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Calendar, Night&Day Learn Before Loving

Learn Before Loving

Buildings that exude obvious grandeur — like New York's Chrysler Building or Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral — are easy to love. Buildings that seem ordinary need help — usually from historians — to explain their importance. So it is…
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Music, Hear This Maayan Nidam: Show Preview

Maayan Nidam: Show Preview

Originally from Tel Aviv and now based in Berlin, Maayan Nidam established a reputation in the last decade for producing and DJing muggy, dub-haunted minimal house under the name Miss Fitz. In the last few years, however, she has focused…
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Music, BeatBox Soulico: Show Preview

Soulico: Show Preview

If you're looking for musical democracy, get your ass to Tel Aviv, a resort destination with nightlife that ranks among the best the Mediterranean coast has to offer. Residents of Israel's most cosmopolitan city were early dance music adopters, supporting…
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Calendar, Night&Day Democracy in the Middle East

Democracy in the Middle East

If you're looking for musical democracy, get your ass to Tel Aviv, a resort destination with nightlife that ranks among the best the Mediterranean coast has to offer. Residents of Israel's most cosmopolitan city were early dance music adopters, supporting…
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Film,

Showcasing Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2011

In past years, the theatrical release of the Oscar-nominated live-action and animated shorts has provided a fun peek into intriguing bite-size cinema from across the globe. But for the 2011 edition, the series is at last making room for the…
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Music, Monotonix sets it off

Monotonix sets it off

When it comes to packing bodies into rock clubs, it doesn't hurt to have a reputation for kinetic live shows. Tel Aviv's Monotonix is a punk-informed trio amassing a devoted international fan base thanks to constant touring. From the stage,…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>$9.99</i>

$9.99

Tatia Rosenthal’s stop-motion animation $9.99 adds a measure of stolid creepiness to co-writer Etgar Keret’s brand of dark whimsy. Like Jellyfish—the live-action film Keret directed with his wife, Shira Geffen, in 2007—$9.99 is an episodic affair detailing the absurd or…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>$9.99</i>

$9.99

Tatia Rosenthal’s stop-motion animation $9.99 adds a measure of stolid creepiness to co-writer Etgar Keret’s brand of dark whimsy. Like Jellyfish—the live-action film Keret directed with his wife, Shira Geffen, in 2007—$9.99 is an episodic affair detailing the absurd or…
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Calendar, Night&Day How Much Does It Cost?

How Much Does It Cost?

Tatia Rosenthal’s stop-motion animation $9.99 adds a measure of stolid creepiness to co-writer Etgar Keret’s brand of dark whimsy. Like Jellyfish -- the live-action film Keret directed with his wife, Shira Geffen, in 2007 -- $9.99 is an episodic affair…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Waltz With Bashir</i>

Waltz With Bashir

Ari Folman’s broodingly original Waltz With Bashir is a documentary that seems only possible, not to mention bearable, as an animated feature. A grim, deeply personal phantasmagoria centered around the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, Waltz With Bashir is an illustrated…
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Calendar, Night&Day Waltz with Bashir

Waltz with Bashir

Ari Folman’s broodingly original Waltz With Bashir is a documentary that seems only possible, not to mention bearable, as an animated feature. A grim, deeply personal phantasmagoria centered around the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, Waltz With Bashir is an illustrated…
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Film, Dogs of War

Dogs of War

Ari Folman's broodingly original Waltz with Bashir is a documentary that seems only possible, not to mention bearable, as an animated feature. Folman, whose magic-realist youth film Saint Clara was one of the outstanding Israeli films of the 1990s, has…
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Film, Hairpiece in the Middle East

Hairpiece in the Middle East

Behold Adam Sandler, in a passable Israeli accent and outsize codpiece, as Zohan the Mossad superheavy: catching barbecued fish in his butt crack on a Tel Aviv beach, repelling bullets with his nostril, sculpting hand grenades into toy poodles for…
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Music, Firewater chases the perfect album to the end of the world

Firewater chases the perfect album to the end of the world

Getting secretly doped by locals in India, attacked by malicious intestinal bugs in Pakistan, and solicited to buy AK-47s near Afghanistan — these are not the average distractions from recording a new pop album. It's fortunate, then, that Firewater's Tod…
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Calendar, Night&Day Before the Bomb

Before the Bomb

Iris Bahr's career to date has been about as varied as the many characters she embodies in her latest show. The thirty-something American-Israeli performer, writer, and director has worked for Israeli intelligence, appeared in assorted episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Love, Israeli Style

Love, Israeli Style

Eytan Fox is the hottest director in Israel. Until quite recently, that would've been the quintessential example of damning with faint praise. But the tiny country's film industry is enjoying an incredible year, with prizes from all the right festivals:…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best New Music Festival

Love Parade www.loveparadesf.org Culturally active San Francisco didn't seem to need another parade clogging up its streets, but the Love Parade has filled a void we didn't know we had. This new free festival has given the normally fractured…
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Film, Family Ties

Family Ties

In Israeli writer/director Nir Bergman's Broken Wings, we never see an automatic weapon, a military roadblock, or a horrific explosion on a city street. Rather than dealing with the volatile politics of the Middle East, this quiet, soul-wrenching film examines…
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