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Music, Leaving the Censors Behind: Vietnamese Rapper Suboi Can Finally Speak Her Mind

Leaving the Censors Behind: Vietnamese Rapper Suboi Can Finally Speak Her Mind

Vietnam's 24-year-old queen of hip-hop, Hàng Lâm Trang Anh, is looking forward to her first visit to the United States. She definitely wants to see the Golden Gate Bridge, which is familiar to her from TV, movies, and even karaoke.…
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Dining, Bouncer Bouncer Catalogues Hipster Society at Casanova Lounge

Bouncer Catalogues Hipster Society at Casanova Lounge

Bacon is the New Vampire Chickens are the new potbellied pigs. Bacon is the new vampire. But more on that later. It's been a long time since I have felt the pull of a gen-u-ine S.F. hipster bar. By the…
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Dining, Eat Zen Yai Thai Restaurant: Feeding a Newfound Taste For Blood

Zen Yai Thai Restaurant: Feeding a Newfound Taste For Blood

The boat noodles at Zen Yai put me in a trance. I lose all awareness of my surroundings when I'm eating them. The people around me, the Top 40 music on the radio, the shenanigans on the Tenderloin sidewalk outside…
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Film, Film Feature Life Wish: The Pleasantly Terminal Films of a Thai Director

Life Wish: The Pleasantly Terminal Films of a Thai Director

Death fantasies abound in the films of Thai auteur Pen-ek Ratanaruang, so how is it that they often seem so life-affirming? "Many books say death is relaxing," narrates the suicidal librarian in Ratanaruang's 2003 breakthrough, Last Life in the Universe,…
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Dining, Eat Out the Door: Admire the Cookbook, Eat at the Restaurant

Out the Door: Admire the Cookbook, Eat at the Restaurant

When Charles Phan's Vietnamese Home Cooking hit my desk a few weeks ago, I read it cover to cover. It's the local chef's long-anticipated first cookbook, full of recipes from his celebrated Slanted Door restaurant as well as dishes Phan…
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Calendar, Night&Day Coming Out, Coming Home

Coming Out, Coming Home

Fresh from an acclaimed run at the New York Fringe Festival, Thao Nguyen’s solo show, Fortunate Daughter, is about her revealing her homosexuality to her parents without “coming out.” The coming-out narrative, she says, “is based on a lot of…
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Dining, Eat Fresh Eats: Polata Organic: Chef Tenzin's Fare Passes the Vegan Taste Test

Fresh Eats: Polata Organic: Chef Tenzin's Fare Passes the Vegan Taste Test

Polata Organic is a new East Bay restaurant with roots going back over 15 years to the old Organic Cafe in Oakland. A macrobiotic institution, the Organic Cafe changed names over the years to Manzanita and then to Shangri-La Vegan,…
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Dining, Eat House of Sisig: Kamayan Dining Creates Homey Atmosphere

House of Sisig: Kamayan Dining Creates Homey Atmosphere

First came the banana leaves: glossy, dark-green rectangles, cut down to the size of placemats and perpendicularly striped with veins. Our server covered the table in leaves so that we could only see the wood around the edges. Then she…
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Dining, Eat Fresh Eats: Lers Ros: Tom Silargorn Talks on Authentic Thai

Fresh Eats: Lers Ros: Tom Silargorn Talks on Authentic Thai

Born in Chon Buri, a coastal province about 45 minutes southeast of Bangkok, chef Tom Silargorn learned to cook by his mother's side. Three years ago, he opened Lers Ros in the Tenderloin and quickly earned a devout following of…
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Calendar, Night&Day That’s Radical

That’s Radical

The only people who can afford to work at the anarchist bookstore are trust-fund babies. Right or wrong, that illustrates a common complaint about activism: The people most likely to join political or social movements are young, idealistic, and without…
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Calendar, Night&Day Ghost Trip

Ghost Trip

When infantryman McKinley Nolan went AWOL in Vietnam in the late 1960s, a number of rumors circulated to explain his vanishing act. He was captured by the Viet Cong, according to one story, while another had him slipping into Cambodia,…
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Dining, Recent Openings

Recent Openers

A weekly listing of new restaurants around town. To recommend a spot, e-mail fresheats. Aato: 1449 Lombard (at Van Ness), 292-2368, www.aatosf.com. Marina. Korean fusion. Barrel Room: 620 Post (at Cosmo), www.barrelroomsf.com. Nob Hill/Tenderloin. Wine bar. Cafe Bunn Mi: 417…
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Film, "The Hangover 2": Unfunny Bro Comedy Franchise Is Creatively Bankrupt

"The Hangover 2": Unfunny Bro Comedy Franchise Is Creatively Bankrupt

Most sequels are born of good box office rather than good ideas — if you build it and they come, you simply must build another one — but it's hard to imagine a more calculating, creatively bankrupt piece of real…
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Film, "Uncle Boonmee": Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Latest Is Bizarre, Beautiful

"Uncle Boonmee": Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Latest Is Bizarre, Beautiful

When Apichatpong Weerasethakul was growing up in Thailand, he learned about movies the way kids everywhere did in the 1980s: pushing cassette after cassette into the family VCR. Beyond Spielberg and other recommended imports like Bonnie and Clyde, beyond hip…
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News, Sucka Free City Predictions for San Francisco 2011

Predictions for San Francisco 2011

January • Major telecommunications collapse and the grid melts down. Municipal services fail. Cities go quiet. Black smoke looms on the horizon and food production halts. A thin cry, animalistic, issues from the north. February • The cities remain quiet.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Not Fade Away

Not Fade Away

The terrible legacies of our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq include compounding the terrible legacy of our war in Vietnam. Add to that the disadvantage of the memory loss that comes with a generation gap — as if all the…
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Dining, Eat We translate Chabaa Thai's ethnic Isaan food

We translate Chabaa Thai's ethnic Isaan food

There are dozens of pleasant dishes, I'm sure, on the regular menu of Chabaa Thai Cuisine. You and I know what they are. From fish cakes to red curry, we've had them all, more times than we can count, and…
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Calendar, Night&Day He What?

He What?

Some guys got all the luck: Richard Aoki grew up in the Topaz, Utah internment camp in the early 1940s, was forcibly relocated to West Oakland, and served in Vietnam. Thus, you can't blame the guy for being angry, or…
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Calendar, Night&Day It's a Family Affair

It's a Family Affair

Boasting a drummer in his early teens and the unusual name he dreamed up, Seattle five-piece Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band has enough quirks to reference most of indie rock. The band does sweeping hugeness, yelped vocals, a few nonsense…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Burma VJ</i>

Burma VJ

How we view the relationship between traditional and new media should forever be changed by Danish filmmaker Anders Ostergaard's terrific documentary about a loosely organized network of scrappy underground videographers who risked their lives photographing the abortive 2007 uprising against…
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