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Calendar, Night&Day Hope Floats

Hope Floats

If the phrase "the show must go on" has ever applied, it applies to the San Francisco Mime Troupe's Oil and Water. After five decades of creating theater that lampoons the powerful, the Tony award-winning group almost had to…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Finds a Carnival of Subtlety at Playland

Bouncer Finds a Carnival of Subtlety at Playland

"Where are the clowns?" I asked the bartender. Before you curse me for putting "Send in the Clowns" in your head, let me explain. I recently went to Playland, the new bar in the space that Kimo's used to occupy.…
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Film, Masterful documentary <i>Crude</i> details the toxic battle between big oil and natives in Ecuador

Masterful documentary Crude details the toxic battle between big oil and natives in Ecuador

Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink. Why? Because it's thick with sludge. Moving briskly through a stranger-than-fiction, serpentine narrative that is still unfolding, Joe Berlinger's remarkable documentary, Crude, recounts an infuriating litany of South American exploitation, back-room…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Crude</i>

Crude

Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink. Why? Because it’s thick with sludge. Moving briskly through a stranger-than-fiction, serpentine narrative that is still unfolding, Joe Berlinger’s remarkable documentary Crude recounts an infuriating litany of South American exploitation, back-room…
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News, Amazonian Quagmire

Amazonian Quagmire

Judge William Alsup is known as one of the most efficient judges in San Francisco's federal court. He bustles into the courtroom, robes flapping, and keeps arguments trotting along at a brisk pace. He issues dire warnings to attorneys about…
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Culture, Encore Also Playing

Also Playing

Art. It's not hard to see why Yasmina Reza's play caused such a fuss when it appeared in Paris, London, New York, and just about everywhere else from the late 1990s onward. The tightly wound, bittersweet comedy in which three…
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Film, Monster in Hiding

Monster in Hiding

Crónicas' biggest claim to fame ought to be that it was Ecuador's submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, but what most people tend to notice is that it stars John Leguizamo. Mixed messages ensue: "Oscar submission" makes one…
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Culture, Stage Not Much to Say

Not Much to Say

On Independence Day, Dolores Park was transformed into an open-air theater. Amid a sea of sun hats and sunburned holiday flesh, a young man -- wearing a tight green soccer sweater, a pair of enormous ski goggles, and jeans so…
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Dining, Eat World Beat

World Beat

Up in the towering reaches of the Andes, in present-day Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru, the descendants of the Incas still indulge in an age-old celebration known as a pachamama. A great pit is dug into the earth, lined with stones,…
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Music, Pulling Up Roots

Pulling Up Roots

I'm moving to Europe because I want to be close to Africa," says pianist Omar Sosa over the phone from a Paris hotel room. The Cuban-born Sosa is in the midst of a European tour supporting his latest CD on…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): Catholic philosopher John O'Donohue champions the concept of anam cara, Gaelic for "soul friendship." This is more than an alliance based on common interests or mutual exploitation. It's not the kind of connection that arises out…
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