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Film, "The Unknown Known": Errol Morris V. Donald Rumsfeld

"The Unknown Known": Errol Morris V. Donald Rumsfeld

At the end of his fascinating new documentary The Unknown Known, director Errol Morris asks his subject a question the audience has long been wondering: "Why are you talking to me?" And his subject, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld,…
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Film, "Visitors": When You Stare Into the Movie, the Movie Stares Into You

"Visitors": When You Stare Into the Movie, the Movie Stares Into You

The feature films of director Godfrey Reggio and composer Philip Glass have never been for everyone, and their new black and white collaboration Visitors is unlikely to cut into The Lego Movie's profits. Not offering the same kind of visual…
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Film, Film Feature The Future Is Now: Ten Movies We're Excited About in 2014

The Future Is Now: Ten Movies We're Excited About in 2014

Yes, this list contains one arguably unnecessary sequel, one arguably unnecessary remake, and two true stories, but we must be honest with ourselves and allow that franchise propagation taps directly into what makes movies so fun in the first place:…
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Music, Hear This Kronos Quartet: Show Preview

Kronos Quartet: Show Preview

The repertoire of San Francisco chamber ensemble Kronos Quartet is both large and staggeringly diverse. As likely to collaborate with minimalist composers like Philip Glass as to interpret the pop songs of Bob Dylan or Television, Kronos Quartet is a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Indie-Pop Ballet

Indie-Pop Ballet

Returning from sold-out shows and rave reviews in New York, Smuin Ballet brings the inventive, much-lauded, and uncomfortably resonant Oh, Inverted World back home. In this deft collaboration between choreographer Trey McIntyre and indie-pop darlings The Shins, the Smuin dancers…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • We celebrated Pride weekend at the legendary daytime pool party thrown by Juanita More!, which was packed with good vibes and music from the Stay Gold DJs. One highlight was the Cougar Cadet Corps drumline, an Alameda youth…
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Music, All Shook Down Q&A: Philip Glass on Collaboration, Minimalism, and His Henry Miller Library Benefit Show with Joanna Newsom

Q&A: Philip Glass on Collaboration, Minimalism, and His Henry Miller Library Benefit Show with Joanna Newsom

See also: * Live Review, 6/25/12: Philip Glass, Joanna Newsom, and Tim Fain Team Up for the Henry Miller Library at the Warfield Popular, influential, and cult musicians come through San Francisco every day. But it isn't every day when…
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Calendar, Night&Day Artist, Craftsman, Musician

Artist, Craftsman, Musician

Peter Whitehead is a singular artist. An English expat who has lived more than half his life in the Mission (in addition to New York and Southeast Asia), he doesn’t see the world like most folks. He doesn’t limit himself,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Artist, Craftsman, Musician

Artist, Craftsman, Musician

Peter Whitehead is a singular artist. An English expat who has lived more than half his life in the Mission (in addition to New York and Southeast Asia), he doesn’t see the world like most folks. He doesn’t limit himself,…
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Music, Hear This Sticking Their Necks Out

Sticking Their Necks Out

While Australian trio the Necks is often categorized as jazz, the group actually takes its influence from Krautrockers such as Neu! and minimalists like Philip Glass and Terry Riley. When they perform, the lads usually introduce a simple, improvised melodic…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Whole Lotta Love

A Whole Lotta Love

From his operas like Einstein on the Beach and Appomattox to his film scores for Koyaanisqatsi and Notes on a Scandal, composer Philip Glass is known for spinning minimal musical notes and rhythms into maximal structures. Written between 1971 and…
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Music, Reviewed Animal Collective

Animal Collective

On 2007's Strawberry Jam, experimental noise-making weirdos Animal Collective glided on the outskirts of dreamy indie-pop. Fan fave "Peacebone" even flirted with a sunny melody that exposed a heart beneath all the usual digital flotsam. The band's ninth album, Merriweather…
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Music, Hear This The young and the accomplished: Nico Muhly

The young and the accomplished: Nico Muhly

It's people like Nico Muhly who make you realize how little you've accomplished. He has worked with Philip Glass (as an assistant, conductor, and editor), Björk (as pianist and string arranger), and Bonnie "Prince" Billy (likewise). He has received commissions…
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Calendar, Night&Day Philip Glass' Progeny

Philip Glass' Progeny

Grumps of the "classical music is dying" variety should be heartened by the existence of Nico Muhly. The fresh-faced 27-year-old Juilliard graduate creates music that combines the avant garde-ism of Philip Glass with the humor of a young Mozart. His…
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News, Feature Glass, Jazz, and Black Francis

Glass, Jazz, and Black Francis

That was an unusual one, because we were really equals," composer Philip Glass says of his collaboration with director Godfrey Reggio on the landmark 1982 film Koyaanisqatsi. "Normally it's not like that." Indeed, a couple seconds later in director Scott…
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Culture, Stage Philip Glass' <i>Appomattox</i> a Civil Bore

Philip Glass' Appomattox a Civil Bore

It's hard to imagine a more suitable composer for a major opera about the constancy of war than Philip Glass, although vthe reason for this is not flattering. Just as the author Arthur Koestler once said that "the most persistent…
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Music, All Shook Down

Notes on Philip Glass in City Lights Pre-Appomattox

By Meredith Brody Continuing my pre-Appomattox education, I attended a discussion at City Lights, billed as an evening with Philip Glass and his librettist, Christopher Hampton, that turned out to be somewhat different. I’m usually keen on arriving early, especially…
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Music, All Shook Down

Philip Glass Spotted at Yuet Lee Before Appomatoxx Debut

By Meredith Brody A couple of weeks ago, two friends who are expatriate New Yorkers who have lived and worked in Mexico City and San Miguel de Allende for the last decade came to town hungry for Chinese food, in…
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News, Feature

Adams vs. Glass

Many people would rather watch the world's most famous crocodile wrestler than hear its most famous composer. But given that a stingray killed croc-hunter Steve Irwin last year, it might be time to consider catching Philip Glass' opera Appomattox, which…
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News, Feature

The Lowdown

Though historically a time for pensiveness, this year's busy fall schedule offers little time for rest or reflection. The San Francisco Opera drives the point home by starting its season with two rousing grand operas: the Old Testament bacchanal of…
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