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Culture, The Exhibitionist Video of the Day: The Hard Data Indicates Laffs

Video of the Day: The Hard Data Indicates Laffs

With Tripping on the Tipping Point, Human Nature, a musical comedy theater troupe from Northern California, is currently underway on its third production finding more humor in climate change. "What?" you scream from your tree. "Climate change isn't funny!"…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist You're a Good, Angsty Teen, Charlie Brown: <em>Dog Sees God</em> at Boxcar

You're a Good, Angsty Teen, Charlie Brown: Dog Sees God at Boxcar

Linus van Pelt, Charlie Brown's best friend in Charles M. Schulz's beloved Peanuts comic, usually played the role of the theologian amongst the gang, often reflecting Schulz's own faith by quoting from the Gospels. In Bert V. Royal's play…
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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 Cute Dogs in Costume: The Whole Enchihuahua

Cute Dogs in Costume: The Whole Enchihuahua

The mighty Chihuahua once served as the companion to the Mayan civilization. Evidence points to the dogs participating in religious ceremonies. The Chihuahua is considered one of the oldest dog breeds within the American Kennel Club, and it deserves respect…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Paul Simon, Cyndi Lauper, Tuxedos, Cool Dresses -- Must Be the Black and White Ball

Paul Simon, Cyndi Lauper, Tuxedos, Cool Dresses -- Must Be the Black and White Ball

If it's June and after dark, and you see women tottering around Civic Center in gowns with color palettes from silent films and their dates' tuxedo jackets on their shoulders, you've probably wandered upon the San Francisco Symphony's biannual Black…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Five Lessons Sacha Baron Cohen's <em>The Dictator</em> Can Teach Real Tyrants

Five Lessons Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator Can Teach Real Tyrants

After slaying international audiences with his Ali G and Borat characters, Sacha Baron Cohen's latest feature film The Dictator finds him in a new role as Admiral General Aladeen, the surprisingly lovable leader of the Republic of Wadiya. It's a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>Star Wars</em> Comic Book Artists Speak on the Birth of an Empire

Star Wars Comic Book Artists Speak on the Birth of an Empire

In the ever-expanding supernova of subsidiary content in the Star Wars universe (action figures, Lego sets, video games, novels, TV movies, cartoons, and theme park rides), comic books hold a special place. One reason is because the first of Marvel's…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Look at All the Comedy in the Mission

Look at All the Comedy in the Mission

Don't miss these funny nights in the San Francisco neighborhood where the most cool kids go.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Don't Be Afraid to Love the Golden Gate Bridge -- It's Just That Beautiful

Don't Be Afraid to Love the Golden Gate Bridge -- It's Just That Beautiful

On May 27, the Golden Gate Bridge turns 75. If you were one of the 300,000 who walked across the bridge when it turned 50, you remember the unsettling sway, and the later reports that the convex profile of the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Broadcasting From a Backyard, It's Local Talk Show <i>Oakland Nights ... Live!!!</i>

Broadcasting From a Backyard, It's Local Talk Show Oakland Nights ... Live!!!

Los Angeles may have its share of free tickets to talk show tapings, but Oakland's got a cooler and more intimate freebie. Every first Saturday of the month, people bring blankets and crowd into the tiny backyard of a place…
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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 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 <i>Alps</i> Is Like Prostitution for the Grieving

Alps Is Like Prostitution for the Grieving

A great thing about film festivals is seeing films before their wider release, and in new and intimate settings. Over the weekend we screened Giorgos Lanthimos' film Alps, the follow-up to the strange yet much-loved Dogtooth, in the San Francisco…
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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 Patient and Artist Laugh at Cancer in Comic Called <i>Terminally Illin'</i>

Patient and Artist Laugh at Cancer in Comic Called Terminally Illin'

Kaylin Marie Andres was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma (a rare bone cancer) and thyroid cancer at age 23, and she took a path that not everyone would take in response to that. She now lives by the motto, "Cancer is…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>MAD</em> Magazine Taught Us How to Laugh at Fame and Power

MAD Magazine Taught Us How to Laugh at Fame and Power

When it launched in 1952, there had been nothing like MAD -- a comics magazine dedicated to humor and satire aimed at a broad range of targets. In particular, MAD exposed the cultural fakery behind familiar and beloved images that…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist San Francisco Does Earth Day Best

San Francisco Does Earth Day Best

Earth Day is Sunday, and over the years it has been criticized as ferment for anti-human pessimism or, worse, an opportunity for companies to "greenwash" their brands -- which is to say, pay lip service to environmental concerns while doing…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Yesterday's Male Ironworker Is Today's Female Comedian -- Morgan Leads <i>Girl Junk</i>

Yesterday's Male Ironworker Is Today's Female Comedian -- Morgan Leads Girl Junk

Joey was a career ironworker in New Jersey who suffered a two-story fall on a job site that left him near death. Yet as paramedics showed up and co-workers surrounded him, his chief concern was not dying. It was being…
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