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Dining, Distillations Distillations: Setting a High Bar at Blackbird

Distillations: Setting a High Bar at Blackbird

I don't know why I feel an ominous shiver as I walk into Blackbird, on Market. I quite like the giant list of all the drinks they serve printed on canvas and hanging from a wall by the bar. The…
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Dining, Distillations Schroeder's Is the Pleasure Dome

Schroeder's Is the Pleasure Dome

I'm sitting in the vast beer hall Schroeder's, drinking an absurd amount of dark German ale from a glass boot, the way San Franciscans have done since the place opened in 1893. I'm not here to describe it to you;…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Decides Not To Get Lucky at Redford

Bouncer Decides Not To Get Lucky at Redford

This is really getting old, San Francisco. Every new bar seems to try and copy another one. "Signature" drinks that are actually trendy rehashes like the Moscow mule? Check. Small plates with peppadew peppers, or some take on the deviled…
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Calendar, Night&Day Say "Da"

Say "Da"

Take a trip to Russia without leaving the Bay Area. Come and experience live performances by Russian dancers, vocalists, cultural enthusiasts, foodies, and musicians in the 25th annual Russian Festival, a celebration of Russian-American food, music, and art. The festival…
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Film, "Generation P": Psychedelic Post-Soviet Satire

"Generation P": Psychedelic Post-Soviet Satire

Billed as "the first and only Russian film that poked sharp satire at the current Russian political system and the virtuality of its leaders," director Victor Ginzburg's Generation P gives phantasmagoric treatment to an alternate (but not necessarily inaccurate) history…
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Calendar, Night&Day Soviet Bloc Party

Soviet Bloc Party

A long while back, we profiled young Moscow-born comic Vladimir Khlynin, pegging him as "the hardest-working angry young Russian comic in town." Eight years later, his hit-or-miss, drunk, resentful Safeway employee shtick has sharpened up into a wonderfully sardonic act…
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Dining, SFoodie Anda Piroshki Coming to 331 Cortland

Anda Piroshki Coming to 331 Cortland

Anna Tvelova arrived from Moscow, took a look at San Francisco, and thought: Oh. "I thought California would be warmer," says Tvelova, the 33-year-old owner of Anda Piroshki, which is slated to open in the 331 Cortland Marketplace in two…
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Dining, Eat At Thermidor, fine dining dishes from another era work best when updated

At Thermidor, fine dining dishes from another era work best when updated

The transition from outdated to newly retro always carries a shock. Think of the first time you saw your grandfather's skinny tie and tight, two-button suit jacket on some 20-year-old walking down Valencia Street, and realized you were looking at…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>12</i>

12

Nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2008, Russian actor/director Nikita Mikhalkov’s masterful, engrossing 12 is finally finding its way into theaters. A revamp of 12 Angry Men that takes place in post-communist Moscow, 12 takes some liberties…
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Film, FilmCap

12

Nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2008, Russian actor/director Nikita Mikhalkov's masterful, engrossing 12 is finally finding its way into theaters. A revamp of 12 Angry Men that takes place in post-communist Moscow, 12 takes some liberties…
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Film, FilmCap

Moscow, Belgium

We're not talking Dardennes here, but fellow Belgian Christophe Van Rompaey gives this light May-to-December pair-up an agreeably mussed, pedestrian milieu. Rather than an exquisitely frumpified rom-com creation, Matty (Barbara Sarafian), 41, is a middle-class Ghent mother of three pretending…
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Calendar, Night&Day Yes, Yes to Art Street

Yes, Yes to Art Street

When San Francisco’s Art Street Theatre staged Yes, Yes to Moscow, its riff on Chekhov’s Three Sisters, at Berlin’s Deutsches Theater last fall, German audiences were caught off guard. Many productions of the famous, emotionally suffocating drama about a family’s…
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Dining, Eat Dr. Strangebook

Dr. Strangebook

God knows, putting together a restaurant guidebook is something of a thankless task: Because of the vagaries of life -- openings, closings, chefs leaving -- the day a guidebook comes out, it's already inaccurate, not to mention obsolete. In the…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Wilsey About That

Wilsey About That

TUES 5/31 Money talks and bullshit walks, they say, but in Sean Wilsey's memoir, Oh the Glory of It All, there's plenty of both flying around. In this story of the author's coming of age in the highest echelons of…
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Culture, Stage

"Single Spies"

The high point of "Single Spies," a pair of plays by Alan Bennett receiving an American premiere at the Rhino, is a chance meeting, in A Question of Attribution, between Sir Anthony Blunt and the queen of England. Blunt is…
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Culture, Stage An Irreverent <i>Death</i>

An Irreverent Death

If Konstantin Stanislavsky is the grandfather of modern acting, Vsevolod Meyerhold is his upstart son -- a sort of Jung to the older man's Freud: Meyerhold created a stylized alternative to the Stanislavsky Method, but died in disgrace (by firing…
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Calendar, Night&Day Chagall Ours

Chagall Ours

If you're a fan of Marc Chagall's work, you're in for a treat, as you probably already know. If you think Chagall is the name of a fine merlot or a new character on NYPD Blue, though, you're in for…
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Culture, Stage Go to Moscow Already!

Go to Moscow Already!

In a review of The Three Sisters three years ago, I wrote, "Sometimes I wish Chekhov would have stretched a little and written a sequel to one of his plays, like The Three Sisters Finally Go to Moscow, in which…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Éclairs

San Francisco is blessed with a handful of Russian bakeries, but on certain Saturday afternoons, the Moscow and Tbilisi Bakery Store seems to have the longest line stretching out the door. For good reason, too. Its variety of pastries under…
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Dining, Eat The Many Faces of Bruno's

The Many Faces of Bruno's

Consider for a moment the various avatars of Bruno's. You have the Bruno's you can read about: the legendary Bruno's that opened in the late 1930s, a hangout for politicians and bigwigs back when ladies wore gloves, the Mission was…
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