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Calendar, Night&Day They Built This City

They Built This City

San Francisco experienced such a population boom during the Gold Rush that it had to physically expand using landfill created atop the scuttled, docked ships of stranded prospectors who came here from around the world but failed to strike it…
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Calendar, Night&Day Before Harvey's Time

Before Harvey's Time

Harvey Milk was the first openly gay elected politician in the nation, but he wasn't the first openly gay person to run for office. In 1961, more than a decade before Milk's election, Jose Sarria ran for supervisor in San…
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Calendar, Night&Day Reading S.F. the Riot Act

Reading S.F. the Riot Act

San Francisco culture, the theory goes, has been wild and innovative from the beginning, from Joshua Norton and Lillie Coit to the Beat poets and hippies to the Mitchell Brothers and Hunter S. Thompson. But free love, free thought, and…
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"365 Days/365 Plays." One morning in 2002, playwright Suzan-Lori Parks decided to write a play every day for the next year. Covering everything from the war in Iraq to the death of Johnny Cash to a lost sweater, Parks' cycle…
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Culture, Encore

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"365 Days/365 Plays." One morning in 2002, playwright Suzan-Lori Parks decided to write a play every day for the next year. Covering everything from the war in Iraq to the death of Johnny Cash to a lost sweater, Parks' cycle…
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American $uicide. Mark Jackson's loose adaptation of The Suicide, a 1928 satire by Russian dramatist Nikolai Erdman, tells the story of Sam Small, a hapless unemployed husband whose sweet if naive dream of pursuing an acting career morphs into a…
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Big Death & Little Death. When "Dad" walks onstage freshly returned from fighting in Desert Storm, his all-American pot-smoking son asks, "How was the war?" He answers quickly, "Sometimes you have to kill people to help them. At one point,…
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Emperor Norton the Musical. San Francisco has long been a haven for eccentrics. But even the most colorful of today's local characters, such as Pink Man and the Brown Twins pale in comparison to 19th-century San Francisco luminary Joshua A.…
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Culture, Encore

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Emperor Norton the Musical. San Francisco has long been a haven for eccentrics. But even the most colorful of today's local characters, such as Pink Man and the Brown Twins pale in comparison to 19th-century San Francisco luminary Joshua A.…
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Culture, Stage Too Much Sanity

Too Much Sanity

San Francisco has long been a haven for eccentrics. But even the most colorful of today's local characters, such as Pink Man (often seen flitting about the city on a unicycle dressed in a shiny candy floss-hued unitard and cape)…
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Calendar, Night&Day Not at Him, With Him

Not at Him, With Him

Two dogs named Bummer and Lazarus once roamed San Francisco; just after the Gold Rush, so did their insane human companion, Joshua Norton. In a cautionary tale for dot-commers of any vintage, poor Norton lost a ton of money and…
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Calendar, Night&Day This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, November 30, 2005 It's like someone threw the New Pornographers out of the house and made them live on the street for a year or so. Very little of the smoothness and sonic optimism remains, but the Joggers have…
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Music, House of Tudor House of Tudor

House of Tudor

As a percussionist, Gino Robair has long plumbed the junk drawer of inspiration: Hand whisks, spoons, bells, wire, mixers, nails, and bowls have wandered and weaseled their way into semi-permanent positions on his kit over the years. The resulting cornucopia…
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Calendar, Kid Stuff Birthday Bash

Birthday Bash

SAT-SUN 9/6-7 Before cable cars tamed our hills, before Golden Gate Park was built, even before Joshua Norton proclaimed himself emperor, a group of forward-thinking naturalists grew concerned with the Gold Rush's environmental impact. In 1853 they began meeting weekly…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

For centuries, the history of the Roms (or Gypsies) has been written only in their music, because of their nearly pathological distrust of the written word -- or rather a distrust of those who read it. In 1993, director Tony…
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