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The Human Infestation Shoot to cull: I agree that sea lion overcrowding is a complex issue and certainly not merely the result of environmental protection laws or animal sanctuaries . However, one devolves into the same antihuman…
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South Pacific. There are so many wonderful songs in South Pacific that it's almost impossible to experience a revival of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's 1949 musical set on an exotic island during World War II without humming along and…
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Skeptic Skeptical of Article About Skeptics The magic of community: James Randi's fans do not refer him as a god, nor are they cultlike . There is robust debate.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Too Much Good Stuff

Too Much Good Stuff

Pop-Up Magazine expects 23 contributors. That fact wouldn't be particularly interesting if Pop-Up were a print publication, but it isn't. Instead, This American Life-er Douglas McGray, New Yorker Evan Ratliffe, and The Curiosity Shoppe-rs Derek Fagerstrom and Lauren Smith re-interpret…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Good Ride

A Good Ride

Some stereotypes about surfers are true: They forget to attend college, don’t talk when they eat nachos, quit Pizza Hut when a swell hits, and practice a bullshit spirituality, one tenet of which is punching strangers in the ocean. Of…
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Fight the Power But 311 is working great!: Renewables are a great peak power source . They cannot currently provide the base load, which is the minimum level of demand on an electrical supply system…
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Abraham Lincoln's Big Gay Dance Party. The core conceit of Aaron Loeb's ambitious, hilarious, and dramaturgically hairy comedy is that the audience gets to vote on which order to watch three different perspectives on the same events. At the end,…
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Culture, Stage Taking It Personally

Taking It Personally

Sleepwalkers Theatre co-founder Torre Ingersoll-Thorp is worried about my taking his new play to heart. "I'd like to first thank Chloe Veltman," the dramatist writes in his program notes. "And apologize if some of the play feels like I am…
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The History Boys. Set in the northern English town of Sheffield in the 1980s, Alan Bennett's penetrating 2004 play tells the story of a group of eight high school seniors and their quest to win coveted places at the universities…
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SF Weekly theater critic inspires play

As a theater critic, when I see my name on a press release, it's usually attached to a quote pulled from one of my reviews. I'll come across exclamations like "'Brilliant!' — Chloe Veltman, SF Weekly" and sigh, knowing full…
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Cirque du Soleil: KOOZA. The last few Cirque du Soleil touring shows (Dralion, Varekai, Corteo) were so slick and so mass-marketed to general audiences that the action under the blue and yellow tent had become ho-hum. The company had strayed…
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Music, All Shook Down San Francisco Theater Needs Better Global Outreach, Says Veltman

San Francisco Theater Needs Better Global Outreach, Says Veltman

Trying to explain the Bay Area arts scene to people from other parts of the country can be a frustrating experience. ASD theater critic Chloe Veltman explains why. Today I'd like to talk about perceptions of Bay Area culture…
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Music, All Shook Down SF Fringe Fest: Buzz Is Good

SF Fringe Fest: Buzz Is Good

Every Tuesday and Thursday, SF Weekly culture blog All Shook Down features a post from SF Weekly theater critic Chloe Veltman. This week, she writes about the San Francisco Fringe Festival (or any Fringe Festival for that matter) and one…
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Music, All Shook Down Nude Muppets Eye-Rape Childhood in SF

Nude Muppets Eye-Rape Childhood in SF

So ASD finally saw Team America: World Police last night, which makes us pretty much the last South Park fans in America to have seen the scat-play, golden shower and piledriver puppet sex scenes in the film. Yee gods.…
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Music, All Shook Down Starbucks the Great Satan?

Starbucks the Great Satan?

Maybe residents of the Inner Richmond should sponsor L. Jay Kuo’s new musical ‘Insignificant Others’. Both loathe America’s fastest growing coffee chain. Below, ASD’s Chloe Veltman reviews the show and frets about world domination, one double mocha short at…
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Music, All Shook Down Theater Festival: SF Weekly Takes notes on the 4th Annual San Francisco Event

Theater Festival: SF Weekly Takes notes on the 4th Annual San Francisco Event

By Chloe Veltman It's been a couple of years since I attended the San Francisco Theater Festival (I was away last Summer when it happened) and it's changed significantly in my absence. Two summers ago, a theater critic friend…
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Music, All Shook Down SF Weekly on New Taming of the Shrew

SF Weekly on New Taming of the Shrew

"... Some directors and academics argue that it shouldn't be staged at all in this day and age. ..." By Chloe Veltman…
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News, The Snitch "The whites. You don't even fuck us anymore." -- <em>Tings Dey Happen</em>, by Dan Hoyle

"The whites. You don't even fuck us anymore." -- Tings Dey Happen, by Dan Hoyle

Why, oh why, didn’t I listen to my own paper’s advice a lot sooner? Months ago, our own Chloe Veltman wrote a raving review of Tings Dey Happen, a solo show by Dan Hoyle. Maybe I was just being…
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ACTing the Fool Take a bow, Perloff: Thanks to Chloe Veltman for finally talking about the "elephant in the corner of the room" in the recent review . ACT under the artistic direction of Carey Perloff…
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Lights Out in the 'Loin Official neglect: If Chris Daly had received one complaint about a situation like this in SOMA , he would have worked nonstop to solve it. He and every S.F. politician have always…
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