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Windfall Downfall: Politicos and Backers Promise Windfalls for Cities That Host "Mega-Events," but the Numbers Aren't There

• A study of 25 years of Major League Baseball All-Star Games found employment in host cities was lower than in comparable cities not hosting the games. • Analyses of 30 years of NCAA Men's Final Four basketball tournaments revealed…
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Culture, Art Dialogue: Black Artists from South Africa and the United States Carry on a Half-Century Conversation

Dialogue: Black Artists from South Africa and the United States Carry on a Half-Century Conversation

In the second decade of South African apartheid, a young black photographer named Ernest Cole took clandestine images that showed the brutality, despair, and utter senselessness of the National Party government's racial segregation laws. Cole risked everything — including his…
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Dining, Eat Bitter Fruit: Bay Area Brewers Push Hops Into Stranger Territory

Bitter Fruit: Bay Area Brewers Push Hops Into Stranger Territory

As with politics, so too with booze. Over the last handful of years, tendencies in local craft brewing have inhabited polar ends of the spectrum. On one hand, there's been a ramping up of the obscure as beers relying upon…
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Calendar, Night&Day Mama's Mystique

Mama's Mystique

The 10th annual Black Choreographers Festival, offers the Bay Area premiere of Zimbabwe-born choreographer Nora Chipaumire's Miriam. Chipaumire, formerly a featured dancer with the Urban Bush Women, was inspired to create the work following the death of Grammy Award-winning…
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Culture, Art Winter Arts: Georgia O'Keefe, the Vinyl Record, and Other Art Shows

Winter Arts: Georgia O'Keefe, the Vinyl Record, and Other Art Shows

The past has a way of catching up and seeming new again. So it is with a large number of notable visual-art exhibits in the coming months, whether it's paintings from Georgia O'Keefe, photography that plays on 19th-century stereotypes, or…
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Dining, Eat

Distillations: Fake It 'Til You Make It at InnerFog

"I got a job!" my 23-year-old burlesque dancer friend Alaric said as we slipped over to a table at InnerFog wine bar. "A real job! With benefits! A grown-up job!" The place was packed with people in a way that…
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News, America's Comp: The Latest Financials for the America's Cup Portend Badly for the City

America's Comp: The Latest Financials for the America's Cup Portend Badly for the City

Onne van der Wal gyrates like a hula-hooper on the deck of a powerboat ripping through San Francisco Bay at a clip exceeding the speed limit on the Bay Bridge above. The South African-raised nautical photographer has the weathered features…
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Dining, Eat

Amawele's South African Kitchen: Expand Your Lunch Horizons

Spicy and sour is a seductively simply combination that couldn't be more alien to what we think of as typical American food. Its dominance in the food at Amawele's South African Kitchen is explained in a helpful blurb that describes…
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Calendar, Night&Day Free(Dom) Movies

Free(Dom) Movies

The Human Rights Film Festival at the University of San Francisco is the 11th annual event, and like previous years, the lineup is sure to galvanize audiences with a mixture of shorts and features that span the globe. Shorts programs…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse Movie Listings for Feb. 27-Mar. 5, 2013

Artists' Television Access. Noise Pop Film Series: Turning: A Music Documentary by Charles Atlas featuring Antony & The Johnsons: Followed by a Q&A with director Charles Atlas. Wed., Feb. 27, 7 p.m. $10. noisepop.com/2013. Noise Pop Film Series: What Did…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse Listings for Feb. 13-19, 2013

Artists' Television Access. recLAmation: A feature-length experimental film with live narration by Hilary Goldberg. Wed., Feb. 13, 8 p.m. $6. Pickle Surprise: The Eyes of Tom Rubnitz: Dirty Looks presents a film about the New York drag scene in the…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse listings for Feb. 6-12, 2013

Artists' Television Access. Cast Shadows: An evening of sound/film performances with Barn Owl, Marielle Jakobsons, John Davis, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, and Paul Clipson. Sat., Feb. 9, 8 p.m. $15. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 824-3890, www.atasite.org. The Castro Theatre. Chasing Ice and…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse Movie Listings Jan. 30-Feb 5, 2013

The Castro Theatre. The 11th Annual San Francisco Film Noir Festival: Featuring: Try and Get Me!, Repeat Performance, High Tide, Native Son , The Chase , Sunset Boulevard, Experiment in Terror, Inferno , and Man in the Dark. Through Feb.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sugar 'n' Metal

Sugar 'n' Metal

Thanks to the advent of affordable digital filmmaking, there's been a recent wave of compelling documentary films about lesser-known musicians, performers who never quite made it onto the cultural radar. Two of the best of those documentaries are playing tonight.…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Hard Data Indicates Laffs

The Hard Data Indicates Laffs

With Tripping on the Tipping Point, Human Nature, a musical comedy theater troupe from northern California, is currently underway on its second production finding the humor in climate change, in song. "What?" you scream from your tree. "Climate change isn't…
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Music, BeatBox Soul Shakedown: Show Preview

Soul Shakedown: Show Preview

David "DeeCee" Corran has done his best to shake up the local live music and club scene since he started his original Soul Shakedown party at Club Six in 2003. He has presented reggae bands from Chile, Hawaii, New Zealand,…
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Film, "Life, Above All": Problematic Drama Delves Into South African AIDS Crisis

"Life, Above All": Problematic Drama Delves Into South African AIDS Crisis

AIDS isn't mentioned until well past the halfway mark of Oliver Schmitz's problematic South Africa-set tale about the fear, gossip, and superstition surrounding the illness in a township 125 miles outside Johannesburg. Bright, stoic 12-year-old Chanda (affecting newcomer Khomotso Manyaka)…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and lows from this week in S.F. music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and lows from this week in S.F. music

Sizzle • Noise Pop festival announces first part of its 2011 lineup, which — to our delight — includes lo-fi R&B whiz How to Dress Well. • Stevie Wonder, Will.I.am., Joe Montana, and other famous faces show up for Neil…
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Calendar, Night&Day Getting Orff

Getting Orff

Here is the question: “What are you, woman?” To form your answer, you may turn to the Hooters Bikini Contest. You may turn to author Maya Angelou, South African runner Caster Semenya, or riot lady Kathleen Hanna. Perhaps you will…
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Culture, Feature Harpoons and Harbingers

Harpoons and Harbingers

Candice Breitz Oct. 1-Dec. 20 at SFMOMA, 151 Third St. (at Mission), S.F. $9-$15; 357-4000 or www.sfmoma.org. Video art that shows real people engaged in something they're passionate about is often affecting for one simple reason: It counteracts the slick…
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