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  • 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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    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 November 21, 2007
  • Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson Proves Good Bathroom Reading

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    Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson Proves Good Bathroom Reading

    Hunter S. Thompson's suicide probably shocked no one. He certainly didn't hide his intentions. A few days before he died on February 20, 2005, he sent a note to his second wife, Anita, in which he implied that suicide was not just inescapable but lo...

    by Chris Jensen on November 21, 2007
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    Magical Moments of Change: How Psychotherapy Turns Kids Around

    By Lenore Terr, M.D. W.W. Norton, $27.95 Magical Moments of Change is possibly the cheesiest title ever applied to a deeply fascinating book on the human psyche and the possibilities of healing. Lenore Terr, a professor of psychiatry at the Un...

    by Frances Reade on November 21, 2007
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    oPtion$: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs

    By Daniel Lyons (aka Fake Steve Jobs) Da Capo Press, $22.95 This book illustrates the danger in trying to transform something that works best as a bite-sized snack (a blog parodying Apple's visionary chief executive) into a dinner entre (a no...

    by Will Harper on November 21, 2007
  • New DVDs -- Heart of Darkness, Nosferatu, Unrated Die Hard

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    New DVDs -- Heart of Darkness, Nosferatu, Unrated Die Hard

    Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (Paramount) At last available on DVD, Eleanor Coppola's 1991 documentary about her husband's tumultuous trek downriver remains, easily, the best film ever about the making of a movie and unmaking of ...

    by Jordan Harper on November 21, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks scheduled for release this week:

    Angel-A (Sony) The Batman: The Complete Fourth Season (Warner Bros.) Bill Maher: The Decider (HBO) Broken (First Look) Chappelle's Show: The Series Collection (Paramount) CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: The Complete Seventh Season (Pa...

    on November 21, 2007
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    Guitar Hero III Easily the Best Entry in the Franchise

    You wanted the best -- you got the best: Guitar Hero III. Show of hands: Has anyone not heard of Guitar Hero at this point? You sir, in the back row clutching the Ratt cassette -- you're the only one? All right, pal, here's your recap: Guitar He...

    by Chris Ward on November 14, 2007
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    Shocktoberfest 2007: Maker of Monsters

    It was intriguing to discover during the excellent recent revival of Sweeney Todd at the American Conservatory Theater that Stephen Sondheim based his play on an old script from the bloody Parisian Grand Guignol shock theater. Even though Todd was f...

    by Nathaniel Eaton on November 14, 2007
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    Actors Theatre Takes on Tennessee Williams' Camino Real to Bewildering Effect

    I wasn't familiar with Camino Real when I arrived at Actors Theatre of San Francisco's Bush Street digs to experience the company's production of Tennessee Williams' 1953 play. By the time I left the theater a couple of hours later I still didn't fe...

    by Chloe Veltman on November 14, 2007
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    The Breeze at Dawn

    The story of two Iranian women trying to create fulfilling lives fails to achieve its full potential in this inaugural show from Featherlead Productions. Playwright Lal Shafaghi has a lovely way with words, using deceptively simple language to sket...

    by Molly Rhodes on November 14, 2007
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    Also Playing

    Every Inch a King. This show, while sweet and mildly funny, doesn't live up to the capable talents of its actresses or writer and director Gary Graves. It's a slight affair, following the story of three grown daughters as they wrestle with what to d...

    on November 14, 2007
  • New DVDs: The Princess Bride, Killer of Sheep, Innocence, La Vie en Rose

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    New DVDs: The Princess Bride, Killer of Sheep, Innocence, La Vie en Rose

    The Princess Bride: 20th Anniversary Edition (MGM) As far as anniversary-edition DVDs go, The Princess Bride is crushingly disappointing: no Rob Reiner commentary track, no outtakes, no making-of doc, no nothing, save for a lousy game and a few...

    by Jordan Harper on November 14, 2007
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I Do: New Conservatory and the Thrillpeddlers Put Fresh Spins on the Nuptial Tradition I Do: New Conservatory and the Thrillpeddlers Put Fresh Spins on the Nuptial Tradition

If you attempt to resist the steamrolling charm of New Conservatory Theatre Center's Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays, you're not just hardening your heart — you're missing out… More >>

Rise of the White Male Weenie: With "Silicon Valley," Mike Judge's Underdogs Finally Take Over Rise of the White Male Weenie: With "Silicon Valley," Mike Judge's Underdogs Finally Take Over

If ever there was a champion for the American beta male — nay, omega male — which is to say, a champion for the probably least-championable class of American, it… More >>

Get on the Bus: Visions of Working at Google Get on the Bus: Visions of Working at Google

Interviewing at Google was probably the most intimidating thing I've ever done. First of all, I had to figure out why they make manholes round so I could answer that… More >>

And the Winner Is: Miss Kinky America And the Winner Is: Miss Kinky America

When I was a little girl, I would beg my mother to let me stay up late enough to watch the Miss America pageant on television. The gowns, the high… More >>

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 >>

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