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News, Sucka Free City Shed the Wealth: Philanthropy Meets Game Show Meets Twitter in S.F.

Shed the Wealth: Philanthropy Meets Game Show Meets Twitter in S.F.

In Roald Dahl's The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, the eponymous Sugar found himself with more money than he knew what to do with. So, he opened his window and disseminated a pile of 20-pound notes; near-pandemonium in the streets…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Has Visions of Ferlinghetti at Columbus Cafe

Bouncer Has Visions of Ferlinghetti at Columbus Cafe

Though I'm supposed to be a barfly, I would be remiss if I didn't mention that I hang out at the Beat Museum in North Beach once a week — and with all the characters that go into that place…
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Calendar, Night&Day The World's a Stage

The World's a Stage

In 2006, over 1,000 players, ranging in age from 10 to "don’t ask," gathered in New York for the inaugural Come Out & Play festival. Competitors roamed the city, playing Space Invaders projected on buildings in Chelsea, putting rounds of…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Fantastic Mr. Fox</i>

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Working with his Life Aquatic co-writer (and The Squid and the Whale director), Noah Baumbach, Wes Anderson has added an existential layer to the protagonist of Roald Dahl's 1970 children's novel, Fantastic Mr. Fox. Onscreen, Mr. Fox (voiced by George…
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Film, <i> Mr. Fox</i> is a fantastic fit

Mr. Fox is a fantastic fit

Given his preference for static, symmetrical, scrupulously color-coordinated and art-directed compositions, it's less surprising that Wes Anderson has gotten around to directing an animated feature than that it took him this long to do it. Likewise, if Anderson — a…
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Film, Wes Anderson's comeback: Gen Y's anointed auteur returns

Wes Anderson's comeback: Gen Y's anointed auteur returns

If we were back in Wes Anderson's native Texas, the plate of food he's showing little mercy might be called the Morning Roundup or the Wildcatter's Special. Unfortunately for my wallet, we're in a booth at Kate Mantilini on Wilshire…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory</i>

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

The genius of Mel Stuart's 1971 Wonka could never be upstaged by Johnny Depp, and it wasn't. The original film, starring a freakishly sublime Gene Wilder, masquerades as a kid's movie to perfect effect. Based on Roald Dahl's Charlie and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sweet Dreams?

Sweet Dreams?

Children's literature harbors a vein of cruelty that holds our attention — whether it's the bloody caution of Edward Gorey or the jocular sadism of Roald Dahl. Now Martin McDonagh's play The Pillowman takes the comedy and the nastiness of…
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Music, Bouncer

Arrrr, Matey

Yes, I know that pirates are so 2003, so goddamn Eggers, but they've been on my mind a lot lately so bear with me. I have been spending time in the seat that is carved with indentations for your ass…
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Film, Chocolate Kisses

Chocolate Kisses

Roald Dahl's inner child was evidently a contrary lad -- precocious, dark-minded, contemptuous of adult supervision, and fueled by a sense of justice that often proceeded via cruel whim. In Dahl's twisty children's stories, villains throw kids out of windows,…
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Dining, Eat Pressing Issues

Pressing Issues

I first fell in love with Cuban sandwiches in New York. There was a great Cuban coffee shop in the Broadway building that then housed the Village Voice, with the typical enormous coffee shop menu, but its specialty was roast…
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Calendar, Kid Stuff Sour Lemony

Sour Lemony

TUES 9/30 "Dear Reader," wrote wickedly tongue-in-cheek author Lemony Snicket in The Bad Beginning, "I'm sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant." So begins the first tome in "A Series of Unfortunate…
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A Peach Grows in SOMA

It may be a simple little kids tale, but Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach has caused some grown-up headaches for movie director Henry Selick. After nearly three painstaking years, Selick's South of Market production company has finally completed…
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