May Literary Events

Monday, May 24 While we're on the subject of Booksmith events involving local author Glen David Gold (see above), allow me to point out…

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Was a Miner, '49er

If you ever wish to be instantly loved by everyone you meet, dress up as Charlie Chaplin. Hardened criminals, Republicans, real estate developers, tiny…

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The Lady Organist and the Tramp

“The Little Tramp” is undoubtedly the stage name of some burlesque performer by now. But this New Year's Eve, the Goth cathedral screens three…

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The Great Dictator Overthrowers

Obviously, the Indie Press of the Month party has something to do with Charlie Chaplin this time around; it's City Lights publishers feted by…

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The Killer Tramp

The rap against Charlie Chaplin, voiced by fans of fellow silent-screen comic giants Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd, is that he was sentimental to…

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You're in It

House is the thing to take your boyfriend to, even if he hates dance performance. He’s certain to say afterward, “It was actually really…

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Artists' Union

On a February day in 1919, four pissed-off heavyweights of the silent era signed a pact. Although the movie industry was still young, businessmen…

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Chaplin's Big Finish

The ten-day series PFA at the Castro: Charles Chaplin ends today with an appropriately groundbreaking film: The Great Dictator, Chaplin's first talkie and his…

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Precarious

An extraordinary set tips a comedy into tragedy

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