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Culture, Art Up and Away: Berkeley Freedom Allows French Photographer to Float

Up and Away: Berkeley Freedom Allows French Photographer to Float

The dream first happened in 1994, when Maia Flore was just 7 years old, and it continued on and off for the next nine years: An older man is pushing Flore toward the sea — pushing, pushing — and Flore,…
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News, Your Humble Narrator The Old Factory System: San Francisco Fills the Air with Miasmas of Past, Present, and Future

The Old Factory System: San Francisco Fills the Air with Miasmas of Past, Present, and Future

You are able to read these words thanks to four different sorts of cells within your eyes called "receptors," which convert light into electrochemical impulses. You are able to feel the paper, the keyboard, the touchpad, the dude rubbing up…
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Film, "Le Joli Mai": France Takes a Break From War

"Le Joli Mai": France Takes a Break From War

Le Joli Mai French filmmaker Chris Marker and his cinematographer Pierre Lhomme are co-credited as directors of the 1963 documentary Le Joli Mai, and while Lhomme surely deserves that credit, it's no less a Marker film. The picture is a…
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Dining, Eat El Sur: Empanadas With a French Accent

El Sur: Empanadas With a French Accent

The empanada is the perfect street food. They're small enough that you can eat one as a snack, shaped in a way to comfortably hold with one hand while you nosh, and stuffed with enough filling variations to keep things…
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Calendar, Night&Day Learn Before Loving

Learn Before Loving

Buildings that exude obvious grandeur — like New York's Chrysler Building or Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral — are easy to love. Buildings that seem ordinary need help — usually from historians — to explain their importance. So it is…
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Dining, Eat B. Patisserie: New French Bakery in Pacific Heights Traffics in Everything Nice

B. Patisserie: New French Bakery in Pacific Heights Traffics in Everything Nice

The father of modern French pastry is often considered Marie-Antoine Carême, a chef in the early 19th century who baked Napoleon's wedding cake, pioneered vibrant window displays in the patisseries of Paris, and is widely credited with inventing nougat and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Spelunking in the City

Spelunking in the City

Much is made about our city's storied history in subversive art, with iconic groups like the Billboard Liberation Front, Survival Research Laboratories, the Cacophony Society, and the Suicide Club. A group in Paris, however, gives all of it a run…
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Film, "War of the Buttons": French History, Revised and Romanticized

"War of the Buttons": French History, Revised and Romanticized

After The Chorus and Paris 36, Christophe Barratier — one of France's least interesting living directors — offers up another gooey slice of Gallic nostalgia: The War of the Buttons, a reboot of Yves Roberts' 1962 original. Barratier and…
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Film, "2 Days in New York": Julie Delpy Brings the "Paris" Gang West

"2 Days in New York": Julie Delpy Brings the "Paris" Gang West

Calling back many of the same characters and more than a few of the same jokes, 2 Days in New York, Julie Delpy's fourth film as writer-director, is a sequel to her 2007 2 Days in Paris. A spin-off of…
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Calendar, Night&Day French Ennui

French Ennui

1977 was a very punk year. Bands like the Germs, Crass, Bad Brains, and Black Flag were freaking out parents everywhere, and new albums that are now considered classics by the Sex Pistols and Richard Hell & the Voidoids crystallized…
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Calendar, Night&Day Beauty Turned Inside Out

Beauty Turned Inside Out

When we think of classic glamor — pencil skirt, gloves, and arched-eyebrow glamor, the kind that would have looked askance through perfectly lined eyes and French milliner’s netting at you and your holey shoes and yoga pants — the image…
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Music, Tricky the Wanderer

Tricky the Wanderer

Chances are, if you ask anyone familiar with Tricky to name a song of his, they'll probably pull something from his much-adored 1995 debut, Maxinquaye — an album so genre-defying it (along with works by Portishead and Massive Attack) helped…
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Culture, Art Forever de Young: Masterworks from the d'Orsay still evoke strong emotions

Forever de Young: Masterworks from the d'Orsay still evoke strong emotions

Nearly every inch of her milky-white flesh is on display in the painting, which is almost 10 feet tall. William-Adolphe Bouguereau's The Birth of Venus features three other nude women, a host of unclothed men, and enough cherubs to fill…
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Film, <i>From Paris with Love</i>, John Travolta's cowboy diplomacy

From Paris with Love, John Travolta's cowboy diplomacy

As personal assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to France, James Reese (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) can keep himself in well-tailored suits and keep his terrific-looking kittenish girlfriend (Kasia Smutniak) in a nice Paris apartment. This is the basis for director Pierre…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Oblivion</i>

Oblivion

Born in Lima, the child of Polish Jewish refugees, Heddy Honigmann studied film in Rome, lives in Amsterdam, and has made documentaries in Paris, Rio, and New Jersey. With the provocatively titled Oblivion, the 58-year-old cosmopolitan returns to her hometown…
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Calendar, Night&Day La Vie en Ros&eacute;

La Vie en Rosé

Cédric Klapish's new feature film looks a little saccharine. It's a chick flick, to be sure. A feel-good movie. Tisn't going to advance the art of cinema. But what of it? Nothing wrong with chicks or feeling good, unless you're…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Summer Hours</i>

Summer Hours

With Summer Hours, director Olivier Assayas stages a tactical retreat from the hookers and junkies of his Boarding Gate and Clean to the heart of a bourgeois French family. Summer Hours opens with a gaggle of first cousins romping around…
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Dining, Eat You Can Have Paris

You Can Have Paris

Into each life some rain must fall, and it was already pouring when I walked into Le P'tit Laurent to find a little more gloom. On the other side of the velvet curtain, hung to prevent any chill breeze from…
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Dining, Eat City of Light

City of Light

"I feel like we're in Paris," my father says happily as we settle into a window alcove in the front room of 1550 Hyde. "It feels echt San Francisco to me," I say, referring not only to the cable car…
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Dining, Eat Paris in the Springtime

Paris in the Springtime

Walking into the Grand Cafe is like entering a particularly attractive Paris brasserie during the heyday of Toulouse-Lautrec -- aperitifs, aprons, and all. The temporal contrast is especially striking if you've just spent half an hour on the 45 Union…
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