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News, Your Humble Narrator Last Call for Know-It-Alls: The Departure of a  Classic Specimen of Old-San Francisco Bon Vivantery

Last Call for Know-It-Alls: The Departure of a Classic Specimen of Old-San Francisco Bon Vivantery

An ever-present, chilled glass of Ancient Age bourbon awaits Harold "H." Brown in his 96-square-foot room in the Tenderloin. A pair of "guard chihuahuas" loudly monitor the mounds of detritus spilling out of a neighboring room and piling up in…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse movie listings for July 28-August 3, 2010

Artists' Television Access. "Cut and Run: Evolution and Life of the Mind, Body, and Medium": Independent experimental films. Sat., July 31, 8 p.m. $6. 992 Valencia (at 21st St.), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. Castro Theatre. San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: The 30th…
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Calendar, Night&Day Beyond the Keffiyeh

Beyond the Keffiyeh

Even the most fervent adherents to a cause or country grow weary of polemics. So the challenge for Palestinian filmmakers is to find fresh ways to talk about the occupation that inspire responses other than anger or sorrow. Najwa Najjar’s…
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Calendar, Night&Day Behind the Caftan

Behind the Caftan

Even in the best of times, the American view of Arabs is steeped in stereotypes, prejudice, and sensationalist headlines from abroad. In the current climate, the 12th annual Arab Film Festival isn’t just another cultural event on the calendar but…
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Home Entertainment, What Else Is New?

Our top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

The All New Super Friends Hour: Season One, Volume One (Turner) American Carny: True Tales From the Circus Sideshow (Koch Vision) Cary Grant: 4-Disc Collector's Set (Republic) Casablanca (Warner Bros.) Death Sentence (Fox) Eagle vs. Shark (Miramax) Evil Roy Slade…
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Home Entertainment, Game On 'Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles' Sucks, Bites, Not in Good Way

'Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles' Sucks, Bites, Not in Good Way

Castlevania, the vampire-hunting series that stretches over 20 years and as many games, has basically two kinds of fans. There are the traditionalists, who've followed the games since they were straight-up action titles with thumb-busting combat and infamously steep difficulty…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Block for a Culinary Tour of the World

There are 15 restaurants on this block of the Mission, representing eight distinct cuisines: everything from the tasty Mexican fast food of La Cumbre, El Toro, or Mariachi to the upscale Vietnamese-meets-California-cuisine of the Slanted Door. If it's Indian food…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): I heard a song on the radio the other day that had a line you should know about. "All the things that matter most," an unknown woman's voice crooned, "caught me by surprise." From my reading…
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