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Dining, Fresh Eats Trou Normand: Bar Agricole Spinoff Is Designed to Awe

Trou Normand: Bar Agricole Spinoff Is Designed to Awe

There sure are a lot of art boobs at Trou Normand, the new multi-meal restaurant-bar-café on the ground floor of 140 New Montgomery, aka the PacBell Building. Even when you exclude the giant nude (who is facing coquettishly away), almost…
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Film, "The Lunchbox": Love in the Time of Food Delivery

"The Lunchbox": Love in the Time of Food Delivery

The Lunchbox Communicating is hard enough, and Ritesh Batra's downcast comedy The Lunchbox suggests that it's even more difficult in a city like Mumbai, which is depicted as noisy and crowded with a pervading sense of quiet desperation that regularly…
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Dining, Eat Life on the Streets: Indian Street Food Gets a Permanent Address

Life on the Streets: Indian Street Food Gets a Permanent Address

The smell of grilling meat and sizzling onions, the calls of vendors enticing you to try their food, the hustle and bustle of a busy market or thoroughfare — street food, in the popular imagination, is a visceral dining experience…
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Calendar, Night&Day Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire

Disney’s animated version of the story of Aladdin had a lot going on. There were the Broadway-worthy songs, Robin Williams hamming it up as the voice of the genie, and let’s not forget Princess Jasmine’s belly-baring harem pants ensemble. Do…
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News, Letters

SF Weekly Letters

Keep Tortured Metaphor to Yourself Kids should ride Muni for free: Kindness of strangers? Did Joe Eskenazi even look at the funding sources that were carefully identified and secured to make this proposed program possible? Or is that too much…
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Calendar, Night&Day India's Contradictions Captured

India's Contradictions Captured

The experience of modern-day India is nearly impossible to describe to a Westerner. It is simultaneously spiritual and maddening. This production of Terrence McNally’s 1993 play, A Perfect Ganesh, beautifully and achingly captures India’s contradictions and allure. It’s a familiar…
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Culture, Stagecap

"A Perfect Ganesh": Theater Review

The experience of modern-day India is nearly impossible to describe to a Westerner. It is simultaneously spiritual and maddening. This production of Terrence McNally's 1993 play beautifully and achingly captures India's contradictions and allure. It's a familiar premise: Two middle-aged…
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Dining, Recent Openings

New Restaurants

Bistro Central Parc: 562 Central (at Grove), 931-7272. North of the Panhandle. French. Bombay Masala: 2127 Polk (at Broadway), 292-9878. Russian Hill. Indian. CafeZazo: 64 14th St. (at Harrison), 626-5555. Mission. Coffee, sandwiches, and pastries. Clay Oven: 500 Haight (at…
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Dining, Recent Openings

New Restaurants

Bistro Central Parc: 562 Central (at Grove), 931-7272. North of the Panhandle. French. Bombay Masala: 2127 Polk (at Broadway), 292-9878. Russian Hill. Indian. Clay Oven: 500 Haight (at Fillmore), 255-6000. Haight. Indian. Delica Sushi and Sozai: 1 Ferry Building (Market…
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Dining, Recent Openings

New Restaurants

Bistro Central Parc: 562 Central (at Grove), 931-7272. North of the Panhandle. French. Bombay Masala: 2127 Polk (at Broadway), 292-9878. Russian Hill. Indian. Clay Oven: 500 Haight (at Fillmore), 255-6000. Haight. Indian. Curry Boyzz: 4238 18th St. (at Diamond), 255-6565.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Asia Express

Asia Express

Neorealism never went out of style; it just keeps gravitating from country to developing country. The latest stop is Kashmir, in which a cunning teenager and a woman educated at an American university chafe at their limited freedom and opportunities…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Sweet Ride

A Sweet Ride

With the May arrival of Three Twins Ice Cream, the last piece of the puzzle fell into place — the Ice Cream Sunday Ride is a go. It’s a tour not to be taken lightly. Children, gathering around the organizers’…
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Calendar, Night&Day Old Is New Again

Old Is New Again

In this country, when we want to impress someone with the passage of time, we say, "This thing is literally a hundred years old." This habit must be hilarious to the rest of the world; think of India, for example.…
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News, The Snitch Economist Compares Recycling Techniques of Impoverished Mumbai, High-Tech San Francisco. Guess Who's Recycling More?

Economist Compares Recycling Techniques of Impoverished Mumbai, High-Tech San Francisco. Guess Who's Recycling More?

In a fascinating story in the March 6 edition of the Economist, the lives of a rag-picker (kabari-wallah) in Mumbai and a bulldozer operator at "The Pit" in San Francisco are contrasted -- as are the recycling practices in the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Well, who wouldn’t in this economy, even if the currency in question is rupees and winning the loot means being pegged as a fraud, getting a firsthand education in “enhanced” interrogation methods? Such is…
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Film, Game-Show Masala

Game-Show Masala

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Well, who wouldn't in this economy, even if the currency in question is rupees and winning the loot means being pegged as a fraud, getting a firsthand education in "enhanced" interrogation methods, and having…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Passage to India and Beyond

A Passage to India and Beyond

Even the most intrepid movie hounds have been known to throw up their hands in frustration at the sprawling programs of the larger local festivals. But it’s a snap picking out the good stuff in 3rd i’s smashing S.F. International…
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Calendar, Night&Day He Can Laugh About It

He Can Laugh About It

Anyone who can maintain a sense of humor about the state of Homeland Security deserves praise. But if you're "gay, brown, Hindu, and short," as playwright and actor Snehal Desai is, and you keep laughing about Homeland Security, you deserve…
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Calendar, Night&Day New Kid in Town

New Kid in Town

Vikram Chandra’s fat novel Sacred Games is an excellent counterpoint to the seemingly never-ending Godfather trilogy broadcasts on deep cable. The book is a huge, sweeping portrait of a Bombay mob boss and the seasoned cop on his tail. A…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bombay Calling

Bombay Calling

With Pakistan all over the news, the fifth San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival seemingly arrives at a perfect time. Alas, the lineup of the 3rd I fest, as it's more familiarly known, includes zero films from Pakistan —…
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