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Music, Hear This Richard Thompson: Show Preview

Richard Thompson: Show Preview

For a musician blessed with such remarkable talents, British folk-rock giant Richard Thompson remains far from a household name beyond his modest cult of fans. One of the founders of pioneering U.K. outfit Fairport Convention, Thompson helped shape the group's…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Round City of Peace

The Round City of Peace

Most San Franciscans would recognize the phrase "Baghdad by the Bay" as one of the city's many nicknames. What they might not know, especially in today's war-torn political climate, is why Herb Caen made the phrase popular in the…
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Culture, Stage Theater of War: Two Shows Take Us Through Armed Conflict, but Only One Bothers to Question the Trip

Theater of War: Two Shows Take Us Through Armed Conflict, but Only One Bothers to Question the Trip

Black Watch, the penultimate show in A.C.T.'s 46th season, is being marketed as a major departure for the company. For one, the import from the National Theatre of Scotland has been touring the world since 2004. Also, the company isn't…
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Culture, Art Total Coverage: Revealing the Muslim World at the de Young

Total Coverage: Revealing the Muslim World at the de Young

On a recent Sunday afternoon, a docent at the de Young Museum strode into the exhibit hall for "Eye Level in Iraq," made a sharp left, then pointed at a series of photographs that showed a country preparing for war.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Embedded Histories

Embedded Histories

We all have them, those pieces of clothing we can't bear to part with. A thrift shop suit from your City Hall wedding. That unspeakable dress from senior prom. An old college rugby t-shirt to go with your bum knee.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Recent Acquisitions: 40 Years Later, We Still Have Much to Learn From the Stanford Prison Experiment

Recent Acquisitions: 40 Years Later, We Still Have Much to Learn From the Stanford Prison Experiment

Cultural institutions in San Francisco continually search for new acquisitions. Alexis Coe brings you the most important, often wondrous, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally downright vexing finds each week. The Stanford Prison Experiment was originally intended to last for two…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Iraqi Filmmaker Visits San Francisco With Drama About a Hired Killer

Iraqi Filmmaker Visits San Francisco With Drama About a Hired Killer

Qarantina is about a ruthless hit man in Baghdad who lives in the same house as a dysfunctional family. Violence is everywhere beyond their windows, symbolized by the overhead sounds of wartime helicopters, but it's the household's personal demons that…
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Film, "The Hunger Games": Rage Against Our Stupid Culture

"The Hunger Games": Rage Against Our Stupid Culture

A withering indictment of endless spectacle, the first volume of Suzanne Collins's astronomically successful dystopic YA trilogy was inspired, she has said, by flipping the channels from a reality-TV show to footage of the Iraq war. Most of her critique,…
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Calendar, Night&Day An Unnerving Look Back at the Meltdown

An Unnerving Look Back at the Meltdown

Inside Job is Charles Ferguson's follow-up to his Iraq War gut-twister No End in Sight. Twenty minutes into this lucid yet stupefying documentary about the 2008 global economic meltdown, my vision was clouded by the steam wafting from my ears.…
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Calendar, Night&Day An Unnerving Look Back at the Meltdown

An Unnerving Look Back at the Meltdown

Inside Job is Charles Ferguson's follow-up to his Iraq War gut-twister No End in Sight. Twenty minutes into this lucid yet stupefying documentary about the 2008 global economic meltdown, my vision was clouded by the steam wafting from my ears.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Permanent Government

Permanent Government

Inside Job, Charles Ferguson's follow-up to his Iraq War gut-twister No End in Sight, is a documentary that inspires sickening ire—20 minutes in to this lucid yet stupefying account of the 2008 global economic meltdown, my vision was clouded by…
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Culture, Stagecap

Theater Review: "In the Wake" at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre

As she did with her award-winning play, Well, the profoundly talented playwright Lisa Kron continues her exploration of the blind spots of the middle class. With In the Wake, she presents Ellen (the superb Heidi Schreck), a thirtysomething white, well-spoken…
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Culture, Art War games: Soldiers reenact life and death in Iraq and Afghanistan

War games: Soldiers reenact life and death in Iraq and Afghanistan

You're serving in the National Guard in Iraq, and you're leading a nighttime convoy of military vehicles at 60 miles per hour. Suddenly, a young Iraqi woman dressed in black steps into the street, and your armored Humvee — and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Getting Carded

Getting Carded

"Drive around — not over — archaeological sites." Among the things U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan need to be told, this is only middle-tier depressing, but consider that it comes from a deck of cards: There are 51 other…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sending A Message Back

Sending A Message Back

Nobody wants to say who did it. But someone bombed Baghdad's centuries-old literary district back in '07, killing 30 people as they sat among the book stalls and cafes, drinking tea and smoking. Nobody wants to be caught reading much…
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Film, <i>The Green Zone</i>: Mission finally accomplished

The Green Zone: Mission finally accomplished

Better late than never — a bang-bang pulse-pounder predicated on the Bush administration's deliberate fabrication of WMDs in Iraq. Paul Greengrass' expertly assembled Green Zone has evidently been parked for some time on Universal's shelf. Had the movie been released…
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News, Sucka Free City

List: New ways to elect S.F.'s leaders

Political interest groups have recently discussed replacing San Francisco district elections with a new system for selecting city supervisors. What are some other ways of selecting our city officials? • Voting will be replaced by a Facebook quiz • There's…
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News, The Snitch Iraq Soldiers Who Killed People Suffer More than Peers, Study Finds

Iraq Soldiers Who Killed People Suffer More than Peers, Study Finds

In November, U.C. San Francisco psychiatry professor Shira Maguen published a paper claiming that Vietnam veterans who killed enemies have, on average, lived far more troubled lives than soldiers who did not. Well, the times are not a-changing -- according…
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Culture, Stage Tim Barsky's revival of <i>Bright River</i> feels dated

Tim Barsky's revival of Bright River feels dated

The Bright River is the second Jewish hip-hop production I've seen in the last two months. The first was Stateless, the Dan Wolf–Tommy Shepherd collaboration that had its world premiere at the Jewish Theatre San Francisco in October. Chloe Veltman…
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Calendar, Night&Day The I Rock War

The I Rock War

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow (Point Break, Strange Days), the Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker is a full-throttle body shock of a movie. It gets inside you like a virus, puts your nerves in a blender, and twists your guts…
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