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Film, "The Rabbi's Cat": Richly Educational Animation

"The Rabbi's Cat": Richly Educational Animation

The feline in question in The Rabbi's Cat is wily, philosophical, and devoted to a dogged and decent rabbi and his fiery, beautiful daughter. The cat desires a bar mitzvah, travels through Africa and the subconscious, and gains the power…
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Calendar, Night&Day Outsiders Look at U.S. Racism

Outsiders Look at U.S. Racism

"The revolution will not be televised." So Gil Scott-Heron asserted in 1970, and so it was not — at least not on American TV. As demonstrated by The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, however, Swedish television was another story. Black nationalism…
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News, Sucka Free City

No legal authority? No problem!

You may think resolutions are meaningless and simply preach to the choir. This letter proves differently.  FROM: Chris Daly TO: David Chiu RE: Nonbinding resolutions to propose at future Board of Supervisors meetings Mr. President: Fuck you! I saw your…
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Music, Hear This Rachid the Casbah

Rachid the Casbah

As an Arab immigrant in Europe, Algeria-born, France-based Rachid Taha has faced plenty of intolerance and xenophobia, experiences he channels into lyrics about racial prejudice and everyday hardships. His music mixes raw punk energy with the spontaneity of rai, the…
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Music, Reviewed Cheb i Sabbah

Cheb i Sabbah

While Algeria-born, San Francisco–based DJ and producer Cheb i Sabbah is known far and wide for his ecstatic "1002 Nights" events featuring live musicians, vocalists, and dancing, his latest release takes a decidedly more mystical turn. Devotion offers versions of…
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Dining, Eat Meredith Brody in the Palm of Palmetto on Union

Meredith Brody in the Palm of Palmetto on Union

The last couple of spins taken on the restaurant roulette wheel had resulted in a loss, so I found myself craving a good meal even more than usual as we drove towards Palmetto on a dark and chilly night. It…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Reps Etc.

Commentary by Gregg Rickman ( Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. We're interested in your film or video event.…
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Film, Zoom Lens Zoom Lens

Zoom Lens

Myth, legend, and certain Iranian films aside, women in the Arab world are not strictly confined to medieval existences; indeed, several of the features screening in the eighth annual Cinemayaat, the Arab Film Festival star women wearing European fashions, with…
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Dining, Eat Livin' La Dolce Vita

Livin' La Dolce Vita

The curmudgeon celebrated his birthday last week with a dozen of his closest friends, and I was the designated restaurant-picker. "Well," I said, "I know a lot of restaurants that annoy the guy." The parameters I had to work within…
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