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Calendar, Night&Day Eat Me, Drink Me

Eat Me, Drink Me

If you have ever watched a musical and thought, "Wait a minute! Do the characters in this story know they just broke into song?" At the White Rabbit Burlesque might blow your mind. The characters, loosely based on Lewis…
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Culture, Stage Fall Arts: Stage events you shouldn't miss

Fall Arts: Stage events you shouldn't miss

Alice Theatre of Yugen Sept. 8-19 at Theatre of Yugen, 2840 Mariposa (at Alabama), S.F. $15; 621-0507 or The last thing the world needs is yet another interpretation of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, but I'd be willing to…
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Calendar, Night&Day Awash in Wonderland

Awash in Wonderland

This is a trip: Just a month separates the release of two new interpretations of Alice in Wonderland. Both rip Lewis Carroll’s tale from the imaginations of children and feed it to those of adults, where it’s been slumming ever…
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Calendar, Night&Day Once Upon a Time, in a Gallery Not So Far Away

Once Upon a Time, in a Gallery Not So Far Away

From Where the Wild Things Are to Stuart Little, the best children’s books are the ones that appeal to adults, too. Dark and slightly twisted, they reflect the troublesome, scary, but wonderful world that kids marvel at and grown-ups pretend…
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Calendar, Night&Day I Don't Think They Play at All Fairly

I Don't Think They Play at All Fairly

It is said that nothing except tobacco smoke spread through the British Empire as rapidly as croquet. But since its formal introduction in 1851, the rules have changed as frequently as the playing field. Today, one might play Bicycle Croquet…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Rose of Planet B612

The Rose of Planet B612

From Aesop's Fables to Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland to the Dr. Seuss classic, Oh, The Places You'll Go! plenty of kids' books are packed with important life lessons for grown-ups. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's 1943 novella The Little Prince is…
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Culture, Stage

There Be Monsters

Dan Carbone's solo play is a malfunctioning little windup toy of a show. As assorted fluffy bunnies, stuffed Humpty Dumptys, and plastic astronaut monkeys fly around the minuscule Exit Cafe stage, Carbone half-sings, half-talks (or Sprechgesangs) his way through warped…
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Culture, Stage

The Ugly American

Like many European destinations, London has always held a romantic allure for young Americans, appealing to their appetite for olde pubs, fish and chips, and tasty birds. But the recent bombings in the U.K. capital have caused that city's dark…
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Film, Alice Unchained

Alice Unchained

I might as well just come out and say it: Spirited Away is the best movie I've seen all year. Though it would be a masterpiece in any language, Hayao Miyazaki's animated spectacular (and Japan's highest-grossing film ever) is being…
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Music, House of Tudor House of Tudor

House of Tudor

In a photograph marked in time by its sepia tones, young Xie Kitchin stands against a bare wall. Her dark hair falls over her shoulders in careless, languid waves, framing her pale cheeks and somber eyes. Her thumb is tucked…
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Calendar, Night&Day Fo's Back

Fo's Back

In 1998, a year after Italian playwright Dario Fo won his Nobel Prize in literature, revivals and tributes to the left-wing scribe were all the rage, capped off in the Bay Area by a weeklong Fo Festival. Arguably one of…
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Night Crawler

Silke in Overland Alice thought she had never seen such a curious croquet-ground in all her life: it was all ridges and furrows: the croquet balls were live hedgehogs, and the mallets live flamingos, and the soldiers had to double…
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REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): If you were living in Europe 1,300 years ago, you'd likely have spent the early days of April performing ritualized lovemaking in the plowed fields, hoping thereby to propitiate the growth of the crops in…
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