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Dining, Distillations Distillations: Beer-Based Psychology at Hopwater Distribution

Distillations: Beer-Based Psychology at Hopwater Distribution

Judging someone by the beer they drink is a lot like astrology: utterly irrational, yet strangely compelling. Given about 30 California beers on tap, Erin went for the stout with the highest ABV. I went for the Belgian-style ale closest…
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Calendar, Night&Day Lost for Words

Lost for Words

Lit geeks know Edward St. Aubyn, acerbic British author of six novels, one of which (At Last) contains the following sentence: "I think my mother's death is the best thing to happen to me since ... well, since my…
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Dining, Distillations

Distillations: The Sunset's Durty Nelly's Is Not What It Seems

Years ago in Antwerp I stumbled across the perfectly named gay bar: "Homo Erectus." Not even Oscar Wilde could do better, and according to glory hole graffiti preserved in the Victoria and Albert Museum, he tried. I didn't go inside,…
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Culture, Stage "Salomania": Hunting Witches and Having It All

"Salomania": Hunting Witches and Having It All

Let's play a game. Try to forget the name of the play printed right above this review and then see what you would make of these hints about what's playing at the Aurora right now. It involves: 1.) A secret…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Looking for Oscar: Al Pacino Shows Why We Love Him at <i>Wilde Salome</i> Debut

Looking for Oscar: Al Pacino Shows Why We Love Him at Wilde Salome Debut

For a brief and tantalizing moment on the Castro Theatre stage last night, a sly Al Pacino appeared set to go Cruising. The house was packed and primed for the U.S. premiere of Wilde Salome, the actor-director's powerhouse amalgam of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Oscar Wilde Performance Crucifies -- and Deifies -- the Arts Critic

Oscar Wilde Performance Crucifies -- and Deifies -- the Arts Critic

The role of the critic is a passionately debated subject in cultural circles. Should critics merely report what they see, or is it their duty to also provide extensive historical context and constructive feedback? And should artists pay close attention…
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News, The Snitch BART to Get Its Gay on for Pride

BART to Get Its Gay on for Pride

Remember when The Daily Show made fun of San Francisco for getting, ahem, topped by Minneapolis as the gayest city in the nation? Well, perhaps BART is helping us try to make a comeback, just in time for Gay Pride.…
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Culture, Encore

More Theater Reviews

Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. Theatre Rhinoceros' award-winning artistic director, John Fisher, is ambitious and rather prolific. Not only did he direct and star in this three-plus-hour adaptation of Oscar Wilde's only novel, he also wrote it. It's…
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Culture, Stagecap

"Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray": Theater Review

Theatre Rhinoceros' award-winning artistic director, John Fisher, is ambitious and rather prolific. Not only did he direct and star in this three-plus-hour adaptation of Oscar Wilde's only novel, he also wrote it. It's impressive in many areas (costumes, acting, commitment),…
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Calendar, Night&Day Tales of the City

Tales of the City

The theme of Porchlight’s all-star fancytown gala is “Urban Legends.” The storytelling series is famous for including nobodies in its stage show, but it has not included any nobodies tonight. Instead, “Library Laureates” has an amazing lineup, featuring Wilkes Bashford…
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Music, Reviewed Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey's ninth solo album sounds right at home on his new label, Nashville's Lost Highway. The singer who once famously clutched Oscar Wilde to his chest might seem misplaced among the roster of distinctly American artists like Willie Nelson and…
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Culture, Encore

Also Playing

American Joe Despite being given life by the same DNA donors and being raised in the same household, siblings often grow into people who bear little resemblance to each other. Liza Raynal explores this tension using the War on Terror…
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Culture, Stage Oscar Wilde's view of women in politics not ideal

Oscar Wilde's view of women in politics not ideal

It's an election year, in case you hadn't noticed. From Josh Kornbluth's Citizen Josh to Nikolai Gogol's The Government Inspector, Bay Area theater artists are tripping over themselves to depict this country's so-called democratic process in all its inept and…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Half</i> Full

Half Full

So two Welsh guys walk into a library, and find a million pounds. Well, not really a million pounds, but its literary equivalent: an unpublished, unknown, early Noel Coward play, Noel Coward being the metaphorical snotty younger brother of Oscar…
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Music, Senses Burning Overtime

Senses Burning Overtime

Seemingly more of a cult with ever-morphing lineups than a rock band proper, Indian Jewelry taps into psychedelia's darker, more tribalistic veins with often equilibrium-upsetting results. Starting life in Houston as Swarm of Angels, Indian Jewelry "began in a shitstorm…
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Calendar, Night&Day Un-Stoppard

Un-Stoppard

In Tom Stoppard's Travesties, an unreliable narrator named Henry Carr sums up the themes of the play this way: "Firstly, you're either a revolutionary or you're not, and if you're not, you might as well be an artist as anything…
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Culture, Stage Girl Gone Wilde

Girl Gone Wilde

Featuring a scene in which a woman kisses a severed head, a soothsayer ranting oaths from the bottom of a septic tank, and love poetry so bad that only actors with an overdeveloped aptitude for faux sincerity like Groucho Marx…
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Film, Mild Wilde

Mild Wilde

A Good Woman, Mike Barker's adaptation of the Oscar Wilde play Lady Windermere's Fan, has been gathering dust for some time. It played the Toronto Film Festival in the fall of 2004 before opening in 2005 in every country in…
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Film, <i>Vile</i> With a Smile

Vile With a Smile

Essayist. Playwright. Radio personality. Librettist. Actor. Novelist. Now, with Bright Young Things, the inimitable British wit Stephen Fry debuts as feature screenwriter and director. Best known here in the Colonies either as Jeeves (opposite Hugh Laurie) in Jeeves and Wooster,…
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Culture, Stage Fooling the Audience

Fooling the Audience

Andy Murray is an all-American-looking actor with a mischievous smile and a normally bald-shaved head. He's boisterous and rude. He's not effete. His defining role might be the flannel-wearing upstate handyman, Nat, who made wise remarks about helpless New Yorkers…
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