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Film, "Documented": You're a Good American Until You Find Out You're Not

"Documented": You're a Good American Until You Find Out You're Not

The definition of what it means to be "American" has been muddled ever since European settlers committed genocide against the peoples already living on the landmass arbitrarily named after an Italian cartographer, and as writer/director Jose Antonio Vargas demonstrates in…
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Calendar, Night&Day Secret Agent Man

Secret Agent Man

Poet, journalist, and critic Luis Francia’s work usually breathes slowly through the politics of Filipino nationalism, often as creative nonfiction that’s more wrapped up in personal identity. In Eye of the Fish: A Personal Archipelago, he says, “Out of love,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Pinoy Pride

Pinoy Pride

With the largest Filipino population of any of state, the trials of tinikling are woven into the fabric of California childhood as surely as dodgeball. Tinikling, which we kids were taught to perform for parents' night, is an ankle crushing…
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Culture, Bookcap "Monstress": Lysley Tenorio Reads From His California Stories

"Monstress": Lysley Tenorio Reads From His California Stories

Thursday, Feb. 2 Lysley Tenorio's stories — of faith healers, B-movie sirens, and the Filipino mob that tried to beat the shit out of the Beatles for their snub of Imelda Marcos — are California stories, not just because some…
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Calendar, Night&Day It Was On a Boat

It Was On a Boat

The Jesuit university is proud of its current art exhibit, a collection of items salvaged from shipwrecks -- quite literally sunken treasure. "Galleons and Globalization" is made up of items found on wrecked "Manila Galleons," Spanish trade ships that sailed…
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Calendar, Night&Day Clubbing It

Clubbing It

Local artist Michael Arcega tackles issues of globalization using historical icons. But once you dive into his work, such as his petroleum-based cathedral, his AK-47 made out of rice, his SPAM maps (palindrome alert!), and his 15-foot Noah's Ark hauling…
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Dining, Eat Barometer Fluctuates at Mercury Appetizer Bar on Lombard at Van Ness

Barometer Fluctuates at Mercury Appetizer Bar on Lombard at Van Ness

I wouldn't say that the Mercury Appetizer Bar wormed its way into my affection, chugging along like the Little Engine That Could. Quite frequently during our rocky three-meal acquaintance I thought of it as the Little Engine That Couldn't: couldn't…
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Dining, Eat One by Day, Another by Night

One by Day, Another by Night

After a luxurious lunch al fresco at Ducca, and a pleasant if less relaxing dinner, I felt as though I'd been at two different restaurants — and liked them both. But I was more likely to return to the first…
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Dining, Eat Tasty Decor

Tasty Decor

The cosmopolitan and eclectic bent of Nua, a new restaurant and wine bar located in the heart of North Beach, is signalled not only by the ingredients of its dishes, ranging from house-made Italian fennel sausage to piquillo peppers, but…
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Best of San Francisco, Shopping & Services

Best Welding Supplies

Airgas 525 23rd St. (at Illinois), 648-9353, The new Bay Bridge span may be a boondoggle, but if exploited properly by natives, it could solve the region's outsourcing problem. Thousands of jobs in areas such as financial services,…
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News, Dog Bites Sprung


Can you feel it, San Francisco? The weather's getting warmer, the sun is lasting longer, and spring is officially upon us. As Dog Bites enjoyed another glorious weekend in the city, trying to keep "The Theme From 'A Summer Place'"…
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Culture, Stage Thrilla in Manila

Thrilla in Manila

"This place used to store things which were used to kill Filipinos," says Rex Navarrete. The San Francisco-based Filipino-American stand-up comedian is onstage at Sanctum Unmasct, a hip lounge bar in historic Intramuros, the Philippines' walled city that was the…
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News, South to the Future

South to the Future

April 19, 2000 LOS ANGELES -- It's no longer a question of whether but rather when. While many plan to mark Earth Day with dire warnings that our environment is killing us, several industries are positioning themselves to make a…
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News, Bay View Off the Books

Off the Books

A school district administrator's extracurricular foreign recruiting prompts investigations in two countries On a March day in 1998, scores of hopeful Filipino teachers filled a meeting room of the elegant Peninsula Hotel in the financial district of Manila. Most were…
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Dining, Eat

Puttin' on the Ritz

The Terrace at the Ritz-Carlton 600 Stockton (at California), 296-7465. "Seafood Celebration": Fridays 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. through Sept. 12. Paid hotel parking; on-street difficult. Muni California Street cable car, bus lines 1, 30, 45. Reservations recommended. The restaurant is…
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