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Music, Phoenix crafts the season’s perfect hits

Phoenix crafts the season’s perfect hits

As with the Pulitzer Prize, an esteemed and inviolable committee — a slightly larger one, in this case, as it comprises the entire American public — convenes annually to bestow glory upon the Official Song of the Summer. We're actually…
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Calendar, Night&Day Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson

The twenty-three years between Marilynne Robinson's first novel, Housekeeping, and her second, 2004's Gilead, seemed an eternity to fans of her fiction. But the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer has never kept a fashionable pace; she prefers the more sedate rhythms of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Art School

Art School

We want to be sure to get the spelling right: Art Spiegelman's new book is called Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@?*! The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Maus has been telling some of the stories behind his…
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Culture, Stagecap

Rabbit Hole

Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire's beautiful Pulitzer Prize-winning play gets a genuinely heartfelt and at times moving production from Studio 300 Theatre. The cast has an easy, gentle approach to the material, which fits well with the comic air that runs over…
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Calendar, Night&Day

More Like A Nightmare

In Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Susan Faludi analyzed the myth of the stoic American man who easily meets the needs of his vulnerable wife and family — and the detrimental effects it has had…
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Music, Bouncer

Family gatherings at Grandma's

It's pretty great having a job where I get paid to go to bars and write about them. I admit that. It's a fast-paced, cosmopolitan lifestyle, full of passion and the thrill of chance, and I'm always one step away…
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Culture, Stagecap

Top Dog/Underdog

Suzan-Lori Parks took the sibling rivalry of Sam Shepard's True West and David Mamet's obsession with street-level hustle, added a dash of racial intrigue, and concocted a slightly derivative brew that was compelling enough to earn her the 2001 Pulitzer…
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Culture, Stage

Bebop Beauty

Suzan-Lori Parks' cataclysmic The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World is — to the detriment of the whole entire world — a play often discussed but rarely seen. The subject of countless articles about "reconfiguring…
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Film, Spent


Ever since its Broadway debut in 1996, Rent has generated a loyal, almost cultlike following. Showered with praise, the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical touched a nerve among the young, artistic, gay, urban, and alternatively dressed people who identified as outsiders and…
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News, It Will Keep Shining

It Will Keep Shining

After 28 years as editor and publisher of the Point Reyes Light, Dave Mitchell has called it quits. Amid little fanfare, Mitchell sold his Pulitzer Prize-winning -- and financially ailing -- newspaper to Robert Plotkin, 35, a former Monterey County…
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Culture, Stage

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

In Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Maggie, the American theater canon's most desperate housewife, tries to persuade her depressed and frigid husband, Brick, to pull himself out of his drunken stupor long enough to impregnate her, thus strengthening the couple's…
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Culture, Stage

When God Winked

When most people retire, they're sent home with a gold watch and a bad bout of indigestion. Not Ron Jones. He puts on a play. After 30 years spent working at the Janet Pomeroy Center, a local organization that provides…
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Calendar, Night&Day The World According to Wilson

The World According to Wilson

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson loves to share this story (which I heard him tell at a theater conference): An African-American woman who usually doesn't attend theater hears of a local black ensemble and decides to see a show. When…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Historical Locale

Ever since the Embarcadero Freeway came tumbling down a decade ago, the waterfront has been a pleasant place to stroll, sunbathe, and learn all about San Francisco's rich maritime heritage. Handsome historical markers were installed along the promenade in addition…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Pen Is Mightier

The Pen Is Mightier

Though some people are more comfortable pretending that racial tensions don't exist, outspoken African-American playwright August Wilson refuses to let us forget it. The prolific dramatist and self-described "race man" has made it his life's work to confront parts of…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): In the history of your tears, the current flow is modest compared to some of the tidal waves of the past. Nevertheless, dramatic bursts could overcome you at unpredictable moments this week. I'm secretly hoping that…
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