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Culture, The Exhibitionist Lovely, Low-Key <i>On A Clear Day</i> At NCTC: Barbra Would No Doubt Approve

Lovely, Low-Key On A Clear Day At NCTC: Barbra Would No Doubt Approve

New Conservatory Theater Center offers a low-key, lovely production of the classic musical On A Clear Day You Can See Forever. On A Clear Day has long been a show in search of an audience — though audiences seem to love…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist People Who Need People in <i>Buyer &amp; Cellar</i> at NCTC

People Who Need People in Buyer & Cellar at NCTC

Jonathan Tolins’ Buyer & Cellar is a confectioner’s dream of a play. Somehow the playwright infuses just the right amount of sweetness into the story without inducing tooth decay. The same can be said of the actor J. Conrad…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist New Conservatory Theater Announces Fab New Season

New Conservatory Theater Announces Fab New Season

The food was great and the wine flowed as the venerable New Conservatory Theatre held an elegant soiree to announce its 2015-2016 season.  NCT founder/artistic director Ed Decker took to the stage to address/entertain the crowd, leaving some to…
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Calendar, Night&Day ON BROADWAYYY!

ON BROADWAYYY!

Broadway changes people. Not just in a "scored a leading role and now on annoying, mandatory vocal rest" way, but also in a "scored tickets to a Patti LuPon concert and now for the mandatory freak-out session" way. Most…
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Film, "The Guilt Trip": Seth Rogen Takes his Centrum Silver

"The Guilt Trip": Seth Rogen Takes his Centrum Silver

Once comic actors reach a particular career stage, they often choose one of two paths: A) They stop being funny and start being all Hallmark heartwarming, i.e., by growing a beard and playing a psychiatrist; B) They accept unambitious, work-for-hire…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>Oprah: The Dragsical</em> and <em>Pearls</em> (Again) vs. the Supermoon

Oprah: The Dragsical and Pearls (Again) vs. the Supermoon

Supermoon, too much too soon. Well dearest of readers, let's just start by saying that through the wisdom of my editors, you are being spared my initial rant this week. Now, I'm not saying they're wrong, in fact, they…
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Music, All Shook Down The 10 Worst Answers to 'What Kind of Music Do You Listen To?"

The 10 Worst Answers to 'What Kind of Music Do You Listen To?"

It's a terrible, terrible, terrible, terrible, terrible question. And a necessary one. Why necessary? Hell, we need some way to talk about the stuff. And it's terrible, obviously, because there's no successful way to answer it. You're always leaving something out…
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Music, Bouncer After the Whale

After the Whale

I know scientists are working diligently to isolate the so-called "gay gene," but while they are at it, I hope that they can also pinpoint the part of a gay man's brain that likes shitty dance music. It's hard to…
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Calendar, Night&Day People Who Need Sing-Alongs

People Who Need Sing-Alongs

“Life’s candy, and the sun’s a ball of butter/Don’t bring around a cloud to rain on my parade!” So sang Barbra Streisand in the 1968 musical Funny Girl, and so can you, and not just in your shower/in the Castro/while…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Repertory Film Listing

BALBOA 3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, www.balboamovies.com. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts. $8.50. WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Get your fistful of quarters ready for Glengarry Glen Ross (James Mangold, 2007) at noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20…
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Culture, Stage Coupling

Coupling

Reviewers, by definition, tend to shy away from audience participation opportunities. When the actors start scouting the stalls for potential victims in the middle of a show, you can identify the critics in the house by their compulsive twitching, near…
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Film, Crooked as They Come

Crooked as They Come

The most crucial piece of equipment in Hollywood is obviously not the movie camera. It's not the casting couch, either, nor the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud or the personal trainer. It's the Xerox machine -- which was preceded by carbon paper.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hello, Gorgeous

Hello, Gorgeous

There's something about divas that mere mortals can't quite grasp. Maybe it's the unconventional beauty, the chameleonlike reinvention, or the notoriously inflated ego. Like other divas who go by one name -- Cher, Liza, and Madonna -- Barbra is in…
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Culture, Stage <i>A Karen Carpenter Christmas</i>

A Karen Carpenter Christmas

Writer/director Tom Ross' perennial holiday show at the Marsh (now in its eighth year) provides a lot of pleasure in its own small, dopey way. The Carpenters' bland songs never did much for me: Richard's immaculate production and Karen's smoothly…
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Film, Short and Sweet-and-Sour

Short and Sweet-and-Sour

Outside of avant-garde or experimental showcases, short dramatic films used to be little more than a means to an end -- a risky route to an uncertain mainstream future. Getting one made was usually easy enough, as these things go.…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): According to a Department of Labor directory, my job as an astrologer is in the same category as acrobats, jugglers, stuntpersons, and rodeo performers. From this I conclude that the world considers me no more than…
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Music,

Reviews

Celine Dion These Are Special Times (Sony 550 Music) Having spent 15 years in both the French Canadian pop ghetto and the adult contemporary star machine, Celine Dion is a survivor. But more than that, she's a revolutionary. No, really:…
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Calendar, Halloween

Beat the Press

Jerry Carroll's Reign of Error You've probably noticed the Chron's Lively Arts column, an item-filled affair on Page 2 of the paper's Datebook section. Planned as a vibrant repository for all the interesting arts news that passes through a metropolitan…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Night+Day

wednesday may 14 Stars Are Born The Castro may seem extra crowded with funny girls tonight, thanks to the Barbra Streisand Look-Alike Contest sponsored by A Different Light and the Hello Gorgeous Museum. The contest is held in honor of…
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Culture, Stage

Sahl on Ice

Mort Sahl's America At the Alcazar Theater, 650 Geary, through Nov. 3. Call 441-4042. It's been a while since San Francisco had a jolt of Mort Sahl, a satirist whose wholly original perspective is as necessary to our well-being as…
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