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Culture, Stage "The Odyssey": Ship Sails Through the Bay While Giving a Show

"The Odyssey": Ship Sails Through the Bay While Giving a Show

When you board the Alma at the Hyde Street Pier, summoned by the call of a conch shell and wearing your special audience-member sash, it's easy to imagine the pier-bound, mouth-agape tourists already concocting the stories they'll tell about how…
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News, Sucka Free City Film-O-Phobic

Film-O-Phobic

Due to pressure from local transsexual activists, the S.F. LGBT International Film Festival won't be showing filmmaker Catherine Crouch's allegedly "transphobic" short, The Gendercator, this week. It appears to be the first time in the festival's 31-year history that a…
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Culture, Art Strange Root

Strange Root

Francis Baker's artworks are topiaries in reverse. While shrub sculptors trim bushes to resemble swans and bunnies, Baker coaxes plant roots into eerie versions of familiar forms — a Barbie, a Buddha, an outstretched hand. His is an additive rather…
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Home Entertainment, Game On A Lost <i>Soul</i>

A Lost Soul

Putting together a sequel to a hit videogame is tricky business. Play it safe and give people more of the same, and it ends up feeling stale. But try to innovate too much, and you dilute what made the game…
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News, Matt Smith

Profiles in Gumption

Someday, tucked amongst the acrylic paints, modeling compound, and charcoal, art supply shoppers will find bins full of Barbie dolls. The lithe plastic figurines are to sculpture, cinema, photography, and conceptual art what portland cement is to the rest of…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Pixel Cut

A secondary market for Pixelvision -- Fisher-Price's failed "kiddie camcorder" from the late '80s -- is the last thing anyone would have predicted. But artists and filmmakers in surprising numbers have responded to this disarmingly simple machine for its ease…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): Science News reports that contracting certain childhood diseases may ultimately be good for you. For instance, early respiratory infections might stimulate a kid's production of natural antibodies, preventing her from developing allergies and asthma later. With…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): Just in time for your descent into the romantic underground, I've composed one of my patented Cranky Love Prayers for your benefit. Here goes. "Dear Goddess, please arrange it so that the labyrinths Aries folks have…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY for an unreal world

Aries (March 21-April 19): It'd be hard to dream up a more favorable astrological configuration for amour and adventure than the one that's now visiting you. Lovey-dovey Venus is gliding through your House of New Beginnings. Rowdy Mars is cheerfully…
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