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Calendar, Urban Experience Eye on the Prize

Eye on the Prize

ONGOING 3/16-26 Fame is a tricky subject for an artist to comment on, considering that most people who offer work up for the public eye desperately crave recognition. It's tempting (and perhaps safest) to simply look with derision upon those…
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Calendar, Performance Bloody Battle

Bloody Battle

SUN 3/20 Decades of developments in the Middle East peace process follow a grim cycle: Grand plans for peace are inevitably followed by bickering, then by heated debates and veiled threats, until finally someone bombs the hell out of someone…
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Calendar, Sports/Outdoors The Giving Trees

The Giving Trees

SAT 3/12 It doesn't have the party atmosphere of Labor Day or the solemnity of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, and it certainly lacks the marketing juggernaut of winter festivities. Yet even with its inherently high nerd potential, Arbor…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Creature Feature

Creature Feature

FRI-SAT 3/11-12 Over the years, the 1954 shocker Creature From the Black Lagoon has lost its freakout factor; its simple plot (creature wants girl) and lack of gore are no match for today's high-octane horror flicks. But the film still…
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Calendar, Sports/Outdoors Sand Man

Sand Man

SUN 3/6 Christo's Central Park installation of 7,500 gates draped in saffron fabric makes us think of environmental performance artist and Santa Cruz native Jim Denevan, who's been baffling beachgoers with his large-scale sand drawings since 1998. Denevan creates his…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Fairies Get Funny

Fairies Get Funny

ONGOING 3/3-13 Sketch comedy often relies on wordplay, allusion, and inappropriate sexual situations -- think Saturday Night Live's 1970s heyday ("Jane, you ignorant slut"). Local comedy in-crowd Killing My Lobster knows this already; in the group's wildly popular shows, these…
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Calendar, Performance Comedy, Errors

Comedy, Errors

FRI-SAT 3/4-5 More often than not, when we think of waffling sexual preferences, we think of women (usually titillating and unfair notions of switch-hitting as seen on tequila-heavy episodes of elimiDATE and, more recently, in Marissa Cooper's absurd Sapphic plotline…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Role Play

Role Play

FRI 2/25 Does our fascination with presidential daughters stem from their pampered existence or what they tell us about their famous dads? Artist Julia Page has a preoccupation with these coddled children, and in the video installation Heir Apparent (part…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Out of the Ruins

Out of the Ruins

FRI 2/18 Religion's so controversial in San Francisco that spats periodically erupt over the nondescript cross atop Mount Davidson. So it may be challenging for us locals to understand the thrall that Buddhism has held over Thailand's visual arts. In…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Bruin Mob

Bruin Mob

THURS-MON 2/17-21 Some years back, Cacophony Society members pulled a prank in which they stationed riders dressed as clowns at every stop on one Muni route. I've often wondered what the other passengers on the bus thought as one clown…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen What Was That?

What Was That?

THURS 2/10 Several years ago, a talented musician mentioned Matmos as one of his favorite bands, so I went unquestioningly to the record store and bought A Chance to Cut Is a Chance to Cure. Matmos fans out there are…
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Calendar, Performance Immigrant Song

Immigrant Song

ONGOING 2/10-3/7 If you walk into Intersection for the Arts before Jessica Hagedorn's play, which makes its world premiere this week with the Campo Santo theater company, you'll see a run-down apartment covered by a fire escape, scaffolding, and a…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Art Walks

Art Walks

ONGOING 2/4-26 The experience of catching someone's eye in a crowd -- or, as it was called in the 19th century, "love at last sight" -- is one of the deliciously private moments enjoyed by the elusive figure of the…
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Calendar, Sports/Outdoors Fowl Play

Fowl Play

SAT 2/5 City kids are more likely to encounter chickens wrapped in plastic at the grocery store meat counter than live and unwrapped, pecking and scratching in a barn. Get to know the real article at the "Year of the…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Don't Stop

Don't Stop

TUES 2/8 Hip hop recently turned 30, and there's a good chance you don't recall a world without it. But the booming, chest-pounding cultural behemoth was once young, and as Jeff Chang's new book, Can't Stop Won't Stop, demonstrates, hip…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen It's All Relative

It's All Relative

FRI-SAT 1/28-29 Fans of the Museum of Jurassic Technology, prick up your ears: This performance is right up your fictitious alley. Like the faked L.A. historical museum (with displays that delight the eye but don't impart any true information), "The…
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Calendar, Sports/Outdoors Water World

Water World

SAT 1/22 The highlights of my 10th-grade summer-school gym stint (besides the cute bikini I wore) were the days when we'd pack our horny adolescent bodies into kayaks for some fun on the local river. I can't promise such coquettish…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen I Feel Happy

I Feel Happy

SAT 1/22 Lacking the back-stabbing arrogance of New York or the unrelenting cynicism of Los Angeles, San Francisco has long been a magnet for the sensitive artiste. But with sky-high rents and a dearth of affordable work spaces, where's a…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Got MLK?

Got MLK?

SAT-MON 1/15-17 We hate to harsh your San Francisco mellow, but this is an important opinion, coming to you straight from the official Web site (address below): "The 2005 Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday Celebration -- A Day On, Not…
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Calendar, Sports/Outdoors Tag Tour

Tag Tour

SAT 1/15 Surely every city dweller has a favorite piece of illegal public artwork. My husband and I, for example, treasure the legacy of one spray-paint bandit who daubed a crime scene like outline of a leprechaun-sized body at Market…
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