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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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    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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    Our top DVD picks scheduled for release this week:

    The Addams Family: The Complete Series (MGM) Amazing Grace (Fox) Annie Duke's Texas Hold'em Supercourse (Big Vision) Berlin Alexanderplatz: The Criterion Collection (Criterion)Close Encounters of the Third Kind: 30th Anniversary Ultimate Ed...

    on November 14, 2007
  • 'Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles' Sucks, Bites, Not in Good Way

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    'Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles' Sucks, Bites, Not in Good Way

    Castlevania, the vampire-hunting series that stretches over 20 years and as many games, has basically two kinds of fans. There are the traditionalists, who've followed the games since they were straight-up action titles with thumb-busting combat and...

    by Gary Hodges on November 7, 2007
  • New on DVD -- Sesame Street, Chinatown Collector's Edition, Sicko Collector's Edition

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    New on DVD -- Sesame Street, Chinatown Collector's Edition, Sicko Collector's Edition

    Sesame Street: Old School Volume 2 (Genius) On the heels of the Electric Company boxed sets, which were at once educational and groovy as all get-out, comes the latest in greatest hits from Sesame Street before the neighborhood was gentrified fo...

    by Robert Wilonsky on November 7, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks scheduled for release this week:

    The Best of the Colbert Report (Paramount) Blame It on Fidel! (Koch Lorber) Blood Car (TLA) The Crown Prince (Koch) Deck the Halls (Fox) Election (Tartan) Flight of the Conchords: The Complete First Season (HBO) Help!: Deluxe Ed...

    on November 7, 2007
  • Queen's Nails Annex Hires Tony Labat for a 'BULK' Perpetual Art Opening

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    Queen's Nails Annex Hires Tony Labat for a 'BULK' Perpetual Art Opening

    It's Friday night. Where Valencia meets Mission, the sidewalks are full of people, and the storefronts glow. One store in particular looks new and mysterious, its frosted window lit from within, its door wide open. But what is it? A sign outside rea...

    by Traci Vogel on November 7, 2007
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    "Mugshots"

    It's tempting to adopt film noir slang when discussing Chris Crites' mugshots painted in acrylic on paper bags. The 1940s-era San Francisco criminals who stare at the viewer certainly look hard-boiled: They leer with defiance and disgust, lips purse...

    by Traci Vogel on November 7, 2007
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    "Sediments, Sentiments (Figures of Speech)"

    The combined eyes of Puerto Rican artists Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla seem to be able to see into the fourth dimension. The artists have been collaborating since 1995, creating sculpture, performance art, and architecture that transform...

    by Traci Vogel on November 7, 2007
  • Geary Theater and A.C.T.'s The Rainmaker Illustrates the Power of the Placebo Effect

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    Geary Theater and A.C.T.'s The Rainmaker Illustrates the Power of the Placebo Effect

    Early last week, the Geary Theater underwent a seismic shift. The magnitude-5.6 tremor that hit the Bay Area a few minutes past 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30, caused the century-old building's walls to wobble like an old-fashioned wedding cake just ...

    by Chloe Veltman on November 7, 2007
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"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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