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    Our top DVD picks scheduled for release this week:

    Beverly Hills 90210: The Third Season (Paramount) Big Love: The Complete Second Season (HBO) Born Killers (Lionsgate) The Boston Red Sox 2007 World Series Collector's Edition (A&E) The Conscientious Objector (Cinequest) Dave Attell: C...

    on December 12, 2007
  • Street Smart - Bye-bye hippies, hello Factory model. The Haight is becoming a center for over-the-counter street art.

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    Street Smart - Bye-bye hippies, hello Factory model. The Haight is becoming a center for over-the-counter street art.

    Haight and Ashbury has been a commercial real-estate bugbear for the past couple of decades. Any business that opened at the historic intersection was offering itself up for judgment on the altar of the Diggers, the anarchist theater collective of t...

    by Traci Vogel on December 5, 2007
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    Obsessive Consumption: Kate Bingaman-Burt

    This is famously the season when we buy things nobody really needs. But exhaustive spending isn't limited to the holidays. Artist Kate Bingaman-Burt attempts to measure shopping madness through art. For 28 months, she photographed every item she bou...

    by Traci Vogel on December 5, 2007
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    I Do Adore: Women Photographers

    Google "female energy," and you'll find a predictable mishmash of New Age lunar philosophy and a strange reference to the architecture of the Sydney Opera House. Clearly, the Googleverse hasn't yet connected with the X-chromosome vibes put off by th...

    by Traci Vogel on December 5, 2007
  • Future Shock - Mass Effect is riveting -- and a bit aggravating too.

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    Future Shock - Mass Effect is riveting -- and a bit aggravating too.

    For a game that's considered Microsoft's premier 360 title this holiday season, it's amazing how sloppy Mass Effect is. Graphical glitches distract from otherwise fascinating character designs and alien vistas, constant stops and stutters lengthen l...

    by Gary Hodges on December 5, 2007
  • The Other Shoe - Even a genius like Mary Zimmerman can't figure out how to completely neuter a macho ancient Greek tale

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    The Other Shoe - Even a genius like Mary Zimmerman can't figure out how to completely neuter a macho ancient Greek tale

    Most people think of the story of Jason and the Argonauts as the first word in masculine heroics. Originally set down in writing in the 3rd century B.C. by the Greek poet Apollonius of Rhodes, the legend concerns the Greek prince Jason's eventful vo...

    by Chloe Veltman on December 5, 2007
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    The Necessity of Hank

    If you have yet to experience RIPE Theatre, you are missing one of the most theatrically adventurous companies in the area. The substance of this particular play, about the strained relationship between a mother and a son, unfortunately often gets l...

    by Molly Rhodes on December 5, 2007
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    Based on a Totally True Story

    Halfway through New Conservatory Theatre's production about a young writer trying to navigate the temptation and disappointment of Hollywood, the protagonist exclaims, "I refuse to be a clich!" Too bad he's stuck in such an overdone and tired plotl...

    by Nathaniel Eaton on December 5, 2007
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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 December 5, 2007
  • Cellar Beware

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    Cellar Beware

    The Girl Next Door (Anchor Bay) If the horror of Saw was a poblano pepper, this here is the habaero. Derived from Jack Ketchum's infamous novel, sometimes word-for-word, The Girl Next Door -- based on a true story -- is a sort of Hostel meets ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 5, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks scheduled for release this week:

    Battlestar Galactica: Razor (Universal) The Best of Crank Yankers (Paramount) Bob Hope: MGM Movie Legends Collection (MGM) Erik the Viking: The Director's Cut (MGM) Exiled (Magnolia) The Flash Gordon Collection (Passport) Tyler Per...

    on December 5, 2007
  • Bender's Big Score, Hot Rod, Waitress - New DVDs reviewed

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    Bender's Big Score, Hot Rod, Waitress - New DVDs reviewed

    Hot Rod (Paramount) Andy Samberg, best known for stuffing his dick in a box on Saturday Night Live, is Rod Kimble, a wannabe stuntman with very little "man" in him. He lives with his mom (Sissy Spacek, not kidding) and a stepdad (Ian McShane), ...

    by Jordan Harper on November 28, 2007
  • Plumb Tuckered Out? - A breathtaking journey through space revives Super Mario.

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    Plumb Tuckered Out? - A breathtaking journey through space revives Super Mario.

    There's no surer sign that a franchise is in trouble than when it blasts into outer space. So you were right to be nervous when Nintendo announced its plans to follow up the subpar game Super Mario Sunshine with something called Super Mario Galaxy, ...

    by Chris Ward on November 28, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks scheduled for release this week:

    Bratz (Lionsgate) Drunken Angel: The Criterion Collection (Criterion) Elvis: Blue Suede Collection (Warner Bros.) ESPNU Honor Roll: The Best of College Football Vol. 3 (ESPN) Happy Days: The Third Season (Paramount) Hot Fuzz: 3-Disc C...

    on November 28, 2007
  • The Crowd You're in With More Cliché Than Cathartic

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    The Crowd You're in With More Clich Than Cathartic

    Every now and then, a play comes along that makes a mark on theater history, a play with a message so profound and impact so great that it alters the way we think about the world. The Crowd You're in With is not that play, though judging by the rapt...

    by Chloe Veltman on November 28, 2007
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    Also Playing - Theater & Opera

    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 November 28, 2007
  • Call of Duty 4 Kicks Ass Too Close To Home

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    Call of Duty 4 Kicks Ass Too Close To Home

    The unsettling tone is established early in Call of Duty 4, when the president of a Middle Eastern nation is publicly executed on the world stage, and you, the player, experience the deposed leader's final minutes through his own eyes, witnessing --...

    by Gary Hodges on November 21, 2007
  • Sex Sells Itself at the Aurora Theater in Berkeley

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    Sex Sells Itself at the Aurora Theater in Berkeley

    When she was released from jail for transgressing indecency laws with her 1926 play Sex, Mae West told reporters that her play about a street-smart prostitute's adventures in love was "a work of art." This was a bit of a stretch. West based her slap...

    by Chloe Veltman on November 21, 2007
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    Killing My Lobster: For the Very First Time

    I've got no shame in admitting I've always had big fat crushes on all the ladies of Killing My Lobster. They're hip, funny, and undeniably charismatic, which is all kinds of sexy in my book. So given that they've been around for ten years, it's abou...

    by Nathaniel Eaton on November 21, 2007
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    Rabbit Hole

    Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire's beautiful Pulitzer Prize-winning play gets a genuinely heartfelt and at times moving production from Studio 300 Theatre. The cast has an easy, gentle approach to the material, which fits well with the comic air that...

    by Molly Rhodes on November 21, 2007
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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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