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2004 Stories by Karen Macklin

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  • Don't Be Such a Fairy

    published November 24, 2004

    Sandra Tsing Loh is 42, but she can't seem to get out of middle school. Her 12th Christmas, speckled with typically unbearable preteen... More >>

  • Citizen Kane

    published November 10, 2004

    The title of Sarah Kane's play 4.48 Psychosis is supposed to signify the moment in the morning when humans have the most clarity --... More >>

  • Poi Oh Poi

    published November 3, 2004

    It's about 9 on a Wednesday night at the Horseshoe Pit, a little enclave in Golden Gate Park where dozens of burners have gathered to light up and... More >>

  • Paper Machine

    published October 20, 2004

    When we think of the weapons of war, it's usually guns and bombs and tanks that come to mind. But a major tool of destruction that's used globally... More >>

  • Lady of the Flies

    published September 29, 2004

    When a gaggle of British schoolboys flies to a distant location to avoid a war breaking out at home, the plane unexpectedly goes down and the boys... More >>

  • Treading the Smorgas-board

    published September 8, 2004

    It's always a crapshoot at the San Francisco Fringe Festival, but it's still worth it to throw those dice. There's nowhere else you can get... More >>

  • There Is No Magic Bullet

    published August 25, 2004

    It's not every day you see a collaboration among Robert Wilson, William S. Burroughs, and Tom Waits. But The Black Rider: The Casting of the... More >>

  • The Great Unknown

    published August 18, 2004

    Most folks have heard the name Ingmar Bergman, but if you go around and ask them what they think of his movies -- foreign-film aficionados and... More >>

  • The Devil in the Details

    published August 11, 2004

    Some performers rest before opening a major show in San Francisco. Others go on drinking binges. Marga Gomez goes on panty raids. "That's... More >>

  • By Heart

    published July 14, 2004

    Long before e-mail, Gmail, or faxing, there was the ink stick. A Chinese invention used for calligraphy, the stick is admittedly a... More >>

  • The Rockets' Red Glare

    published June 30, 2004

    If you think the American Revolution inspired the invention of fireworks, you're in for a surprise. The story goes that about 2,000 years ago a... More >>

  • Retreat to Invigoration

    published June 23, 2004

    If winter in San Francisco is a time to bundle up, hibernate, and skip the gym for a month or two, summer is a time to peel off the layers and see... More >>

  • Super Hold

    published June 9, 2004

    It's possible that John Waters was riffing off the Broadway musical Hair when he dreamt up the idea for his 1988 pop-camp trailer-trash... More >>

  • All in the Family

    published June 2, 2004

    Olympia Dukakis is not new to maternal roles. She played the ghost of an endearing mom on ACT's stage just two seasons ago in Michel Tremblay's... More >>

  • Setting Off

    published May 19, 2004

    A veteran traveler and best-selling author, Jeff Greenwald has explored five continents in his 50 years; written for dozens of magazines and... More >>

  • The Weird Brothers

    published May 5, 2004

    Watching Galumpha perform raises certain questions, such as "How is that guy's foot balancing on that other guy's head?" and "Are those... More >>

  • Yes, Mr. President

    published April 14, 2004

    The subject of the sprawling exhibit about to open at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is just one person. But it's one person who made a hell of a... More >>

  • Industrial Light and Magic

    published March 24, 2004

    Ever wish it were just as easy to change the wallpaper in your house as it is to change the wallpaper on the desktop of your PC? Or that your... More >>

  • Art's Art

    published February 18, 2004

    It's really no surprise that folks don't take comics seriously. The word itself connotes silliness, and the "comics" section of Sunday dailies is... More >>

  • Dream a SITI Dream

    published January 28, 2004

    A satirical forest farce about blind love, plotting fairies, and humankind's silliness, Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream... More >>

  • Have a Yoga New Year

    published January 21, 2004

    It probably goes without saying that the New Year's resolution is an idea largely grounded in Western thinking. It's not just that this tradition... More >>

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