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    Tennessee in the Summer: Enough already with the tortured-artist melodramas

    What's intriguing about this play "suggested" by the life of Tennessee Williams is that the playwright is portrayed simultaneously by a man (Daniel Albright) and a woman (Alex Alexander). They embody an angel-devil-like conflict within the Pulitzer-...

    by Nathaniel Eaton on February 11, 2009
  • Breast cancer sucks, and so does Tough Titty

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    Breast cancer sucks, and so does Tough Titty

    What I am about to do may well banish me to hell: I am about to disparage an autobiographical play about terminal breast cancer, written by a playwright who recently died of the disease and produced by a theater company that just experienced a simil...

    by Chloe Veltman on February 11, 2009
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    Also Playing - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    7 Sins: James Judd's one-man comedy about his own life. Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Feb. 21. Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 931-1094, www.sffringe.org. Angry Black White Boy: Dan Wolf's adaptation of the Adam Mansbach novel returns...

    on February 4, 2009
  • Artist Mads Lynnerup's new routine

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    Artist Mads Lynnerup's new routine

    Artists who gleefully skewer our expectations are not always the most beloved of figures, but every once in a while, one arrives on the scene with an irresistible swagger. Mads Lynnerup qualifies as one of those welcome tricksters. The 32-year-old D...

    by Traci Vogel on February 4, 2009
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    "Alec Soth: The Last Days of W"

    Now that the presidency of George Walker Bush is resigned to the bloopers file of history, a collective pooped-outedness has overtaken many who were prone to perpetual outrage. This may change as continued evidence of 43's idiocy leaks out, but for ...

    by Traci Vogel on February 4, 2009
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    "Patrick Segui: Curiosa Natura"

    Thinking inside the box has proven surprisingly fertile for many artists, including, most famously, Joseph Cornell. Patrick Segui, a San Francisco artist born and raised in Paris, uses a similar assemblage approach, but his aesthetic is a rich inter...

    by Traci Vogel on February 4, 2009
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    Also Playing - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    7 Sins: James Judd's one-man comedy about his own life. Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Feb. 21. Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 673-3847, www.sffringe.org. Actors Reading Writers: Popular local actors read modern and classic short stor...

    on January 28, 2009
  • David Denby's attack on snark too earnest

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    David Denby's attack on snark too earnest

    What misery it must have been for David Denby to research his new book, willfully indulging that which so clearly dispirits him if only to define, document, and deplore it. Imagine how much time the poor bastard must have spent trolling Web sites li...

    by Jonathan Kiefer on January 28, 2009
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    February Book Events - Neil DeGrasse Tyson at the Commonwealth Club, Jonathon Keats at City Lights, and more.

    Thursday, Feb. 5 Poor little Pluto. Already the tiniest member of its family, it tags along in the orbit farthest from the Sun, the kiddie table of the solar system. And then it got demoted. In 2006, the International Astronomical Union reclassifie...

    by Andy Wright on January 28, 2009
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    Also Playing - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    No Parole. If Pedro Almodvar ever did a one-man show, it would probably be something like this. No Parole is part self-revelation and part telenovela, telling the outrageous story of Carlo D'Amore's childhood in Peru, immigration to America, and de...

    by Chris Jensen on January 21, 2009
  • Three Little Pigs - Mud wallows in existential slop.

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    Three Little Pigs - Mud wallows in existential slop.

    Everyone loves a good rags-to-riches story. The idea of a downtrodden person overcoming the odds to rise to the heights of success has been a narrative archetype since classical times. Tales about Aladdin and Cinderella continue to delight children,...

    by Chloe Veltman on January 21, 2009
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    Also Playing - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Abraham Lincoln's Big Gay Dance Party. The core conceit of Aaron Loeb's ambitious, hilarious, and dramaturgically hairy comedy is that the audience gets to vote on which order to watch three different perspectives on the same events. At the end, the...

    by Chris Jensen on January 14, 2009
  • Trenchcoat in Common explores loss of privacy in a Web-connected world

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    Trenchcoat in Common explores loss of privacy in a Web-connected world

    There comes a time in every blogger's life when she discovers an alarming truth: People actually read her words. I started blogging partly out of a desire to share Important Cultural Musings with other like-minded individuals, and partly out of a si...

    by Chloe Veltman on January 14, 2009
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    Also Playing - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Abraham Lincoln's Big Gay Dance Party. The core conceit of Aaron Loeb's ambitious, hilarious, and dramaturgically hairy comedy is that the audience gets to vote on which order to watch three different perspectives on the same events. At the end, the...

    by Molly Rhodes on January 7, 2009
  • Mark Jackson's Shakespearean Psycho at the Ashby Stage.

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    Mark Jackson's Shakespearean Psycho at the Ashby Stage.

    It's hard to think of two manifestations of the Western cultural imagination less alike than Macbeth and Project Runway. Yet the people behind Shotgun Players' production of Shakespeare's stormy tragedy saw fit to follow the performance on New Year'...

    by Chloe Veltman on January 7, 2009
  • Hit and Myths - This promises to be an introspective year for art.

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    Hit and Myths - This promises to be an introspective year for art.

    The art world's preoccupation with authenticity seems to ebb and flow with the tides of the economy. In an uptick, artists can be cynical about whether their work connects; come the recession, soul-searching slides back into fashion. In 2007, when W...

    by Traci Vogel on January 7, 2009
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    Recent Editions - Darren Waterston's prints are like visual haiku.

    Like geodes, those hollow rocks lined with crystals that enchant children of all ages, San Francisco artist Darren Waterston's prints, watercolors, and oil paintings give a glimpse of hidden worlds. Shapes that resemble trees, stars, flowers, or mes...

    by Traci Vogel on January 7, 2009
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    Pattern: Group Show - See what's playing in the bathroom.

    Artist and curator Brion Nuda Rosch's Hallway Bathroom Gallery is pretty much what its name implies: a long skinny gallery area with an appended pair of bathrooms. The intimate viewing space turns out to be just right for its current group show, the...

    by Traci Vogel on January 7, 2009
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    Also Playing - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Abraham Lincoln's Big Gay Dance Party. The core conceit of Aaron Loeb's ambitious, hilarious, and dramaturgically hairy comedy is that the audience gets to vote on which order to watch three different perspectives on the same events. At the end, the...

    by Chris Jensen on December 31, 2008
  • Add these titles to your reading list

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    Add these titles to your reading list

    Okay, deep breath. It's over. The year, that is. And yes, it's quite all right to be tired. We all are. So why not slow down and shut yourself in for a bit -- take a moment, or a few hours, or a whole new year, to review? Handily, a year's worth of ...

    by Jonathan Kiefer on December 31, 2008
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In the spring of 1917, in a storeroom at an exhibition space in midtown New York, the painter George Bellows and the art curator Walter Arensberg had one of the… More >>

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The Bayview is rich in street art that's political, historical, and altogether radical. And then there's Shawn Bullen's All You See Is Beauty, a frolicking work that went up in… More >>

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Halfway through a marathon viewing of the worst show on TV, Paternity Court, I realized that the smug superiority I felt toward everyone on the show was hypocrisy. No, I've… More >>

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