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Culture, The Exhibitionist Director Cary Fukunaga talks <i>Beasts of No Nation</i>

Director Cary Fukunaga talks Beasts of No Nation

Children are impacted by war in a number of ways. Some lose parents who are sent off to battle. Others are caught in the crossfire, and still others in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Africa are forced into…
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News, The Snitch San Francisco's Original Holy Roller Hopes to Export His Passion to Africa

San Francisco's Original Holy Roller Hopes to Export His Passion to Africa

David Miles, Jr., is passionate about rollerskating. After moving to the Bay Area in 1979, he founded the California Outdoor Rollerskating Association and launched regular Sunday gatherings in Golden Gate Park. In 2013, he converted the former Sacred Heart…
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News, Sucka Free City Edge of Darkness: The Dark Room Closes, for Now

Edge of Darkness: The Dark Room Closes, for Now

The Dark Room, a black-box theater on Mission, went dark in June, but only temporarily, according to owner Jim Fourniadis. "We just had a run of bad luck," he says, recounting various misfortunes that befell the theater in May. Fourniadis…
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Music, Hear This Baths: Show Preview

Baths: Show Preview

After paving a DIY path through the U.K. underground for half a decade, and after at least one U.S. tour was capsized due to visa troubles — the band hails from Scotland, with roots in Liberia and Nigeria — soul-hop…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Bigger The Better

The Bigger The Better

In a radio interview, acoustic biologist Katy Payne described listening, being silent and open to what is really there, as her responsibility. Payne first achieved notoriety as part of the research team that produced 1970's Songs of the Humpback…
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Calendar, Night&Day THE BIGGER THE BETTER

THE BIGGER THE BETTER

In a radio interview, acoustic biologist Katy Payne described listening, being silent and open to what is really there, as her responsibility. Payne first achieved notoriety as part of the research team that produced 1970's Songs of the Humpback Whale.…
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Dining, Fresh Eats Red Bay Coffee: Meet S.F.'s Newest Coffee Roaster

Red Bay Coffee: Meet S.F.'s Newest Coffee Roaster

When Keba Konte went to Senegal in 2007, he found something he'd never seen before: raw coffee beans spilled across an iron pan, slowly browning over an open flame. At the time, he was staying with a family that, incidentally,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Multi-Generational Stories

Multi-Generational Stories

When NoViolet Bulawayo's debut novel We Need New Names was shortlisted for last year's Guardian First Book Award, she introduced the excerpt it published with an explanation of what inspired the book: a series of photos of people displaced…
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Culture, Kill Your Television The Former Future President of the United States: On Mitt

The Former Future President of the United States: On Mitt

Mitt Romney has just announced that, sadly, he will not be running for president in 2016. I guess he figured that if you can't even beat the black guy who can't even bowl during a recession and high unemployment, you…
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Calendar, Night&Day Mama's Mystique

Mama's Mystique

The 10th annual Black Choreographers Festival, offers the Bay Area premiere of Zimbabwe-born choreographer Nora Chipaumire's Miriam. Chipaumire, formerly a featured dancer with the Urban Bush Women, was inspired to create the work following the death of Grammy Award-winning…
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Dining, Eat Farley's: Come for the Coffee, Stay for the Sandwiches

Farley's: Come for the Coffee, Stay for the Sandwiches

Farley's keeps a low profile. Despite a claim to the best parklet in the East Bay, a reputable coffee program, and a golden-hearted philanthropic emphasis, the spot doesn't make a lot of fuss. But that's the charm of it. As…
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Culture, Stage Ends of the Earth: Nigerian E- Mail Scams Get Their Dramatic Due

Ends of the Earth: Nigerian E- Mail Scams Get Their Dramatic Due

If you have an email address, then Scamoramaland, a world premiere by Performers Under Stress, will be deeply personal to you. You, too, have received the bizarre missives — the presumption of intimacy, the shoddily detailed dire straits, the creative…
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Film,

Arthouse Movie Listings October 23-29, 2013

4-Star Theatre. Space Battleship Yamato: The long-time-coming live action adaptation of the classic 1970s anime series finally reaches American shores. Sat., Oct. 26, 6 p.m. $10. 2200 Clement, San Francisco, 666-3488, www.lntsf.com/4-star-theatre.html. Artists' Television Access. The Beast in Heat: Special…
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Culture, Art Everywoman: Carrie Mae Weems Is Traveling Through Time to Save the Human Race

Everywoman: Carrie Mae Weems Is Traveling Through Time to Save the Human Race

Her back to the camera, the woman wears a regal black dress as she stares at a landscape of old, whitewashed homes. The photograph's painterly quality and its stark contrasts — black and white, new and aged, isolation and crowdedness…
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Film, "Captain Phillips": Let's See Tom Hanks Charm His Way Out of Somali Piracy

"Captain Phillips": Let's See Tom Hanks Charm His Way Out of Somali Piracy

Well, why not make a true-life procedural thriller about the 2009 hijacking of the Maersk Alabama, the first American vessel to be boarded by pirates in 200 years? And why not cast Tom Hanks as the container-ship skipper who played…
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Music, Hear This Debo Band: Show Preview

Debo Band: Show Preview

If you've ever listened to the Éthiopiques collection — compilations of Ethiopian pop from the scene's late '60s to early '70s heyday — then the worthiness of the concept behind Debo Band should be self-evident. Since you probably haven't, let…
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Calendar, Night&Day Shake it to the East

Shake it to the East

Etang Inyang and Tammy Johnson have made it their mission to teach women and girls to appreciate their bodies, no matter the size or shape, with their belly dancing company Raks Africa. On July 13, they present Hotter than…
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Film, "A Hijacking": Language Barrier on the High Seas

"A Hijacking": Language Barrier on the High Seas

A Hijacking Tobias Lindholm's A Hijacking — an intense, narrowly focused thriller about a Danish cargo ship seized by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean — could probably be lauded as "The Stinkiest Movie of the Year!" Lindholm creates a…
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Calendar, Night&Day African Road-Trip

African Road-Trip

When Bongo Sidibe played with Grateful Dead member Mickey Hart in 2008, he was probably the only person in the Shoreline Amphitheatre who had never heard of him — it was one of his first gigs in the U.S.…
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Dining, Eat

OneUp: The Cosmo Comes Back with a Moroccan Twist

"What the hell are we doing?" we muttered to ourselves as we sat in the lounge of OneUP, the new restaurant that replaced the Grandviews at the San Francisco Grand Hyatt. If you've never heard of OneUP it's probably because…
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