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Dining, Distillations Distillations: Barchaeology 101 at The Little Shamrock

Distillations: Barchaeology 101 at The Little Shamrock

There were not, as far as I could tell, any brilliant conversationalists waiting to be discovered in The Little Shamrock Monday night. To my left, in one of the bar's many nooks and alcoves, three women were asking a drunk…
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Calendar, Night&Day Elusive Existence

Elusive Existence

The groundbreaking French novelist and filmmaker Alain Robbe-Grillet, who died in February, was a sly and good-natured provocateur. His screenplay for Alain Resnais’ watershed 1961 romantic drama, Last Year at Marienbad, introduced the arthouse crowd to a strain of bemused…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Art House

Compiled by Michael Leaverton, Hiya Swanhuyser, and Traci Vogel. To submit a listing, e-mail Alliance Française. La Haine: Wed., Sept. 24, 7 p.m. 1345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, Artists' Television Access. "How We Fight": Iraqi Short Films is…
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Music, Firewater chases the perfect album to the end of the world

Firewater chases the perfect album to the end of the world

Getting secretly doped by locals in India, attacked by malicious intestinal bugs in Pakistan, and solicited to buy AK-47s near Afghanistan — these are not the average distractions from recording a new pop album. It's fortunate, then, that Firewater's Tod…
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Calendar, Night&Day Turks All Lit Up

Turks All Lit Up

The Center for the Art of Translation's monthly Lit & Lunch series provides downtowners with brain refreshments at the noon hour; we wish we worked near the swanky gallery so we could go to amazing literary events with our brown…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bag Ladies

Bag Ladies

Fendi, Gucci, Chanel, Prada -- these names mean life or death to a certain type of someone. Thankfully, the counterfeiting industry has the matter firmly in hand, churning out remarkable clones days after designs hit stores and giving poorly funded…
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Dining, Eat Inner Richmond's Troya Takes Turkish Up a Notch

Inner Richmond's Troya Takes Turkish Up a Notch

Turkish cuisine is one of the most sophisticated and diverse in the world. At its peak, the Ottoman Empire included Greece, the Balkans, Romania, Armenia, the bulk of the Middle East, and most of North Africa. Ingredients and recipes from…
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Film, Heavy Weather

Heavy Weather

A terrific movie in the Antonioni tradition, Climates confirms 47-year-old Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan as one of the world's most accomplished filmmakers — handling the end of a relationship, and the cloud of human confusion rising from its wreckage,…
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Home Entertainment, What Else Is New?

Our top DVD picks for the week of September 19:

After Sex (New Yorker) Bob & Tom Radio: The Comedy Tour (Image) The Boris Karloff Collection (Universal) Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (Strand) 8th & Ocean: The Complete First Season (Paramount) Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema (Wolfe)…
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Film, Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight

The strategically crucial Eurasian city now called Istanbul (population: 13 million, and growing by 700,000 a year) has had its share of upheaval over the centuries. It was conquered by Alexander the Great, torched by a vengeful Roman emperor, attacked…
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Music, Spotlight Reviews

Spotlight Reviews

Electronic music is often a chilly affair, a cerebral-techie exercise that tends to be more fun for the composer/performer, who thrills to the schematics of his latest software inventions, than for the listener, longing to connect on a human level.…
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Music, Reviewed Saadet Türköz

Saadet Türköz

Earlier this year at the Berkeley Art Museum, Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado's "Migrations" exhibit showcased the stark problems engendered by globalism. The images of indigenous folk forced from their homelands because of ethnic wars, disease, and destroyed economies provided a…
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Dining, Eat Supper With the Sultan

Supper With the Sultan

Go just about anywhere in the world and you'll find that the tastiest, most authentic regional foods aren't found in four-star hotels or carefully sanitized McRestaurants but at sidewalk food stalls, tiny counter joints, and rickety storefronts once or twice…
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Film, Provoking an Appetite

Provoking an Appetite

"Some animals don't elicit any pity when they're eaten because, in fact, they want to be eaten," the late Pier Paolo Pasolini quotes Italian poet Umberto Saba in Laura Betti's dense, talky polemic, Pier Paolo Pasolini and a Dream's Reason…
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Dining, Eat Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight

Before reviewing Piyassa, a new Turkish/Mediterranean restaurant on Market near Gough, I contemplated my own experience with the Turks. When I spent time in Germany more than a decade ago, Turkish food was what you grabbed at the end of…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Block for a Culinary Tour of the World

There are 15 restaurants on this block of the Mission, representing eight distinct cuisines: everything from the tasty Mexican fast food of La Cumbre, El Toro, or Mariachi to the upscale Vietnamese-meets-California-cuisine of the Slanted Door. If it's Indian food…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best New Restaurant

You're dazzled the moment you walk in -- by the light, airy ambience, the sweeping bay views, the soaring ceilings, the rich draperies, the dramatically backlit bar, the thickly embroidered banquettes, and the deep-blue Mediterranean shade that informs not only…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Place to Pretend You're Peter Graves

Say what you will about drafty old roll-up-the-sidewalks-at-midnight SFO, it has a certain undeniable international-intrigue cachet that conjures up flutes, bongo drums, and blaring brass sections. Position yourself in a chair by the flight desk and check out the luggage-burdened…
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Dining, Eat

Not Con-stantinople

Cafe Istanbul 525 Valencia (at 16th Street), 863-8854. Open Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday noon to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 2 a.m. The restaurant is wheelchair accessible. Parking: easy weekdays, difficult weekends; city garage at 16th and Hoff.…
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