disorder when The Complete Works of William...

    by Nathaniel Eaton on January 2, 2008
  • The Not-So-Hot Seat - A work of substance may lurk beneath Adam Bock's flimsy play about an environmental disaster on a pig farm

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    The Not-So-Hot Seat - A work of substance may lurk beneath Adam Bock's flimsy play about an environmental disaster on a pig farm

    Is it just me, or are new plays getting shorter? It's a truism that life seems to accelerate with age, so perhaps that explains why on so many occasions lately I've left the theater feeling as if I'd only just walked in. Somehow, though, I suspect t...

    by Chloe Veltman on January 2, 2008
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    Shopping! The Musical

    The world is made up of two kinds of people -- those who like musical revues and those who really, really don't. Writer and director Morris Bobrow's original compilation of song and skits is unlikely to convert anyone, but its 80 minutes are filled ...

    by Molly Rhodes on January 2, 2008
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    Siddhartha: The Bright Path

    The Marsh Youth Theater doesn't hold back when mounting its original production about the life of Gotama Buddha. It has assembled three award-winning playwrights, an Indian/jazz-fusion composer, three live musicians, a video artist, and a Bollywood ...

    by Nathaniel Eaton on January 2, 2008
  • Black Russian

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    Black Russian

    Eastern Promises (Universal) David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen are becoming a Bizarro World Alfred Hitchcock/Cary Grant combo, and the world is a better (and bloodier) place for it. Chucklehead critics too smitten by Cronenberg's "messages" d...

    by Robert Wilonsky on January 2, 2008
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Goodnight, Galleries: Evictions, Rising Rents, and Tech Are Changing the Way San Franciscans See Art Goodnight, Galleries: Evictions, Rising Rents, and Tech Are Changing the Way San Franciscans See Art

"We have gotten an eviction notice." The words come from Anthony Williams, the co-founder of the Meridian Gallery, with a matter-of-factness that says everything about the art gallery scene in downtown… More >>

Salvage at Last: Shotgun Players Arrives at Its Final Stoppard Frontier Salvage at Last: Shotgun Players Arrives at Its Final Stoppard Frontier

Art and politics are bedfellows in Shotgun Player's presentation of Salvage, the third play in Tom Stoppard's Tony Award-winning trilogy, The Coast of Utopia. Brave in scope, anchored by the… More >>

Deal or No Deal?: Some Rescues Just Aren't Worth It Deal or No Deal?: Some Rescues Just Aren't Worth It

"Wow, what a douchebag." After I had said this for about the fifth time watching The Profit, CNBC's "save my small business" show, I realized that the way to succeed in… More >>

Authentically Yours: Feminist Porn Gets Political Authentically Yours: Feminist Porn Gets Political

Earlier this month, I walked into the dungeon of a Toronto sex club where a leather swing hung in the center of the room, suspended by chains. I ran my… More >>

She-Wolf: Bay Area Native and Comedian Chelsea Peretti Talks Oakland vs. San Francisco She-Wolf: Bay Area Native and Comedian Chelsea Peretti Talks Oakland vs. San Francisco

Full moons don't transform Chelsea Peretti into a wolf. Sometimes, all it takes is an annoying Twitter comment. Enter "Wolf Mode"— a highly intense state of spiritual unrest when Peretti assumes… More >>

Liar, Liar: ACT and 99 Stock Deceive Audiences, But to Very Different Effects Liar, Liar: ACT and 99 Stock Deceive Audiences, But to Very Different Effects

Venus in Fur, now at ACT, is an exercise in endurance for actors. The two characters, director Thomas (Henry Clarke) and actor Vanda (Brenda Meaney), never get to leave the… More >>

Hanging Out With Strangers: Wendy MacNaughton Is S.F.'s Cultural Anthropologist

Meanwhile in San Francisco: The City in Its Own Words by Wendy MacNaughton features whimsical drawings of different parts of the city alongside quotes from S.F. citizens describing each area.… More >>

Redeeming Paul Lynde: The Joys of Rediscovering the Forgotten Redeeming Paul Lynde: The Joys of Rediscovering the Forgotten

One of my developmentally disabled clients loves to watch old TV, and he cleverly figured out that he can go to YouTube and watch just about anything that ever existed.… More >>

So You're Naked on the Internet...: Join the Club So You're Naked on the Internet...: Join the Club

According to an unsurprising 2012 study, 80 percent of the photos on the Internet are of naked women. Even with Facebook and Instagram laying down the law when it comes to… More >>

Dreamscapes: A Photographer Processes the City's Essence Through His Gigantic Camera Obscura Dreamscapes: A Photographer Processes the City's Essence Through His Gigantic Camera Obscura

What John Chiara does with a camera — not just any camera, but ones so big he drives it around San Francisco on a flatbed trailer — is utterly time-consuming… More >>

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