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    Hair - Apparently hippies still know how to get naked and have fun.

    I had such an enjoyable time at the Mountain Play's current staging of Hair, high atop Mount Tamalpais, that I went twice to take in the full experience. The production features close to 40 actors, a fully tripped-out band, and even a smoke-filled VW...

    on June 6, 2007
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    Also Playing - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Cryptogram. A cryptogram is a text written in code and that's exactly what this play feels like. For 80 minutes playwright David Mamet weaves a repetitive and inscrutable maze of dialogue, taking his time to get to the point. The drama, set in 1959,...

    on June 6, 2007
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    Sagebrush & Spaghetti

    The Sergio Leone Anthology (MGM) Sergio Leone made westerns like Wagner made ditties. This essential boxed set -- four films with four discs of supplemental material, much of it scholarly and insightful -- shows the Italian director supplanting th...

    by Robert Wilonsky on June 6, 2007
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    Three's a Charm - A promising glimpse of the next Halo

    Bold proclamation time: There wouldn't even be an Xbox 360 without Halo. Microsoft lost billions on the original Xbox even with its mega-successful sci-fi games, so it's hard to imagine the red ink that would have spilled without them; even suggestin...

    by Gary Hodges on June 6, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of June 6:

    The Abyss: Special Edition (Fox) The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: Extra Frills Edition (MGM) Bruce Springsteen With the Sessions Band: Live in Dublin (Sony) The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari: A Re-Imagining of the 1919 Masterpiece...

    on June 6, 2007
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    Good Clean Smut

    Porky's: The Ultimate Collection (Fox) When writer-director Bob Clark was killed by a drunk driver in April, the obits trumpeted his holiday classic A Christmas Story . . . but were somewhat reluctant to mention that, oh, yeah, he also wrote and ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 30, 2007
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    Superzero - Spider-Man 3 spins a web of mediocrity.

    There's a unique challenge in designing superhero games: How do you make it fun to play a character who, by definition, is vastly more powerful than his opposition? Hulk encounters a purse-snatcher: Hulk smash! Hulk win! Hulk bored. With battles that...

    by Gary Hodges on May 30, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of May 22:

    Afro Samurai (Funimation) Airwolf: Season Three (Universal) Alone With Her (IFC) Breaking Point (Fox) The Complete Matrix Trilogy (Warner Bros.) Epic Movie (Fox) Escape to Canada (Disinformation) Fay Grim (Magnolia) The 40-Yea...

    on May 30, 2007
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    Cannibal Corpse

    Hannibal Rising (Weinstein) Pointless beyond belief, Hannibal Rising serves more as a cautionary tale than horror story. Made for $50 mil, the movie pocketed half that during its U.S. run and likely wound up in the red -- an appropriate adios for ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 30, 2007
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    Student Bodies - Brooktown High takes you under the bleachers.

    Dating games have come a long way since the days when Chuck Woolery invited mullet-sporting contestants to bump uglies on Love Connection. In Japan, the "dating simulator" video game craze has raged stronger than a schoolboy's hormones since the ea...

    by Chris Ward on May 30, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of May 29:

    Above the Law (Genius) The Andy Griffith Show: Complete Series Collection (Paramount) Big Train: Seasons One and Two (BBC Warner) Biography: Legends of the Silver Screen (A&E) Circle of Iron: 2-Disc Special Edition (Blue Underground) T...

    on May 30, 2007
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    Bang Bang, Game Over - New play explores whether violent videogames create killers

    Whenever a school shooting occurs in the U.S., which it does with alarming frequency, the videogame industry often becomes a target for outrage and blame. News headlines surrounding the Virginia Tech shootings made much of gunman Cho Seung-Hui's pass...

    by Chloe Veltman on May 23, 2007
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    Cryptogram - You'll need to be a code-buster to decipher the meaning of this Mamet play

    A cryptogram is a text written in code and that's exactly what this play feels like. For 80 minutes playwright David Mamet weaves a repetitive and inscrutable maze of dialogue, taking his time to get to the point. The drama, set in 1959, is about los...

    by Nathaniel Eaton on May 23, 2007
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    The Great Puppet Musical - The humans are okay, but the puppets are the real stars

    It's all about the puppets at Un-Scripted Theatre Company's latest improv show, a full-length musical made up on the spot from an audience suggestion, where puppets and humans alike try to make sense of the often cruel and confusing modern world arou...

    by Molly Rhodes on May 23, 2007
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    Sad But True - During his life, Bay Area author Leonard Michaels never got his due. In death, he just might.

    I went to a friend's going-away party in Oakland last month where there was a Moonwalk, or "bouncy castle," in the California parlance. It was full of naked people chanting, "Naked in the cas-tle! Naked in the cas-tle!" I kept my clothes on. Parties ...

    by Frances Reade on May 23, 2007
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    Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years

    By David Talbot Free Press, $28 "[S]omebody has something new to say about the Kennedys? I find that hard to believe," a friend replied after I cancelled our drink date due to deadline hour for reviewing David Talbot's Pulitzer Prize-bait, "Br...

    on May 23, 2007
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    Adverbs

    By Daniel Handler Harper, $13.95 Turns out Daniel Handler, best known for introducing a generation of children to dark, absurd post-modern literature under his Lemony Snicket handle, can enthrall grown-ups as well. The native San Franciscan's ...

    by Frances Reade on May 23, 2007
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    Good Clean Smut

    Porky's: The Ultimate Collection (Fox) When writer-director Bob Clark was killed by a drunk driver in April, the obits trumpeted his holiday classic A Christmas Story . . . but were somewhat reluctant to mention that, oh, yeah, he also wrote and ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 23, 2007
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    Superzero - Spider-Man 3 spins a web of mediocrity.

    There's a unique challenge in designing superhero games: How do you make it fun to play a character who, by definition, is vastly more powerful than his opposition? Hulk encounters a purse-snatcher: Hulk smash! Hulk win! Hulk bored. With battles that...

    by Gary Hodges on May 23, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of May 22:

    Afro Samurai (Funimation) Airwolf: Season Three (Universal) Alone With Her (IFC) Breaking Point (Fox) The Complete Matrix Trilogy (Warner Bros.) Epic Movie (Fox) Escape to Canada (Disinformation) Fay Grim (Magnolia) The 40-Yea...

    on May 23, 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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