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    Woof, Daddy

    A father and a son go duck-hunting and, guns in hand, try to hash out the deaths of the mother, daughter, and beloved dog while the departed ghosts look on. At first the father speaks only in cryptic rhyming couplets and allegories "To eat a duck i...

    by Nathaniel Eaton on September 13, 2006
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    Capsule Reviews - Our critics weigh in on local theater

    Godfellas. The Rev. De Love, the sinful soul preacher in San Francisco Mime Troupe's new religious doctrinethemed show, is heaven-bent on spreading the word of God to every corner of the land. Behind the scenes at a "Rock the Lord Crusade" concert ...

    on September 13, 2006
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    Monkey Trials - Super Monkey Ball Adventure takes a wrong turn

    What could be more fun than monkeys trapped in plastic hamster balls? That's the strange philosophy of Super Monkey Ball, a puzzle series that debuted in 2001. Much as with Marble Madness, the goal here is to cross the finish line without falling o...

    by Chris Ward on September 13, 2006
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    Girl Gone Wilde - Is Salome a comedy, a tragedy, or both and neither at once?

    Featuring a scene in which a woman kisses a severed head, a soothsayer ranting oaths from the bottom of a septic tank, and love poetry so bad that only actors with an overdeveloped aptitude for faux sincerity like Groucho Marx or Owen Wilson could ge...

    by Chloe Veltman on September 6, 2006
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    Kiss of the Spider Woman - The actors work with subtle skill, and the director keeps up the tension

    Manuel Puig's sensual tale of love and political upheaval follows Molina, a homosexual window dresser, stuck in a Latin American jail with Valentin, a stoic, committed activist. Molina transcends his bleak surroundings by recalling his favorite roman...

    by Frank Wortham on September 6, 2006
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    Our critics weigh in on local theater

    The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The moldering schoolhouse tradition of spelling bees has inspired a cultural deluge of late, from Myla Goldberg's 2001 novel Bee Season to the feature film Akeelah and the Bee. That the bee has buzzed its ...

    on September 6, 2006
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    Grateful Dead - Dead Rising's zombies will eat your brain -- and your free time.

    The mall in Dead Rising is pretty much like any other you've visited. There's a bunch of women's clothing stores, a movie theater, and of course the obligatory food court. The only real difference is that it's teeming with enough zombies to fill a...

    by Gary Hodges on September 6, 2006
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    Necessary Evil

    United 93 (Universal) A suggestion to those who've put off watching the year's most wrenching and essential film: Before rolling the feature, first watch the documentary in which the families of those who died on the plane give the filmmakers their...

    by Robert Wilonsky on September 6, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of September 6

    The Abbott and Costello Show: 100th Anniversary Collection, Season One (Passport) Ace Ventura Deluxe Double Feature (Warner Bros.) Amarcord: The Criterion Collection (Criterion) Anne of Avonlea (Koch Vision) Blade Runner: Director's Cut (...

    on September 6, 2006
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    Corrective Lenses - On the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a historic look at New Orleans

    "While sitting upon the ruins of your remains, I pondered the course of history." Carrie Mae Weems' prophetic text about New Orleans was written in 2003 for "The Louisiana Project," now on display at the Museum of the African Diaspora. The exhibition...

    by Lea Feinstein on August 30, 2006
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    Galleries and Museums

    "Brian Ulrich." Think back to the first time you tripped out on the surreal beauty of a supermarket the geometric stacks of products and the ominous yet soothing march of logos down the aisles and your brain twitched with conflicting messages, f...

    on August 30, 2006
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    X and Why - The San Francisco Center for the Book at 10

    When Mary Austin's boyfriend proposed to her, he letterpress-printed his question on a papyrus card. She didn't answer him right away; in fact, her immediate response was, "Thank you." Austin, co-founder of the San Francisco Center for the Book, had ...

    by Karen Zuercher on August 30, 2006
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    The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs - By Irvine Welsh

    "I wanted to have one guy who was just a total bastard ... and the other guy is a nice wee mommy's boy," explains Irvine Welsh, sitting poolside at the Phoenix Hotel during a recent book tour. The Scottish author is describing the Jekyll and Hyde dua...

    by Jennifer Maerz on August 30, 2006
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    Night+Day San Francisco - By Julianne Balmain and Kate Chynoweth

    In his publisher's note, Alan S. Davis calls his series of travel books extraordinary guides for extraordinary travelers (italics his), and suggests that we [n]ever settle for the ordinary (underlining his). Clearly, he means business, and to that en...

    by Michael Leaverton on August 30, 2006
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    Literary Events

    Susan Alcorn: The author reads from Camino Chronicle: Walking to Santiago and presents a slide show of her 400-mile walk on the traditional pilgrimage trail of the Camino de Santiago. Tue., Sept. 5, 7:30 p.m., free. Black Oak Books/Berkeley, 1491 Sh...

    on August 30, 2006
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    The Short Goodbye

    Arrested Development: Season Three (Fox) The final collection of Arrested Development discs feels sadly incomplete: only 13 episodes this time, the result of Fox's inability to attract viewers to one of TV's greatest comedies and the network's unw...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 30, 2006
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    Road Rage - In FlatOut 2, life is a highway strewn with carnage.

    Have you ever looked into onrushing traffic and imagined how much damage you would cause with a simple crank of the steering wheel? If so, FlatOut 2 is the racing game for you. The latest entry in a genre best described as Evel Knievel meets NASCAR...

    by Luke O'Brien on August 30, 2006
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    Our top DVD picks for the week of August 29:

    Akeelah and the Bee (Lions Gate) American Gun (IFC) The Castle of Cagliostro (Manga) Desperate Housewives: Season Two (Buena Vista) Stephen King's Desperation (Lions Gate) Friends With Money (Sony) Iron Island (Kino) Let's Scare ...

    on August 30, 2006
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    The Wayback Machine - Two Broadway blockbusters offer more than just nostalgia

    Carole Shorenstein Hays remembers standing in line outside the Curran Theatre to catch A Chorus Line when it arrived in San Francisco in May 1976 from its triumphal Broadway run. "I was so full of excitement," she recalls. "The anticipation was explo...

    by Chloe Veltman on August 23, 2006
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    Talk Is Cheap... Dreams Are Priceless - Like Inside the Actors Studio taken to the next level

    Instead of the lights going down in the Magic Theatre, they come up during the entirety of this one-man show, which blurs the lines between art imitating life, acting class, and Tony Robbins-esque therapy session. Actor/playwright Jim Jarrett reveals...

    by Nathaniel Eaton on August 23, 2006
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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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