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Music, All Shook Down Miranda July on Her Love For the Gilman and Growing Up In Berkeley

Miranda July on Her Love For the Gilman and Growing Up In Berkeley

Polarizing screenwriter-actress-director-artist-novelist Miranda July was in town last night, talking about her new book, The First Bad Man, with Adam Savage at a City Arts and Lectures event at the Nourse Theater.  In the course of conversation, July —…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Macklemore on <i>Sesame Street</i>, 2 Chainz on <i>Nancy Grace</i>, and Everyone Else on Sleater-Kinney

This Week: Macklemore on Sesame Street, 2 Chainz on Nancy Grace, and Everyone Else on Sleater-Kinney

"I have two beautiful little girls and I'm a great father. I just feel like, basically, everyone should take care of their own. It's about governing your own household and taking care of your own property. It's about having…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist 5 Tips for Feeling Like You've Accomplished Something By 30

5 Tips for Feeling Like You've Accomplished Something By 30

I know it's bad form, but sometimes I still want to eat as much junk food as possible as quickly as possible. Last night, for example, while in line at the grocery store, I wanted to grab as many Kit…
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Film, "The Future": Latest Flick from Miranda July, the Annoying High Priestess of Quirk

"The Future": Latest Flick from Miranda July, the Annoying High Priestess of Quirk

Is there such thing as a sincerely calculated naïveté? Or, put another way, does Miranda July have any idea of how annoying she is? On the basis of The Future, the writer, filmmaker, and performance artist's second feature, I'd guess…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse Movie Listings July 27-August 2

Artists' Television Access. The Sing It Out Loud Tour: Experimental animation by Jodie Mack. Sat., July 30, 8 p.m. $6-$10. 992 Valencia (at 21st St.), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. Balboa Theater. Idiots & Angels: Bill Plympton's latest animated feature. Through July 27,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Miranda July: A Beginner's Guide to the Artist, Writer, Filmmaker, and <em>The Future</em>

Miranda July: A Beginner's Guide to the Artist, Writer, Filmmaker, and The Future

This Thursday at SFMOMA, Miranda July will introduce her second feature-length film, The Future, a highly anticipated "antiromance" about a couple contemplating cat adoption and all its looming responsibility. This seemingly simple decision comes to seem terrifying, inspiring them to…
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Film, "Beginners": Mike Mills' Twee Autobiographical Film Is a Charmer

"Beginners": Mike Mills' Twee Autobiographical Film Is a Charmer

Playing an emotionally asphyxiated illustrator whose cancer-stricken dad comes out of the closet at age 75, Ewan McGregor looks positively yummy in Beginners, a gay-is-okay dramedy from the distributor that brought us The Kids Are All Right. In fact, this…
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Film, Sundance Film Festival's prodigal children return

Sundance Film Festival's prodigal children return

The Sundance Film Festival, which began January 20 and ends January 30, self-identifies as a "discovery festival," meaning that it embraces its own legend of being a place where, over the course of a single screening, an unknown can transform…
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Culture, Art YBCA women's show revives the F word

YBCA women's show revives the F word

Quick, wake Pat Robertson from his afternoon nap: Feminism is about to become hip. Last year, two surveys of art from the bra-burning generation — "WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution" at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hot Topic

Hot Topic

A big question for U.S. women: Are you a feminist? Sandra Oh represented plenty of us when she said, "People who say that they don't like that word have drunk some kind of Kool-Aid. What is wrong with them?" Still,…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Art, Words, and Stuff

This summer's "Free Enterprise" residencies at Southern Exposure have allowed artists to make a buck by attempting to work within a traditional capitalistic framework (if business plans such as a pie-delivery service can be considered traditional). The latest entrepreneurs, artists…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Reps Etc.

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. We're interested in your film or video event.…
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Film, Mostly Miranda

Mostly Miranda

Me and You and Everyone We Know, the new film from writer/director/performance artist Miranda July, walked off with prizes at both the Sundance and Cannes film festivals. An audience and critical favorite, it follows an ensemble cast of characters, each…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Reps Etc.

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. We're interested in your film or video event.…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Open Sesame

Open Sesame

ONGOING 10/1-24 October in San Francisco, with its glorious skies and fleeting warmth, seems an odd time to spend weekends indoors, but that's exactly what thousands of people do during S.F. Open Studios. The oldest and biggest free visual…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Miranda July's genre-spanning productions burrow deep inside secrets of self-image and sexuality, confronting difficult issues with a calculated mix of honesty and entertainment. While she's gained international attention from all levels of the art world, the Portland-based performer sticks to…
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Film, Reel World

Postcards From America

Gay and lesbian cinema is at a crossroads, hampered to some degree by its own success. A sizable urban queer audience now exists, ready to embrace feel-good date movies like Trick and But I'm a Cheerleader. But that audience generally…
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