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Culture, The Exhibitionist Fifty Years on, David Kleinberg's <i>Hey, Hey, LBJ!</i> Takes a Journalistic View of Vietnam

Fifty Years on, David Kleinberg's Hey, Hey, LBJ! Takes a Journalistic View of Vietnam

“I don’t have a background in theater. I’m not a performer,” says David Kleinberg. “It’s all been learned in the last eight years. I think it took 50 years for be to be ready to do it.” The longtime San…
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Music, Leaving the Censors Behind: Vietnamese Rapper Suboi Can Finally Speak Her Mind

Leaving the Censors Behind: Vietnamese Rapper Suboi Can Finally Speak Her Mind

Vietnam's 24-year-old queen of hip-hop, Hàng Lâm Trang Anh, is looking forward to her first visit to the United States. She definitely wants to see the Golden Gate Bridge, which is familiar to her from TV, movies, and even karaoke.…
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Dining, Bouncer Bouncer Catalogues Hipster Society at Casanova Lounge

Bouncer Catalogues Hipster Society at Casanova Lounge

Bacon is the New Vampire Chickens are the new potbellied pigs. Bacon is the new vampire. But more on that later. It's been a long time since I have felt the pull of a gen-u-ine S.F. hipster bar. By the…
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Dining, Eat Out the Door: Admire the Cookbook, Eat at the Restaurant

Out the Door: Admire the Cookbook, Eat at the Restaurant

When Charles Phan's Vietnamese Home Cooking hit my desk a few weeks ago, I read it cover to cover. It's the local chef's long-anticipated first cookbook, full of recipes from his celebrated Slanted Door restaurant as well as dishes Phan…
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Calendar, Night&Day Ghost Trip

Ghost Trip

When infantryman McKinley Nolan went AWOL in Vietnam in the late 1960s, a number of rumors circulated to explain his vanishing act. He was captured by the Viet Cong, according to one story, while another had him slipping into Cambodia,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Not Fade Away

Not Fade Away

The terrible legacies of our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq include compounding the terrible legacy of our war in Vietnam. Add to that the disadvantage of the memory loss that comes with a generation gap — as if all the…
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Calendar, Night&Day It's a Family Affair

It's a Family Affair

Boasting a drummer in his early teens and the unusual name he dreamed up, Seattle five-piece Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band has enough quirks to reference most of indie rock. The band does sweeping hugeness, yelped vocals, a few nonsense…
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Culture, Encore

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Now and at the Hour. Calling it just a "magic show" doesn't seem quite right. Christian Cagigal's Now and at the Hour is part sleight of hand, part personal revelation, and part straight-up creepiness. Some magicians look and behave as…
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Culture, Stagecap

Now and at the Hour

Calling it just a "magic show" doesn't seem quite right. Christian Cagigal's Now and at the Hour is part sleight of hand, part personal revelation, and part straight-up creepiness. Some magicians look and behave as if they belong on used-car…
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Calendar, Night&Day That &#145;70s Movie

That ‘70s Movie

In 1972, the American dream was coming apart at the seams. Watergate, Vietnam, and the Manson Family murders had ushered in an era of unapologetic brutality and deceit — even the Summer Olympics ended in a massacre. The two-part series…
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News, Sucka Free City

Leader of Down Below Gang blames PTSD for killings

On Feb. 9, defense attorneys disclosed part of an innovative strategy they plan to use to defend Down Below Gang leader Emile Fort, who is accused of 30 federal crimes, including the murders of two teenagers and a baby. If…
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News, Sucka Free City Roller derby returns to KOFY-TV

Roller derby returns to KOFY-TV

What is it about full-contact roller skating that thrives on hard times? Roller derby, the body-crunching indoor skate marathon, was born during the Great Depression. Its popularity peaked during World War II and Vietnam. Now, as the edifice of Western…
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Film, Forgiven

Forgiven

Walt Kowalski growls a lot — a dyspeptic rumble that wells up from deep inside his belly when he catches sight of his midriff-baring teenage granddaughter text-messaging her way through her grandmother's funeral, or when his good-for-nothing son and daughter-in-law…
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Calendar, Night&Day Viet Wave

Viet Wave

Either Viet Le and Yong Soon Min have a rich tapestry of obscenely talented friends, or they really curated the shit out of "transPOP: Korea Vietnam Remix." As we ticked through the list of oft-exhibited and exhaustively educated artists in…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Rhetoric

Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Rhetoric

Bob Dylan's "John Brown" is one of the most moving antiwar songs recorded. The track avoids sloganeering, resonating an anti–Vietnam War sentiment with a straightforward, human, and very sad story: A mother proudly sends her son off to war, only…
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Film, New Blood

New Blood

No adult has ever been able to codify what separates a good movie from a classic. In kid terms, though — those favored by Son of Rambow, a chipper tribute to the cinema as both supplier and repository of dreams…
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Film, Apolitical Theater

Apolitical Theater

Considering that the war in Iraq has proven to be Washington's shot-by-shot remake of Vietnam, it's only natural that Hollywood has followed suit, giving us a series of Iraq-themed films that can be set neatly alongside their Vietnam-era counterparts. Just…
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Music, Bouncer

Shipwrecked with San Francisco's Best Bartending Storyteller

I've been thinking a lot about the Cosco Busan ship that hit the Bay Bridge, causing that terrible oil spill. I imagine a vessel the size of a city block moving soundlessly through the fog and then pressing itself into…
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Music, The Man in Black on the Boob Tube: <i>The Johnny Cash TV Show</i> by Mark Keresman

The Man in Black on the Boob Tube: The Johnny Cash TV Show by Mark Keresman

Country singer Johnny Cash was a performer whose appeal transcended social barriers. His history of defying categorization is apparent in the newly released The Best of the Johnny Cash TV Show 1969-1971, a two-DVD compilation pulled from the prime-time variety…
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Film, 'Across the Universe': Help!

'Across the Universe': Help!

After Hair, Hairspray, and the mass marketing of tie-dye, can the '60s be shrunk to fit any further? Yes, indeed, here comes Julie Taymor to run the revolutions of sex, class, and race through the PG-13 sieve. Not that one…
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