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Calendar, Night&Day Found in Translation

Found in Translation

Seeing one of the heavy hitters in the world of translation, Margaret Jull Costa, discuss her work with Nobel Prize-winning novelist Jose Saramago isn’t something language lovers should miss. Scott Esposito at the Center for the Art of Translation, the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Eating My Religion

Eating My Religion

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy has happened so many times it's practically a religious institution, with its own codes and rituals, even prayers ("Jesus Christ, is that pork?"), presided over by a jolly old soul (OK, fine, Lisa Geduldig is not…
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News, Sucka Free City

Rant: Man Demands Bag Surrender Its Seat on BART

Ranter: Leather-jacketed man in his forties sporting a mustache like a fat strip of Velcro Location: BART, Pittsburgh/Bay Point train headed out of Powell Station Time: Around 6 p.m. on a Tuesday Topics Covered: Aristocratic luggage; how many seats one…
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News, Letters

SF Weekly Letters

Perry's Fantasy Land Texas' governor can't have it both ways: A good, comprehensive, and insightful observation of a 'I'll do anything to stay in power' kind of guy . When Rick Perry was a Democrat…
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Calendar, Night&Day Side-Stepping My Religion

Side-Stepping My Religion

For every clan of WASPs gathered around the ancestral table to eat ham, turkey, or goose on Christmas Day, there's a lonely city dweller desperately looking for ways to avoid anything resembling the Baby Jesus. Why not distract yourself from…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer: At Bourbon and Branch, meditate in moderation

Bouncer: At Bourbon and Branch, meditate in moderation

Memories are just pictures. They may or may not be the truth. The only thing that is "true" is what is happening in the moment, this very minute, or what Eckhart Tolle calls The Now. I had been hearing about…
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Calendar, Night&Day Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em

Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em

Cigarettes. Books. Acerbic aphorisms. (The kind Jean-Paul Sartre and BFF Holden Caulfield would have folded into fortune cookies.) Those are the basic ingredients of Hal Hartley’s droll cinema of self-deprecating intellectualism and hipster sentimentality. If Hartley’s fondness for bohemian touchstones…
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Calendar, Night&Day Exploding Hotels and Homosexual Secrets

Exploding Hotels and Homosexual Secrets

When a young gay flight attendant who isn't quite romantically involved with a Saudi prince vanishes during a terrorist bombing of a Hong Kong hotel, his sister must insert herself into a complex book plot to clear his name. So…
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Calendar, Night&Day Don We Now Our Gay Apparel

Don We Now Our Gay Apparel

“It’s the most fattening time of the year/With pumpkin pie filling and everyone swilling down eggnog and beer/It’s the most fattening time of the year!” At the “Christmas Crap-Array” by the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco, those are the cleanest…
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Calendar, Night&Day God Is Bad For You?

God Is Bad For You?

Public Christian Doug Wilson delivers the question religious people consider so killing when posed to atheists: "By what standard do you condemn any action?" But in Collision, his opponent is Public Intellectual Christopher Hitchens, who more or less openly opines…
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Music, The Black Lips re-embrace the crappy

The Black Lips re-embrace the crappy

Once upon a time, before they ruled the iPods of 30-year-old graphic artists and coffeeshop baristas everywhere, the Black Lips were cruddy for real. Before the world tours and the proposed energy drink and the controversies both calculated and fabricated,…
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Music, Bouncer

Creationism -- and beer -- at Kezar Pub

Young Earth Creationism would be a funny little religious belief worthy only of a footnote discussion if it weren't for the fact that it appears to be gathering steam. The farther along science gets, the more this subsection of the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Jesus Loves Me, Hard

Jesus Loves Me, Hard

Normalcy unravels: After you go boombox caroling, a nativity play in a bondage-themed creche takes the edge off your stability. We usually tell you about Unsilent Night in these pages, and as usual, we recommend composer Phil Kline's traveling sound…
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Music, Let's Get Killed New local music making the grade

New local music making the grade

It's been a while since I've lived by the semester schedule, but looking at all the college kids hunting for places to live around town, I'd say it's back to school time in the Bay Area. Fall isn't just the…
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News, The Snitch When in Jerusalem ... Pretend You're Jesus! Gavin Newsom Sure Did

When in Jerusalem ... Pretend You're Jesus! Gavin Newsom Sure Did

"Hello, I am America's sexiest mayor" — Shalom, ani ha'rosh ir hachi sexy b'artzot ha'brit. "In most solemn truth I tell you that one of you will betray me — yes, Daly, I'm looking at you." By Joe Eskenazi…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Luie Luie stands out as a genuine oddball in a world of faux freaks

Luie Luie stands out as a genuine oddball in a world of faux freaks

Today's home-baked weirdos are so commonplace it's harder to filter out the DIY savants than it is to find them. I'm regularly sent hand-painted CD booklets tied in twine, or e-mailed videos of, say, some unknown basement dweller doing a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Drink Up

Drink Up

One of the more enduring mementos to pass through this office was the SF Weakly, a satire crafted by comedian Kurt Weitzmann in 2000. Wisely, Weitzmann moved to Los Angeles soon after the execution of his media lampoon. He appeared…
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Music, Meat Beat Manifesto: The Past and Future of Electronic Music

Meat Beat Manifesto: The Past and Future of Electronic Music

Perennially digging two feet deeper than superficial trends can earn an artist legendary underground status. Unfortunately, it may also cause the world to lose musicians beneath the mantles of fashion, forcing them to wait for later generations to discover them.…
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News, Feature My Body, My Self

My Body, My Self

The nurses are having a really hard time finding a vein into which to place the IV tubes I will need during and after my surgery for morbid obesity. I make my usual "This is why I'm not a junkie"…
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Music, The most egregious holiday money grabs in music history

The most egregious holiday money grabs in music history

Indie-rocker Sufjan Stevens is akin to the bell-ringing charity man you sidestep while entering the neighborhood drugstore: holiday perennial, purveyor of a sound that's an exercise in patience, and effervescent with so much Christmas cheer you want to poke him…
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