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Pull Back the Curtain 

Wednesday, Aug 20 2008
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The lunatic is on the grass. Or in this case, asphalt and concrete. The identity of the acid-test pioneer who first paired Dark Side of the Moon with The Wizard of Oz is lost in the mists of ’90s history. But his or her flash of inspiration has become a viral phenomenon, fueling innumerable rumors, re-creations, and laughably bad term papers. It’s not especially convincing to peruse some wizard’s list of the points of intersection between Pink Floyd’s space opus and L. Frank Baum’s freaky fairy tale (as rendered by a legion of Hollywood hopheads); you have to sample the combo platter yourself to accept that something is afoot beyond random chance. It was only a matter of time before someone had the bright idea of transporting the urban legend to city streets, in the form of a semisurreptitious outdoor screening. The avant-garde film mavens of kino21 dreamed up the scheme, which means Pink Wiz is a certified art event, unlike the stoner goof you staged in the dorm. If you want to bring the same party favors, well, there’s no RA to stop you — just S.F.’s finest.
Sun., Aug. 24, 8 p.m., 2008

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