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Culture, The Exhibitionist A Q&A with Brian Henson about his R-Rated Puppet Show: "Puppet Up!"

A Q&A with Brian Henson about his R-Rated Puppet Show: "Puppet Up!"

Growing up as the son of world-renowned-puppeteer Jim Henson is arguably the best way to create a solid background in all things relating to puppetry. But what happens when the puppet scene starts to feel a little stale? Brian…
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Calendar, Night&Day Heroes, Villains, and Puppets

Heroes, Villains, and Puppets

Aptly, the final film in the “From Muppets to Metal” series is Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas, which, despite its homespun title, satisfies both ends of the spectrum. If you saw the original in 1977, you already know about…
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Film, "The Muppets": Reboot Can't Quite Get Its Act Together

"The Muppets": Reboot Can't Quite Get Its Act Together

Desperately trying to appeal to not just the Gen-Xers who grew up with Kermit, but also the tykes who've never heard of Jim Henson, The Muppets has none of the easy confidence of the original TV show or movie. The…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>The Muppets</i> Honors Jim Henson's Spirit After All

The Muppets Honors Jim Henson's Spirit After All

We emerged from a Saturday morning sneak preview of The Muppets having experienced an enormous wave of the best kind of nostalgia. The strongly positive reaction of an audience that was largely made up of kids who had never been…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Brian Henson's <em>Stuffed and Unstrung</em>: The Funny, Dirty Improv Puppet Show That's Absolutely Not Muppet-Related

Brian Henson's Stuffed and Unstrung: The Funny, Dirty Improv Puppet Show That's Absolutely Not Muppet-Related

Stuffed and Unstrung Through August 27 at the Curran Theatre, 445 Geary, S.F. Improv comedy, of course, is all about the now. But it's no insult to say that the most arresting moments of Stuffed and Unstrung's make-it-up-as-they-go R-rated puppet…
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Calendar, Night&Day I&#146;m More Than One, I&#146;m More Than Two ...

I’m More Than One, I’m More Than Two ...

“Whatcha doin’, Buffy?” Big Bird asks. “I’m feeding the baby, see, he’s drinking milk from my breast,” the woman replies. “That’s a funny way to feed a baby,” Big Bird says. “A lot of mothers feed their babies this way,”…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cinema (Black) Magic

Cinema (Black) Magic

If you had to guess the topic of the most expensive Swedish silent film ever made, you probably wouldn’t guess demonic possession and witchcraft. You almost certainly wouldn’t guess that the film was widely castigated for scenes of pornography and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Otter Pop

Otter Pop

Somewhere, Jim Henson is smiling. Twenty years after his death, so-called children’s entertainment — especially animation, in all its variations — has been thoroughly accepted as a serious art form. Of course, plenty of TV viewers and moviegoers recognized Henson’s…
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Calendar, Night&Day Funny Ha Ha

Funny Ha Ha

In psychoanalysis, the presence of a toilet in a dream is dully interpreted as an invitation to let go of emotional burdens and outmoded attitudes. Clearly, Freud never met Fou Fou Ha! This gender-twisting coterie of brightly colored dance-jesters takes…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Twisted Path

The Twisted Path

Some claim that the 1986 film Labyrinth is a seminal part of their movie-going lives. We can neither confirm nor deny reports that this geeky, Jim Henson-directed puppet movie with its semi-psychedelic embellishments holds such sway with us. If someone…
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Calendar, Night&Day He Did the Mash

He Did the Mash

Just when you think Matt Furie can’t come up with another way to draw a furry animal, there he goes with another way to draw a furry animal. This has been going on for years. His vast collection of cartoon…
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Calendar, Night&Day No Escape

No Escape

Some claim that the 1986 film Labyrinth is a seminal part of their movie-going lives. We can neither confirm nor deny reports that this geeky, Jim Henson-directed puppet movie with its semi psychedelic embellishments holds such sway with us. If…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Repertory Film Listings

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr2006@yahoo.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. For additional Reps Etc. listings, go to sfweekly.com.…
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Music, Let's Get Killed It's so easy being green: Jim Henson's lasting music legacy

It's so easy being green: Jim Henson's lasting music legacy

Kermit the Frog was never a junkie. But that's how the beloved Muppet character was depicted in a homemade video posted on YouTube earlier this year. With a needle stuck in his arm and a cigarette patched to his mug,…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Repertory Film Listings

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr2006@yahoo.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. For additional Reps Etc. listings, go to sfweekly.com.…
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Music, Reviewed Various Artists

Various Artists

Jim Henson, Sesame Street's visionary founder and lead puppeteer, was famous for never looking back. Bursting with creativity, Henson moved so swiftly from one project to the next that little attention was given to curating the countless musical albums that…
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Calendar, Night&Day Puppets Packing Heat

Puppets Packing Heat

Puppet. Even the word sounds hopelessly cute, conjuring up images of the clunky, big-eyed felt creatures that Mister Rogers used to visit, or Jim Henson's stable of Muppet characters. But there's much more than cuddliness in the puppet oeuvre. We…
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