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Culture, The Exhibitionist Christopher Guest, Cameron Esposito, Jon Hamm and More: Dispatches from Sketchfest, Jan. 8-10

Christopher Guest, Cameron Esposito, Jon Hamm and More: Dispatches from Sketchfest, Jan. 8-10

Dispatches from SF Sketchfest will run throughout Sketchfest (Jan. 7-23). These recaps and previews are designed to fill you in on what you've missed and let you know what's coming next! The opening weekend of San Francisco Sketchfest featured…
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Film, Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts: United Under the Banner of "People Are Amazing"

Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts: United Under the Banner of "People Are Amazing"

To ascribe a general theme to the Academy's chosen contenders for superlative short-form documentary, let's borrow a line from prelapsarian Woody Allen: "Human beings, wow." Just a few degrees away from some wry Christopher Guest leg-pull, Jeffrey Karoff's commendably sincere…
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Calendar, Night&Day Beast in Show

Beast in Show

Can you — will you — should you even resist making a Christopher Guest joke? The annual Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show is upon us, so naturally, we think of Best in Show, the loving-absurdist film that spoofs canine…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: "Unwigged and Unplugged" at the Paramount Theatre

Last Night: "Unwigged and Unplugged" at the Paramount Theatre

Unwigged and UnpluggedParamount TheatreApril 22, 2009Better than: Well, maybe a little better than watching Anvil! The Story of Anvil. But you should still see that movie, too. The concept behind "Unwigged and Unplugged" is a straightforward one. Christopher Guest, Michael…
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Music, Hear This Spinal Tap "Unwigged and Unplugged"

Spinal Tap "Unwigged and Unplugged"

True story: Years ago, this writer ran smack into comedians Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer in an East Village bar, holding court in character as Spinal Tap's Nigel Tufnel, David St. Hubbins, and Derek Smalls. It was a…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Young @ Heart</i>

Young @ Heart

From the washed-out images to the twee voice-over (courtesy of director Stephen Walker), this British television documentary about the titular Massachusetts-based senior-citizens’ chorus so slavishly embodies the creakiest clichés of British television documentaries that you begin to wonder if it’s…
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Film, L.A. Story

L.A. Story

For Your Consideration pulls off the neat trick of skewering the movie industry while remaking it in its own image. The latest ensemble comedy by Christopher Guest and company may take place in Los Angeles, but its imaginative provenance lies…
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Film, Call the Cops

Call the Cops

The Man isn't so much a movie as a parody of one, the kind of thing people in movies about the movie business pitch as an outrageous, inept idea when a director's looking for the cheap and quick giggle. Only…
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Music, OK Then Giving a Folk

Giving a Folk

Here in the world of music criticism, we altweekly writers have a reputation for being snide, snarky, and dismissive. Pick up the Chronicle and you'll find intelligent, respectable pop critics reviewing Lisa Marie's concert, the kind of show I'd rather…
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This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, May 28, 2003 In the wake of A Mighty Wind, Robert Cohen's documentary The Travellers: This Land Is Your Land blows in like a stiff breeze. The tale of four spunky Jewish Canadian teenagers inspired by Pete Seeger to…
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Culture, Stuff Break Like the <i>Wind</i>

Break Like the Wind

They were loud once, deafeningly so--and dumbingly so, if such a thing is possible. They wore skins of leather stuffed with cucumbers of foil, towered over dwarves who danced around a Stonehenge made of pebbles, sang about women who fit…
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This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, April 16, 2003 Routinely described by the press as "bouffant-haired" and often referred to in casual conversation as "that fucking nutbag who's this close to having nuclear weapons," North Korean President Kim Jong il is a fascinating man, to…
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Culture, Stuff The Man of Many Face

The Man of Many Face

It has often been written of Chris Guest -- or, if you prefer, Fifth Baron Christopher Haden-Guest, son of diplomat Peter Haden-Guest, who could once vote in Parliament -- that he has the demeanor of cold stone and the temperament…
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