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News, Sucka Free City Edge of Darkness: The Dark Room Closes, for Now

Edge of Darkness: The Dark Room Closes, for Now

The Dark Room, a black-box theater on Mission, went dark in June, but only temporarily, according to owner Jim Fourniadis. "We just had a run of bad luck," he says, recounting various misfortunes that befell the theater in May. Fourniadis…
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Dining, Fresh Eats Red Bay Coffee: Meet S.F.'s Newest Coffee Roaster

Red Bay Coffee: Meet S.F.'s Newest Coffee Roaster

When Keba Konte went to Senegal in 2007, he found something he'd never seen before: raw coffee beans spilled across an iron pan, slowly browning over an open flame. At the time, he was staying with a family that, incidentally,…
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Music, Drink 2013: Nightlife Listings

Drink 2013: Nightlife Listings

21 Club: The 21 Club is one of the last remaining bastions of Tenderloin dive bar living. This small liquor den — located at the untouristy intersection of Turk and Taylor — serves stiff drinks and frothy beers to a…
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Film, "Le Havre": Utopian Vision of Refugees in France Is Sadly Illusory

"Le Havre": Utopian Vision of Refugees in France Is Sadly Illusory

Aki Kaurismäki's Le Havre is something of a comeback for the Finnish filmmaker. His warmhearted comedy of underdog working-class solidarity, made with a mixed Finnish-French-Senegalese cast in the French port city Le Havre, was the most warmly received movie —…
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Culture, Art "Face of Our Time": Photos of Africa Show Life as It Is, with No Exoticism

"Face of Our Time": Photos of Africa Show Life as It Is, with No Exoticism

An African woman stares at the camera and purses her lips. She seems upset, but her eyes are in shadow, so it's hard to determine her exact state — or even who she is. We know her occupation, though. "I…
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Calendar, Night&Day Going Up

Going Up

As William, a taciturn senior who seems to be planning for his final days, veteran character actor and former Elvis Presley bodyguard Red West takes center stage in Goodbye Solo, the third feature co-written and directed by Ramin Bahrani (Man…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Goodbye Solo</i>

Goodbye Solo

As William, a taciturn senior who seems to be planning for his final days, veteran character actor and former Elvis Presley bodyguard Red West takes center stage in Goodbye Solo, the third feature co-written and directed by Ramin Bahrani (Man…
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Calendar, Night&Day Filles d&#146;Afrique

Filles d’Afrique

There are any number of reasons a collaboration between Urban Bush Women's Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Senegalese choreographer Germaine Acogny might have struck both women as auspicious. Widely hailed as the mother of contemporary African dance, Acogny has long…
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Dining, Dish Enchanted

Chaat Amongst Yourselves

It has always seemed peculiar to me that here, in the birthplace of the United Nations, you could run down the street and grab a quick, inexpensive Senegalese or Istrian meal, but going out for Indian food was always a…
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Calendar, Performance School of Life

School of Life

SAT 8/6 This ain't gangsta rap. The lyrics of Daara J -- a Senegalese trio that formed in the early '90s, whose name translates into "school of life" -- contain no braggadocio and plenty of upbeat messages, and the music…
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Dining, Dish Enchanted

Atlas Adventures

The beauty of living in this global bouillabaisse is that on any given day you can sit down at the kitchen table with a world atlas, close your eyes, point to a random spot on the map, open your eyes,…
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Culture, Books

You Shall Know Our Velocity

By Dave Eggers McSweeney's (2002), $22 The danger of making your entree in the literary scene by publishing a critically acclaimed memoir is that readers then wonder -- great, fine, but do you have another book in you? Now that…
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Dining, The Mix

The Mix

As the friendly bartenders at the Lexington Club on the corner of Lexington and 19th streets can tell you, respect is the only key to admission to this lesbian mecca. Hence the spiky-haired cat named Jake, the lone male among…
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Dining, Eat

The Man Who Came to Dinner

Well, I'm not a restaurant reviewer. Not me. I do dinner -- with friends. Albeit strange friends. Or rather strangers who are about to become friends. Or something like that. That's exactly what I was going to tell Clane down…
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Dining, Eat

Senegalese Surprise

Keur-Baobab 3386 19th St. (at Mission), 643-3558. Open Wednesday through Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m. Reservations accepted for large parties. The restaurant is not wheelchair accessible. Parking: not too bad. Muni via Mission and Valencia buses; the 16th Street…
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