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Overheard in S.F.: Woman Demands Street Preacher Stop Damning Sailors

Ranters: Megaphone Preacher Man, Miniskirt Woman, and a sailor Time: 10 p.m. on a Fleet Week Friday Location: Columbus & Broadway Topics Covered: How long strip clubs stain the soul; the rights secured us by our military; how it's noble…
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Calendar, Night&Day War: What Is It Good For?

War: What Is It Good For?

Nine years ago, the U.S. invaded Afghanistan to bring down the Taliban and seek the terrorists behind the 9/11 attacks. Our troops are still there, yet terrorists remain at large, the Taliban is making a comeback (to say the least),…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Restrepo</i>

Restrepo

Amid a glut of amped nonfiction films about the U.S. at war, journalists Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger's documentary about their 2007 stay with an American platoon in a Taliban-infested region of Afghanistan raises its voice by lowering it. Stripped…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Afghan Star</i>

Afghan Star

If you think it’s impossible to underestimate the cultural significance of American Idol, go see British filmmaker Havana Marking’s documentary about its Afghani imitator, a smash hit television show whose musical wannabes run the gamut of Afghanistan’s bruising ethnic divisions.…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Afghan Star</i>

Afghan Star

If you think it’s impossible to underestimate the cultural significance of American Idol, go see British filmmaker Havana Marking’s documentary about its Afghani imitator, a smash hit television show whose musical wannabes run the gamut of Afghanistan’s bruising ethnic divisions.…
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Music, All Shook Down Dem Hoodstarz' Rapper Charged in Gang Sweep

Dem Hoodstarz' Rapper Charged in Gang Sweep

As the Chronicle reported on Sunday, 42 members of a South Bay gang known as "the Taliban" have been arrested following a joint task force raid conducted in 14 Bay Area cities Friday night and Saturday morning. The suspected Taliban…
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News, Feature Guant&aacute;namo's Last Days

Guantánamo's Last Days

The soldiers move through the wheat field, scanning the windswept plain for signs of trouble. There are six of them, dressed in fatigues and body armor, wearing the sunglasses and bushy beards popular among the Special Forces. The only thing…
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Film, <i>The Office</i> meets <i>Deliverance</i>

The Office meets Deliverance

The idea of "getting axed" is exploited for maximum double-entendre value in Severance, a grisly horror-comedy from the U.K. that has its tongue planted so firmly in its cheek that you half expect it to pop out the other side.…
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Film, Border Crossings

Border Crossings

When the Taliban destroyed the Bamiyan Buddha in 2001, the West was outraged. On one level, Swiss filmmaker Christian Frei's contemplative The Giant Buddhas works as a corrective to the simplistic and sensationalist media coverage at the time. More importantly,…
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Music, Reviewed Romanowski

Romanowski

Despite rolling with Future Primitive Sound (a visible local crew with a Lower Haight music and art boutique that hosts exciting and genre-bending club nights), Romanowski remains one of S.F.'s more underrated DJ talents. There are a number of reasons…
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Film, From Bad to Worse

From Bad to Worse

If you were expecting the first film to emerge from Afghanistan since the defeat of the Taliban to be even remotely celebratory, you'll have to adjust your expectations. Radically. In Osama, filmed in 2002 and 2003 in a "suburb" of…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

Protest Song Germany, the CIA, soccer moms -- we're in good company: Regarding Saturday's anti-war protest , John Mecklin bemoans the presence of "fringe-feeding lefties" and their "... offensive rants blaming America (or, at least, American…
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Culture, Stage Angels in Afghanistan

Angels in Afghanistan

Homebody/Kabul is better than Angels in America. Exaggeration? Well, no. I didn't like Angels in America, so I may be damning with faint praise. But after eight years of wishy-washy work Tony Kushner is now back in form with an…
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Calendar, Night&Day Quintessential Kushner

Quintessential Kushner

Tony Kushner's newest play started making headlines well before it had its world premiere in New York back in December. The reasons why are obvious: The majority of the story takes place in Afghanistan and revolves around life under the…
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Dining, The Mix

Believers

Of all the bars on Geary Boulevard -- or Geary Street, or Earth for that matter -- few have a name as intriguing as Would You Believe? According to Shirley, the owner, this decades-old watering hole at 11th Avenue was…
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