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  • Talk to Me, Twin Peaks, No End in Sight: DVDish

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    Talk to Me, Twin Peaks, No End in Sight: DVDish

    No End in Sight (Magnolia) Charles Ferguson's debut doc, easily the most important in a year full of notable fact-gathering films, assembles some of the key players behind the invasion and occupation of Iraq and seems to ask them but one questio...

    by Jordan Harper on October 31, 2007
  • Mercury Meltdown Revolution Gets Wii Users all Wet

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    Mercury Meltdown Revolution Gets Wii Users all Wet

    It must've been a scorching summer day when the game developer stared at his thermometer and realized, "Sweet sassy molassey, this would make a helluva game!" How else to explain the existence of the quirky puzzle series Mercury Meltdown? Debuting...

    by Chris Ward on October 31, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks scheduled for release this week:

    The Amicus Collection (Dark Sky) Angel: Complete Series Collector's Set (Fox) Beastie Boys: The Complete Story (Video Music) Benny Hill: The Complete Megaset (A&E) A Christmas Story (Warner Bros.) CSI Miami: The Fifth Season (Paramoun...

    on October 31, 2007
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    Also Playing - Theater & Opera

    The Bluest Eye. Published in 1970, Toni Morrison's debut novel tells the story of an impoverished 11-year-old black girl's journey from self-loathing to madness via rape, pregnancy, and infant mortality. This is serious stuff. But director Walter Da...

    on October 31, 2007
  • The Color Purple Musical Colors Chloe Veltman Confused

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    The Color Purple Musical Colors Chloe Veltman Confused

    One of the things I like most about writing about theater for a weekly publication is that I have the luxury of avoiding press nights. Unlike my hardworking colleagues on the dailies who are forced to churn out copy overnight for the next day's news...

    by Chloe Veltman on October 31, 2007
  • Cross-Eyed - Lorraine Hansberry Theatre's latest turns Toni Morrison's tragic book into, of all things, a slapstick comedy

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    Cross-Eyed - Lorraine Hansberry Theatre's latest turns Toni Morrison's tragic book into, of all things, a slapstick comedy

    I never thought of Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye as being funny. Fierce, yes. Emotional, certainly. But it's hardly the stuff of broad comedy. After all, the novel tells the story of an impoverished 11-year-old black girl's journey from self-loathi...

    by Chloe Veltman on October 24, 2007
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    Cassandra at Mission Creek

    When I was a serious theater student in New York I did a lot of long exercises that involved rolling on the ground, bulging my eyes out, and summoning guttural shrieks from my core being. Perhaps this made me a better actor, but these exercises are ...

    by Nathaniel Eaton on October 24, 2007
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    Mrs. Warren's Profession

    The intriguing premise of using masks to highlight the characters' duplicity in George Bernard Shaw's play never gets off the ground in this Performers Under Stress production. When they are compelled to share their true feelings about each other an...

    by Molly Rhodes on October 24, 2007
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    Shortcomings

    First, full disclosure on possible circle-jerky conflict-of-interest: This book talks some brief shit about S.F. Weekly. In return, S.F. Weekly will talk some brief shit back, while also acknowledging that Adrian Tomine's Shortcomings is awfully won...

    by Frances Reade on October 24, 2007
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    Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life

    Plenty of successful fiction writers have slaked our thirst for more intimate knowledge of the creative process by giving us tell-all memoirs. KQED's Michael Krasny has penned a lively and humorous variation on the theme. His new book might more str...

    by Michael Stoll on October 24, 2007
  • Kiss My Bass - Book by a former boy band heartthrob states the obvious

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    Kiss My Bass - Book by a former boy band heartthrob states the obvious

    Okay, let's begin with a bit of a spoiler: Lance Bass, the deepest voice in the defunct boy band *NSYNC, is gay. If that was a surprise to you, here's another spoiler: RuPaul is a dude. Bass' homosexuality was apparently some sort of big secret for ...

    by Katy St. Clair on October 24, 2007
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    Also Playing - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Bulrusher. Set in 1955 in Boonville, California, Eisa Davis' Pulitzer Prize-nominated drama takes place during one of the most turbulent periods in modern American history, from the racially provoked murder of black 14-year-old Emmett Till to black ...

    on October 24, 2007
  • Bang Bang for Your Buck - It's five great games for $60 -- shoot first and ask questions later.

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    Bang Bang for Your Buck - It's five great games for $60 -- shoot first and ask questions later.

    Whether it's $600 PlayStation 3s or the five bucks Nintendo shamelessly charges for 20-year-old NES games on the Wii's Virtual Console, gamers have gotten used to assuming the position when it comes to the costs of their hobby. So if you've just hea...

    by Gary Hodges on October 24, 2007
  • The Boys Are Back - Stanley Kubrick was a genius. And a prick.

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    The Boys Are Back - Stanley Kubrick was a genius. And a prick.

    Directors Series: Stanley Kubrick (Warner Bros.) Most of the old Kubrick DVDs were crap: full-screen editions with poor pictures and virtually no special features. This set makes up for them with 2001, A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Full Meta...

    by Jim Ridley on October 24, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks scheduled for release this week:

    The Adventures of Aquaman (Warner Bros.) The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Volume One (Paramount) Battleship Potemkin (Kino) Breathless: The Criterion Collection (Criterion) Commune (First Run) The Company (Sony) Fantastic Pla...

    on October 24, 2007
  • Genuine Fake Robots

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    Genuine Fake Robots

    Transformers (DreamWorks) No doubt, Michael Bay's slam-bang action-figure commercial doesn't play nearly as well on TV, no matter how high or high-def your screen; this demands to be seen on a screen the size of a skyscraper and heard on speake...

    by Jim Ridley on October 17, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks scheduled for release this week:

    AC/DC: Plug Me In (Sony) Bob the Builder: Ultimate Adventure Collection (Hit Entertainment) Bully 911: Stop Being a Victim (Bayview) Believers (Warner Bros.) Best Picture Collection (MGM)The Hoax (Miramax) Hollow Man: Director's Cut (...

    on October 17, 2007
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    Six Degrees of Separation, Bulrusher and more S.F. Theater Reviews - Theater & Opera

    Benedictus. If you read the newspapers with a discerning eye, you'll get the strong sense that we'll be at war with Iran in the very near future. If you are like a vast majority of our nation's populace (myself included), you probably don't know muc...

    on October 17, 2007
  • Jackass The Game Is a Kick in the Nuts

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    Jackass The Game Is a Kick in the Nuts

    Love him or despise him, head Jackass Johnny Knoxville has made millions from getting kicked in the yambag. Had YouTube arrived before Jackass, Knoxville, Steve-O, and the show's other gutterpunk masochists might still be slinging French fries, g...

    by Chris Ward on October 17, 2007
  • Philip Glass' Appomattox a Civil Bore

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    Philip Glass' Appomattox a Civil Bore

    It's hard to imagine a more suitable composer for a major opera about the constancy of war than Philip Glass, although vthe reason for this is not flattering. Just as the author Arthur Koestler once said that "the most persistent sound which reverbe...

    by Chloe Veltman on October 17, 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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