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Calendar, Night&Day The Long Haul

The Long Haul

The San Francisco Mime Troupe’s first play was a blackface minstrel show, in 1965. The most racist kind of theater ever for the most left-wing theater company in the country? A Minstrel Show, or Civil Rights in a Cracker Barrel…
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Calendar, Resolution Guide

The Year of Living the Fantasy

As the New Year dawns, urban dwellers in San Francisco once again experience the familiar pressure for self-improvement that seems to lurk around every corner in January. You can see him lurking, that pressure for self-improvement, right outside Burger King…
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Culture, Books The Kids All Write

The Kids All Write

Cars were going to kill culture. Television was going to kill movies. Elvis was going to kill music. And now are going to kill literature. People in their…
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Culture, Books Cut-Up

Cut-Up

One of the first lessons we learn as kids when borrowing books from the library is don't fuck them up. Don't write in them, don't put stickers on them, and for God's sake, don't cut their pages. Somewhere in there…
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Culture, Stage

Shut Up and Love Me

Karen Finley likes to perform naked -- and really, folks, it's no big deal. Whether she's ad-libbing or reading from a typed script, her flamboyant and outrageous performance art glides naturally from one character to another in a seamless rant…
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Culture, Stage

Church and State

The Archbishop's Ceiling is a companion piece to Up Your Ass -- both running now at George Coates Performance Works -- and if you're wondering what a stolid Arthur Miller play about writers in Cold-War Russia has to do with…
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News,

Duck!

In December, a terrified woman saw a chest of drawers that looked as if it were leaping out of the top floor of the four-story building at Sixth and Howard streets of its own volition. She called the police, and…
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News,

Dog Bites

Mime-Boggling If the San Francisco Mime Troupe could telegraph its plight, its players would flash a semaphore for "Help!" The collective's free summer production in city parks is in trouble: Budget cuts at the National Endowment for the Arts mean…
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News,

Dog Bites

Block That Metaphor! Alan Kaufman, the poet/spoken-word promoter who ran the monthly readings at Borders on Union Square, has been dumped by the bookstore after going public with a dispute over whether poets could use a microphone. Or, as Kaufman…
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Culture, Stage

Aisle Seat

Most Happy Fellow We can now count Amy Mueller of Brava! for Women in the Arts among the recipients of the coveted fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts/Theater Communications Group. Starting in the fall, Mueller will spend six…
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Culture, Stage

Aisle Seat

The Challenge A Traveling Jewish Theater is the lucky winner of a $150,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Arts -- money that will help support the next three seasons at the company's new home, Project Artaud in…
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