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Culture, The Exhibitionist Rosecrans Baldwin Blows Past Romanticism to Find the Unlovely and Bizarre in Paris

Rosecrans Baldwin Blows Past Romanticism to Find the Unlovely and Bizarre in Paris

Paris. The name alone carries heft. It's where an artist dreams of legitimacy, and it has existed as such in the popular imagination for a long time -- perhaps too long. Paris couldn't possibly sustain itself as it did for…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Will Durst Saves Us From Election Year Hell, 'Cause if We Don't Laugh, We'll Cry

Will Durst Saves Us From Election Year Hell, 'Cause if We Don't Laugh, We'll Cry

A good joke reminds comedian Will Durst of poetry. "We highlight active verbs, there's economy of language and leading with an impression of a feeling," Durst says. "That's what a poem does." Durst showcases his poetic humor at the Marsh…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist "Cupcake Lady" Brings Sweets -- and Hope -- to Sex Workers in S.F. Strip Clubs

"Cupcake Lady" Brings Sweets -- and Hope -- to Sex Workers in S.F. Strip Clubs

North Beach is where most of San Francisco's strip clubs are located. Once darkness has taken over the city, the neon lights for the nudie bars begin to glow brightly. Barkers in the doorways try to lure men with remarks…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Tenderloin</i> Reveals a Neighborhood's Humanity

Tenderloin Reveals a Neighborhood's Humanity

Mark Ellinger spent six years living on the streets, addicted to heroin. When he shot some bad dope and ended up in the hospital for two and a half months, he resolved that things would be different when he got…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Health Care on Human Terms: Oakland's Highland Hospital in <i>The Waiting Room</i>

Health Care on Human Terms: Oakland's Highland Hospital in The Waiting Room

Medical professionals at Oakland's Highland Hospital emergency department see about 80,000 patients a year. The hospital also has northern Alameda County's main trauma center, so during the year, more than 2,200 severely injured patients go there, whether they have health…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Killing My Lobster Goes Nuclear on the Family

Killing My Lobster Goes Nuclear on the Family

Chops Down the Family Tree.San Francisco sketch comedy group Killing My Lobster turns 15 this year, and to celebrate, it launches a frontal assault on the idea of family. Killing My Lobster Chops Down the Family Tree opens tonight…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist John Waters Talks About Censorship, Bad Taste, <i>The Simpsons</i>, and San Francisco

John Waters Talks About Censorship, Bad Taste, The Simpsons, and San Francisco

John Waters' reputation precedes him -- and we bet that gives him no end of glee. The Baltimore native featured the plentiful drag queen Divine in many of his early features, and he took on topics such as baby farms,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Before 1868 Gay People Didn't Exist -- Nor Did Straight People; Hanne Blank Explains

Before 1868 Gay People Didn't Exist -- Nor Did Straight People; Hanne Blank Explains

Be careful what you assume, and be careful what you consider "normal." So sings the perpetual chorus here in über-diverse San Francisco. As it should be. But there's a big assumption a lot of us probably have overlooked. It involves…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist A Day in the Life of a San Francisco Porn Set: Crash Pad Series

A Day in the Life of a San Francisco Porn Set: Crash Pad Series

People are often surprised when I tell them that I never really liked porn. It is not a judgment call; porn just never did anything for me. After being exposed to different parts of the industry in the past year,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Bill Bellamy Makes Women Scream (with Laughter): Ladies' Night Out

Bill Bellamy Makes Women Scream (with Laughter): Ladies' Night Out

"I got nine felonies -- bitch, I'm Bill Bellamy!" The famously esoteric Berkeley rapper Lil B immortalized the comedian Bellamy (who first came to public recognition in the 1990s as an MTV host) with an unlikely song last summer for…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Video: A Day in the Life of a Big Wheel Racer

Video: A Day in the Life of a Big Wheel Racer

SF Weekly art director Andrew J. Nilsen gives you a first-person perspective of what it took to compete with the top-notch racers in the recent Bring Your Own Big Wheel 2012, a race down Vermont Street, which is as twisty…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Author Jolie O'Dell on Android Photography, Hook-Up Apps, and Women in Tech

Author Jolie O'Dell on Android Photography, Hook-Up Apps, and Women in Tech

Jolie O'Dell is one of my favorite San Francisco writers. In the brief time we've known each other, we have eaten lunch at a strip club, gone trampolining at the House of Air, and played charades at the Palace Hotel…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Bobcat Goldthwait, Seeking Vengeance on Reality TV, Returns to San Francisco

Bobcat Goldthwait, Seeking Vengeance on Reality TV, Returns to San Francisco

"When I left San Francisco is when stand-up started to feel like work," says Bobcat Goldthwait. Before the Hollywood comedian was a household name, he molded his brash, nonsequitur'd comedy persona in the 1980s at comedy incubators such as the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist SFMOMA's "Photography in Mexico" Tracks the Birth -- and Burgeoning -- of a Movement

SFMOMA's "Photography in Mexico" Tracks the Birth -- and Burgeoning -- of a Movement

Politics runs through "Photography in Mexico." The exhibit, at SFMOMA through July 8, includes shots taken in the 1920s following the Mexican Revolution, ones documenting social injustice, and those of the border region between the United States and Mexico. The…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Sugar</i> Director Dyan McBride Talks About Making <i>Some Like It Hot</i> a Musical

Sugar Director Dyan McBride Talks About Making Some Like It Hot a Musical

Some Like It Hot is loved by many. The 1959 film is about two musicians (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon) who escape Chicago gangsters by cross-dressing and high-tailing it to Florida, where they get pursued, respectively, by Sugar Kane (Marilynn…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Iraqi Filmmaker Visits San Francisco With Drama About a Hired Killer

Iraqi Filmmaker Visits San Francisco With Drama About a Hired Killer

Qarantina is about a ruthless hit man in Baghdad who lives in the same house as a dysfunctional family. Violence is everywhere beyond their windows, symbolized by the overhead sounds of wartime helicopters, but it's the household's personal demons that…
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The Deep Blue Sea Director Terence Davies Talks About the Tragedies of True Love and War

Terence Davies, the director of movies including Distant Voices, Still Lives, and The House of Mirth, releases today (Friday) his first movie in 11 years, The Deep Blue Sea. The estate of playwright Terrence Rattigan asked Davis to do…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Centaur</i> Director J.P. Allen Stays True to His Main Character and Makes the Film Alone

Centaur Director J.P. Allen Stays True to His Main Character and Makes the Film Alone

J.P. Allen is about as close to a true film auteur as you'll see. Over the course of a year, Allen directed and filmed his "indie-noir" feature Centaur alone. The film is structured as a video diary of a man…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Big Dork Jackie Kashian Got Her Stand-Up Start Heckling Sam Kinison in 1984

Big Dork Jackie Kashian Got Her Stand-Up Start Heckling Sam Kinison in 1984

Jackie Kashian is a stand-up comedian and dedicated dork. As a comedian, her act is sharp and warm, biting and personable. She talks about her Midwestern upbringing and salesman father; her marriage to a fellow dork and video game…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>In The Family</i> Director Patrick Wang Talks About the Difficulty of Exposure for Indie Films

In The Family Director Patrick Wang Talks About the Difficulty of Exposure for Indie Films

In The Family, a film about a gay Asian American man in Tennessee fighting for custody rights of his deceased partner's son, was one of the great indie success stories of 2011. It played at film festivals in Hawaii…
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