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News, Sucka Free City A Small World Cup, After All: A Tinier Version of World Cup Fever

A Small World Cup, After All: A Tinier Version of World Cup Fever

The ongoing World Cup has united legions of soccer fans in bars, public squares, or gathered around an iPad on the park bench — a scene both high-tech and straight out of Norman Rockwell. A small coterie of fans of…
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Culture, Kill Your Television Hot Months: An Apocalyptic Summer on the Small Screen

Hot Months: An Apocalyptic Summer on the Small Screen

Now that Game of Thrones is over and Mad Men is nearing its end, the television landscape is about to be shaken clean like an Etch-A-Sketch. If you, like me, sat there frozen in dread with the idea that you…
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Film, "Snowpiercer": Revolution on the Orient Express

"Snowpiercer": Revolution on the Orient Express

Director Bong Joon-Ho's thrilling Snowpiercer is a Korean film with American and British leads shot in the Czech Republic, an appropriately international pedigree for a story set on a train which circumnavigates the Earth. The trick is that Earth has…
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Film, "Third Person": Menage a Talky

"Third Person": Menage a Talky

Writer-director Paul Haggis' new film is, in part, a three-way love story about the three-way-ness of love stories. Which is to say it's about what goes on between the two it takes to tango when somebody brings a plus-one. With…
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Calendar, Night&Day Towering Femininity

Towering Femininity

Women have long borne their ills in phallic edifices: Rapunzel combed her lustrous locks and tossed them out the window. The Lady of Shalott wove webs of interdicted visions gazing through her mirror down at Camelot. Anne Boleyn awaited…
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Dining, Fresh Eats Gaspar Brasserie: Hooking Up With the Green Fairy

Gaspar Brasserie: Hooking Up With the Green Fairy

Walking up the stairs to the bar inside the new Gaspar Brasserie feels a little like stepping through a portal into early 20th century France. If the polish of the brass and newness of the surfaces didn't gleam so bright,…
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Music, Hear This King Khan & the Shrines: Show Preview

King Khan & the Shrines: Show Preview

With membership in multiple hell-raising bands, outlandish press photographs aplenty, a daring, off-kilter stage presence, and statements like "When I tour, I'm neither homosexual or heterosexual — I'm hobo-sexual" to his name, King Khan is one of the true characters…
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Calendar, Night&Day Against Eight

Against Eight

An organization called NerdWallet recently issued a report on the nation's most LGBT-friendly cities, in which San Francisco shockingly did not land the top spot. But never fear, we're still in the top ten, thanks to long-standing institutions like…
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Dining, Eat Le P'tit Laurent: The Neighborhood Comes Together at the Place Around the Corner

Le P'tit Laurent: The Neighborhood Comes Together at the Place Around the Corner

I'll forgive a restaurant a lot if it serves great food. Slow service, drafty dining room, ear-splitting noise levels, dingy bathrooms ... all things that I can overlook in service of a fabulous-tasting meal. But I'm rarely willing to do…
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Dining, Distillations Distillations: Putting Down Roots at Aquitaine Wine Bistro

Distillations: Putting Down Roots at Aquitaine Wine Bistro

The waiters at the Aquitaine Wine Bistro are flirts. "How are you today?" one asked me as I went to my table alone. "Life is complicated," I said. "Well," she replied, "at least you still have your lovely smile." My…
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Dining, Distillations Distillations: Setting a High Bar at Blackbird

Distillations: Setting a High Bar at Blackbird

I don't know why I feel an ominous shiver as I walk into Blackbird, on Market. I quite like the giant list of all the drinks they serve printed on canvas and hanging from a wall by the bar. The…
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Film, "Tasting Menu": A Food-as-Life Metaphor That Never Leaves the Table

"Tasting Menu": A Food-as-Life Metaphor That Never Leaves the Table

It's closing night at a fancy restaurant on the coast of Spain. A genial celebrity chef (Vicenta N'Dongo), whose movie this seems to be until it abandons her, has decided to step back and survey her life. First she'll oversee…
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Culture, Stage Bacchanal: The Stage Becomes the Dancefloor in a Paris-to-S.F. Playwright Exchange

Bacchanal: The Stage Becomes the Dancefloor in a Paris-to-S.F. Playwright Exchange

In the theater world, new-play festivals tend to be bare-bones readings (think stools and music stands) of hit-or-miss works. The now-in-progress Des Voix Festival, however, is, for one evening, more similar to a nightclub. The Bal Littéraire, in which playwright-actors…
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Film, "Young and Beautiful": The Budding Sexuality of France, for Sale

"Young and Beautiful": The Budding Sexuality of France, for Sale

Ah, the French! Shamelessly marketed as an "erotic tale of sexual awakening," François Ozon's Young and Beautiful tracks four seasons in the life of lithesome 17-year-old Isabelle (Marine Vacth, whose mastery of Scarlett Johansson's doe-eyed blankness probably won't hurt her…
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Dining, Distillations Distillations: Barchaeology 101 at The Little Shamrock

Distillations: Barchaeology 101 at The Little Shamrock

There were not, as far as I could tell, any brilliant conversationalists waiting to be discovered in The Little Shamrock Monday night. To my left, in one of the bar's many nooks and alcoves, three women were asking a drunk…
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Dining, Fresh Eats Eight Food Truck Dishes You Can Only Get at Off the Grid Fort Mason

Eight Food Truck Dishes You Can Only Get at Off the Grid Fort Mason

If there's one thing that the food truck scene has cultivated, it is an expanded menu of global cuisine. Regional Mexican, Mamak Malaysian, Nepalese, and food from other countries around the world mingle comfortably with the burgers and pizzas at…
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Music, Hear This I Break Horses: Show Preview

I Break Horses: Show Preview

If you've been finding yourself wondering what San Francisco would feel like as a desolate, wintry tundra, we respectfully recommend peeling yourself off that grassy knoll and heading downhill to catch Stockholm-based hypnotronica duo I Break Horses, whose slow-burn scorched-earth…
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Culture, Stage Salvage at Last: Shotgun Players Arrives at Its Final Stoppard Frontier

Salvage at Last: Shotgun Players Arrives at Its Final Stoppard Frontier

Art and politics are bedfellows in Shotgun Player's presentation of Salvage, the third play in Tom Stoppard's Tony Award-winning trilogy, The Coast of Utopia. Brave in scope, anchored by the human desire to escape ideological oppression, the production grapples with…
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News, Sucka Free City The Whole Package: San Francisco's Bucket Man Is Taking His Show Overseas to Dazzle an Industry

The Whole Package: San Francisco's Bucket Man Is Taking His Show Overseas to Dazzle an Industry

Larry Hunt has been drumming on buckets in the Bay Area since the mid '90s, primarily at Fourth and Market. In that time, his reputation has spread far and wide. And now it looks like the Bucket Man is going…
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Dining, Distillations Distillations: Having a Capital Time at Cafe Prague

Distillations: Having a Capital Time at Cafe Prague

It took Janet 45 minutes to find the Café Prague, and she started just four blocks away. She's incredibly apologetic about being late. "C'mon," I tell her. "With all the issues I'm dealing with right now? This isn't even worth…
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