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Calendar, Night&Day Original Orson

Original Orson

Too Much Johnson: Now there's a title for the ages. It was all over Twitter last August, mingling unfortunately with tweets about Linda Lovelace, whose official biopic was going into American release. You knew it had to be a…
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Dining, Bouncer Bouncer Flies High at McWineBar Vino Volo

Bouncer Flies High at McWineBar Vino Volo

Food-and-drink franchises at airports amaze me. Where else (except for the movies) will I gladly fork over ridiculous sums of money for a soft pretzel and a soda? I seem to have no problem buying a sub-par $18 lunch from…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse Movie Listings October 5-11

Artists' Television Access. OpenScreening: Filmmakers show short works in progress and get feedback from viewers. Wed., Oct. 5, 8 p.m. $5; free for contributing filmmakers. To Dream of Falling Upwards: Film by Antero Alli involving spiritualism, sex, commercialism, and the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Beach Party

Beach Party

Next time you’re enjoying a bonfire, bottle, or bong at Ocean Beach, cast a glance at the northernmost condos facing the sunset. An amusement park lived there for nearly a century, until its last and loudest incarnation, Playland at the…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Me and Orson Welles</i>

Me and Orson Welles

Orson Welles lives on not only in posthumously restored director's cuts of his movies but as a character in other people’s novels, plays, and films—notably Richard Linklater's deft, affectionate, and unexpectedly enjoyable Me and Orson Welles. Adapted from a novel…
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Film, Richard Linklater's <i>Orson Welles</i> puts on quite a show

Richard Linklater's Orson Welles puts on quite a show

The most significant American artist before Andy Warhol to take "the media" as his medium, Orson Welles lives on not only in posthumously restored director's cuts of his rereleased movies but also as a character in other people's novels, plays,…
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Calendar, Night&Day On Three

On Three

Cheap cameras and PC-based editing systems have made filmmaking available to everyone, and have spawned a wave of contests. Some tout moviemaking-as-speed-shooting-treasure-hunt, with a mere handful of hours or days allotted to create a film. These minimarathons offer intense, wild…
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Music, All Shook Down PFA Alert: Orson Welles Rarities

PFA Alert: Orson Welles Rarities

Orson Welles completists should drop all other plans and attend the two programs titled The Unknown Orson Welles scheduled this weekend at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. Archivist Stefan Drossler, director of the Munich Filmmuseum, will introduce both matinees.…
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Calendar, Night&Day The High Notes

The High Notes

After Audrey Hepburn saw the finished Breakfast at Tiffany’s with Henry Mancini’s score and her rendition of “Moon River,” she wrote him a mash note: “You are the hippest of cats — and the most sensitive of composers!” Apparently so,…
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Dining, Eat PROMOTION: SOMA's Fifth-Floor Restaurant in Hotel Palomar Recools Itself, Thrillist Says

PROMOTION: SOMA's Fifth-Floor Restaurant in Hotel Palomar Recools Itself, Thrillist Says

This article is brought to you by, our homies. There's a rich tradition of classic institutions dialing back their stuffiness to stay relevant: Rolls Royce stopped designing ceilings to accomodate top hats, and Orson Welles voiced "Unicron" in 1986's…
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Music, All Shook Down

Orson Welles Lives in SF this week

Film Nerd Alert-- Now you can have the creative genius of both American and Italian filmmaking together in one amazing film! Actually, this rare gem known as Ro.Go.Pa.G has been around for several decades, but I betcha never heard…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish DVDish


Roky's Picture Show (Palm) A hit at the South by Southwest Film Festival two years ago, Keven McAlester's doc about the Papa of Psychedelia, Roky Erickson, at long last gets its proper release. But time has done McAlester a tremendous…
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Culture, Stage A Stage of One's Own

A Stage of One's Own

As theater productions go, Orson Welles' adaptation of Herman Melville's Moby Dick for the London stage in 1955 was a beached whale. Starring, as well as directed and written by, the auteur (who also took it upon himself to transpose…
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Music, Misc. Reviews If it's kinda, sorta music-related, we'll review it. This week: the White Stripes on <i>The Charlie Rose Show</i>.

If it's kinda, sorta music-related, we'll review it. This week: the White Stripes on The Charlie Rose Show.

Herein, a handful of take-aways from the White Stripes' Cavett-esque appearance on The Charlie Rose Show last week, dedicated to the unidentified talent booker who put Jack and Meg White in front of the black background for 40 minutes. Yes,…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Daring Truth

Daring Truth

FRI 1/7 Documentaries were once the stodgy old coots of the cinematic world. But with the release of surprise hits like Super Size Me and Fahrenheit 9/11 they're suddenly big business, and the moment is ripe for a reappraisal of…
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Music, House of Tudor House of Tudor

House of Tudor

Tortured by a never-ending emotional dependence on his parents, sexual dissatisfaction in the company of respectable ladies (non-prostitutes), mind-numbing employment in the Workers' Accident Insurance department, and private creative aggravations that drove him to write in the darkness of his…
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Film, Reel World

Touch of Evil

House of Angels The Ninth Street Media Arts Consortium is just three months away from moving into its new digs on Ninth between Mission and Howard, a hop and a skip down the boulevard from its current home. The consortium…
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Calendar, Night&Day All Hail Kael

All Hail Kael

"I regard criticism as an art." With this simple declaration, the film critic Pauline Kael, who died this September at age 82 of Parkinson's disease, summed up the raison d'être of her distinguished, 40-plus-year career with characteristic self-confidence, panache, and…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Radio Station

In the future, all radio stations will be college radio stations. Their playlists will consist of a schizophrenic pastiche of synthesized show tunes and Cistercian chants; DJ patter will lean toward pranky irreverence and away from shticky polish. Until then…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Movie Theater Food

Why would anyone want to eat a meal and watch a movie at the same time? The whole concept's an insult to eyes and stomach alike. By the time you look down, spear a honey-seared sea scallop from your platter,…
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