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Waiting for Godzilla is less absurdist angst than its Beckett namesake and more operatic B-movie fantasy. In fact, the piece, by famed composer and…

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Best Buy

When you buy a plant at the S.F. Botanical Garden, you get something extra: status. Buying one at the garden's Lunar New Year Flower…

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You Rat

Soon, revelers around the world will officially usher in the Year of the Rat. Sure, having a verminous mascot head up Lunar New Year…

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Sunshine of Your Love

The astonishingly gutsy filmmaker Lee Chang-Dong doesn't set out to shock viewers. He's just unwilling to flinch from hard truths, be it the taboo…

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War Photographer

Last autumn, Japanese artist Katsushige Nakahashi took 20,000 photographs of a single object — a model of a World War II Japanese Kaiten submarine,…

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Reading the Leaves

Until pretty recently, Lipton's Orange Pekoe was the only variety of tea most Americans had ever tasted. Basic black may be considered appropriate for…

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True West

The world sees the U.S. these days through the prism of ostentatious, explosion-packed superhero and disaster movies. But there was a time when the…

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It'za Izakaya

You can get (almost) any kind of Japanese food you want at Hime restaurant

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Cold War Fever

James Joseph Dresnok calls himself a simple man, but he's got secrets to share — or hide. Now in his mid-60s, the bulky, chain-smoking…

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