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Music, All Shook Down Music at Queen Elizabeth's Jubilee Concert: Six Things All Americans Should Know

Music at Queen Elizabeth's Jubilee Concert: Six Things All Americans Should Know

Dear Americans, as a British person, I feel I ought to explain a few things about the lunacy of the last four days. If you watch any sort of news whatsoever, you saw a series of increasingly bizarre things taking…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Considers the High-Stakes Challenge at Last Call

Bouncer Considers the High-Stakes Challenge at Last Call

Recurring dreams are fascinating. I dream over and over that I am back in high school. It's the last day of my senior year, I haven't been to class all semester, and I have to take a series of final…
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Music, Bouncer Sweet Relief from the Stink

Sweet Relief from the Stink

The Tower of London, that giant penal castle in the heart of the city where three queens of England lost their heads and all who entered abandoned hope, is open to the public most days until 5:30 p.m. I went…
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Dining, Eat The Way We Eat Now

The Way We Eat Now

I used to wish I'd been invited to a banquet M.F.K. Fisher wrote about, typical of the Victorian era (indeed, one served to Queen Victoria herself): "... two services -- the first consisting of four soups; four different hors d'oeuvres…
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Culture, Stage Been There, Staged That

Been There, Staged That

Caryl Churchill and Tony Kushner are friends, which is why finding one play by each of them in full production at the Berkeley Rep seems so cozy. (Kushner's Homebody/Kabul is on the old Thrust Stage; Churchill's Cloud Nine is next…
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Culture, Stage Family  of Man

Family of Man

Living in San Francisco today -- when the Board of Supervisors has approved insurance coverage for city workers who want to have sex-change operations -- you have to ask yourself whether Caryl Churchill's 1979 play paralleling colonial and sexual oppression…
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Film,

Highland Fling

Mrs. Brown Directed by John Madden. Screenplay by Jeremy Brock. Starring Judi Dench, Billy Connolly, and Antony Sher. At the Embarcadero Center. In the not-so-brave new world of independent filmmaking, low-budget movies premiere at Sundance or Cannes and win plaudits…
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