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Dining, Distillations Distillations: Exploring the Transitory Nature of Life at The Interval

Distillations: Exploring the Transitory Nature of Life at The Interval

A recluse named Noah bumped into me at a party. "You must really love nightlife, right?" he said. "Parties, bars?" "Well ... sure," I said, desperately hoping he wasn't going to ask me what my "favorite bar" is, or to…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Macabre Masterpiece: <i>Macbeth</i> at Fort Point is Truly an Epic of Shakespearean Proportions

Macabre Masterpiece: Macbeth at Fort Point is Truly an Epic of Shakespearean Proportions

As the fog, wind, and waves pound the walls of the brick fortress beneath the Golden Gate Bridge, there's a struggle of power to ascend the throne playing out as key players are being assassinated in a game of metaphorical…
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Film, "Now: In the Wings on a World Stage": Kevin Spacey Becomes a Shakespearean Madman, Drives a Dune Buggy

"Now: In the Wings on a World Stage": Kevin Spacey Becomes a Shakespearean Madman, Drives a Dune Buggy

What great fun it was to be in the 10-month international tour of Shakespeare's Richard III with Kevin Spacey in the lead and Sam Mendes directing. That's the gist of Jeremy Whelehan's puff piece, which should serve as a fine…
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Calendar, Night&Day Take Back the Storm

Take Back the Storm

Shakespeare's The Tempest is a story of revenge and manipulation, with the sorcerer Prospero scheming to reclaim the throne from his brother by marrying his daughter Miranda to Prince Ferdinand, the son of the King of Naples. Central to…
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Calendar, Night&Day I Love You, and You, and You

I Love You, and You, and You

He loves her. He loves her, too. She loves him. He doesn't love her. Love is when you leave everything else behind. Love is meaningless and arbitrary, a whim, a trick, a spell cast. From Helena's declaration, "Love looks…
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Calendar, Night&Day NUDE for Utopia

NUDE for Utopia

Untitled Feminist Show celebrates women under the guidance of experimental playwright and director Young Jean Lee. She brings together a cast of six unique players from acting, dance, and cabaret to challenge the ideas of what it means to…
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Culture, Stage Balancing Acts: Two Cirques Play with the Form, with Mixed Results

Balancing Acts: Two Cirques Play with the Form, with Mixed Results

The gymnast who can stand her whole body on one hand for minutes on end never lost her balance. The tumblers who spin and dance atop upturned partners' feet made no missteps. The acrobat who summits a pole as easily…
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Film, "Romeo & Juliet": One More Version Is Never Enough

"Romeo & Juliet": One More Version Is Never Enough

The presence in the world of yet another Romeo and Juliet film poses so many fun philosophical questions. For instance: Because Claire Danes was in Baz Luhrmann's 1996 version (as Juliet), and Damien Lewis is in this one (as Juliet's…
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Culture, Art Stage: The Fourth Wall Isn't Safe. The Fifth and Sixth are in Danger Too

Stage: The Fourth Wall Isn't Safe. The Fifth and Sixth are in Danger Too

Bonnie and Clyde Through Sept. 29, by Shotgun Players at the Ashby Stage, shotgunplayers.org Adam Peck's play takes a fresh look at the infamous Depression-era hoodlum couple. Highbrow: Director Mark Jackson and actors Megan Trout and Joe Estlack rank among…
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Calendar, Night&Day something shakespeare this way comes

something shakespeare this way comes

Macbeth desperately wants to be king. Egged on by his wife and the witches' prophecy, he kills King Duncan and takes the throne. But when violence is used to assuage ambition, it has a habit of returning to wreak…
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Film, "Much Ado About Nothing": Joss Whedon's Shakespearean Passion Project

"Much Ado About Nothing": Joss Whedon's Shakespearean Passion Project

Pro Tip: To get national theatrical distribution for a black-and-white home movie of your friends doing Shakespeare, try directing the third-highest grossing film of all time. It worked for Joss Whedon, whose Much Ado About Nothing would probably have gone…
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Calendar, Night&Day Modern Love

Modern Love

We remember a time not too long ago when “dating” was no more complicated than a Will Ferrell movie, provided you had enough Miller High Life and Twin Peaks epi-sodes. But now, dating involves hookup apps (Grindr), six-person blind dates…
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Culture, Stage Merely Players: Updating Theater Can Be Tricky

Merely Players: Updating Theater Can Be Tricky

Impact Theatre Artistic Director Melissa Hillman is all about making the Bard into one of the bros. Shakespeare didn't write just for the elites; so, she believes, contemporary productions that exclude audiences with, to paraphrase As You Like It's Touchstone,…
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Film,

Scary Cow Festival: Screening 14 Great Local Short Films

Awards season has passed, thank goodness, and film festival season is revving up. Festivals come in all shapes and sizes, some spanning multiple weeks and movie theaters, while others are one day, one theater. In the latter category is the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Really, Don't Be Shy

Really, Don't Be Shy

Is Shylock, the Jewish moneylender in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, a villain or a victim? For one night, watch award-winning actor Guy Masterson debate the question in Shylock, as he explores the controversial character. A lot has happened since…
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Music, Hear This Matmos: Show Preview

Matmos: Show Preview

Soon after M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel got to know one another around 1994, the pair started Matmos, an avant-garde electronic outfit that plays with music's possibilities and perceptions. The former S.F. (now Baltimore) group has utilized rat cages, Bible…
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Calendar, Night&Day Ham It Up

Ham It Up

How do you take your Hamlet? If you were too busy loathing the Bard in high school to just read the damn play, here are the Cliffs Notes: Shakespeare’s “revenge tragedy,” Hamlet exemplifies all the necessary elements of the genre,…
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Culture, Stage Fall Arts: Small Shows and Blockbusters Share Uncommon Ambition

Fall Arts: Small Shows and Blockbusters Share Uncommon Ambition

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity Aurora Theatre CompanyAug. 24-Sept. 30 at the Aurora, 2081 Addison (at Shattuck), Berkeley. $32-$50; (510) 843-4822 or www.auroratheatre.org. SF Weekly's 2012 Best Theater Company opens its 21st season with Kristoffer Diaz's play about the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Some Rise by Sin

Some Rise by Sin

The name William Shakespeare immediately brings to mind self-serious frippery nowadays. After all, you don’t end up with a title like “The Bard” by making dick jokes. Or do you? In Shakespeare’s own time, theatergoing wasn’t nearly as rarefied. His…
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Calendar, Night&Day Pinoy Pride

Pinoy Pride

With the largest Filipino population of any of state, the trials of tinikling are woven into the fabric of California childhood as surely as dodgeball. Tinikling, which we kids were taught to perform for parents' night, is an ankle crushing…
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