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Calendar, Night&Day Play Really Makes You Drink

Play Really Makes You Drink

When we came across novelist Denis Johnson’s gothic noir Already Dead as sheltered young lit students, we were dubious about whether California could be a credible location for the genre. Darkness and shadows amid L.A.’s palm trees? Molls and mobsters…
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Culture, Bookcap

June Book Events: Ayelet Waldman, Barry Gifford, Alice Waters, and more

Tuesday, June 9 For Alcatraz: The Gangster Years (UC Press, $35), author David Ward (with Gene Kassebaum) combed countless FBI files and conducted interviews with former convicts to document that special swath of history — 1934 to 1948 — during…
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Calendar, Night&Day Finding Your Way

Finding Your Way

For those who like their entertainments wrapped as tightly as a present, Lost Highway will drive you insane. No surprise there: It's a David Lynch film, so enough about that. But at tonight's midnight screening, the guy who wrote the…
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Calendar, Night&Day One for the Team

One for the Team

Fifty years ago this September, Viking published On the Road. Although Jack Kerouac had finished the book six years earlier as a work of fiction, millions associated Kerouac with the mad Dean Moriarty, whom the author based on Neal Cassady,…
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Film, Reel World

Reel World

Summerwind Nathaniel Dorsky flips the switch and the hypnotic Arbor Vitae unspools in the basement screening room of his quiet Richmond District apartment. "Eighty percent of the film was shot within an hour and a half walk of my front…
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Culture, Stage


Barry Gifford's new play puts him squarely in the school of writers who believe a story is good if Nothing Happens. This piece of semi-autobiography about a road trip has been carved from an upcoming novel and may also be…
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