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Culture, The Exhibitionist Road Trip Recreation for 75th Anniversary of The Grapes of Wrath

Road Trip Recreation for 75th Anniversary of The Grapes of Wrath

Reaching 75 years is a momentous accomplishment and has to celebrated in a grand manner-- even if the thing being celebrated is a novel. John Steinbeck's classic Pulitzer-Prize winning 1939 American novel The Grapes of Wrath is reaching it's diamond…
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News, Feature The Land of Giants: An Artist's Roadside Attractions Call Attention to History

The Land of Giants: An Artist's Roadside Attractions Call Attention to History

The irrigator leans on his shovel in a Salinas field, his shoulders squared and his hand on his hip, as though he's taking a moment to assess his labor. The farmer crouches next to him, clad in a cowboy hat…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer: Dreams of California at the Pizza Place on Noriega

Bouncer: Dreams of California at the Pizza Place on Noriega

Being a learned, erudite Bouncer reader, you probably already know what arenophiles are, but just in case: Arenophiles are people who dig sand. Not literally dig, like a kid with a spade and a bucket, but people who really, really…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer: Getting ignored at the Outsider

Bouncer: Getting ignored at the Outsider

There has never been a better name for a dive bar than "The Outsider." There has never been a better location for a dive bar than the corner of Larkin and Geary. There has never been a better time to…
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Music, All Shook Down New Cal Shakes Show is Far From 'Heaven'

New Cal Shakes Show is Far From 'Heaven'

Runs through June 27 at California Shakespeare Theatre.Imagine an episode of The Waltons that just won't fucking stop, and you'll have some idea of the horror that awaits you with The Pastures of Heaven. The season opener at Cal…
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Calendar, Night&Day WTF, USA?

WTF, USA?

After the Dustbowl, America needed John Steinbeck to give starvation and deprivation human faces to ponder. But as America’s nationwide hunger faded from living memory, the numbers quietly grew. There are now more than 36 million people in the U.S.…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Redwood Grove

Transamerica Pyramid 600 Montgomery (at Washington) "From them comes silence and awe," John Steinbeck said of Sequoia sempervirens, the majestic, towering conifers that can grow well over 300 feet in height, 7 feet in diameter, and 2,000 years in age.…
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Culture, Stage Of Thee I Sing

Of Thee I Sing

William Saroyan's most famous play has a famous arcade machine standing in one corner of Nick's Pacific Street Saloon. It's a ridiculous piece of junk that flies American flags and streamers and plays a wheezing version of "My Country 'Tis…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

Hardest-Working Comic It ain't that angry Russki: Vladimir Khlynin may be the youngest and the most angry entertainer in San Francisco, but the hardest-working ? As an entertainer who wrote, produced, and performed a one-man show…
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Culture, Stage Of Vice  and Men

Of Vice and Men

"Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise ...," as John Steinbeck wrote in Cannery Row, and Steinbeck (from California) makes a point of examining this little neighborhood with a sense of humor and…
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Culture, Stage

Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck would've been 100 this year, and in honor of the native Californian's centennial birthday Actors Theatre is doing Of Mice and Men, a play based on Steinbeck's classic novel. Almost anyone who took lit classes in high school…
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Culture, Books One Book, One State

One Book, One State

It would begin with a committee. A secret group of well-meaning literary types -- booksellers, librarians, and academics -- would get together to choose the "right" book for all of San Francisco to read at once, in the spirit of…
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Dining, Eat And to All a Good Night

And to All a Good Night

In Travels With Charley John Steinbeck, trundling down Highway 101 after crossing the continent in his custom-built house on wheels, tired and homesick, wrote: "San Francisco put on a show for me. I saw her across the bay from the…
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Film,

A Tree Grows in L.A.

The Big Squeeze Directed by Marcus De Leon. Starring Lara Flynn Boyle, Peter Dobson, Danny Nucci, and Luca Bercovici. Despite their burgeoning cultural clout, American independent films generally have gotten so repetitive, so predictable, so negligible that you could sum…
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