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Calendar, Night&Day Movin' on Up

Movin' on Up

We were happy when trucks revolutionized food, but when are trucks going to revolutionize art? Well, how about this weekend? The Exploratorium opens its new digs remotely, from the backs of trucks in various points around town, with today’s extravaganza…
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Calendar, Night&Day The French Connection

The French Connection

We love it when authors from other countries come out with translations — especially if they're wildly innovative, culty authors who have yet to be translated in English. Take France's Arno Bertina. If this guy were from San Francisco you'd…
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Calendar, Night&Day All That Jazz

All That Jazz

Comedian Becky Pedigo has appeared on TV a few times — Craig Ferguson and Comedy Central Presents are notable examples — but she makes her living grinding it out in comedy clubs. What kind of living is that? Well, she…
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Calendar, Night&Day Might as Well Jump

Might as Well Jump

We like how science fiction writers aren’t afraid of sequels — when you hit on a good story, why not stick with it for a few books and see what shakes out? Steven Gould hit on his good story in…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Video of the Day: Learn to Write from Lemony Snicket

Video of the Day: Learn to Write from Lemony Snicket

At author readings, young fiction writers often leave disenchanted, because people are always going on about the book. Who has time to read? You want to know about the writing process, about the physical act of getting the words on…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Series of Unfortunate Questions

A Series of Unfortunate Questions

At author readings, young fiction writers often leave disenchanted, because people are always going on about the book. Who has time to read? You want to know about the writing process, about the physical act of getting the words on…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Video of the Day: Urban eXperiment, the French Hacker-Artist Underground

Video of the Day: Urban eXperiment, the French Hacker-Artist Underground

Much is made about our city's storied history in subversive art, with iconic groups like the Billboard Liberation Front, Survival Research Laboratories, the Cacophony Society, and the Suicide Club. A group in Paris, however, gives all of it a run…
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Calendar, Night&Day Spelunking in the City

Spelunking in the City

Much is made about our city's storied history in subversive art, with iconic groups like the Billboard Liberation Front, Survival Research Laboratories, the Cacophony Society, and the Suicide Club. A group in Paris, however, gives all of it a run…
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Calendar, Night&Day May the Farce Be with You

May the Farce Be with You

We never watched the The Fifth Element, in theaters or anywhere else. But we noticed the posters, to be sure. Milla Jovovich wearing nothing but an arrangement of bandages like she had been attacked by a very precise cat —…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Video of the Day: Literary Douchebag-Fools Pantheon

Video of the Day: Literary Douchebag-Fools Pantheon

When Brett Easton Ellis began reading D.T. Max's Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace, he got the howling fantods. He took to his Twitter, calling DFW "the most tedious, overrated, tortured, pretentious writer…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Video of the Day: Mama Said Knock You Out

Video of the Day: Mama Said Knock You Out

Despite periodic efforts, hipster boxing has never become a lasting trend. Part of the reason is that pain doesn't give a crap about your layer of irony. Also, those big gloves make underdeveloped biceps look pubescent. Fortunately, even we still…
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Calendar, Night&Day Literary Doucebag-Fools Pantheon

Literary Doucebag-Fools Pantheon

When Brett Easton Ellis began reading D.T. Max's Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace, he got the howling fantods. He took to his Twitter, calling DFW "the most tedious, overrated, tortured, pretentious writer…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Video of the Day: The Hard Data Indicates Laffs

Video of the Day: The Hard Data Indicates Laffs

With Tripping on the Tipping Point, Human Nature, a musical comedy theater troupe from Northern California, is currently underway on its third production finding more humor in climate change. "What?" you scream from your tree. "Climate change isn't funny!"…
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Calendar, Night&Day Trash Talk

Trash Talk

Despite periodic efforts, hipster boxing has never become a lasting trend. Part of the reason is that pain doesn’t give a crap about your layer of irony. Also, those big gloves make underdeveloped biceps look pubescent. Fortunately, even we still…
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Dining, SFoodie <em>The Great Food Truck Race</em> Features Lame Truck Design, Tyler Florence's Neck Beard

The Great Food Truck Race Features Lame Truck Design, Tyler Florence's Neck Beard

Each week, we take a quick, cautious look at what's going on with food TV. This week, The Great Food Truck Race, a one-hour show that once saw a food truck drive past it, Sundays at 9 p.m. on the…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Hard Data Indicates Laffs

The Hard Data Indicates Laffs

With Tripping on the Tipping Point, Human Nature, a musical comedy theater troupe from northern California, is currently underway on its second production finding the humor in climate change, in song. "What?" you scream from your tree. "Climate change isn't…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bottles Up

Bottles Up

Years from now when you move from the city (and you'll move from the city; everyone does), you'll look back fondly on these days when everything strange and enchanting was right on your doorstep. Take tonight: At the "Red &…
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Dining, SFoodie <em>Extreme Chef</em>: So Extreme We Had to Write an Epic Poem

Extreme Chef: So Extreme We Had to Write an Epic Poem

Each week, we take a quick, cautious look at food TV. This week, Extreme Chef, a one-hour show about watching the world burn, Thursdays at 10 p.m. on the Food Network. On the premiere Extreme Chef, seven chefs were dropped…
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Dining, SFoodie <em>Time Machine Chefs</em> Resurrects the Dark Arts

Time Machine Chefs Resurrects the Dark Arts

We take a quick, cautious look at what's going on with food TV. This week, Time Machine Chefs, a one-hour pilot on the black death in medieval Europe, on ABC. Time Machine Chefs went to a lot of trouble…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Cory Doctorow Wages War Against Computers

Cory Doctorow Wages War Against Computers

Much of the war against computer freedom has centered on things like copyright, net neutrality, and SOPA, but Cory Doctorow argues that this isn't a war at all. It's a skirmish, the opening salvos in what could soon be…
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