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Culture, The Exhibitionist Michael McDonald Breaks Character for Stand-Up

Michael McDonald Breaks Character for Stand-Up

For 10 seasons on the sketch comedy series MADtv, Michael McDonald masqueraded under such original guises as Bible Dude and the Depressed Persian Tow Truck Driver, and he slayed with impressions of notorious figures including Bill O'Reilly, Saddam Hussein, and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Neither Doobie nor House

Neither Doobie nor House

For 10 seasons on the sketch comedy series MADtv, Michael McDonald masqueraded under such original guises as Bible Dude and the Depressed Persian Tow Truck Driver, and slayed with impressions of notorious figures including Bill O’Reilly, Saddam Hussein, and Dr.…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Gets a Pre-Flight Glass of Reality at SFO's Vino Volo

Bouncer Gets a Pre-Flight Glass of Reality at SFO's Vino Volo

For people-watching, airports are second only to hotel lobbies. In fact, they might even be better, since there is a larger mixture of human oddity at the airport: Businessmen, bratty kids, pasty musicians, and bloodthirsty terrorists all scurry about on…
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Calendar, Night&Day Firepower

Firepower

On March 8, Wafaa Bilal, a professor at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, turned his back into a canvas for our collective conscience. During a 24-hour tattoo session, a borderless map of Iraq was drilled full of dots representing…
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Culture, Art Julio Cesar Morales re-enacts the birth of California

Julio Cesar Morales re-enacts the birth of California

In 2004, when Julio Cesar Morales went to view the Bear Flag Revolt monument in Sonoma, truth was enjoying a particularly slippery moment. Dick Cheney assured the press that Saddam Hussein had long-established ties with al-Qaeda, and 42 percent of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Allah That and a Bag of Chips

Allah That and a Bag of Chips

For the three Muslim-American stand-up comics showcased in the concert film Allah Made Me Funny, terror is something more than stage fright. Mohammed “Mo” Amer and Azhar Usman make fun of themselves—their wife and mother jokes are universal; much of…
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Music, Bouncer

Republicans, Irish and otherwise

One of the best things about San Francisco is that you can still find tiny ma 'n' pa bars run by people with accents — Greek, Welsh, Eritrean, and Irish. Immigrants opened up these places years ago, stocked the bars…
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Culture, Stage Not Much to Say

Not Much to Say

On Independence Day, Dolores Park was transformed into an open-air theater. Amid a sea of sun hats and sunburned holiday flesh, a young man -- wearing a tight green soccer sweater, a pair of enormous ski goggles, and jeans so…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

Toady Is as Toady Does Any time we can get the word "lickspittle" into the paper, we're happy: Bravo! Your article really hits the toad on the head. The S.F. Chronicle is so…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

A Glantz at Iraq Damn. Merely provocative, once again: I read your article and was just left wondering: What's your point? If it is only that the left, in…
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News, Feature What the Left Got Wrong About Iraq

What the Left Got Wrong About Iraq

On May 15, 2003, in the early days of the U.S. occupation of Iraq, I took a trip to al-Mufwrakiyya, a village on the banks of the Tigris River two hours south of Baghdad. A U.S. military crane had just…
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Film, The Whole Truth?

The Whole Truth?

Jehane Noujaim co-directed 2001's remarkable Startup.com, about two Internet whiz kids who brokered just enough big deals to wind up with broken dreams, and the audience came away understanding how it felt to invest everything in something eventually worth nothing.…
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Dining, Social Grace

Sitting Mull

Dear Mr. Grace, I am writing you in search of validation for a practice I use that I think is, unfortunately, becoming archaic. When I'm invited to someone's office, I stand and wait patiently for them to invite me to…
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Film, Kurds Away

Kurds Away

Marooned in Iraq is Kurdish-Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi's follow-up to his remarkable 2000 debut, A Time for Drunken Horses. That film told the story of five orphaned brothers and sisters living in an impoverished Kurdish village along the Iran-Iraq border…
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News, Feature Regime Changing

Regime Changing

On Feb. 5, with international dissent mounting against America's foreign policy toward Iraq, Secretary of State Colin Powell attempted to make one last case for an American invasion of the country before the United Nations Security Council. Armed with aerial…
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Dining, Social Grace

Say My Name

Dear Social Grace, Discussions of the following topic have reached a feverish pitch here at my home: Namely, we have noticed, in many forums of discussion about the war in Iraq, the tendency of many people to refer to Saddam…
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Film, Battle Scars

Battle Scars

Marooned in Iraq begins with a black screen and the shrieking rumble of a bomber. It's a decade ago, however, and the plane is Saddam's, part of his assault on the Kurdish population in northern Iraq. (Does anybody remember when…
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News, Bay View Calm Before the Storm

Calm Before the Storm

History books will no doubt characterize last week's mayhem in San Francisco in much the same way used to describe anti-war demonstrations during the Vietnam War: Protesters clashed with police in the streets in San Francisco .... And, of course,…
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News, Dog Bites

Prewar Snack

The sun was shining, but the atmosphere was pure gloom in downtown San Francisco two Tuesdays ago, the day before the war on Iraq began. The word "war" was overheard in nearly every conversation as workers took their lunch breaks.…
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News, Bay View War Torn

War Torn

As teams of FBI agents fan out across America looking for 50,000 Iraqis to question about their loyalties -- Saddam or Dubya?, you decide -- they are expected to concentrate their efforts in Michigan, Texas, and California. So at least…
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