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News, The Snitch Why Doesn't "Prestige Terrorism" Happen in San Francisco or on the West Coast?

Why Doesn't "Prestige Terrorism" Happen in San Francisco or on the West Coast?

It’s been a week of tense and horrifying news from abroad: last Friday’s shocking terror plot that killed 129 in Paris, the outpouring of grief from around the world, and the high-stakes retaliation — including a Paris police raid…
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News, The Snitch Uber Denies Rumors of Surge Pricing, Service Shutdown During Paris Terrorist Attacks

Uber Denies Rumors of Surge Pricing, Service Shutdown During Paris Terrorist Attacks

San Francisco-based ride hail company Uber is denying wide-spread rumors that it engaged in surge pricing and suspended service during yesterday's terrorist attacks in Paris, France.  In the aftermath of the attacks, reports spread on Twitter that the company had…
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News, The Snitch BREAKING: Terrorist Attacks in Paris; Airbnb's Open Conference OK

BREAKING: Terrorist Attacks in Paris; Airbnb's Open Conference OK

#BREAKING: French police report at least 26 dead, possibly 60 held hostage in Bataclan concert hall in Paris. pic.twitter.com/jkd0iM6MxP— AJ+ (@ajplus) November 13, 2015 By now, you have surely heard the news that a string of terrorist attacks have broken…
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Film, "Third Person": Menage a Talky

"Third Person": Menage a Talky

Writer-director Paul Haggis' new film is, in part, a three-way love story about the three-way-ness of love stories. Which is to say it's about what goes on between the two it takes to tango when somebody brings a plus-one. With…
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Music, Tour of Venice: Why It Matters If S.F. Loses Its Musicians

Tour of Venice: Why It Matters If S.F. Loses Its Musicians

As we debate the struggles of musicians and artists in San Francisco, one question frequently arises: Why does it matter if many of them leave for the East Bay? They'll still be more or less "here," as opposed to the…
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Film, Le Week-End film review

Le Week-End film review

Nick (Jim Broadbent) and Meg (Lindsay Duncan) are an aging British couple visiting Paris for the first time since their honeymoon, hoping to rediscover whatever made them fall in love to begin with. They're in ruts personally and professionally when…
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Culture, Stage Narrating the Spanking: The Thrillpeddlers and Golden Thread Show Too Little

Narrating the Spanking: The Thrillpeddlers and Golden Thread Show Too Little

The Thrillpeddlers often describe their annual Halloween variety shows as a series of hot and cold showers. Based on the work of Paris's fin de siècle Theatre du Grand Guignol, Shocktoberfests are always structured as a series of short sex…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Frightening Disappearance of the Line Between Stage and Life

The Frightening Disappearance of the Line Between Stage and Life

The boundaries between theater and truth blur in Grand Guignol. The play is set in Paris in 1903 and follows psychiatrist Alfred Binet, who becomes obsessed with the horror shows he sees in a back-alley theater, the Grand Guignol.…
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Calendar, Night&Day poetry as divination

poetry as divination

Last year, Paris-based poet Alice Notley made her first trip to San Francisco in five years. Her event at the First Unitarian Center was more of a divination than a reading; shaking and spent after three passages from three…
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Calendar, Night&Day How the Other Half Performs

How the Other Half Performs

"The main thing about San Francisco drag is that nobody gets up and does a straight lip sync. That just doesn't fly." This statement issued from the mouth of Dr. Fudgie Frottage, the last name in the SF drag…
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Dining, Eat

Le Marais Bakery: Cooking Up the Next Cronut?

Could the pain au chocolat with banana become our cronut? Find out for yourself on July 3, when Le Marais Bakery is slated to open in a former Jamba Juice space in the Marina. The pastry chef is Phil Ogiela,…
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Film, "Something in the Air": Just in Time for May '68

"Something in the Air": Just in Time for May '68

World-cinema mainstay Olivier Assayas' inviting new film is about young French people and the lived legacy of May '68. Interestingly, these are kids who came of age not precisely at that moment but a few years later, and not right…
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Film, "Simon Killer": The Ennui of French Crime

"Simon Killer": The Ennui of French Crime

Simon Killer A new Sundance scoop from the Williamsburg-via-NYU film collective that brought us Martha Marcy May Marlene, Antonio Campos Simon Killer stars Brady Corbet as a heartsick young American bottoming out in Paris. His French isn't so good, and…
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Film, "Let My People Go!": Finally, a Funny French Sex Comedy

"Let My People Go!": Finally, a Funny French Sex Comedy

In his comic strip Life in Hell, Matt Groening once described cinema's greatest paradox thusly: "The French are funny, sex is funny, comedy is funny, and yet no French sex comedies are funny." Which is funny because it's true, though…
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Film, "Amour": The Letting Go

"Amour": The Letting Go

There are two things that are certain in life. One is that death will come for every one of us. The other is that every film Michael Haneke makes will have a fair shot at the Cannes Palme d'Or. Amour,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Way to Go to Genius

Way to Go to Genius

Periodically we encounter the question of whether so-and-so was a genius, as if that distinction has some bearing on the life and work of the person in question. Really it only shapes how we view them. Still, the question of…
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Film, Film Feature "Holy Motors": The Great Carax Returns in a Rush

"Holy Motors": The Great Carax Returns in a Rush

"This film was born out of the rage of not being able to make other projects," Leos Carax says of Holy Motors, an anomaly in the French director's oeuvre as its production was relatively stress-free. Speaking at a hotel bar…
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Calendar, Night&Day Antinomial Syzygy

Antinomial Syzygy

At the turn of the 20th century, Alfred Jarry produced the most compelling plan for a time machine yet published. This, and Jarry’s habit of speaking in a clipped, mechanized voice fashioned after his own character in Ubu Roi, probably…
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Dining, Eat SOMA StrEat Food Park: The Ultimate Restaurant Mash-Up

SOMA StrEat Food Park: The Ultimate Restaurant Mash-Up

The modern restaurant didn't just spring into being, fully formed — even something so basic as bringing individual plates to the table in courses, known in the industry as service à la russe, was itself a disruptive dining model when…
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Film, "Goodbye First Love": Sweetly Chronicles Coming of Age

"Goodbye First Love": Sweetly Chronicles Coming of Age

Writer-director Mia Hansen-Løve's third feature, Goodbye First Love begins in 1999, when protagonist Camille (Lola Créton), a highly emotional high school girl in love, is 15 and tracks her through her mid-twenties as she establishes a career. We first follow…
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