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Culture, Stage Heartbreak of Regularness: Neil LaBute Spreads the Pain

Heartbreak of Regularness: Neil LaBute Spreads the Pain

Reasons to Be Pretty, which opens this weekend at San Francisco Playhouse, is written by a man and follows a male character, yet its subject is womanhood, at least as our society defines it: how a woman's beauty is perceived,…
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News, Special Feature: Resolution Guide Be Social IRL

Be Social IRL

I logged into Facebook, as I do every morning, and my news feed informed me that, overnight, seven of my friends had become fans of "Pretending to Text in Awkward Situations." Sure, at first it's funny — who among us…
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News, Special Feature: Resolution Guide Happy New Ear

Happy New Ear

Looking for a little more of the real thing for your listening pleasure in the new year? For cultural connoisseurs in pursuit of more authentic listening experiences, the polyglot city of San Francisco can be a goldmine. With its collision…
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News, Special Feature: Resolution Guide Real Resolutions

Real Resolutions

The new year is a great time to resolve to get real — but what does that mean? Rather than placing limits on life, it's a wonderfully wide invitation to expansion. You can get real in the arts, politics, health,…
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Calendar, Performance Come Together

Come Together

ONGOING 12/2-18 I get tired of the arts scene in our hard-to-categorize city always being divvied up into neat slots. If you feel the same, prepare your ears and eyes for something a little different, as the innovative theater company…
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Calendar, Performance Clap Your Hands, Say "<i>Ole!</i>"

Clap Your Hands, Say "Ole!"

FRI-SUN 11/25-27 The Bay Area is full of gypsies. Many of us have spent decades wandering between the East Coast and the West, traveling from India to Africa, or simply moving from the Mission to the Sunset to the Haight…
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Calendar, Sports/Outdoors Rise of the Machines

Rise of the Machines

SAT-SUN 11/12-13 Maybe you grew up, as I did, with brothers brooding behind closed doors, building and manipulating their own mechanical inventions or trying to figure out how to upgrade the motors in their remote-control racecars. Or maybe you were…
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Calendar, Performance Bloody Hell

Bloody Hell

ONGOING 10/20-30 In theater, unspeakable violence is usually evoked via feverish clutching, with the audience left to imagine the gory details. But when your play concerns the reanimation of cadavers and their subsequent death spree, restraint won't do. Overt, gratuitous,…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Street Theater

Street Theater

FRI-SAT 10/7-8 San Francisco's Tenderloin is home to more than just the clank of hooker heels. It's a thriving place for art, too, and much of that is owed to the Luggage Store. Founded by local artists and residents who…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Spiced Out

Spiced Out

ONGOING 6/8-9/5 Imagine a day with no cell phones chiming, no pagers beeping, no you-have-mail notices ringing and dinging. Whoever dreamt up the Jewish Sabbath must have been thinking ahead. Practiced every Saturday by observant Jews, the Sabbath -- also…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Wilsey About That

Wilsey About That

TUES 5/31 Money talks and bullshit walks, they say, but in Sean Wilsey's memoir, Oh the Glory of It All, there's plenty of both flying around. In this story of the author's coming of age in the highest echelons of…
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Calendar, Performance Close the Window

Close the Window

ONGOING 4/14-5/7 We all feel stuck from time to time: in our jobs, our relationships, our bodies. It can be paralyzing -- that sense of being the perpetual fish in the bowl. But performance artist Erika Shuch posits that it…
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Calendar, Performance I Reckon

I Reckon

ONGOING 2/26-3/27 Your brother remembers your dad working too much. Your sister remembers him drinking too much. All you remember is the room you grew up in, small and stuffy and definitely blue. Your mom swears it was yellow. Can't…
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Calendar, Performance Gilman's Treat

Gilman's Treat

SAT 1/22 Major-league playwright Rebecca Gilman, who has enjoyed far more success in this city than should probably be allowed, is back with another American premiere at her national theatrical home, the Magic. Known for using straight realism to address…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Just Do It

Just Do It

FRI 12/24 Jeanne's sexual frustration is atypical. The filmmaker is desperately trying to shoot a hot sex scene, but she can't get her two stars to get it on. The problem: The actors hate each other. But faking it is…
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Calendar, Performance Bluegrass Alfresco

Bluegrass Alfresco

FRI-SUN 10/1-3 Everything old is new again, there's nothing new under the sun, yadda yadda yadda. In the case of old-timey music, the explosion of DIY production has something to do with it. Every time a teenage punk rocker goes…
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Calendar, Performance Gay Play

Gay Play

ONGOING 9/23-10/10 Gay life has evolved throughout this country in the last 50 years, but the core and color of it resides in San Francisco -- and Donald Currie has documented every minute. His acclaimed spoken-word CD series Sex &…
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Calendar, Performance You Like It?

You Like It?

SAT-SUN 8/14-15 There's a young woman in love with a girl dressed as a boy in love with a boy who's being played by a girl. But when the young woman finds out she is in love with a girl,…
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Calendar, Performance Two's a Crowd

Two's a Crowd

THURS 7/15 Becca has issues with completion. The 26-year-old surgical nurse joins a gym but never goes; studies for the MCATs but never takes them; vows to lose those extra pounds but can't seem to do it. Then one day…
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Calendar, Night&Day After Midnight

After Midnight

A film series for night owls FRI 5/28 In my family we call it the "$9 nap": Because I'm a morning person, I fall asleep in any movie that starts after 7 p.m. No matter how gripping the plot, no…
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