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Music, All Shook Down I Spy: San Francisco Symphony Does James Bond

I Spy: San Francisco Symphony Does James Bond

With themes ranging from sultry and seductive to tense and action packed, the music of the James Bond film series has played an integral part of the franchise's success since the beginning; with the staccato guitar of the iconic…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sketch of a man

Sketch of a man

Unless you are a die-hard James Bond fan, you might not know that Ian Fleming's 007 chain-smoked 70 cigarettes a day, or that the movie Bond boffed over 50 women (underwater, on a space shuttle, and aboard an iceberg-shaped…
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News, Mission: Impractical: Even the Federal Building Can't Protect a Bike in This Town

Mission: Impractical: Even the Federal Building Can't Protect a Bike in This Town

No, you're not going to sneak much into the Federal Building. Metal stanchions, strategically placed concrete slabs, and a series of squat posts resembling giant, colorless Jujubes ensure you won't drive where they don't want you to. Postal trucks entering…
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Dining, Eat

Getting Back in Touch With Vesper Lynd

Few bars have endured as much turmoil in three years as the Burritt Room. Despite a parade of talented bartenders and bar managers moving through, in the time since it opened there have been many cocktail menu changes, a change…
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Culture, Art Christian Marclay's "The Clock" is the World's Most Elaborate Timepiece

Christian Marclay's "The Clock" is the World's Most Elaborate Timepiece

At 2:15 a.m. on a recent Friday, on the fourth floor of SFMOMA, a smattering of art-goers snoozed, lying prone on soft couches after watching a few hours of Christian Marclay's The Clock. The snores. The drooling. Marclay's masterpiece. Those…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Licensed to Blecch: <i>Mad</i> Magazine's James Bond Parodies

Licensed to Blecch: Mad Magazine's James Bond Parodies

The new James Bond movie Skyfall has been out for a few weeks now, grossing nearly $789M worldwide and getting a healthy 91 percent on the Tomatometer. That's a damn shame, too, because it means that hundreds of critics were…
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Film, "Skyfall": Laying Bare the Unknowable Spy

"Skyfall": Laying Bare the Unknowable Spy

If Hollywood's rut du jour is the origin story as bid for franchise immortality, you can't say that Skyfall — the 23rd "official" James Bond film in 50 years — isn't on trend. Eight years ago in Casino Royale, Daniel…
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Film, Feature James Bond at 50: An Irrelevant, Beloved Hero

James Bond at 50: An Irrelevant, Beloved Hero

Attention, Eon Productions, Daniel Craig, and Heineken: James Bond is not a beer-drinker! Sure, I know. Getting all worked up about the new James Bond installment is like freaking out about a new Tim Burton movie — past glories don't…
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Music, All Shook Down Adele's "Skyfall" James Bond Theme: Why Does She Sound So Sleepy?

Adele's "Skyfall" James Bond Theme: Why Does She Sound So Sleepy?

Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Like everyone else on Earth, we are huge Adele fans. When 19 came out, we had our minds blown by the sheer passion and power on display from this absurdly young woman, and couldn't help but…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic</i>, Season 2, Episodes 16 & 17

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Season 2, Episodes 16 & 17

Rainbow discovers the magic of reading, and the Crusaders discover the danger of magic.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Laughter in the Tundra

Laughter in the Tundra

Americans have a vision of Siberia informed by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago and James Bond prison breakouts. Siberia is far more complex, diverse, and unforgiving, however, than what’s in the popular imagination. In his latest book, Travels in Siberia,…
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Dining, Eat Fresh Eats: Drink of the Week: Moonraker at Bar Agricole

Fresh Eats: Drink of the Week: Moonraker at Bar Agricole

The beauty of making cocktails from old recipes is more than the rediscovery of forgotten flavors. It's also in the mysteries that inevitably come with their creation — finding or making substitutions for unavailable liqueurs and spirits, deciphering archaic measurements,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist

007 James Bond in Ladykiller: Live -- Our Favorite Secret Agent Never Looked so, um, Silly

Once inside the tiny theater with 007 James Bond in Ladykiller: Live stomping the boards in front of you, prepare for low-production-value guilty pleasure, emphasis on the pleasure - true of all Jim Fourniadis' productions, but especially true now,…
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Calendar, Night&Day What Galore?

What Galore?

Once inside the tiny theater with 007 James Bond in Ladykiller: Live stomping the boards in front of you, prepare for low-production-value guilty pleasure, emphasis on the pleasure -- true of all playwright etc. Jim Fourniadis' productions, but especially true…
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Music, All Shook Down R.I.P. John Barry: Appreciating the Composer's Widespread Legacy

R.I.P. John Barry: Appreciating the Composer's Widespread Legacy

British composer John Barry has died at age 77 of a heart attack, leaving behind three ex-wives and a widow, four Grammys, a few Oscars, an Order of the British Empire, and -- most importantly -- a wealth of lush,…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>OSS 117: Lost in Rio</i>

OSS 117: Lost in Rio

In gleefully ripping on both classic spy movies and T&A-obsessed Frenchmen, OSS 117: Lost in Rio reasserts the primary definition of "burlesque": broad parody, rather than broads in pasties. Seemingly derivative of both James Bond and his groovy flipside Austin…
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Calendar, Night&Day How Low Can You Go?

How Low Can You Go?

If any supervillain has been waiting to orchestrate a dastardly swing through some plate glass, this is the meaningful yet swanky affair to hit. So watch out if you attend NightLife this evening, where creator Graham Hawkes shows off his…
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Film, Neither Shaken Nor Stirred

Neither Shaken Nor Stirred

Those of us who adored Casino Royale, the 2006 reboot of the haggard, self-parodic James Bond franchise, had some trouble trying to decide where to place it among the series' finest. Was it better than Goldfinger? Probably not, but close.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Get Vertical

Get Vertical

Forget the hovercraft: Where the heck are our jet packs? In this, the futuristic year 2008, you’d think we’d all be zipping around in our own private strap-on flying machines. Instead, most of us still seem to be strapped to…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Franchise Player

Franchise Player

Casino Royale (Sony) James Bond gets a stirring shake-up in the best -- yeah, Goldfinger fans, the best -- film in the series' 44-year history. Daniel Craig's 007 has more going on above the neck and below the waist than…
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