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Dining, Distillations Distillations: Exploring the Transitory Nature of Life at The Interval

Distillations: Exploring the Transitory Nature of Life at The Interval

A recluse named Noah bumped into me at a party. "You must really love nightlife, right?" he said. "Parties, bars?" "Well ... sure," I said, desperately hoping he wasn't going to ask me what my "favorite bar" is, or to…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Living Room Readings

The Living Room Readings

Last year, a group of East Bay poets organized a weekend-long festival of free house readings by poets visiting from across the country, raising a modest sum to help pay traveling costs and hosting a weekend of thrilling community…
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Culture, Stage The Price of Everything: Tony Kushner Writes an Epic for the Stage

The Price of Everything: Tony Kushner Writes an Epic for the Stage

Behemoth in duration(nearly four hours), Pulitzer-award winning playwright Tony Kushner's long-awaited West Coast premiere, The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, clutches in its literary grasp everything from George Bernard Shaw (Shaw wrote…
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Film, "It Felt Like Love": Learning by Doing

"It Felt Like Love": Learning by Doing

You're a 14-year-old named Lila (Gina Piersanti), and in the beginning of Eliza Hittman's hypnotic It Felt Like Love, you're standing on the shore of Rockaway Beach, your back to the audience, getting your feet wet but stepping back whenever…
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Dining, Eat House of Bagels: Enter the Cragel

House of Bagels: Enter the Cragel

A native of Rockland County, N.Y., co-owner Jenny Puente holds Bagel Boys of Suffern, N.Y. as her favorite bagel shop. (After her own, that is). To glib New Yorkers who parrot the myth that California bagels can't measure up because…
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News, Sucka Free City Old Match, New Flame: Dating Sites Embrace an Ancient Mating Custom

Old Match, New Flame: Dating Sites Embrace an Ancient Mating Custom

When 24-year-old dating site founder Lauren Kay first proposed that single women be imported from New York to San Francisco to solve gender imbalances in both cities, she never expected to be a target for blogosphere derision. "What's really interesting…
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Calendar, Night&Day Letters From Grace

Letters From Grace

Television viewers might recognize Anna Deavere Smith from her roles on The West Wing and Nurse Jackie but, in the world of theater, the documentary performances of this MacArthur Fellow are considered nothing short of genius. Tackling controversial topics,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Tricky Trivia

Tricky Trivia

NPR's comedy quiz show Ask Me Another is usually recorded live in Brooklyn, but a recent podcast announced a visit to the city by the bay. It also featured an hour's worth of trivia, with games that mashed up…
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Film, "Sweet Dreams": After Atrocity, Ice Cream

"Sweet Dreams": After Atrocity, Ice Cream

Sweet Dreams If a screenwriter proposed a fictional tale set in Rwanda — not all that long after the genocide, when the psychological wounds are still fresh — about an all-female drumming troupe that partners with Brooklyn hipsters to create…
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Film, "American Promise": Educating America's Youth Is Surprisingly Promising

"American Promise": Educating America's Youth Is Surprisingly Promising

American Promise This remarkable documentary from filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson chronicles a dozen-plus years in the life of their son, Idris, and his childhood friend, Seun, two black kids from Brooklyn who attend an elite and historically very…
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Dining, Bouncer Bouncer Pays Tribute at Tribune Tavern

Bouncer Pays Tribute at Tribune Tavern

No one was more shocked than Oakland when Oakland was ranked at No. 5 in The New York Times' "45 Places To Go" list last year. It's now Brooklyn by the Bay, with massive hipster cred and gourmet ghettos replacing…
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Music, Hear This Weekend: Show Preview

Weekend: Show Preview

Oakland emigrants Weekend, now off plying their jangly wares in Brooklyn, return to the Bay Area for what has already been touted, admittedly by a PR agency, as "one of the louder and more intense shows you'll see this fall."…
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News, The Thin Bottom Line: A Dubious Program Has Double-Paid Cops $58 Million so Far

The Thin Bottom Line: A Dubious Program Has Double-Paid Cops $58 Million so Far

An uncle in Brooklyn used to take furtive joy in scouring the airwaves for Crazy Eddie discount electronics commercials. These featured a manic gent who produced sounds resembling speech and attempting to impart a message that, ultimately, came down to…
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Dining, Eat S.F.'s Most Extreme Burgers

S.F.'s Most Extreme Burgers

By now Paula Deen's "Lady's Brunch Burger" (aka a beef patty wedged between two glazed doughnuts) is old news. Social media buzz about a ramen burger made with fried ramen noodles instead of a bun, apparently all the rage in…
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Music, Hear This Rubblebucket: Show Preview

Rubblebucket: Show Preview

If you're reading this, it's likely that you're at least two decades removed from wading around one of those ball pits you'd find in cartoon-themed pizza joints. And if you're missing the sense of pleasure those places provided, we suggest…
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Music, Hear This Prince Rama: Show Preview

Prince Rama: Show Preview

And now we praise the experimenters, the thinkers, the weirdos kissing the fringe. Prince Rama, a Brooklyn trio steered by sisters raised on a Hare Krishna farm, happily falls into all of those categories. The outfit recently premiered a film…
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Music, Hear This Akron/Family: Show Preview

Akron/Family: Show Preview

For an outta-left-field, pseudo-band-beef, no recent example is more intriguing than Akron/Family calling out the Lumineers. It's nothing too serious, but in a February SPIN interview, A/F's Miles Seaton described "this 1930s, panning-for-gold, bow-tie stuff like the Lumineers" as "very…
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Calendar, Night&Day Are Annadroids Better Than Electric Sheep?

Are Annadroids Better Than Electric Sheep?

Plastic, fantastic, sarcastic robot dolls on the loose: Anna and the Annadroids presents Dullface, the newest quarter of their tetralogy Man(u)fractured. Anna Sullivan’s works are surrealist meditations on replication, mechanization, and objectification danced by a regiment of kabuki-faced cyber-marionettes. It’s…
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Music, Hear This Kylesa: Show Preview

Kylesa: Show Preview

Along with fellow Georgian metal mavericks Mastodon and Baroness, Savannah quintet Kylesa has taken a place at the vanguard of heavy music over the past decade. Anchored by the guitar/vocal tandem of Phillip Cope and Laura Pleasants, Kylesa forges an…
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Film, "Simon Killer": The Ennui of French Crime

"Simon Killer": The Ennui of French Crime

Simon Killer A new Sundance scoop from the Williamsburg-via-NYU film collective that brought us Martha Marcy May Marlene, Antonio Campos Simon Killer stars Brady Corbet as a heartsick young American bottoming out in Paris. His French isn't so good, and…
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