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    Do Not Disturb - Hotel Dusk is a great game for people who haven't heard of "books"

    Lately, the Nintendo DS has become a virtual Monster.com. You can play a defense attorney (Phoenix Wright), surgeon (Trauma Center), and even a cook (Cooking Mama). Now, thanks to Hotel Dusk: Room 215, you can add private eye to that list. But don...

    by Gary Hodges on February 14, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of February 13:

    Bicycle Thieves: The Criterion Collection (Criterion) The Boy From Lebanon (Picture This) The Butcher Boy (Warner Bros.) The Cave of the Yellow Dog (Tartan) The Departed (Warner Bros.) Devil's Den (Starz) F**K (ThinkFilm) Green f...

    on February 14, 2007
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    Too Much Sanity - Musical about one of S.F.'s oddest characters is a curiously staid affair

    San Francisco has long been a haven for eccentrics. But even the most colorful of today's local characters, such as Pink Man (often seen flitting about the city on a unicycle dressed in a shiny candy floss-hued unitard and cape) and the Brown Twins (...

    by Chloe Veltman on February 7, 2007
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    Ethiopian Tattoo Shop

    Based on an '80s spiritual self-help book by a Catholic priest named Edward Hays, this earnest adaptation is essentially an evening of eight parables about the spiritual search for happiness and contentment. An American traveler stumbles into a mysti...

    by Nathaniel Eaton on February 7, 2007
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    Habitat

    There are plenty of physically astonishing feats to marvel at in Sweet Can Productions' 80-minute circus romp. BeeJay Joyer's body-wrapping juggling routine elicited a "that's so hard to do" from one audience member to his date. "Jesus," the date mar...

    by Molly Rhodes on February 7, 2007
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    Also Playing - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Menopause the Musical. Set in Bloomingdale's department store, this play unites four contrasting female characters an Iowa housewife, an executive, a soap star, and a hippie through the combined forces of cut-price lingerie and hormone replaceme...

    on February 7, 2007
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    Hand It to Him

    The Science of Sleep (Warner Bros.) Feature films are to video directors what sitcoms are to stand-up comedians, and for every David Fincher and Seinfeld, there are dozens of artists who should have stayed in the field they know best. Michel Gondr...

    by Robert Wilonsky on February 7, 2007
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    Mustache Ride - In the latest WarioWare, you can pick your friend's nose

    Explaining the appeal of the WarioWare series is like trying to describe a fever dream: It doesn't make sense unless experienced. Nevertheless, here goes: Mario's bizarro-universe twin, the greedy Wario, has invented over 200 absurd microgames in ...

    by Chris Ward on February 7, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of February 6:

    Alfred Hitchcock: The Early Years of the Master of Suspense (Lions Gate) All Quiet on the Western Front (Universal) Anything but Love: Volume One (Fox) Arabian Nights (Universal) Best Picture: Academy Award Winners Collection (Paramount) ...

    on February 7, 2007
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    Creepy Brilliance - The Pillowman is playwright Martin McDonagh at his best

    It would be nice to say that I couldn't care less about Anglo-Irish playwright Martin McDonagh's defection to Hollywood. But that would be a lie. It's true that I wasn't all that bothered when I first heard that the author of two now-legendary contem...

    by Chloe Veltman on January 31, 2007
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    The Terrorist's Mind

    Catch a Fire (Focus) In his commentary for the underrated, undervalued Catch a Fire, director Phillip Noyce discusses the inspiration: witnessing the terror attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001. He wanted to comprehend "the terrorist's mind,"...

    on January 31, 2007
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    Cold Hearted - Lost Planet delivers, but it's not for the timid

    Anyone who played games back in the olden days (i.e., the late '80s) knows they used to be a lot tougher. Cartridges back then subscribed to the "Oh, you want some of this?" school of game design. They made you gnash your teeth, throw your controll...

    by Gary Hodges on January 31, 2007
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of January 30:

    Academy Awards Collection (MGM) The Comedians of Comedy (Anchor Bay) Dallas: The Complete Sixth Season (Warner Bros.) The Doctor, the Tornado & the Kentucky Kid: Ultimate Collector's Edition (New Video Group) Dora the Explorer: Cowgirl Do...

    on January 31, 2007
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    Hoop Dreaming - Basketball as a metaphor for life almost works on stage

    Sports and theater have a great deal in common: They're both grounded in conflict and the struggle to achieve a goal, involve participants and spectators in a ritualistic event, and are geared toward catharsis. Yet despite a rich shared history and g...

    by Chloe Veltman on January 24, 2007
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    The Greek Play - Free wine, plus a dripping sexiness and brutality -- what's not to like?

    The wine is plentiful and free for audience members at Elastic Future's new production, vaguely inspired by Aeschylus' "Oresteia Trilogy." Inventively set in the art gallery at Root Division (which co-produces), the play puts the crowd in the round o...

    by Nathaniel Eaton on January 24, 2007
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    The Circle - This 1921 chestnut on marriage and its pitfalls gets livelier in its second act

    The arrival of Lady Kitty and Lord Porteous at the end of the first act breathes much-needed life into this numbingly static production of W. Somerset Maugham's 1921 chestnut on marriage and its many pitfalls. As the Lord and his mistress, Ken Ruta a...

    by Molly Rhodes on January 24, 2007
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    Also Playing - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    "365 Days/365 Plays." One morning in 2002, playwright Suzan-Lori Parks decided to write a play every day for the next year. Covering everything from the war in Iraq to the death of Johnny Cash to a lost sweater, Parks' cycle is a remarkable, audac...

    on January 24, 2007
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    Classic Coke

    Cocaine Cowboys (Magnolia) Slam! Bang! Pow! Snort! This tawdry and giddy documentary tells the story of Miami's transformation from a place where old people go to die to a place with so much drug money that the Mercedes dealers were constantly out...

    on January 24, 2007
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    Dr. Feelgood - You're not a doctor, but Trauma Center lets you play one on TV

    For most of us, the closest we get to practicing medicine is telling a depressed co-worker, "Somebody's got a case of the Mondays." But that doesn't stop us from living vicariously through TV doctors. Now, with Trauma Center: Second Opinion, you ca...

    on January 24, 2007
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    Slick - Dan Hoyle is everyone he met in Nigeria, but not himself and that's impressive

    Solo shows fall into three basic categories: the autobiographical (in which the performer tells his own story), the biographical (in which the performer portrays another person usually someone famous), and what I'll call the multi-biographical (in ...

    by Chloe Veltman on January 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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