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News, Feature Secret Rivera

Secret Rivera

In the spring of 1940, thugs stormed the suburban Mexico City home of Leon Trotsky, in a failed attempt to assassinate the exiled Russian revolutionary. Trotsky escaped by hiding under his bed. (He was killed during a second attempt on…
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Four Best Skyscrapers

Although it's impossible to admire the glass-and-concrete monoliths that have been destroying the city's Mediterranean skyline since the mid-1960s, a few examples of great urban architecture still exist in the canyons of the Financial District. The category means we've had…
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News, Night Crawler Deco Raving

Deco Raving

The first sight of Oakland's Paramount Theatre at night is dazzling, even if that initial glimpse is an illusory reflection caught in a storefront window on 20th Street. The shimmering albedo of 7,000 feet of neon flashing up and down…
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Calendar, Halloween

Cothran

Mission Theatrical I'm a sucker for anachronisms. That's why I always linger as I pass outside the old theaters on Mission Street. You know the ones. Five grand houses that have fallen on hard times, some shuttered, others chipped and…
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