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Film, "The Invisible Woman": Ralph Fiennes Channels Dickens, the Ladies' Man

"The Invisible Woman": Ralph Fiennes Channels Dickens, the Ladies' Man

As a sort of counter-programming to the relentless pep of American Hustle or The Wolf of Wall Street, may we suggest Ralph Fiennes' stoic and tastefully oblique Charles Dickens biopic? In his sophomore feature as a director, Fiennes avails himself…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Roving Pack of Raving Santas

A Roving Pack of Raving Santas

It’s impossible to name a filmmaker more unassuming than our own Terry Zwigoff. That particular quality wouldn’t impress us so much if he wasn’t also an artist of bold talent and matchless integrity. His rare onstage appearance with cast members…
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Calendar, Night&Day Twain Shall Meet

Twain Shall Meet

It says something about our culture that young adult books keep blowing up. We’re not going to say what it says; we like reading them as much as the next 30something preteen, and we also like how supposedly serious authors…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Best of Times

The Best of Times

You might believe that people who attend yearly celebrations devoted to a single, dead European author — an event such as Bloomsday, Burns Night, or Dickens Day — are part of a ribald crew, raising glasses, shouting honorifics, and quoting…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Un-Scripted Theater's Improvised Dickens Musical Is Hard Times Indeed

Un-Scripted Theater's Improvised Dickens Musical Is Hard Times Indeed

Here's a testament to the make-it-up-as-it-goes ethos of improv. If a show isn't going anywhere, really, the cast might have it in themselves to fix it as they go. Such a phenomenon occurred last weekend at a performance of Un-Scripted…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Meets the Panhandlers Outside Hobson's Choice

Bouncer Meets the Panhandlers Outside Hobson's Choice

Hobson's Choice is a great name for a bar in this town, and not just because it's also the title to a great David Lean film. The phrase "Hobson's Choice" is a reference to Thomas Hobson, who was a postal…
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Music, Bouncer

Bouncer’s Christmas Carol

It's rare to find someone who looks Dickensian in San Francisco, but I did. For the two or three people reading this who don't have a master's in English, by "Dickensian" I mean that they look like they could be…
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Film, </i>A Christmas Carol</i> : Dickens in CGI

A Christmas Carol : Dickens in CGI

It's not hard to see how the director of Forrest Gump would be thought a good fit to adapt the dearly beloved (and much lampooned) Charles Dickens tale that has survived nearly 170 years of retelling if you count the…
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News, The Snitch No Dickensian Christmas in SF as Harlots, Peaceniks, Go to Washington

No Dickensian Christmas in SF as Harlots, Peaceniks, Go to Washington

Traditional Christmas in San Francisco is a colorful Charles Dickens pageant of ragtag peaceniks and harlots on Market. Street, in the Tenderloin, and in the Mission. Most years, they recreate the mood of a Victorian-London slum by begging passersby for…
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Music, All Shook Down The Great Dickens Christmas Fair Offers Free Orphans, Bad Teeth

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair Offers Free Orphans, Bad Teeth

'Ello, guv-nah! Fancy yourself a boot black? Chimney sweep, perhaps? Methinks you can find the right bloke for the job at this year's Great Dickens Christmas Fair. Who knows, you might just leave with a Christmas goose for your…
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Culture, Encore

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Camino Real. Tennessee Williams' 1953 stream-of-consciousness fantasia set in a timeless no man's land is difficult to stage. The largely plotless drama revolving around broken dreams and futile attempts to escape the confines of a dead-end, vaguely Latin American seaport…
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Culture, Encore

Also Playing

The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) and Completely Hollywood (abridged). The founders of the Reduced Shakespeare Company (RSC) brilliantly anticipated society's chronic case of attention deficit disorder when The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) first appeared as…
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Culture, Encore

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Based on a Totally True Story. Halfway through New Conservatory Theatre's production about a young writer trying to navigate the temptation and disappointment of Hollywood, the protagonist exclaims, "I refuse to be a cliché!" Too bad he's stuck in such…
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Culture, Stage <i>Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge</i> ably spoofs <i>A Christmas Carol</i>

Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge ably spoofs A Christmas Carol

What makes a work of art timeless? We tend to confer classic status upon art that somehow manages to transcend its own era and speak to every age. Picasso created Guernica to invoke the mayhem and bloodshed of the Spanish…
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Music, Bouncer

Caffe Shines During Visit From Oliver Twist and Bouncer

I have a thing for orphans. My favorite writer is Charles Dickens, and all my favorite stories have orphans in them. That's probably why I like retarded people so much. Many of them were abandoned by their families, often to…
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Culture, Encore

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Cryptogram. A cryptogram is a text written in code and that's exactly what this play feels like. For 80 minutes playwright David Mamet weaves a repetitive and inscrutable maze of dialogue, taking his time to get to the point. The…
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Culture, Stage An Intoxicating Combination

An Intoxicating Combination

The first time I saw Neil Bartlett in the flesh — and I use the term literally, as he took off his clothes at one point — was at a performance of his 1997 play The Seven Sacraments of Nicholas…
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Calendar, Night&Day

A Scrooge Is Born

Had I been a child when I saw ACT's A Christmas Carol last year — innocent in the ways of costume design, wind machines, and theatrical lighting — the Ghost of Christmas Future would have haunted me forever. It was…
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Culture, Stage <i>Christmas </i>Present

Christmas Present

When it comes to Christmas, people don't much care for innovation. Those averse to extracting pine needles from the carpet may opt for a plastic tree, and vegetarians invariably substitute a nut roast for the holiday ham, but that's about…
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Music, Bouncer

Say Schwa

Many artists have died before finishing great works. Spalding Gray's ironically titled Life Interrupted, Charles Dickens' The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Giacomo Puccini's Turandot were all in mid-schwa when the call came. I doubt anyone will try to finish…
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