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Film, Film Feature Life Wish: The Pleasantly Terminal Films of a Thai Director

Life Wish: The Pleasantly Terminal Films of a Thai Director

Death fantasies abound in the films of Thai auteur Pen-ek Ratanaruang, so how is it that they often seem so life-affirming? "Many books say death is relaxing," narrates the suicidal librarian in Ratanaruang's 2003 breakthrough, Last Life in the Universe,…
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Dining, Eat Summer of Eats: Nosh Your Way From Solstice to Equinox in S.F.

Summer of Eats: Nosh Your Way From Solstice to Equinox in S.F.

This summer, if you're not eating well, you have only yourself to blame. The city offers a multitude of food festivals and parties to keep your stomach — and your sense of adventure — well-nourished. Here are just a few…
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Film, "Whores' Glory": A Humane Look at International Prostitution

"Whores' Glory": A Humane Look at International Prostitution

As with meat processing and politics, the day-to-day drama, tedium, and heartbreak of prostitution have little to do with our spoon-fed fantasies about the profession. Michael Glawogger's fearless Whores' Glory demystifies trick-turning with a bluntness and artistry that's sure to…
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Dining, Eat Fresh Eats: Lers Ros: Tom Silargorn Talks on Authentic Thai

Fresh Eats: Lers Ros: Tom Silargorn Talks on Authentic Thai

Born in Chon Buri, a coastal province about 45 minutes southeast of Bangkok, chef Tom Silargorn learned to cook by his mother's side. Three years ago, he opened Lers Ros in the Tenderloin and quickly earned a devout following of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Girl Meets Doll

Girl Meets Doll

Relationships can be hard. Mistakes are made, miscommunications happen, and then there are all those messy feelings floating around. Some people give up on dating, while others lavish attention on a pet instead (cat ladies). In artist Laura Zuspan’s case,…
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Film, "The Hangover 2": Unfunny Bro Comedy Franchise Is Creatively Bankrupt

"The Hangover 2": Unfunny Bro Comedy Franchise Is Creatively Bankrupt

Most sequels are born of good box office rather than good ideas — if you build it and they come, you simply must build another one — but it's hard to imagine a more calculating, creatively bankrupt piece of real…
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Dining, SFoodie The Eight Best Places on Earth for Foodie Vacations

The Eight Best Places on Earth for Foodie Vacations

digg_url = 'http://digg.com/food_drink/The_Eight_Best_Places_on_Earth_for_Foodie_Vacations_PICS'; San Francisco may be the food capital of the United States (at least in 1. Barcelona, SpainFrom tapas and vast food markets to flowing cava and even a burgeoning gastronomical deconstructionist movement (you know, at that restaurant…
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Calendar, Night&Day He and Him

He and Him

The premise of Pichet Klunchun and Myself sounds kinda like a sitcom: Two strangers from disparate cultures, brought together by an unseen Fringe Festival curator, try to build a metaphorical bridge between themselves using dance. Unlike most situation comedies, this…
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Dining, Recent Openings

New Restaurants

A weekly listing of new restaurants around town. To recommend a spot, e-mail fresheats. Bangkok Express: 333 Bush (at Kearny), 981-9333. Financial District. Thai. The Front Room: 1550 California (at Larkin), 771-1591, www.thefrontroomsf.com. Nob Hill. Italian. Janitzi: 1152 Valencia (at…
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Dining, Recent Openings

New Restaurants

A weekly listing of new restaurants around town. To recommend a spot, e-mail fresheats. Bangkok Express: 333 Bush (at Kearny), 981-9333. Financial District. Thai. The Front Room: 1550 California (at Larkin), 771-1591, www.thefrontroomsf.com. Nob Hill. Italian. Janitzi: 1152 Valencia (at…
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Dining, Recent Openings

New Restaurants

A weekly listing of new restaurants around town. To recommend a spot, e-mail fresheats. Bangkok Express: 333 Bush (at Kearny), 981-9333. Financial District. Thai. Basil Canteen: 1489 Folsom (at 11th St.), 552-3963. SOMA. Thai. Epicenter Cafe: 764 Harrison (at Third…
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Calendar, Night&Day Waking Dream

Waking Dream

The demarcation between fiction and life — between stories and experience — grows fuzzier every day. Consider the groaning shelf of fake memoirs, not to mention lonelygirl15. The gifted young Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Syndromes and a Century) takes singular…
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Film, Jaa Rules

Jaa Rules

If you want to know what Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior is all about, it's pretty easy to sum up. It starts with a big fight, as a group of local villagers plays Capture the Flag in the branches of a…
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Culture, Stage Traveler's Tales

Traveler's Tales

"In 1971, fed up with the politics and culture of America," reads the jacket copy to Terry Tarnoff's new novel, The Bone Man of Benares, "Terry Tarnoff packed a bag, a guitar and sixteen harmonicas and headed out on an…
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Music, Reviewed Neung Phak

Neung Phak

Neung Phak began three years ago, when Mark and Erik Gergis of East Bay experimentalists Mono Pause visited Thailand for the first time. Stopping in a Bangkok nightclub, the brothers were enthralled by a cover band playing the local hits…
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Dining, Eat Monkey Business

Monkey Business

Some names are genius: Koh Samui & The Monkey pleased me from the first time I saw it, for a number of reasons. I had no idea what it meant, but it was fun to say (no matter how you…
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Dining, Eat

Chic Simple Noodles

Pomelo is a delight: A neighborhood restaurant worth traveling to, it offers simple, high-quality international food for almost no money. The restaurant is very small, with walls the color of lemongrass. About half the seating is at the counter, which…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): "Opportunity is often difficult to recognize," said William Arthur Ward. "We usually expect it to beckon us with beepers and billboards." Amen to that, brothers and sisters. It's exactly what you need to hear now that…
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Dining, Eat

Monkey Food

The Blue Monkey 2424 Lombard (at Scott), 776-8298. Open Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 10:30 p.m., weekends 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Reservations for weekend nights recommended. Dining room is wheelchair accessible, restrooms aren't.…
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Dining, Eat

Ginger Spices Up South Beach

Pickled Ginger 100 Brannan (at Embarcadero), 977-1230. Open Monday through Thursday 5 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5 to 11 p.m. The restaurant is wheelchair accessible. Parking: fairly easy. Muni via the N Judah (CalTrans extension) and the 42…
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