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Culture, The Exhibitionist USF's Mapping “The East" Artfully Traces Cultural Biases Over Time

USF's Mapping “The East" Artfully Traces Cultural Biases Over Time

In this era of precise, convenient and regularly updated mapping apps that guide users via step-by-step directions, no one wants to squint at and decipher directions on a traditional paper map.  This theory is easily disproven by visiting Mapping "The…
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Dining, SFoodie Monday Nine: Daniel Patterson Will Open a Restaurant in The Minnesota Street Project

Monday Nine: Daniel Patterson Will Open a Restaurant in The Minnesota Street Project

The Minnesota Street Project Opens Friday, With Daniel Patterson Restaurant Coming in…
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News, The Snitch Woman Abandons Solo Row Journey From Japan to SF

Woman Abandons Solo Row Journey From Japan to SF

Earlier this year, Sonya Baumstein made headlines when she announced she would row solo from Chosi, Japan, to San Francisco — the first woman to do so. A week ago, she embarked on the epic 180-day, 6,000-mile journey, but…
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Dining, SFoodie Big in Japan: Drink Beer, Look Youthful

Big in Japan: Drink Beer, Look Youthful

In case you were a patient of the late Dr. Frederic Brandt’s and are now scrambling to find out alternative methods for staying freakishly immobile in the maxillofacial region well into your late 70s, there is a new solution…
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Culture, Stage Spicing It Up: Theatre of Yugen Inverts Its Process for a New Noh-Inspired Show

Spicing It Up: Theatre of Yugen Inverts Its Process for a New Noh-Inspired Show

This Lingering Life, which opens this week, is a departure for playwright Chiori Miyagawa and producing company Theatre of Yugen. The Mission District-based ensemble, now in its 35th year and whose members have been studying together for up to 20…
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Music, Hear This Acid Mothers Temple: Show Preview

Acid Mothers Temple: Show Preview

Launching in Japan in the 1990s, the mystical psychedelic rock collective Acid Mothers Temple has grown more difficult to keep track of with each passing year. This is thanks to the AMT name being associated with not one but at…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Deadmau5 vs. Arcade Fire, Morrissey vs. Canada, and Avril Lavigne vs. the World

This Week: Deadmau5 vs. Arcade Fire, Morrissey vs. Canada, and Avril Lavigne vs. the World

"Frankie's work helped open minds and bring people together, blending genres to capture our attention and ignite our imaginations. He was a trailblazer in his field and his legacy lives on in the city of Chicago and on dance floors…
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Music, Classical Import: How Yoshiki Went From Stadiums to Concert Halls

Classical Import: How Yoshiki Went From Stadiums to Concert Halls

Yoshiki Hayashi, the drummer, pianist, and principal composer of X Japan, is a genuine rarity: a flashy rock star who's also a classically trained pianist with serious chops and the ability to shift seamlessly between genres. Arguably the most influential…
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Dining, SFoodie Yeah, There's a Wine for Cats

Yeah, There's a Wine for Cats

Let's face it, your cat probably doesn't like you. Or need you. But maybe that can change. In the likely case that you're drinking that glass of Napa red alone, give your feline a reason to join you. As Kotaku…
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Calendar, Night&Day Wearable Art

Wearable Art

The traditional classical musical drama known as Noh has been performed on the polished floors of outdoor pavilions in Japan since the 14th century. San Francisco's Theatre of Yugen, now celebrating its 35th year, has drawn actors and musicians…
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Calendar, Night&Day Wolf dreams

Wolf dreams

Artist Tomoko Konoike's first exhibition at the Wendi Norris Gallery, "Earthshine," will feature the artist's works in various media: drawing, sculpture, animation, and a painted byobu, a traditional Japanese folding screen. Konoike, who studied and works in Tokyo, is…
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News, The Snitch San Francisco Not Swayed by Japan's Sex Slave Apologist Toru Hashimoto

San Francisco Not Swayed by Japan's Sex Slave Apologist Toru Hashimoto

Right-wing politicians don't do well in San Francisco. And particularly not when they defend the use of sex slaves (outside of the friendly confines of The Armory, at least). Once a rising star in Japanese politics, Osaka mayor Toru Hashimoto…
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Film, "Blue Exorcist": Japan's Prolonged Demon Problem

"Blue Exorcist": Japan's Prolonged Demon Problem

Blue Exorcist Atsushi Takahashi's anime Blue Exorcist is based on the TV series of the same name, and unlike feature adaptations of American shows (the recent My Little Pony: Equestria Girls comes to mind), Blue Exorcist is not especially concerned…
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Arthouse Movie Listings July 31-August 6, 2013

18 Reasons. Fish Meat: Ted Caplow documentary about modern fish farming. Wed., July 31, 7 p.m. $12. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/414406. 3674 18th St., San Francisco, 241-9760, www.18reasons.org. Bottle Cap. Dinner and a Movie: Weekly screenings in the Bottle Cap dining room. Sundays,…
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Music, Hear This Boris: Show Preview

Boris: Show Preview

Formed in the early '90s, when guitarist Wata, bassist/guitarist Takeshi, and drummer Atsuo met while attending a Tokyo art school, the Japanese experimentalists in Boris have traveled a bewildering path from their early roots as drone/doom merchants. Early efforts Absolute…
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Calendar, Night&Day Itinerant Verse

Itinerant Verse

It’s said that Nanao Sakaki made a practice of never sleeping in the same place twice. The Japanese poet worked many jobs, sometimes living off the generosity of neighbors while studying English and reading. He became interested in primitive art,…
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Dining, Eat Bay Area Ramen: Sampling Local Chefs' New Styles

Bay Area Ramen: Sampling Local Chefs' New Styles

The Shinyokohama Ramen Museum near Tokyo recognizes 26 different regional varieties of ramen, yet most Americans are only familiar with one that isn't on the list — the instant kind. Even in the Bay Area, where ramen shops are part…
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Dining, Eat Cassava: A Savory Japanese Breakfast

Cassava: A Savory Japanese Breakfast

To Americans, breakfast means Belgian waffles doused in syrup, fried eggs, and greasy sausage — in other words, sugar, fat, and more fat. But to the Japanese, it means a meal loaded with iron, fiber, and protein, all subtly flavored…
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Music, Hear This Mono: Show Preview

Mono: Show Preview

Post-rock isn't a genre where much changes — both within the style's fundamental sound and the post-rock scene at large — but Mono's music is as strong an argument as any for throwing on some cans and zoning out anyway.…
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"(re)collection": Personal Photos Connect Us to Life and Death

At least 15,000 people died in the March 2011 tsunami that devastated Japan. Vestiges of those lives — portraits of happy couples, kids playing baseball, families eating together — could be seen in scores of personal photos that emerged from…
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