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Calendar, Night&Day Flicks & Dips

Flicks & Dips

The films featured at Hummus, Falafel, and Brisket — Oh My! have some bumper sticker-worthy titles. There is Make Hummus Not War, Falafel! Give Peas a Chance, and, lacking such a catchy name but still worth watching, Meathooked! The…
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Dining, Recent Openings

Recent Openers August 7-13, 2013

Aliment: Taking its name from an ancient word for nourishment, this new restaurant serves upper-crust comfort food including hanger steak, fried chicken with charred escarole slaw, and fried Brussels sprouts with fish sauce. 786 Bush. Dogpatch Saloon: The 100-year-old-bar has…
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Music, All Shook Down Saturday: Beirut Brings Its Old-World Grace to the Fox

Saturday: Beirut Brings Its Old-World Grace to the Fox

Beirut Laetitia Sadier Oct. 1, 2011 Fox Theater Better than: An all-inclusive Eastern European vacation (not really) Supporting its critically acclaimed third album, Beirut took its Eastern European-influenced pop to downtown Oakland's Fox Theater on Saturday. Beirut is perfectly…
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Music, All Shook Down Nope, It's Still Not Okay to Compare a Current Band to Mozart

Nope, It's Still Not Okay to Compare a Current Band to Mozart

We don't really love playing language police with you, Internet, but in the name of All That Is Holy, this cannot stand: You went and compared the head guy in some indie rock band called Beirut to ... Mozart.…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Waltz With Bashir</i>

Waltz With Bashir

Ari Folman’s broodingly original Waltz With Bashir is a documentary that seems only possible, not to mention bearable, as an animated feature. A grim, deeply personal phantasmagoria centered around the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, Waltz With Bashir is an illustrated…
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Calendar, Night&Day Waltz with Bashir

Waltz with Bashir

Ari Folman’s broodingly original Waltz With Bashir is a documentary that seems only possible, not to mention bearable, as an animated feature. A grim, deeply personal phantasmagoria centered around the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, Waltz With Bashir is an illustrated…
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Film, Dogs of War

Dogs of War

Ari Folman's broodingly original Waltz with Bashir is a documentary that seems only possible, not to mention bearable, as an animated feature. Folman, whose magic-realist youth film Saint Clara was one of the outstanding Israeli films of the 1990s, has…
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Music, Reviewed Rupa and the April Fishes

Rupa and the April Fishes

Gypsy music has become all the rage of late, what with Beirut, Gogol Bordello, and DeVotchKa bringing their Roma-inspired sounds to the masses. Locally, the closest thing we have to Gypsy tunage is Rupa and the April Fishes, a large…
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Film, FilmCap

Caramel

The multiply blessed young Lebanese writer-director Nadine Labaki looks sublimely like Anna Magnani crossed with Penelope Cruz. Labaki also has the brass and the chops not only to direct her first film but also to star in it as a…
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Music, All Shook Down CD Review: Beirut -- The Flying Club Cup

CD Review: Beirut -- The Flying Club Cup

Beirut The Flying Club Cup (Ba Da Bing Records) Zach Condon, Beirut's 21-year-old frontman, is too young to have any stories of his own. So he imagines other folks' — and usually folks living on other continents, in other…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Hairy Man Group

The Hairy Man Group

Last time Man Man was in town, we thought they looked like the indie-rock farm team for the Blue Man Group. But the quintet sounded like Beirut on a sugar high with Frank Zappa in the lead, or a mutated…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dispatches from the Street

Dispatches from the Street

Like most ethnic or identity-oriented events, the Arab Film Festival was created for a core constituency fed up with being misrepresented by the mainstream media. (Exhibit A: The preponderance of swarthy Arab villains in Hollywood action flicks. Exhibit B: The…
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Music, All Shook Down Beirut's Zach Condon: Young Success 'Fucked With a Lot of Things' -- Interview

Beirut's Zach Condon: Young Success 'Fucked With a Lot of Things' -- Interview

Zach Condon Interview By Ben Westhoff I recently sat down with Beirut front man Zach Condon at his new Williamsburg, Brooklyn apartment, where he lives with his girlfriend. After spending the summer in Paris, the 21-year-old multi-instrumentalist and Santa…
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Film, Light Dining

Light Dining

Sadly, No Reservations is not the big-screen adaptation of Anthony Bourdain's snack-gulping, risk-taking Travel Channel show; you'll find no monkey brains here, nor any attempts to party down in Beirut whilst Hezbollah and Israel blow each other to smithereens. This…
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Culture, Stagecap

Two Rooms

As the title suggests, Lee Blessing's riveting drama takes place in two rooms, undecorated except for the artistry of the four performers. Blindfolded in Beirut, Michael Wells (Jay Martin) is an American professor taken hostage, forced to endure solitude in…
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Culture, Books

the school among the ruins

By Adrienne Rich W.W. Norton (2004), $22.95 Northern California poet Adrienne Rich always steers us straight into disasters -- from the forceful Diving Into the Wreck, which established her voice in American poetics, to her latest, the school among the…
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Film, Guns, God, and Land

Guns, God, and Land

The celluloid postcards on display from the world's hottest spot -- the Middle East -- are brave and touching. They offer proof, if not much comfort, that somebody's agitating for justice and tolerance in a region where military, religious, and…
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Culture, Stage

The Man Who Outgrew His Prison Cell

Joe Loya robbed between 30 and 40 banks (he lost count) in the 1980s. He made off with around $250,000 and lived rich until the FBI, which dubbed him the "Beirut Bandit," caught him, after which he spent seven years…
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Culture, Stage Three Men  in a Cell

Three Men in a Cell

Jerome K. Jerome's novel Three Men in a Boat deals with three idle Englishmen floating down the Thames with a dog. They have amusing adventures and emit witticisms that made their author famous enough in his day (the late 19th…
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Film, Vive La France!

Vive La France!

If the selection of films at this year's festival is any indication, French cinema is as vital, sophisticated, and quirky as ever. In terms of subject matter and style, these films run the gamut from lightweight trifles to intense explorations…
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