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Film, "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me": A History of Acting, Swearing

"Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me": A History of Acting, Swearing

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me Chiemi Karasawa's documentary Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me is a portrait of old-time showbiz in the form of its 89-year-old title subject, still rocking the necktie-and-hat look, and seeming mostly annoyed by the aging process. (While Stritch…
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Film, "Parkland": JFK's Last Day, As Seen by the Little People

"Parkland": JFK's Last Day, As Seen by the Little People

Parkland Peter Landesman's procedural dramatizes the events between the assassination of John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, and his funeral on Nov. 25. The focus is on the staff of Dallas's Parkland Hospital, as well as the local FBI…
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Culture, Books Whodunit: SFSU Professor Joseph McBride Finds a New Angle on the JFK Assassination

Whodunit: SFSU Professor Joseph McBride Finds a New Angle on the JFK Assassination

Noted film historian, critic, and journalist Joseph McBride has quietly maintained a parallel career for decades. While he was writing acclaimed biographies of Orson Welles, Steven Spielberg, John Ford, and Frank Capra, while he worked as a columnist and critic…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Recent Acquisitions: John F. Kennedy and the Holy Grail of PEZ Dispensers

Recent Acquisitions: John F. Kennedy and the Holy Grail of PEZ Dispensers

Cultural institutions in San Francisco continually search for new acquisitions. Alexis Coe brings you the most important, often wondrous, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally downright vexing finds each week. The 1961 Vienna Summit was a disaster for President John F.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Share Yourself

Share Yourself

It's easy to be jaded this time of year, what with retailers aiming for our hearts using doublespeak that would make a politician jealous. They post signs reminding us that this is “The Season of Sharing,” when what they really…
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News, The Snitch Debra Saunders' Painfully Stupid Abuse of Obama for Wearing a Bike Helmet

Debra Saunders' Painfully Stupid Abuse of Obama for Wearing a Bike Helmet

I can't say I enjoy Debra Saunders' writing, but I do enjoy the concept of Debra Saunders. In a city where polar opposites like Chris Daly and Gavin Newsom are, officially, members of the same party, perhaps it's worthwhile to…
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News, The Snitch Former Employer of Woman Who Claims Dad Was Zodiac Says She Told Him Her Dad Was John F. Kennedy

Former Employer of Woman Who Claims Dad Was Zodiac Says She Told Him Her Dad Was John F. Kennedy

Chris Sorensen, a mortgage bank and real estate expert who says he recently employed Deborah Perez, claims the woman who on Wednesday told throngs of reporters her stepfather was the Zodiac Killer last year told him she was actually the…
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Film, Look Who's Back!

Look Who's Back!

Was Dr. Seuss, né Theodor Seuss Geisel, oblivious to his own genius? The allegory of his charming Horton Hears a Who! remains fluid today, and, like its crafty rhymes, ebbs and flows with the times. The conviction of an innocent…
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Film, FilmCap

Oswald's Ghost

The murder of John F. Kennedy — the unsolved murder, according to an overwhelming majority of Americans — has never lost its creepy fascination. In this riveting yet ultimately unsatisfying documentary, veteran director Robert Stone revisits the scene of the…
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Summer Listings

1906 Earthquake: A Disaster In Pictures: SFMOMA's take on photographs capturing the disaster of the earthquake and fire. Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5:45 p.m., $7-$12.50 free for children under 12. SF Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St. (at Mission),…
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Calendar, Sports/Outdoors Love Means Nothing

Love Means Nothing

FRI-MON 5/27-30 Whether they keep their eyes on the balls or on the players, singles and doubles have plenty to check out at the United States Gay Open, the world's oldest, largest, and most prestigious lesbian and gay tennis tournament.…
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Music, Bouncer

Mission to Bars

Methinks there is nothing flakier than a part-time DJ. Most of the places that I show up to in order to listen to a particular DJ usually inform me that so-and-so is a) sick, b) at another gig, or c)…
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News, Infiltrator

Friend's Best Man

"Ever wonder what your pets feel and what they have to say?" questions an ad featuring a smiley woman hugging her dog. "They are angels beside us in physical form. With telepathy, energetics, and intuition, I can help you clarify…
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News, Dog Bites

Gaffing Gavin

On a warm November night, in a rent-controlled penthouse high above the Tenderloin, six members of the anti-Gavin Newsom underground gather in preparation for a night of illegal postering. Most of them are gay, under 30, and work at white-collar…
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Calendar, Performance Object-ifying

Object-ifying

WED-SAT 11/5-8 Aside from Crank Yankers and a couple of ventriloquists who work "blue" in nightclub acts, puppetry is a performance medium assumed to be mostly for the kiddies. Certainly Liebe Wetzel, artistic director of Lunatique Fantastique, didn't realize what…
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News, Night Crawler Perfect Parking

Perfect Parking

When I was a girl, my father and I stumbled upon a great, unlikely dome of brambles somewhere in the heart of Golden Gate Park. The growth was thick and old and seemingly impenetrable, but we were not a pair…
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Music,

Prick

Kennedy, Lincoln, Cash, Ritter. Come on, people! Can't you see the connection? For some, the second anniversary of 9/11 passed quietly this year. Though many chose to observe the date by driving all day with the parking lights on and…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

Cyberspies That's our scenario, and we're sticking to it: I feel obligated to point out a couple problems with Peter Byrne's "fictional scenario," in which federal agents are able to track and apprehend an international terrorist by tracking his computer…
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News, Feature Southern Discomfort

Southern Discomfort

"Do you want to see something weird?" asks Travis Somerville, pulling a Ku Klux Klan hood off a bust of John F. Kennedy. The bust is actually a cheap piggy bank made out of gold-colored plastic, and its rendering of…
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Culture, Stuff In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood

There are not many stories left buried in James Ellroy's past. In 1996, at the age of 48, he penned his memoirs, in which he paired his life story with that of his dead mother, Jean Ellroy, a nurse found…
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