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Culture, The Exhibitionist Bollywood Beat: Dil Dhadakne Do (Let the Heart Beat)

Bollywood Beat: Dil Dhadakne Do (Let the Heart Beat)

In the Hindi film Dil Dhadakne Do ("Let the Heart Beat"), director Zoya Akhtar’s family drama and ensemble comedy of manners, the Mehras are a dysfunctional Delhi society family, who invite their friends on a cruise of the eastern Mediterranean to…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Bollywood Beat: <i>Tanu Weds Manu Returns</i>

Bollywood Beat: Tanu Weds Manu Returns

How do you sequel-ize a romantic comedy? Once Boy has met Girl, lost Girl, and finally won Girl back, what remains to be done? One answer — according to Tanu Weds Manu Returns, the clumsily titled new Bollywood film, which…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Bollywood Beat: <i>Bombay Velvet</i>

Bollywood Beat: Bombay Velvet

"Maybe the way out is to leave Bombay," says cabaret singer Rosie to beau Johnny Balraj, a fledgling gangster, in Bombay Velvet, a Bollywood crime film with a few musical numbers now playing in theaters. The couple is embroiled in…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bollywood Unplugged

Bollywood Unplugged

As seen with Bollywood greats Shah Rukh Khan, Shankar Mahadevan, and Shaan, on your television screen during the 2010 season of America's Got Talent, at Obama's 2013 Inaugural Ball, yearly at San Francisco's Ethnic Dance Festival, and at sundry…
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Film, South Asian Film Festival: Not Just Bollywood, But Certainly Some

South Asian Film Festival: Not Just Bollywood, But Certainly Some

South Asian Film Festival Presenting diverse images of South Asians while working to creative positive change through film, 3rd i Films' 11th Annual San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival begins on an appropriately uplifting note with The Revolutionary Optimists.…
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Calendar, Night&Day World Arts West

World Arts West

If you've been nursing a nagging desire to expose yourself to Bolivian bird dances from 800 B.C., Kathak interpretations of 12th century Sufi poems, buck jumping, trick roping, Bollywood styling, and American Sign dance but just didn't know when…
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Calendar, Night&Day Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire

Disney’s animated version of the story of Aladdin had a lot going on. There were the Broadway-worthy songs, Robin Williams hamming it up as the voice of the genie, and let’s not forget Princess Jasmine’s belly-baring harem pants ensemble. Do…
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Film, "Life of Pi": Irrfan Khan Forges a Cross-Cultural Career

"Life of Pi": Irrfan Khan Forges a Cross-Cultural Career

"I can't think of a more pathetic situation for an actor than to do a film and not connect to it," Irrfan Khan says. "And I pray to God that I never face that situation." Khan might not be one…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse Movie Listings Sept 19-25, 2012

Artists' Television Access. The Treatment: Documentary about the world of live performance art. Wed., Sept. 19, 8 p.m. $6. Dirty Hearts (Corações Sujos): Part of the 2012 Latino Film Festival. Thu., Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m. $12. Under My Nails: Part…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Star in Your Own Bollywood Dance Number

Star in Your Own Bollywood Dance Number

The last time you witnessed the most fun ever was probably that scene (or several) in that one Bollywood movie (or all of them) where all of a sudden 200 men and women burst into a rainbow of song,…
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Music, Hear This Saul Williams: Show Preview

Saul Williams: Show Preview

Saul Williams is often pigeonholed as a slam poet, a rapper, or an "Afro-Punk" artist, but that does a disservice to his wide-ranging abilities as a performer. Though he hasn't abandoned rhythms and rhymes with his lyrics, his most recent…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse Movie Listings November 9-15

Artists' Television Access. Brazil on Screen: Showing Brazilian contemporary films: O Vermelha Luz do Bandido (The Bandit's Red Light) followed by Rogério Sganzerla's 1968 film O Bandido da Luz Vermelha (The Red Light Bandit). Fri., Nov. 11, 8 p.m. $6-$10.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Youth Trumpet Buddhist Message Loud and Clear

Youth Trumpet Buddhist Message Loud and Clear

The Marsh Youth Theater doesn't hold back when mounting its original production about the life of Gotama Buddha. It has assembled three award-winning playwrights, an Indian/jazz-fusion composer, three live musicians, a video artist, and a Bollywood choreographer. This doesn't even…
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Calendar, Night&Day Calling Out Around the World

Calling Out Around the World

The members of the high-energy Duniya Drum and Dance Company were probably sitting around one day, thinking: We need more room. And then someone walked into the former 12 Galaxies space, looked around, and smiled. At the new monthly event,…
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Dining, Eat Ruchi, southern homestyle cooking. Southern Indian, that is

Ruchi, southern homestyle cooking. Southern Indian, that is

College students, travelers, and restaurant critics may feel the lack of home-cooked meals with the pain of a memory lost, a vital nutrient denied their systems. But most of America looks forward to a restaurant meal as a break from…
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Calendar, Night&Day I Love a Bike Parade

I Love a Bike Parade

Thanks to the Extra Action Marching Band, our city has the alternative marching band thing dialed. So does Portland, Oregon, with its MarchFourth Marching Band. Which ragtag group, influenced by punk and street performers, old hats and whiskey, John Philip…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse movie listings for March 4-10, 2009

Artists' Television Access. Zero Film Festival: "Underground" fest originating in L.A. Thu., March 5, 8 p.m. $6. Wholphin No. 8: A loose theme: Bedroom destruction. Fri., March 6, 8 p.m. $6. Slomo Horror: Comedy duo Life of a Craphead, and…
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Music, All Shook Down

Fremont's Paki-Indian Naz 8 Theater Proves There's No Place Like Om

It had been too long since I'd been to the Naz 8 (www.naz8.com), the multiplex in Fremont that features the best in Asian film. (It had been too long since I'd been anywhere, but that's a different issue). It was…
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