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Calendar, Night&Day Blurring LINES

Blurring LINES

When it comes to dance innovation, San Francisco thinks outside the bun. Our dance troupes perform off the sides of hotels (Niagara Falling), collaborate with indie-pop musicians (Oh, Inverted World), and use laundromats as venues (Laundromatinee). All the more reason…
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Film, "Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present": The Naked Gaze

"Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present": The Naked Gaze

For three months in 2010, Serbian-born performance artist Marina Abramovic sat in a chair in a gallery at New York's Museum of Modern Art and directed her full, silent attention toward individual visitors seated across from her, seven hours a…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Prodigy's Fall

A Prodigy's Fall

In the winter of 1981, a 22-year old woman jumped from a loft on New York’s East Side. She was rendered unrecognizable and carried no identification so it took time for her family members to realize their loss. It took…
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Culture, Art Romare Bearden Retrospective: Once-Neglected Artist Gets His Due

Romare Bearden Retrospective: Once-Neglected Artist Gets His Due

In the early weeks of 1969, protesters gathered before the entrances of New York City's major art museums to complain about the institutions' treatment of African-American artists. The public demonstrations faulted the museums for ignoring the achievements of contemporary black…
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Calendar, Night&Day Reputation Busters

Reputation Busters

What neighborhoods in San Francisco are known as arts and cultural centers? SoMa? Sure. (Rhymes with MOMA.) The Mission? You bet. The Haight? OK. Potrero? Check. How about Civic Center? Well, OK, but it has a reputation for being the…
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Calendar, Night&Day It Takes a Major Metropolitan Area

It Takes a Major Metropolitan Area

Children rule the city! At Family Appreciation Day, which is a smarmy yet accurate name, many superfun things to do are totally free. Kids are very much expected — today, zillions of runts buzz the cultural institutions. It's the kind…
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Calendar, Night&Day Do You Feel Jumpy?

Do You Feel Jumpy?

An entire generation is growing to tweenhood tossed around like popcorn kernels in those inflatable jumpy houses, weekend in and weekend out. We know, because we watch jealously from our picnic blankets in parks throughout the city, weekend in and…
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Calendar, Night&Day He Has Visions

He Has Visions

What happens to prodigies? Whether you find the phenomenon intriguing or tired, the extremely talented young always have a weird row to hoe. Yisrael K. Feldsott was the first undergraduate to be fast-tracked to graduate work at the California College…
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Get Out of the House Free Card

What do snakes, gay history, and cartoons have in common? For a start, they're all things San Franciscans like to look at. For another, they're located within a few steps of each other near the intersection of Third and Mission…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best First Date

For those baffled by the notion of the perfect first date, look no further than the Museum of Modern Art. Not as expensive or as much of a commitment as a dinner out, nor as impersonal as a movie, a…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Museum

The well-curated SFMOMA and the wondrous Exploratorium were stiff competition, but the choice for best museum in San Francisco goes to the underrated California Academy of Sciences -- actually three museums in one: the Natural History Museum, Steinhart Aquarium, and…
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Film, Reel World

Reel World

Umbrella Man Working in every conceivable format, experimental filmmaker Scott Stark has produced an average of three pieces a year since 1980. That's remarkable consistency, especially given Stark's obsession with innovation. "Each of my films has its own language," the…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

When the eyeballs that would become the Residents first came together in 1970 -- in the vanguard's stronghold of San Mateo -- it was for the purpose of making a movie using a newfangled black-and-white video recorder. The film was…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Bar Food

Without a doubt, Hawthorne Lane is one of the finest restaurants in San Francisco. The prices are steep, but chef Bridget Batson lives up to them with her painstakingly subtle, Asian-inspired riffs on California cuisine. Even better is the bar…
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Dennis Hopper, the movie star, tells me emphatically that Bruce Conner is one of the best artists in America, period. He says Conner's experimental films were a major influence on the editing of the '60s motorcycle movie classic, Easy Rider.…
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Culture, missing Fabricating Art

Fabricating Art

To be honest, I went to the SFMOMA last Sunday to see the high art. It's an occupational hazard, this compulsion to be up to date on the big names and the lofty questions. So I took the 30 Stockton…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): This would be an excellent time to pray to the deities of your choice for guidance in preserving your newly won helpings of love and freedom. For best results, though, avoid the body language traditionally used…
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News, Feature

O Pioneers

When Adrienne Mancia, the winner of this year's Mel Novikoff Award, tries to recall her favorite moments from 34 years of film programs at the Museum of Modern Art, she thinks of Beatrice Lillie baring a breast during a tribute…
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Dining, Eat

Crazy Like a Fox

Pazzia Caffe 337 Third St. Open daily for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., for dinner 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., until 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Closed Sundays. Credit cards accepted; the restaurant is wheelchair accessible. Call 512-1693.…
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