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News, The Snitch Ed Lee Went to Palestine, Met With Developers

Ed Lee Went to Palestine, Met With Developers

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is in the Middle East this week, renewing San Francisco's sister-city relationship with the Israeli port city of Haifa, and paying a visit to Shimon Peres, the former Israeli head of state.  The massive…
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Calendar, Night&Day Flicks & Dips

Flicks & Dips

The films featured at Hummus, Falafel, and Brisket — Oh My! have some bumper sticker-worthy titles. There is Make Hummus Not War, Falafel! Give Peas a Chance, and, lacking such a catchy name but still worth watching, Meathooked! The…
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Dining, Distillations The Plough and Stars: To Every Thing There Is a Season

The Plough and Stars: To Every Thing There Is a Season

"What can I do for you?" the bartender asks me in an Irish brogue. "I'm trying to figure that out." "Well," he says, smiling, "there's no hurry." I'm grateful. The truth is I need to get my head straightened. The…
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News,

The Snatch: The Smallest News Items Allowed by Law

Boobs in Space "Go Topless Day," an annual media stunt taking advantage of everyone's fascination with the female chest, is in fact a public relations ploy for a bizarre UFO cult devoted to building an intergalactic Jerusalem "embassy" in preparation…
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News, Sucka Free City Go Round and Round: Muni's Weird Relationship with Ads, Guns, and Middle Eastern Politics

Go Round and Round: Muni's Weird Relationship with Ads, Guns, and Middle Eastern Politics

Last week, an odd back-and-forth precipitated in the Board of Supervisors chambers in which Scott Wiener was left to explain to John Avalos the origins of the state of Israel. So you can't say the latest round of Mideast politicking…
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Film, "New Jerusalem": A Study in Grime

"New Jerusalem": A Study in Grime

Rick Alverson's New Jerusalem (which he made before The Comedy) had its North American premiere at South by Southwest, and it many ways, it fulfills the stereotype of the festival film: low-budget, contemplative, semi-improvised, and challenging to viewers who don't…
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Film, The Matchmaker: Love in the Summer of '68

The Matchmaker: Love in the Summer of '68

An old-fashioned Mediterranean coming-of-age story set in the young heart of the Levant, The Matchmaker combines the tender tone of a film like Cinema Paradiso with a clear-eyed, street-level vantage on Israel's summer of the Six-Day War. That would be…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Israel's Batsheva Dance Co. Is Unpredictably Severe -- Protesters Call for Boycott

Israel's Batsheva Dance Co. Is Unpredictably Severe -- Protesters Call for Boycott

Anytime you see the Batsheva Dance Company in performance, you can pretty fairly expect a gut-wrencher, a blasphemy without words. It's a trademark of the Tel Aviv troupe's leader, Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin. But last Saturday, audience members entering YBCA's…
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News, The Snitch Ron Paul Is Crazy. Admit It.

Ron Paul Is Crazy. Admit It.

Congressman Ron Paul grabbed the lion's share of headlines among GOP presidential candidates last week, and not just because he is the latest improbable figure to challenge the inevitable nomination of Mitt Romney.The conservative Weekly Standard ran a rehash by…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • The beloved Go Bang! party celebrated its third anniversary this weekend, and in the process showed a packed crowd at Deco Lounge that disco is still kicking. Under a matrix of lasers and multicolored light rings, a diverse…
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Music, All Shook Down Jello Biafra's 'Ultimate Third Rail': Why the Outspoken SF Punk Rocker Abandoned Plans to Play in Israel

Jello Biafra's 'Ultimate Third Rail': Why the Outspoken SF Punk Rocker Abandoned Plans to Play in Israel

Last summer, SF punk rocker, notorious political rabble-rouser, and former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra was booked to perform in Israel, along with his band, the Guantanamo School of Medicine, in support of their new Enhanced Methods of Questioning…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cinematic Quickies

Cinematic Quickies

How sexy can you get in seven minutes? For most of us, that question lost its urgency as soon as we discovered kinkier games than Spin the Bottle. For the past six years, though, the Independent Erotic Film Festival has…
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Calendar, Night&Day Magical Mystery Mosaic

Magical Mystery Mosaic

A cheetah leaps onto a gazelle’s back with its claws unsheathed. Nearby, a peacock struts, his brilliant tail feathers on full display. A mother bird next door is flanked by five chicks. Scenes from Animal Planet? Not really, although maybe…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist San Francisco Parks Might not Be Holy Land, but They're Worth Fighting for

San Francisco Parks Might not Be Holy Land, but They're Worth Fighting for

Driving across this great nation we were blessed to be born in, I was tuned in to an AM talk radio station on a long night drive. The host was talking about Israel. It was noise. I was hardly paying…
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Music, BeatBox Soulico: Show Preview

Soulico: Show Preview

If you're looking for musical democracy, get your ass to Tel Aviv, a resort destination with nightlife that ranks among the best the Mediterranean coast has to offer. Residents of Israel's most cosmopolitan city were early dance music adopters, supporting…
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Film, "The Time That Remains": A pointillist portrait of Israeli Arabs

"The Time That Remains": A pointillist portrait of Israeli Arabs

Elia Suleiman's third feature, The Time That Remains, is bookended by scenes of a panicked Israeli taxi driver lost somewhere in his own country — and that of the Arab passenger who sits, silent and shrouded in shadow, in the…
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Music, All Shook Down Monotonix Explains Why They Dump Trash on You at Shows

Monotonix Explains Why They Dump Trash on You at Shows

At any given Monotonix show, you will see three hairy men crowd surfing with their instruments, throwing trash on the crowd, spitting beer on the crowd, leading group sing-alongs and, possibly, pissing. Starting from its second show and continuing to…
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Calendar, Night&Day Blind Spot

Blind Spot

What’s that? You say you didn’t ask for a one-woman show about lesbians, Palestine, and juggling? Well, the Marsh is giving it to you anyway, courtesy of confirmed genius Sara Felder. You’re welcome. Felder, a solo performance artist, narrates the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hammering the Nutcracker

Hammering the Nutcracker

Choreographer Katy Alniz Rous is accustomed to putting things in the blender. She learned ballet at age 3, samba at 5, flamenco at 8, and Russian dance at 12. So as an adult, it was a natural that she start…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Shape of Things

The Shape of Things

Menorahs come in many forms: a moose, perhaps. Community heroes (ceramic police, fire department, and ambulance vehicles). A doctor's office scenario. Or our favorite, a metaphor for the idea “spirit needs matter through which to express itself.” Let's go over…
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