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Culture, Know Your Street Art Armor: The Son of a Clothing Empire Sheaths His Street-Art Figures in Tough  Exoskeletons

Armor: The Son of a Clothing Empire Sheaths His Street-Art Figures in Tough Exoskeletons

Ground Zero for San Francisco's street-art scene has shifted radically in the past year. It was once clearly centered in the Mission — around Clarion Alley, Lilac Alley, and the district's other narrow corridors — but it's now concentrated in…
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Culture, Stage "Heart of a Soldier": Opera Set on 9/11 Inert, Cluttered, and Inane

"Heart of a Soldier": Opera Set on 9/11 Inert, Cluttered, and Inane

Here's a small yet telling detail in the continuing drama of America's response to the Sept. 11 attacks: the premiere of an opera that deals with those events yet lacks a tangible antagonist. As evidence of healing, or at least…
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Calendar, Night&Day Ten Years Gone

Ten Years Gone

When the planes crashed into the World Trade Center 10 years ago today, local artist Ben Wood had just started his first week of grad school at the S.F. Art Institute. That day’s events and their aftermath instilled in him…
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Calendar, Night&Day High Wire Act

High Wire Act

Even as the first girders were laid in the mid-1960s, something about the World Trade Center -- that twin-pronged erection jutting from the loins of Western commerce -- inspired fantasies of lustful conquest. As James Marsh's documentary Man on Wire…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Wiry Guy

A Wiry Guy

Part caper movie, part real-life superhero saga, and entirely engrossing, James Marsh's documentary recounts in Rififi-like detail how a Parisian street performer and wire walker named Philippe Petit dodged cops, fought the elements, and defied seemingly impossible logistics to pull…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Other 9/11

The Other 9/11

Thirty-five years ago, a CIA-backed military junta led by General Augusto Pinochet violently overthrew Chilean president Salvador Allende's democratically elected socialist government, and killed, tortured, and disappeared tens of thousands of his supporters and suspected sympathizers. Following the coup, an…
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Film, Towering Cinema

Towering Cinema

Even as the first girders were laid in the mid-1960s, something about the World Trade Center — that twin-pronged erection jutting from the loins of Western commerce — inspired fantasies of lustful conquest. As James Marsh's documentary Man on Wire…
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Film, Auto-Chaotic

Auto-Chaotic

Transformers twiddles its big, fat, stupid robotic thumbs for the better part of two hours before jabbing them into your eye socket and finger-fucking your brain in the last 20 minutes. Yes! It's torture enough waiting for the iPhone and…
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Calendar, Urban Experience New Sneers' Eve

New Sneers' Eve

WED 12/31 Political comedy took a shot right to the kisser after 9/11, which sensitized us to the point that quips about current events seemed, for a while, a lot less amusing. This retreat proved a great big bummer for…
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News, Feature The Fire Next Time

The Fire Next Time

Of all the acts of ostentatious frippery accompanying Great Britain's bid to lay exclusive claim to Jan. 1, 2000, the Millennium Bridge over the River Thames was perhaps the most humiliating. Not to say there weren't others. The $1.1 billion…
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News, Feature The New Defenders

The New Defenders

Only months after terrorists used airliners to decimate the World Trade Center and anthrax to shut down Congress, the United States hosted the Winter Olympics in Utah. During the Games, a Bay Area team won a gold medal -- in…
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Music, House of Tudor House of Tudor

House of Tudor

As 9/11 approaches, we are asked to reflect on how we have changed as a nation and as individuals. Folks still gripped by the fear of our loss of security and by the misguided liberalism that inhibits our gut responses…
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News, Matt Smith Truth Over Death

Truth Over Death

In New York, 18 refrigerated trailers contain one of the more bizarre mathematical problems ever contrived. The human remains within the trailers -- some 14,000 bits of decomposed, charred flesh and bone, most of it so degraded that only the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hope Springs Eternal

Hope Springs Eternal

Downtown Manhattan was uncharacteristically peaceful and quiet on the days immediately following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Traffic was at a lull, taxis were empty, and typically obnoxious New Yorkers were politely cautious, dazed and confused. Except…
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Culture, Dance Into Thin Air

Into Thin Air

In Jess Curtis' upcoming Fallen, you won't find an ankle-deep sea of office paper and fake body parts onstage. You also won't see any imploding buildings projected onto the backdrop, nor does the choreographer use film clips of people running…
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Culture, Stuff Rescue 9/11

Rescue 9/11

Normally, these year-in-TV columns are a breezy, easy write--a plea for good shows buried somewhere in an embittered litany of bad ones. In recent years, it has felt as though the proliferation of channels and choices has given us only…
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Culture, Stuff A New Tune

A New Tune

Natalie Merchant finished recording her third solo album, Motherland, on September 9, so by no means should anyone listen to the disc's first song, "This House Is On Fire," and think it has anything to do with hijacked airplanes, collapsed…
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Culture, Stuff Hell of a Long Day

Hell of a Long Day

There cannot be man, woman, child or beast alive who does not know that on November 6, Fox will debut its new series 24. Long before the fall season was to begin, it had already been appointed the most anticipated…
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Culture, Stuff The Brave and the Bold

The Brave and the Bold

Before he was editor in chief at Marvel Comics -- which, by all rights, makes him the man who tells Spider-Man what he can do with himself and the X-Men where to go -- Joe Quesada illustrated a comic book…
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Film, Amused  to Death

Amused to Death

On Sept. 13, at 11:30 a.m., Bryce Zabel was to have met with USA Network executives about a miniseries he was pitching to the cable outlet. Zabel, creator of such television shows as Dark Skies and The Crow: Stairway to…
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