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Film, "Love Is All You Need": Bitter Widower Romance

"Love Is All You Need": Bitter Widower Romance

Dean Martin first sang his much-loved "That's Amore" as a duet with Jerry Lewis in the 1953 Martin & Lewis picture The Caddy. Unfortunately, the countless movies and television shows that have used the song since then have opted for…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top 10 Worst Music Biopics

The Top 10 Worst Music Biopics

A couple of weeks ago, you may recall we did a list of the Top Ten Music Biopics. The biopic debate raged again today, however, after we saw images of Andre 3000 dressed up as Jimi Hendrix, in the midst…
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Calendar, Night&Day Can You Handle Her?

Can You Handle Her?

Every guy wants a girlfriend like Chelsea Handler: She's funny, she's horny, and she drinks like Dean Martin. Here's a lady who believes it's best to have sex as soon as possible in a relationship, so you can find out…
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Culture, Encore Our critics weigh in on local theater

Our critics weigh in on local theater

Corteo. Clowns are at the very heart of Cirque du Soleil's new touring show, and they take on many forms: There are giant clowns, midget clowns, and clowns in bright, baggy clothes who rampage through the audience, soaking people with…
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Culture, Encore Our critics weigh in on local theater

Our critics weigh in on local theater

The Ballad of Pancho and Lucy. Everybody loves a real-life fairy tale. That The Ballad of Pancho and Lucy is supposedly based on a true story about a local couple who robbed a succession of Mission District bars and…
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Culture, Stage

The Tribute to Frank, Sammy, Joey & Dean

Sandy Hackett's swingin' tribute to the Rat Pack takes us back to a time when men wore tuxedos in the desert, women could be one of two things (a lady or a tramp), and Celine Dion was just a golden…
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Dining, Eat Irony Overload

Irony Overload

Warm pink light spills onto the sidewalk from Lime, a self-described restaurant-lounge (I would reverse the order) that opened on Market Street in midsummer. The aggressively retro-moderne décor is all pink and blinding white and chrome -- not a whisper…
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News, Night Crawler Thrill of  a Lifetime

Thrill of a Lifetime

Maybe life was a movie after all, and when we died we just walked off the set and returned to reality. Maybe we were taking the illusion too seriously. -- Vic Valentine in Love Stories Are Too Violent for Me…
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Music,

Hip (Hop) Swingers

Fade in: a grimy North Beach alley, where clotheslines sag with tattered panties, torn shirts, and a pair of star-spangled tights. Spilling down a flight of cement stairs are three homeless men in once-expensive suits belting, "I love life." Cue…
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Film,

Second Time Around

"A Salute to Dean Martin!" This double bill is being touted as a tribute to "lounge culture," aka the "three V's": Vegas, vodka, and velour. The problem with enshrining Dean Martin in the Pantheon of Lounge is that he was…
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News, Feature

Last of the Independents

Roxie The Roxie Cinema, says programmer Elliot Lavine, is the oldest continuously running theater in town, having opened as the Poppy Theater in 1912. The group of film devotees who transformed the Roxie into one of the Bay Area's best…
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Music,

Suspicious Minds

There comes a time in the middle of any half-way decent liberal arts major's college career when she no longer has any idea what she believes. She flies violently through air polluted by conflicting notions and theories, never stopping at…
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Music,

Samples

R.I.P. The music community lost one of its more enigmatic cult figures when performer Richard McGhee died of cancer last month at his family home in Ohio. He was 63. McGhee was amusing audiences with his karaoke lounge act eons…
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