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Dining, Distillations Holy Water: Come All Ye Faithful

Holy Water: Come All Ye Faithful

I'm waiting at Holy Water, in Bernal Heights, to see if one of the most brilliant men I know will show up. He usually doesn't. The term "holy water" usually refers to a substance found specifically in the Catholic and…
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Film, "The Great Beauty": "Felliniesque" in the Modern Era Means Naked Selfies, but Still Little People

"The Great Beauty": "Felliniesque" in the Modern Era Means Naked Selfies, but Still Little People

If calling a movie "Fellini-esque" is a cliché, then applying that term to an Italian movie about an older, creatively blocked artist wandering through a decadent, occasionally grotesque yet always beautiful modern Rome borders on lazy. And still, if the…
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Film, "The Salt of Life": Aging Romans Attempt to Seize the Day

"The Salt of Life": Aging Romans Attempt to Seize the Day

As in his directorial debut, Mid-August Lunch, Gianni Di Gregorio stars in this quiet comedy, this time as Giovanni, a man in his early sixties forcibly retired nearly a decade ago and whose only employment today is playing gray-haired errand…
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Culture, Books "Revelations": Elaine Pagels Decodes the Rapture

"Revelations": Elaine Pagels Decodes the Rapture

For some 2,000 years, the end of the world has been to preachers what a Canadian girlfriend is to lonely adolescent boys: They keep talking about it, but it never shows up. As Elaine Pagels demonstrates in her aptly titled…
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Calendar, Night&Day Take It All Back

Take It All Back

We went to Rome once. One thing that blew our minds was the public art. There’s so much of it that some has been reclaimed by the needs of everyday life. You see people taking lunch on what’s left of…
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Dining, Eat Locanda: Handsome Italian-Meet-Californian Fare, Despite Small Flaws

Locanda: Handsome Italian-Meet-Californian Fare, Despite Small Flaws

When Locanda's Jewish-style artichoke ($6) arrives at the table, at first we mistake it for a sunflower. The leaves explode from a bare, chokeless center, their olive green transformed to gold through hot-oil alchemy. The artichoke is showered in fine…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer: Hearing the End of the World at O'Neill's Irish Pub

Bouncer: Hearing the End of the World at O'Neill's Irish Pub

During a break from the gnarly weather last week, I decided to hang out near the ballpark before baseball season officially began and rendered the area completely uninhabitable. I enjoy standing next to the ballpark when it is empty, near…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>The Sicilian Girl</i>

The Sicilian Girl

The facts are more gripping than the filmmaking in Marco Amenta's routine docudrama about tenacious teen informer Rita Atria. The 17-year-old Sicilian spitfire made jaws drop in 1991 by testifying against a homegrown capo — a reliable way of commissioning…
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Dining, Eat Fresh Eats: The State of S.F.&#146;s Street Food

Fresh Eats: The State of S.F.’s Street Food

In May 2009, when I started as SFoodie editor, the first few carts in the Mission's new wave of street vending had just begun selling in places like tiny Linda Street. Later that summer, I described a typical scene at…
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Calendar, Night&Day Endless Summer

Endless Summer

A docu-fiction hybrid, Pedro González-Rubio's film Alamar records, as it partakes of, a 5-year-old boy's dream vacation. Natan, born of a brief romantic liaison between Italian tourist Roberta and Yucatán tour guide Jorge, leaves Rome to stay with his father…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Wendy and Lucy</i>

Wendy and Lucy

Modest but cosmic, Kelly Reichardt’s Wendy and Lucy is a movie whose sad pixie heroine, Wendy (Michelle Williams), already skating on thin ice, stumbles and, without a single support to brace herself, slides into America’s lower depths. Introduced calling for…
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Calendar, Night&Day Wendy and Lucy

Wendy and Lucy

Modest but cosmic, Kelly Reichardt’s Wendy and Lucy is a movie whose sad pixie heroine, Wendy (Michelle Williams), already skating on thin ice, stumbles and, without a single support to brace herself, slides into America’s lower depths. Introduced calling for…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cinema Paradiso

Cinema Paradiso

It wasn’t all that long ago that The New York Times was running stories lamenting the precipitous decline of Italian cinema. The industry was in a certified crisis, as Hollywood flicks siphoned off moviegoers and the decades-long streak of star…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>The Mother of Tears</i>

The Mother of Tears

Smashed heads! Smashed faces! A woman disemboweled and hanged with her own guts! Vaginal impalement with, er, a snap-together vagina impaler! Already a vocal cult calls the long-awaited, long-deferred final film in Dario Argento’s “Three Mothers” trilogy some kind of…
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Dining, Eat As the Romans Do

As the Romans Do

As the longtime cultural center of the Apennine Peninsula, Rome has incorporated ingredients and dishes from many other regions into its cuisine. Its pantry is fundamentally southern — the main fat is olive oil; many dishes start with a soffrito…
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Calendar, Night&Day They Really Are the World

They Really Are the World

The Rome-based Orchestra of Piazza Vittorio isn't like a conventional symphony. For one thing, its members, who hail from 11 countries and speak eight different languages, don't all play regular orchestral instruments. The lineup for the orchestra's first U.S. West…
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Dining, Eat Pie High

Pie High

I love pizza. It's my desert island dish, my last meal, my favorite snack. I will detour hours out of my way or volunteer for an unnecessary business trip to try a famous pie. When visiting hot spots like New…
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Dining, Dish Enchanted

Pizza My Mind

If you ever want to start a ruckus in San Francisco, all you need to do is either A) pull into a parking place in front of someone who's been waiting with his blinker on (albeit 20 feet away), hedging…
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Dining, Eat

Your Favorite Foods

Rick's Restaurant & Bar 1940 Taraval (at 30th Avenue), 731-8900. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday from 4:30 to 10 p.m, Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10:30 p.m., Sunday from 4 to 10 p.m. Reservations advised. The restaurant is…
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Dining, Eat

Street Smart

Boulevard is the sleek name of Nancy Oakes' restaurant in the Auddifred Building at the head of Mission Street (surely not the boulevard in question), but a more descriptive one might be Plaza, or even Piazza. Boulevard has become the…
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