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Film, "Ping Pong Summer": Coming of Age Among Little White Balls

"Ping Pong Summer": Coming of Age Among Little White Balls

As a critic for film site Hammer to Nail, Michael Tully keeps the indie-movie home fires burning. As the writer and director of this particular film, he comes weirdly close to snuffing the fire out. Set in 1985 in Ocean…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Our Advice on <i>The Believer</i>'s New Advice Book: Read It While You're on the Crapper

Our Advice on The Believer's New Advice Book: Read It While You're on the Crapper

​Care to Make Love in That Gross Little Space Between Cars? is the sequel to The Believer magazine's previous advice book, You're a Horrible Person, But I Like You. Featuring objectively terrible and mostly hilarious advice from bigwig comedians, writers,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Amy Sedaris Teaches Dangerous Crafts at Roxie Theater Fundraiser

Amy Sedaris Teaches Dangerous Crafts at Roxie Theater Fundraiser

Amy Sedaris December 4, 2011 Roxie Theater Better than: Watching 60 Minutes Author, actress, playwright, and satirist Amy Sedaris flew in from New York to host an evening to benefit the now 3-year-old nonprofit status of San Francisco's Roxie Theater,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Amy Sedaris on Cheeseballs, Cupcakes, and Couture Cat Cosies

Amy Sedaris on Cheeseballs, Cupcakes, and Couture Cat Cosies

Amy Sedaris will celebrate the paperback release of her book Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People at the Roxie on December 4 with a special evening of crafting and taking questions from the audience, followed by a libation-and-snack-assisted reception and…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Amy Sedaris Coming to the Roxie Theatre This December

Amy Sedaris Coming to the Roxie Theatre This December

Here's some big news for the kabillions of fans of pygmy craft doyenne Amy Sedaris. The plucky comic/party planner is appearing at San Francisco's Roxie Theatre this December 4 to read from her book Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People.…
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Calendar, Night&Day How to Be

How to Be

A book with the title You're a Horrible Person, But I Like You: The Believer Book of Advice implies certain things. Namely smart, funny, wry advice, perhaps an introduction by Amy Sedaris, a foreword by John Hodgman, and an index…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Full Grown Men</i>

Full Grown Men

Essentially Judd Apatow’s Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Full Grown Men tells of a Comic-Book Guy’s Odyssean journey through a Crayola-colored indie Ameriland. Thrown out of his house by his wife, Alby (Matt McGrath) and his collection of action figures…
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Calendar, Night&Day More Than a Pretty Face

More Than a Pretty Face

Jeff Garlin is the big fellow on Curb Your Enthusiasm. As Larry David's manager he fits neatly into the background, content in his role as one of the star's orbiting planets, asking about as much from the audience as Norm…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish When the Stars Came Out

When the Stars Came Out

Forbidden Planet (Warner Bros.) Long available as faded discount product, Fred McLeod Wilcox's 1956 masterpiece -- the movie without which Star Trek, Star Wars, 2001, and, oh, Lost in Space wouldn't exist -- at last gets its proper due; this…
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Film, All-Day Suckers

All-Day Suckers

Perhaps no one can pinpoint the exact moment vaudeville died, but there's a moment early in Strangers With Candy where you'd swear you had just witnessed the death of visual comedy. En route to her first day of high school,…
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Summer Guide, Summer Get Inside!

Get Inside!

Summer is the season of high expectations and profound disappointments. That suntan looks more like sunburn, your beer stays ice-cold till the moment it's opened, and fat guys are the only ones hanging by the pool in bikini briefs. So…
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Calendar, Performance Kinda Sketchy

Kinda Sketchy

ONGOING 1/9-2/1 In some places, "sketchy" is a term that means "you might get mugged." This sense of the word is probably not what the organizers of SF Sketchfest had in mind when they named their joke-a-thon. We believe they…
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Culture, Stage

The Book of Liz

David and Amy Sedaris' amusing play about an Amish-like woman called Elizabeth gets an appropriate Second City TV treatment from the Unidentified Theatre Company. Elizabeth keeps her "Squeamish" village financially afloat with a special recipe for cheeseballs. But she can't…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Sedaris Story

The Sedaris Story

It's not easy being cheesy, but for Sister Elizabeth Dunderstock of the Amish-like Squeamish sect, cheese is where it's at. See, Liz makes cheese balls. Smoked, traditional, Gouda-infused, walnut-flavored -- she does them all, and she's damn good at it.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Wigging Out

Wigging Out

The best Amy Sedaris anecdote ever was reported by her brother, humorist and NPR commentator David Sedaris, in his book Me Talk Pretty One Day. It seems their dad was waaaaaaay too concerned with his daughter's looks, monitoring them throughout…
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