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Film, "Million Dollar Arm": Jon Hamm Is Our Best Hope for Feel-Good Hit of the Summer

"Million Dollar Arm": Jon Hamm Is Our Best Hope for Feel-Good Hit of the Summer

What's so bad about feeling good, anyway? Based on the true story of the first Indian citizens to play professional baseball, Craig Gillespie's globetrotting Million Dollar Arm is an exemplar of a Feel Good Movie (Disney, Sports Division), and damn…
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Calendar, Night&Day Downward-Facing Art Critic

Downward-Facing Art Critic

Yoga: The Art of Transformation comes to the Asian Art Museum with about 130 paintings, statues, manuscripts and videos from private collections and museums in India, the United States, and Europe. Together, the artworks tell the 2,500-year history of…
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Calendar, Night&Day True Love Stories

True Love Stories

For the partnered, it's a question that pops up all the time: "How did you first meet?" Jill Bourque has been asking that question for years, and she's heard some real doozies. There was the couple who met in…
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News, Propagandabook: U.S. Government Is Expanding Its War to Win Hearts and Minds into Facebook's Global Social Network

Propagandabook: U.S. Government Is Expanding Its War to Win Hearts and Minds into Facebook's Global Social Network

Legend has it that one of the venture capitalists who dumped a few million into Facebook in its start-up phase was linked, by a degree or two of separation, to the Central Intelligence Agency's private equity firm, In-Q-Tel. Edward Snowden's…
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Film, South Asian Film Festival: Not Just Bollywood, But Certainly Some

South Asian Film Festival: Not Just Bollywood, But Certainly Some

South Asian Film Festival Presenting diverse images of South Asians while working to creative positive change through film, 3rd i Films' 11th Annual San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival begins on an appropriately uplifting note with The Revolutionary Optimists.…
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Dining, Eat 1601 Bar & Kitchen: S.F.'s First Sri Lankan Restaurant Focuses on Small Plates

1601 Bar & Kitchen: S.F.'s First Sri Lankan Restaurant Focuses on Small Plates

The opening of San Francisco's first Sri Lankan restaurant sent a delicious shiver of anticipation down the spines of those who get excited about such things. Sri Lanka, the little island nation off the southern coast of India, promises an…
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Culture, Stage Lifting the Veil: Brava Theater Imports Pakistan's Most Controversial Play

Lifting the Veil: Brava Theater Imports Pakistan's Most Controversial Play

Shahid Nadeem, a three-time prisoner of conscience in Pakistan for his prominent work as an activist and dramatist, when asked about performing his play Burqavaganza in his home country, can give you a province-by-province, and at times a neighborhood-by-neighborhood, breakdown…
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Culture, Art "Indian Circus": Mary Ellen Mark Sees the People at the Margins

"Indian Circus": Mary Ellen Mark Sees the People at the Margins

The girl named Rajni performs in stockings that are torn and tattered, a sign she's from the lowest rung of India's economic ladder. The other girls in the photos are from the same rung, but they say they're happy. Back…
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Dining, Eat Gajalee: Indian Cuisine from a Different Coast

Gajalee: Indian Cuisine from a Different Coast

One of the reasons we visit restaurants is to be transported, if only for an hour, to a different spot on the map. Gajalee, the new restaurant from the owners of Udupi Palace, takes you to the laid-back beach towns…
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Calendar, Night&Day Pulling Out of Nazareth

Pulling Out of Nazareth

Between the ages of 12 and 30, much Jesus of Nazareth’s life is a mystery. According to some scholars and theologians, he used those years to log miles. He’s been as far as England, and after his resurrection, there’s an…
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Dining, Eat Fresh Eats: New Indian: Preeti Mistry Relaunches Juhu Beach Club as Popup

Fresh Eats: New Indian: Preeti Mistry Relaunches Juhu Beach Club as Popup

Although Juhu Beach Club, the Indian food pop-up from Top Chef alum Preeti Mistry, stopped serving lunch this fall, Mistry relaunched it as a series of dinners at La Victoria Bakery (2937 24th St. at Alabama, 642-7120) this week —…
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Calendar, Night&Day Decline and Rise

Decline and Rise

Ideally, art exhibits offer an "ah-ha" moment, when you stand transfixed and realize, "This speaks to me like nothing before." This exhibit contains pieces that scream "ah-ha" — that challenge your assumptions and reveal the massive contradictions of a culture…
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Calendar, Night&Day Borrowing from the Past

Borrowing from the Past

"The Matter Within" surveys contemporary artists with roots in India who are taking radical approaches to their subjects. In photos, performance artist Nikhil Chopra inhabits characters that are vaudevillian products of British influence and self-inflated aristocracy. Designers Jiten Thukral and…
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Culture, Art Decline and Rise: Three Exhibits Prove the Continued Splendor of Indian Art

Decline and Rise: Three Exhibits Prove the Continued Splendor of Indian Art

Ideally, art exhibits offer an "ah-ha" moment, when you stand transfixed and realize, "This speaks to me like nothing before." All three India shows now in San Francisco contain pieces that scream "ah-ha" — that challenge your assumptions and reveal…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Lighter Side of India's Deities

The Lighter Side of India's Deities

Ideally, art exhibits offer an "ah-ha" moment, when you stand transfixed and realize, "This speaks to me like nothing before." This exhibit contains pieces that scream "ah-ha" — that challenge your assumptions and reveal the massive contradictions of a culture…
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Calendar, Night&Day For the Straight Guy. Or Not.

For the Straight Guy. Or Not.

At 3rd i’s Queer Eye tonight, the South Asian independent film festival screens Asoka Handagama’s 2002 feature, Flying with One Wing. It’s billed as “A Sri Lankan cross between Fassbinder and Boys Don’t Cry,” and it looks amazing. The second…
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Culture, Encore

More Theater Reviews

A Perfect Ganesh. The experience of modern-day India is nearly impossible to describe to a Westerner. It is simultaneously spiritual and maddening. This production of Terrence McNally's 1993 play beautifully and achingly captures India's contradictions and allure. It's a familiar…
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Culture, Encore

More Theater Reviews

A Perfect Ganesh. The experience of modern-day India is nearly impossible to describe to a Westerner. It is simultaneously spiritual and maddening. This production of Terrence McNally's 1993 play beautifully and achingly captures India's contradictions and allure. It's a familiar…
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Culture, Encore

More theater reviews

Palomino. Starring in his one-man show, which he also wrote and directed, David Cale hardly looks the part of the character he's portraying — that of Kieran McGrath, a hot young Irish carriage driver in New York's Central Park, whose…
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Culture, Stagecap

"A Perfect Ganesh": Theater Review

The experience of modern-day India is nearly impossible to describe to a Westerner. It is simultaneously spiritual and maddening. This production of Terrence McNally's 1993 play beautifully and achingly captures India's contradictions and allure. It's a familiar premise: Two middle-aged…
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