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Calendar, Night&Day Sex Files

Sex Files

There are those who love their fellow man and those who observe them, anatomizing and cataloguing their multifarious qualities. Erstwhile English professor turned pornographic fiction writer, tattoo artist, and sexual rebel Sam Steward was both, adventuring mightily in the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Ensemble Parall&egrave;le Pushes Gertrude Stein's Opera <i>Four Saints in Three Acts</i> Further into the Avante-Garde

Ensemble Parallèle Pushes Gertrude Stein's Opera Four Saints in Three Acts Further into the Avante-Garde

When she wasn't busy collecting art, fomenting literary movements, and dissing her childhood home in Oakland, Gertrude Stein used her inimitable talents to help create a most inimitable opera -- 1934's Four Saints in Three Acts. Beginning Thursday, this vision…
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Calendar, Night&Day Where Where?

Where Where?

When she wasn’t busy collecting art, fomenting literary movements, and dissing Oakland, Gertrude Stein used her inimitable talents to help create a most inimitable opera — 1934’s Four Saints in Three Acts. Tonight, this vision is taken up in a…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Life Story on Canvas

A Life Story on Canvas

For seven decades, Pablo Picasso set the standard for what art could be. Cubism and abstract figuratives were born through his canvases. African motifs entered Western art via his avid experimentation. He helped create genres that others imitated but could…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Literary Figures of the Left Bank Come to Life at Litquake's Cabaret Bastille

Literary Figures of the Left Bank Come to Life at Litquake's Cabaret Bastille

Historic queer icon, art world catalyst, and Bay Area native Gertrude Stein is enjoying posthumous adulation for her role in modern art history. SFMOMA's current exhibit showcases her (and her family's) game-changing art collection in "The Steins Collect," and the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Zeitgeist Resurrected

Zeitgeist Resurrected

Historic queer icon, art world catalyst, and Bay Area native Gertrude Stein is enjoying posthumous adulation for her role in modern art history. SFMOMA’s current exhibit showcases her (and her family’s) game-changing art collection in “The Steins Collect,” and the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Our Epicenter of Creativity

Our Epicenter of Creativity

We San Franciscans have our pick of blockbuster museum shows this summer, including a huge Picasso exhibit as well as two shows on Gertrude Stein and her family’s art collection. Those are great destinations if you want to see famous…
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Calendar, Night&Day That&#146;s &#145;Rude

That’s ‘Rude

Gertrude Stein is often quoted, but usually, people repeat her most sensible words. It’s a shame, and it goes against her whole deal. Hardly anyone ever looks off into the middle distance on a sunny day and intones, “The care…
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Calendar, Night&Day What&#146;s It All About?

What’s It All About?

Josh Kornbluth has played out his existential confusion over the years in the most public of ways. And we’re extremely lucky for that. The performer has used stage and film to provide that rare mix of humor that’s so true…
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Calendar, Night&Day Wear It Well

Wear It Well

We love/hate it when some art thing is too complicated for us to understand. “The Dresses/Objects Project” is definitely inspired by Gertrude Stein’s masterpiece of Modernist “verse,” Tender Buttons. But if you know Stein, you know that doesn’t tell you…
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Calendar, Night&Day Warhol's Jews

Warhol's Jews

When Andy Warhol's "Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century" was displayed at the Jewish Museum in New York in 1980, it got mixed reviews. The New York Times said "its contribution to art is nil," while Art Forum…
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Culture, Stagecap

"Bone to Pick" the best of three shorts by Cutting Ball

"Someone needs to treat me like a piece of meat." This opening line from "Bone to Pick" is just a taste of the raw sensuality packed into the world premiere of local playwright Eugenie Chan's take on the Greek myth…
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Calendar, Night&Day Daphne, Daphne, Daphne

Daphne, Daphne, Daphne

What happens when you find yourself the object of fan fiction? A character in other people's stories? What does privacy really mean when you write confessional poetry and haunt the internet? Instead of running from the phenomenon, San Francisco poet…
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Music, Bouncer

Bouncer Sees The Three Stages of Relationships at Pilsner Inn

It's hard to say whether San Francisco's appeal lies more in its opportunities for participation or in its opportunities for observance. What I'm saying is, are you more the sort who lives in an urban area because you want to…
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Music, Bouncer

Shine on you crazy lightning bugs and deep-sea creatures!

Fireflies, or "lightening bugs," which is what I used to call them in Illinois, glow by a process known as "bioluminescence." All living cells have some level of bioluminescence, each with their own unique wavelengths. Only some cells, however, produce…
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Dining, Eat Work in Progress

Work in Progress

If left to my own devices, I wouldn't be walking into the Westfield San Francisco Centre at this moment: before 10 a.m. on its first day of business, otherwise known as its grand opening. Scary! But, to paraphrase Gertrude Stein,…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Still Smokin'

Still Smokin'

SUN 10/24 Two things distinguish writer Alice B. Toklas in the public's mind. One is her longtime lesbian affair with Gertrude Stein. The other is The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book, the 1954 collection of recipes that was notorious for…
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Culture, Dance Truth in Dance

Truth in Dance

London audiences didn't quite know what to make of Mark Morris' Four Saints in Three Acts when the work premiered there in June. Even though the English National Opera produced the work (and footed most of the bill), Morris had…
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Culture, Stage

Stage

Learning to Fly Cinderella: A Tale of Survival. Choreography by Krissy Keefer. Text by Toni Press. Performed by the Dance Brigade with live music by Ferron at the Alice Arts Center, 1428 Alice (at 14th Street), Oakland, Dec. 12-14. Call…
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Culture, Stage

Stage

The Sweet Sell of Success Thinking, LTD. By Malachy Walsh. Directed by John Warren. Starring Cameron Galloway, Joseph Rocha, James Cutts, and Eric Schniewind. Presented by Firehead Productions at Venue 9, 252 Ninth St. (at Folsom), through Nov. 22. Call…
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