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Calendar, Night&Day Fighting Social cancer

Fighting Social cancer

"Angels curse women who reject their husbands!" complains a frustrated man in the film Cairo 678. When his more frustrated wife replies by asking if sex is what he married her for, he says yes. "I didn't marry you…
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Film, "The Rabbi's Cat": Richly Educational Animation

"The Rabbi's Cat": Richly Educational Animation

The feline in question in The Rabbi's Cat is wily, philosophical, and devoted to a dogged and decent rabbi and his fiery, beautiful daughter. The cat desires a bar mitzvah, travels through Africa and the subconscious, and gains the power…
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Culture, Art Rich Impurities: Claymation and Photography at YBCA and MOAD

Rich Impurities: Claymation and Photography at YBCA and MOAD

On a recent Sunday afternoon, a girl no older than 8 stood inside a gallery at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and watched Nathalie Djurberg's claymation short, I Wasn't Made to Play the Son. The video features three characters…
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Calendar, Night&Day Put a Ring on It

Put a Ring on It

While some people collect Hermès purses, a fifth-generation descendent of the French luxury empire turned to North Africa in search of historic jewelry and photographs. Xavier Guerrand-Hermès spent over 30 years amassing treasures from the late 19th to early 20th…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse Movie Listings April 11-17, 2012

Artists' Television Access. MENA Experimental: Recent experimental film and new media from the Middle East, North Africa, and Diasporas. Thu., April 12, 7:30 p.m. $6. MENA Experimental: Recent experimental film and new media from the Middle East, North Africa, and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Life Blood

Life Blood

Clouds of crimson billow across one wall as if from an open wound. A length of stained gauze decays seemingly before your eyes. Jagged streaks of rusty-red fluid erupt into the ether. No, these aren’t scenes from the set of…
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Culture, Art Taha Belal: Egyptian Artist Brings Arab Spring to S.F.

Taha Belal: Egyptian Artist Brings Arab Spring to S.F.

What could art possibly say about the Arab revolutions that hasn't already been said? It might seem that the upheavals that deposed three regimes and continue to roil the Middle East and North Africa have been thoroughly covered by the…
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Dining, Eat Fresh Eats: Drink of the Week: Prizefighter's Oaxacan Standoff

Fresh Eats: Drink of the Week: Prizefighter's Oaxacan Standoff

A shot and a beer isn't an obvious pairing to highlight bartender creativity in a cocktail menu — and no, we're never, ever going to count a drink where a shot glass gets dropped into a pint of beer. But…
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Culture, Artcap

"Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico": Art Review

The term "ancient wonder" usually refers to the pyramids of Egypt or the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, but the American hemisphere also spawned a series of awe-inspiring creations that have survived to this day. The Olmec heads, statues, masks, reliefs,…
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Culture, Stagecap

Pulp Scripture

This play has an odd genesis. It was originally penned as a sexed-up, bawdy retelling of some of the Old Testament stories for performances at — a church! San Francisco's Saint Mary the Virgin billed it as "Bible stories they…
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Culture, Stagecap

Ethiopian Tattoo Shop

Based on an '80s spiritual self-help book by a Catholic priest named Edward Hays, this earnest adaptation is essentially an evening of eight parables about the spiritual search for happiness and contentment. An American traveler stumbles into a mystical tattoo…
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