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Calendar, Night&Day Dancing in the Streets

Dancing in the Streets

Every year, the throb of drums and partying wakes Mission District residents along Harrison Street at the tender hour of 10 a.m. You can be a baby about it, and roll over and try to go back to sleep, or…
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Calendar, Night&Day Clowns from Afar

Clowns from Afar

The wave of mime-hate that swept the nation in the early 2000s has subsided, but mimes and clowns still get a bad rap sometimes. Nobody seems to realize that every actor, no matter how sexy, relies on physical theater techniques…
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Calendar, Night&Day Damn Blonde

Damn Blonde

We like poet and novelist Sherman Alexie, a lot. We went to see him at the City Arts & Lectures series a while back, and when we got the chance to sneak into the pre-show meet 'n' greet, we presented…
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Calendar, Night&Day Fame, Fortune, and Premature Antifascism

Fame, Fortune, and Premature Antifascism

Local author Stephen Elliott, organizer of the Progressive Reading Series, used to say he could never find any right-wing authors to perform at the series, because there aren't any right-wing authors of literary fiction. The arts are like that, and…
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Film, FilmCap

Love in the Time of Cholera

This is easily the worst adaptation of a major novel by a Nobel Prize–winning author. Easily. Director Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and writer Ronald Harwood have rendered Gabriel García Márquez' novel little more than a…
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Film, Unknown Soldiers

Unknown Soldiers

"The most daring rescue mission of our time is a story that has never been told," boasts the poster for The Great Raid. The credits of the film, however, reveal that it's based on not one, but two books about…
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Film, Reel World

The Dreamlife of Angels

A new year means a fresh slate -- of films. We movie fans indulge in airbrushed expectations of a perfectly fabulous year in cinema, at least until the first dog of January fouls the air. But while I'm still floating…
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Calendar, Night&Day

This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, August 13, 2003 NBC's Tuesday night summertime elimination show Last Comic Standing was no American Idol, ratingswise. But with local funnyman Rob Cantrell displaying his surreal silliness to millions of viewers, San Franciscans had a rare chance to cheer…
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Film, Hero and Villain

Hero and Villain

Miguel Piñero was poet, playwright, and actor -- and thief, liar, and junkie. If everyone has within him a mix of the beautiful and the ugly, few of us have either to the extremes Piñero did. He was in Sing…
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