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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Huckleberry Finn and Zombie Jim</i>: A Stupid, Cowardly New Book that Equates Being Black with Flesh Eating

Huckleberry Finn and Zombie Jim: A Stupid, Cowardly New Book that Equates Being Black with Flesh Eating

So, Simon and Schuster's "Blood Enriched Classics" series is dumping out another one of those shovelware "mashups" where some author improvises pulp horror-fiction nonsense on top of a copied-and-pasted text file from a classic you might have read in…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Ponders the N Word at the Mark Twain Hotel

Bouncer Ponders the N Word at the Mark Twain Hotel

Don't get me wrong: I don't mind the fact that San Franciscans love to associate themselves with Mark Twain, even though he was just passing through town in the 1860s. It's just that, seein' as I am from an area…
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Music, Bouncer

Part II of Radio Bar

When last we spoke, I had posited the question as to whether or not a perfect evening out had to meet the same criteria as a good work of fiction. Using the Seven (Six) Basic Plots as a guide ("overcoming…
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Culture, Encore

Encore

Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. A musical for deaf people? Why subject an irreverent novel like Huck Finn to the blustery reverence of Broadway, only to translate it painstakingly into American Sign Language for the sake of people…
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Culture, Stage Seen and Heard

Seen and Heard

A musical based on Huckleberry Finn was inevitable. Mark Twain couldn't hope to escape the attention of Broadway, and Big River did well enough with critics when it premiered in 1985; it's not half as cheesy as you might expect.…
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Calendar, Performance <i>River</i> Rafting

River Rafting

ONGOING 6/11-7/10 For most mainstream plays that come to town, theater troupes put on a special performance for the hearing-impaired. But a Broadway musical opening this week won't have such a performance because the entire thing is done in sign…
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Calendar, Halloween

Slap Shots

Cows From the Wild Blue Yonder With the closing of Alameda Naval Air Station this April 25 and an already deserted Presidio and Treasure Island, as well as the decommissioning of Fort Ord farther south, our national defense presence in…
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Culture, Stage

Aisle Seat

Huck vs. the Thought Police I saw New Conservatory Theatre's production of Huck Finn's Story, an adaptation of Twain for third- through fifth-graders. The piece is part of NCT's Young Audience Matinee series. The production is lovely, with a moving…
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