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Music, All Shook Down How Haywyre Punked Our Journalist at Lightning in a Bottle and Other Interesting Facts About the Electronic DJ

How Haywyre Punked Our Journalist at Lightning in a Bottle and Other Interesting Facts About the Electronic DJ

Haywyre has a sense of humor. When our intrepid journalist Eric went backstage last Saturday at Lightning in a Bottle to interview the DJ, he didn't know what Haywyre looked like. And he got punked. Instead of interviewing Haywyre, Eric…
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Film, "Museum Hours": Adventures in a Museum Without the Exhibits Coming to Life

"Museum Hours": Adventures in a Museum Without the Exhibits Coming to Life

Halfway through Jem Cohen's Museum Hours, the audience listens to a docent (Ela Pipilits) give a 10-minute tour of the Pieter Bruegel room in the Kunsthistorisches Art Museum in Vienna. All of the film's themes are laid out in that…
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Dining, Recent Openings

Recent Openers July 24-30, 2013

20th Century Cafe: Michelle Polzine's much-anticipated pastry shop, based on cafe culture of midcentury Prague, Vienna, and Paris, brings treats like Russian honey cake, poppyseed bagels, and surprisingly light potato knishes to Hayes Valley. 198 Gough; 20thCenturyCafe.com. Café St. Jorge:…
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Film, "360": Global Connectedness Has Never Been So Boring

"360": Global Connectedness Has Never Been So Boring

Is there something intrinsic to these wide-net, "We're all connected" ensemble movies that makes their authors think they need to address every human conundrum in the world? The vast, split-screen-slashed 360, directed by Fernando Meirelles from an overreaching screenplay by…
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Film, "30 Beats": Some New Yorkers Have the Least Interesting Sex

"30 Beats": Some New Yorkers Have the Least Interesting Sex

It is a safe bet that 30 Beats, which was filmed in summer of 2009 and boasts a distinctly mid-'90s funky, sex-positive vibe, is seeing a release because of the elevated profile of Paz de la Huerta, one of the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Love Underground

Love Underground

There's a temptation to think of the 1950s as a simpler, more innocent time, when housing was cheap, jobs were plentiful, cars were muscular, and everyone wore really great clothes. But that's Happy Days. In reality, it was a time…
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Calendar, Night&Day Go Grove

Go Grove

It ain't over 'till the -- well, that's just insulting. Let's just say the SF Opera closes out Stern Grove's summer season with their usual impeccable line-up. Headliner Sylvia McNair has performed with the big names, including The Met, Chicago…
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Dining, SFoodie Quaffing The Vino During Riesling Week

Quaffing The Vino During Riesling Week

You probably don't know this unless you're a sommelier, a German representative of the European Union, or just a serious wino, but this week (June 16 -- 22) is being billed as Riesling Week and in wine shops and…
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Film, He'll Be Your Mirror

He'll Be Your Mirror

To the uninitiated viewer, Austrian director Michael Haneke might best be described as the modern cinema's master of the unkind rewind. In the opening scene of his second theatrical feature, Benny's Video (1992), we see crude camcorder footage of a…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Great Beyond

The Great Beyond

Leaving home to find work, and the emotional baggage dragged along, is the theme of the stronger offerings in this year's Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, which screens independent films and documentaries from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Don't fret if…
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Calendar, Night&Day Try Not to Lose Your Head

Try Not to Lose Your Head

Hip hop dance has come a long way from the urban streets (and, shortly thereafter, the suburban bedrooms) of the '80s, showing up prominently and a wee disturbingly this year on prime time TV, when dancer Hok pretended he was…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Bausch in Your Step

A Bausch in Your Step

German choreographer Pina Bausch is the "Queen of European dance theater," according to the Times of London, which ought to know. Her ongoing series of pieces for her company, the Tanztheater Wuppertal, are based on different parts of the world…
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Film, FilmCap

How to Cook Your Life

Cook and Zen priest Edward Brown is profiled in this documentary by German filmmaker Doris Dörrie (Enlightenment Guaranteed). Dörrie follows the witty, pleasant Brown as he offers cooking and life lessons in Buddhist retreats in Austria and California. A somnolent…
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Dining, Eat Chow Fun

Chow Fun

"I screwed myself," I thought, fondly, when I couldn't stop thinking about German food long after I'd written my column last week. I'd eaten so well at the four places I'd gone to (the smoked pork chop at Speisekammer! the…
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Dining, Eat

It's Not the Cheese

Heading down 19th Avenue on my way to Luzern, a Swiss restaurant in the Sunset, I tried to organize the myriad impressions Switzerland has imposed upon my psyche across the decades. There's the Shirley Temple version of Heidi and the…
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Dining, Eat Sweet Sauerkraut

Sweet Sauerkraut

"Knocking your bindings loose, kicking the skis free and leaning them up against the wooden wall of the inn, the lamplight coming from the window, where inside, in the smoky, new-wine smelling warmth, they were playing the accordion." SOMA in…
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Music, Peace Out

Peace Out

The first thing the members of San Francisco hip hop group Rainbow Flava want to make clear is that the outfit isn't an anomaly. When Dutchboy, the act's founder, declares that the four members "represent the 10 percent," he doesn't…
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Dining, Eat

Oodles of Flavors

Oodles 900 Bush (at Taylor), 928-1888. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5:30 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday to 10:30 p.m. Wheelchair accessible. Reservations recommended. Full bar. Parking: valet $7, street parking hopeless. Muni: buses 2, 3, and 4…
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