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Dining, SFoodie Cold Weather Drinking: Sipping on Aquavit at Plaj

Cold Weather Drinking: Sipping on Aquavit at Plaj

When Pläj opened inside the Inn at the Opera in 2012, it brought with it authentic Scandinavian flavors wrapped within a modern Californian shell. The restaurant's name itself means play; accordingly chef/owner Robert Sundell has incorporated a pronounced playfulness…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Norwegian Reality Dating Show Wants to Help San Franciscans Find Love

Norwegian Reality Dating Show Wants to Help San Franciscans Find Love

From the producers of Jakten på kjærligheten: Bonderomantikk (Farmer Wants a Wife) comes yet another Norwegian reality TV show, Sons of Norway -- which is casting in San Francisco for its second season. Norwegian reality TV programming featuring Norwegian-American "contestants"…
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Music, All Shook Down Morrissey Defends Oslo-KFC Comparison, World Gives Him the Finger

Morrissey Defends Oslo-KFC Comparison, World Gives Him the Finger

List of things you don't want to say onstage: "Hello, New York!" when you're in Boston; "How about them Dodgers?" when you're in San Francisco; and "The tragedy is Norway was way less serious than the way fast food…
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Calendar, Night&Day Meadowlark Lemon

Meadowlark Lemon

What have the Harlem Globetrotters been up to since you were 12? Well, they lost a game in 2006. Other than that, they’ve been trying to avoid using flat basketballs, gingerly walking a toddler onto the court during gametime, creeping…
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Calendar, Night&Day Filipino Folklore

Filipino Folklore

Shadow puppets for flood relief! Of the extensive and tireless benefit circuit in San Francisco (which we attend out of philanthropic interest, regardless of the new-school burlesque content), the art show “Tabi Tabi Po” should pique your interest and sense…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Norwegian death metal doc aims high(brow) on <i>Until the Light Takes Us</i>

Norwegian death metal doc aims high(brow) on Until the Light Takes Us

Norwegian death metal is a fascinatingly dark corner of the musician-as-fanatic landscape. Early photos of the controversial group Mayhem with black-and-white "corpse paint" makeup are as creepy as low-budget slasher flick stills. They're especially unnerving when you know that members…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Outer Limits

The Outer Limits

Not much happens on the outer reaches of the arctic island Svalbard, Norway. Its sole inhabitants are desolate, snow-blanketed landscapes; a couple abandoned Russian mining settlements and scattered scientific facilities; and a lone photographer, Christain Houge, just taking huge bites…
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Music, Reviewed Lindstr&oslash;m

Lindstrøm

Norway's Hans-Peter Lindstrøm has steadily built his reputation on a handful of neo-disco 12-inches and remixes for the likes of Franz Ferdinand and LCD Soundsystem. His 2005 single, "I Feel Space," was a geeky homage not only to the Donna…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

Justice Contorted Our criminal cover girl: I can't believe you made a news story about Jade-Blue Eclipse and how she has stolen the identity of a dead girl . A crime is a crime. I'm sure…
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News, Matt Smith Beat Back

Beat Back

One-third of a century ago, painter Arthur Monroe and his longtime patron, Reidar Wennesland, gathered up what then may have been the largest collection of Beat generation art and hung it on the walls of the American Salvage Co. warehouse…
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Music, Reviewed Various Artists

Various Artists

New Yorker Friedman is a triple threat in the electronic music world: journalist, record label manager, and DJ with a keen ear for a low-end groove no matter where in the world he needs to look to for it. Sadly,…
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Music, Reviewed The Shining

The Shining

There's nothing surprising anymore about the cross-pollination of jazzbos gigging with rockers and laptoppers, especially in the mutation-friendly music scene of Oslo, Norway (see: Jaga Jazzist, Supersilent). But it's rare to hear a band that exposes the fissures. While this…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Reps Etc.

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. We're interested in your film or video event.…
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News, Sidebar A New Method of Cleaning

A New Method of Cleaning

See feature, Chic-and-Span. SHAPE: The shape is based on a bottle of camping fuel Eric Ryan found at a tiny hardware store in Norway. He thought the elegant shoulders and round body gave it the feel of an Old World…
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Music, Reviewed Turbonegro

Turbonegro

Sounding much like a next-generation Ramones, Norway's Turbonegro melds ridiculous, smutty lyrics to hard-charging rock without coming off as a joke band. Since its Oslo beginnings in 1989, this sextet has honed a dark, semi-ironic bludgeon that combines pile-driving punk…
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Music, Pop Philosophy

My Way or the Norway

Audrey Ewell and Aaron Aites spent the last year and a half interviewing convicted murderers, neo-Nazis, and arsonists for a documentary called Until the Light Takes Us. The filmmakers weren't located in the bowels of some Texas prison, though; they…
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Calendar, Night&Day International Flavor

International Flavor

As Ezra Pound said about political speech, "Let the candidate fill his mind with the finest cadences he can discover, preferably in a foreign language, so that the meaning of the words may be less likely to divert his attention…
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Music,

Samples

Satan Takes a Holiday Knowing they were about to embark on a 10-week European tour with Unsane, someone should have given the members of Neurosis a copy of "Satan's Cheerleaders," SPIN's recent article on the metal scene in Norway. I…
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