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Calendar, Night&Day Unseasonable views

Unseasonable views

At this time of year, there's supposed to be a shortage of good moviegoing options. And the weather is supposed to get (and stay) mercilessly cold. Well, not in San Francisco. The unseasonable weather is a mixed blessing, but…
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Calendar, Night&Day Son of a Gun

Son of a Gun

An alumnus of the Wallace Stegner Fellowship program in fiction writing at Stanford, Justin St. Germain has a debut memoir, Son of a Gun, which was released to widespread critical acclaim this past August. The New York Times Book…
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News, Sucka Free City City Tech, Country Tech: A Town's Quest to Be the Next Region Overrun by Progress

City Tech, Country Tech: A Town's Quest to Be the Next Region Overrun by Progress

They've got places to ride your mountain bike in Bend, Ore. They're called "mountains." There are also golf courses, rivers awaiting the fly-fisherman, opportunities for stand-up paddleboarding, $250,000 homes, good public schools, and 26 brewpubs in a town of some…
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News,

Dr. Twitter: The Masses Turn to Social Media for Healthcare Advice

Perhaps social media — or rather, certain forms of social media — aren't overrun by crackpots and conspiracy theorists, after all. Or maybe they just reside in some far off hinterland of the Internet. The point being, Twitter has become…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Ensler Monologues

The Ensler Monologues

Eve Ensler is the activist, playwright, and author responsible for worldwide hit The Vagina Monologues as well as the New York Times best-selling book I Am an Emotional Creature, among others. A woman who has spent much of her life…
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Calendar, Night&Day Do You Have a Flag?

Do You Have a Flag?

Eddie Izzard is not a comedian so much as an event. A British transvestite who fancies girls, Izzard is master of the non-sequitur — he hops from squirrels to mass murder to Stonehenge with a deftness and frivolity that few…
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Film, Film Feature The Sky Keeps Falling!: A Short History of the Death of Cinema

The Sky Keeps Falling!: A Short History of the Death of Cinema

That the American cinema is deader than Dillinger is a fact no right-thinking observer unwilling to be laughed out of the room would even think of denying today. To do the current round of think-piece writers one better, we will…
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Calendar, Night&Day Word Play

Word Play

The Oxford English Dictionary has long been the definitive record of the English language. Not as well known, however, is the book’s fascinating history. The OED took 70 years to put together, and relied heavily on volunteers to help define…
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Calendar, Night&Day Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Worry

Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Worry

It's been more than 20 months since "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was repealed, and across the -- wait, hasn't everything gone to shit yet? Wasn't the repeal going to "weaken the warrior culture at a time when we have a…
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Calendar, Night&Day It's the Economy, Stupid

It's the Economy, Stupid

New York Times columnist and Princeton professor Paul Krugman has spent a couple of decades integrating old industrial economic theories into the developing international environment. In 2008, that work earned him a Nobel Prize to add to his collection of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Politically Driven

Politically Driven

When Dan Akerson joined the General Motors Board of Directors in 2009, GM was being propped up by about $42 billion in federal money. By the time he became CEO in 2010, the company was emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse Movie Listings January 4-10

The Castro Theatre. Bill Cunningham New York and Jean-Michael Basquiat: The Radiant Child: A double feature of documentaries about New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham and the street artist Jean-Michael Basquiat. Wed., Jan. 4. $7.50-$10. Melancholia: An exploration of…
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Calendar, Night&Day War Is Personal

War Is Personal

The prose that critics call “luminous” tends to be of the light-reflecting-on-the-water variety: It shimmers prettily but doesn't illuminate much. Tea Ohreht's The Tiger's Wife has been dubbed “luminous” by The New York Times, and the novel – her first,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Ups and Downs

Ups and Downs

Consider the elevator. Colson Whitehead did in his first novel, The Intuitionist, in which "the lift" occupies the center of a secret society. Certain elevators have minds of their own — in the same way that cars have “psychosomatic” problems…
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Film, "Page One": Producer Kate Novak on Getting Inside the New York Times

"Page One": Producer Kate Novak on Getting Inside the New York Times

A media organization covering the media is reflexive enough, but how about adding documentary filmmakers to the mix? "It was journalists reporting on journalism, and we were working as journalists covering that," says Kate Novack, producer and writer of Page…
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Calendar, Night&Day Engaging Gotham

Engaging Gotham

No passion for fashion is required to enjoy Bill Cunningham New York, an absorbing portrait of legendary New York Times "On the Street" photographer Bill Cunningham, but a sense of history and tragedy might help. Director Richard Press doggedly shadows…
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Calendar, Night&Day Photographer Engages Gotham

Photographer Engages Gotham

No passion for fashion is required to enjoy Bill Cunningham New York, an absorbing portrait of legendary New York Times "On the Street" photographer Bill Cunningham, but a sense of history and tragedy might help. Director Richard Press doggedly shadows…
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News, Sucka Free City

List: How San Francisco Will Become a Stinking-Rich City

A recent report by the McKinsey Global Institute says that San Francisco will become one of the world's wealthiest cities, a global financial "hot spot," by 2025. What will the future San Francisco have that makes it so rich? •…
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Calendar, Night&Day Old's Cool

Old's Cool

When volume one of Autobiography of Mark Twain hit stores last year, it seemed like half of America found a Christmas gift for their parents. Never mind that most of it had been released before -- the unexpurgated edition included…
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News, Letters

SF Weekly Letters

The Waiting Game Slow court process provides a window of opportunity for criminals: This is no surprise to anyone who has been a victim of violent crime . Victims are treated like evidence, given…
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