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Dining, SFoodie Tuesday Nine: Mason Pacific Is Back (With a New Chef)

Tuesday Nine: Mason Pacific Is Back (With a New Chef)

Mason Pacific Returns With a New Chef The fire was two months ago and the restaurant…
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Culture, Books Exotic Foreign Lands: Author Adam Johnson Went a Long Way to Research a Nation That Wouldn't Talk to Him

Exotic Foreign Lands: Author Adam Johnson Went a Long Way to Research a Nation That Wouldn't Talk to Him

Last year, no Pulitzer Prize for Fiction was awarded, but that was 2012. This is 2013, "The Year of Adam Johnson," and the Pulitzer is just the most recent, prestigious accolade the Stanford professor's New York Times bestselling novel, The…
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Film, Film Feature Godzilla and Flowers: The Films of Kim Jong Il

Godzilla and Flowers: The Films of Kim Jong Il

When he died in December 2011, Kim Jong Il left behind more than a dynastic regime and a closet full of drab pantsuits. The man who ruled the hermetic North Korea from his father Kim Il Sung's death in 1994…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Finds Old-Fashioned Gratitude at Blush

Bouncer Finds Old-Fashioned Gratitude at Blush

Three cheers for San Francisco wine bars that don't look like San Francisco wine bars! There is nothing sleek about Blush, nothing mixed-media, nothing that strong-arms you toward a trendy Malbec. The place looks like a coffeehouse, if you want…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Kim Jong-il Dies Just in Time for Adam Johnson's Novel About North Korea

Kim Jong-il Dies Just in Time for Adam Johnson's Novel About North Korea

It might seem like slightly odd timing to release a novel that includes a fictionalized narrative by Kim Jong-il, seeing that the self-described "Dear Leader" of North Korea recently died. Then again, maybe it's the best time. The specter of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dictatorial Fiction

Dictatorial Fiction

It might seem like an odd time to release a novel that includes a fictionalized narrative by Kim Jong-Il, seeing that North Korea’s self-described “Dear Leader” recently died. Then again, maybe it’s the best time. Kim’s shadow will long hang…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Hole in the Iron Curtain

A Hole in the Iron Curtain

To most of us, North Korean cinema, like North Korea itself, is a blank wall. We assume it’s pure propaganda, generated by a strange clique that portrays itself as gods to its hapless populace. Centre Forward, directed by Pak Chong-song,…
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News, The Snitch Anti-North Korea Rally, Inspired by 'Homefront' Video Game, Planned for SF

Anti-North Korea Rally, Inspired by 'Homefront' Video Game, Planned for SF

This really is a case of life imitating art -- so long as you're willing to permit the "art" classification to be applied to video games. It seems that a rally against North Korea has been orchestrated to take place…
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News, The Snitch While Signs Look Good for Current TV Journalists in North Korea, Current TV Continues to Give North Korea Treatment to Journalists Here

While Signs Look Good for Current TV Journalists in North Korea, Current TV Continues to Give North Korea Treatment to Journalists Here

Bill Clinton's surprise trip to Pyongyang could be a monumental achievement for all parties involved: San Francisco's Current TV could finally see the return of its two imprisoned journalists, Kim Jong-il could get that much-needed infusion of Courvoisier for his…
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News, The Snitch S.F.-Based Current TV Censoring Stories About Its Jailed Reporters

S.F.-Based Current TV Censoring Stories About Its Jailed Reporters

Two American journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, reporting in censor-happy North Korea, are now being censored in America -- by their own San Francisco-based media outlet.  After Ling and Lee were sentenced on Monday to 12 years of hard…
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News, The Snitch Lights Out San Francisco to Turn SF Into North Korea

Lights Out San Francisco to Turn SF Into North Korea

Lights Out San Francisco promises to darken SF's nighttime sky on October 20th with a coordinated turn-off-your-lights campaign that continues this week. The city has signed on. So has the Golden Gate Bridge. What do you think, SF? Is…
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