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Calendar, Night&Day Travel with Care

Travel with Care

Sex slaves. Obliteration of natural resources. Malnutrition. San Franciscans craving an authentic, inexpensive vacation often turn to developing countries, but low costs often mean low standards of living. Join travel experts Jeff Greenwald and Malia Everette for "Ethical Destinations," a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hiding in Uniform

Hiding in Uniform

About a decade ago, John Fisher reopened an old case, theatrically speaking. He wrote, directed, and acted in Combat!, a play about two gay U.S. Marines in World War II who survived the invasions of Tarawa and Iwo Jima and…
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Calendar, Night&Day War: What Is It Good For?

War: What Is It Good For?

Nine years ago, the U.S. invaded Afghanistan to bring down the Taliban and seek the terrorists behind the 9/11 attacks. Our troops are still there, yet terrorists remain at large, the Taliban is making a comeback (to say the least),…
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Film, “The Tillman Story”: A furious documentary on a craven cover-up

“The Tillman Story”: A furious documentary on a craven cover-up

Pat Tillman, the Arizona Cardinals safety who enlisted in the Army Rangers eight months after 9/11, read Emerson, Chomsky, and, though an atheist, the Bible. Resembling a beefier Seann William Scott, he shunned cellphones, cars, and professional-athlete megalomania. A fiercely…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Restrepo</i>


Amid a glut of amped nonfiction films about the U.S. at war, journalists Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger's documentary about their 2007 stay with an American platoon in a Taliban-infested region of Afghanistan raises its voice by lowering it. Stripped…
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Culture, Art War games: Soldiers reenact life and death in Iraq and Afghanistan

War games: Soldiers reenact life and death in Iraq and Afghanistan

You're serving in the National Guard in Iraq, and you're leading a nighttime convoy of military vehicles at 60 miles per hour. Suddenly, a young Iraqi woman dressed in black steps into the street, and your armored Humvee — and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Getting Carded

Getting Carded

"Drive around — not over — archaeological sites." Among the things U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan need to be told, this is only middle-tier depressing, but consider that it comes from a deck of cards: There are 51 other…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Sound and the &#133;

The Sound and the …

The U.S. immigration department disappointed Bay Area performing arts lovers last year when visa issues forced San Francisco’s Brava Theater Center to cancel the local premiere of an unprecedented American-Afghan theater collaboration. Happily, things have turned around since then. Having…
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News, Sucka Free City

Raw Footage

Remember Greg Shade? He sure wants you to, only not in the way he's depicted in American Hero, a short documentary that screened at last year's S.F. Independent Film Festival. That prompted Shade to sue the filmmakers in a legally…
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Music, All Shook Down Immortal Technique Visits Afghanistan for SF NPO

Immortal Technique Visits Afghanistan for SF NPO

A few months back, hardcore political rapper Immortal Technique  played a sold-out show at the DNA Lounge. That show, as it turns out, was a benefit for OMEID International, a SF-based non-profit founded by Afghan-American women. Tech's no radical chic…
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News, The Snitch Chevron's Prince of Darkness

Chevron's Prince of Darkness

By John GeluardiThe Chevron Corporation has exposed its pestilent underbelly by hiring William J. Haynes II, a Department of Defense attorney who compiled lists of violent interrogation techniques for shadowy U.S. detention centers. Chevron hired Haynes on as its chief…
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Dining, Eat Survival of the Tastiest

Survival of the Tastiest

Considering the turmoil and strife Afghanistan has undergone over the past thousand years or so, it's amazing how balanced and nurturing its native cuisine can be. This mountainous, landlocked, often beleaguered country, bordered by China, Iran, Pakistan, and three former…
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News, Feature Relics Revisited

Relics Revisited

I Feel I Am Free But I Know I Am Not Sept. 4–Nov. 20 at SF Camerawork, 657 Mission (at New Montgomery), S.F. Call 512-2020 or visit No passive gallery viewing here — every project in this photography show…
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News, Sucka Free City Osama Hunter Greg Shade Captured on IndieFest Doc <i>American Hero</i>

Osama Hunter Greg Shade Captured on IndieFest Doc American Hero

The New York Post called Greg Shade a "daring Yank." Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, a longtime friend, told CBS that Shade was the "Wild Bill Hickok of the frontier." The Wall Street Journal described him as "untiringly practical" and "a…
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News, Feature

Doc Block

An acquaintance who served in both Afghanistan and Iraq says he has no use for documentaries about George W. Bush's bungling of the War on Terror. He has not and will not see a single one of the movies made…
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Film, Grounded


Kites fly high over the San Francisco Bay and Kabul (okay, China), but not much else soars in Marc Forster's flaccid adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's vivid 2002 novel, which covers three decades of Afghanistan's misery under serial totalitarian rule. Arriving…
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Dining, Eat Welcome Back, Kaddo

Welcome Back, Kaddo

On February 27, a 75-foot-wide chunk of Telegraph Hill crumbled, releasing several hundred cubic yards of rocks and boulders to smash into the back of buildings at the corner of Broadway and Montgomery. Luckily, this happened at 3:30 in the…
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Calendar, Night&Day It Could Shatter

It Could Shatter

Oakland artist Sarah Hirneisen specializes in canopies gridded with glass envelopes. Often, her brittle cell-like packets are filled with dirt. She includes one such crazy quilt in her new exhibit "A Fragile Place." The soil samples bear filigreed cursive labels…
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Artists Insight: Making the Invisible Visible

Join Dark Matters: Artists See the Impossible exhibition artist, activist and experimental geographer Trevor Paglen in a presentation of his work. Explore the visibility of the unseen, including Paglen’s The Black Sites series, which unveils top secret military and internment…
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News, Feature Phone Noir

Phone Noir

When Irving "Bud" Levin launched the San Francisco International Film Festival in 1957, he had the field to himself. Sure, Market Street was lined with movie palaces and every neighborhood had a theater, but if you had a hankering for…
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