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Calendar, Night&Day Prints Charming

Prints Charming

What was your favorite part of The Little Mermaid? Was it when the enchantress cuts out the mermaid’s tongue in payment for her potion? Ah, Disney omitted that detail from Hans Christian Andersen’s original tale, along with her suicide. Artist…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Ponyo</i>


The great ocean deep proves a natural canvas for Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away), whose latest feature riffs on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale of The Little Mermaid, albeit with the distinctly Miyazaki-an twist that the…
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Music, Hear This Mew


Iceland is the undisputed capital of music for the spirit world. But Denmark, home of Hans Christian Andersen and fairy tales aplenty, has a contender in Mew. The trio's indie-prog-pop songs are deeply imbued with transformative moments, and an ability…
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Film, Hayao Miyazaki dives under the sea for his latest environmental fairy tale, <i>Ponyo</i>

Hayao Miyazaki dives under the sea for his latest environmental fairy tale, Ponyo

In the same week that the South African import District 9 gives us a Johannesburg beset by alien invaders, the latest film by animation legend Hayao Miyazaki envisions a small Japanese port town turned upside-down by visitors from the bottom…
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Culture, Stage Striking 6

Striking 6

"Striking 12 is a cross between a GrooveLily concert and a holiday fairy tale," explains Brendan Milburn, keyboardist and one-third of GrooveLily, the New York alternapop trio that wants to make a yearly tradition of settling in Palo Alto (or…
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Calendar, Performance Musical Theater

Musical Theater

ONGOING 12/1-1/2 We're barely out of November, and already the stores are buzzing with holiday cheer -- which too often takes the form of agonizing and repetitive Christmas tunes played on a seemingly endless loop. If you're digging the season,…
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Culture, Stage


The title is short for "mermaid," and the play is loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's story "The Little Mermaid." But it's not for kids. Crowded Fire puts on one of the most innovative shows of the summer by playing…
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Culture, Stage

Short Stage Reviews

Hans Christian Andersen There are some truly beautiful sequences in this uneven ACT world premiere, and it's difficult to understand the sometimes hostile reaction it's received from local critics. Frank Loesser's dopey songs from the idiotic 1952 Danny Kaye…
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Calendar, Night&Day

The Five Days of Eros

NECCO, the company that manufactures the Valentine's Day candy hearts stamped with cute slogans like "Say yes," has thrown '90s-style messages like "Fax me" into this year's mix, but in San Francisco, where there are as many kinds of Valentine's…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): By far the greatest mathematician of ancient times was Archimedes. He calculated a close approximation of pi, designed the catapult and compound pulley, and discovered fundamental laws of theoretical mechanics. With the pioneering energy and rigorous…
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