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Culture, The Exhibitionist Final <i>Tales</i>:  Q&A with Armistead Maupin on Concluding his Iconic San Francisco Series

Final Tales: Q&A with Armistead Maupin on Concluding his Iconic San Francisco Series

Armistead Maupin refuses to be the old fart who bickers about San Francisco not being what it used to be, even after chronicling it for nearly 40 years. What started off as a set of weekly installments in The…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bad Trip

Bad Trip

The Blaskets are a small cluster of hilly islands in Ireland, where until recently villagers are said to have lived out their ancient ways without modern influences. Two old friends are there on a trip whose purpose is unclear. They’re…
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Calendar, Night&Day Esprit de Corpse

Esprit de Corpse

During the New England summers of her childhood, author Elizabeth Strout fell in love with the physical world: the seaweed-covered rocks along the coast, hidden wildflowers in the deep woods — and suspected dead bodies? Well, maybe not, but that’s…
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Calendar, Night&Day Brought to You by the Number Six

Brought to You by the Number Six

It takes not only literary prowess but also a fine-tuned ability to count to write a proper six-word memoir. Lacking in the former (“I walked to the store yesterday”) or the latter (“Girlfriend never knew about my”) means you fail.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Writers with Drinks

Writers with Drinks

Amy Tan’s characters are so formulaic, she makes Dan Brown look like William Burroughs. Pow! Tan better get used to it: She’s the guest of honor at Litquake’s Amy Tan Tribute/Roast, which means elite scribes like Andrew Sean Greer, Michael…
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Culture, Encore

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The Bonesetter's Daughter. When most of us in the West think of Chinese civilization, the word "epic" springs to mind. But unlike such recent operatic forays into chinoiserie such as Tan Dun's sprawling 2006 historical saga The First Emperor, novelist…
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Culture, Stage Hidden Dragon Lady

Hidden Dragon Lady

When most of us in the West think of Chinese culture, the word "epic" springs to mind. It's embarrassing, really: You might have hoped that this hackneyed view of the People's Republic, fueled by picture postcards of the Great Wall…
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Calendar, Night&Day You Win!

You Win!

The National Book Critics Circle consists of nearly 800 book reviewers who present awards each year to the best books in five categories. Nearly 100 members hail from the Bay Area, so the NBCC has tapped S.F. to host the…
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Culture, Books

Saving Fish From Drowning

By Amy Tan Putnam (October), $26.95 Amy Tan's newest novel flounders from beginning to end. The book opens with the untimely death of San Francisco socialite Bibi Chen, murdered days before she's to lead her friends on an exotic vacation.…
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Calendar, Night&Day This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, November 9, 2005 We're very much in favor of "large and lovely." Bigger is, so much of the time, better, and we're not talking only about human attributes. At "Mayhem," a juried exhibition that doesn't charge an entry fee,…
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News, Dog Bites

For Love of Boonville

When we first heard about the literary festival Litquake, we were suspect of it, mainly because of the name. "Litquake" has that good-and-good-for-you spin -- à la "Rock the Vote," "Safe Sex Is Hot Sex," and "Fruit Is Nature's Candy"…
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Culture, Encore


The Fantasticks. The longest-running play in American history is also musical theater's cheesiest self-parody, a sweet, dumb story about two fathers who pretend a Montague-and-Capulet-style feud as an excuse to keep their kids, Luisa and Matt, apart. The hope, of…
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Culture, Stage Small World

Small World

In The Bonesetter's Daughter, Amy Tan's fourth novel, "Immortal Heart" is the name of a village in China, near the so-called Peking Man excavations of the 1930s. It's also a semimythical place of mute relatives, ancient bones, a belief in…
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Calendar, Night&Day By <i>Heart</i>

By Heart

Long before e-mail, Gmail, or faxing, there was the ink stick. A Chinese invention used for calligraphy, the stick is admittedly a less-than-immediate implement of communication. Simply a block of ink (often carved and decorated), it is first wet and…
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Calendar, Urban Experience The Noble Crusades

The Noble Crusades

SAT 11/15 Those who fought bitter civil rights battles in the 1960s often complain that today's kids don't understand the struggles they went through. But in a way, teenagers who casually accept their ability to work, eat, and sit where…
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Dining, Eat

A Neighborhood Place

Info: A Neighborhood Place By Dianne Jacob Garibaldi's 347 Presidio (at Sacramento), 563-8841. Open Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch, dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m., to 10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Dinner only…
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wednesday november 22 Fancy Prancers Founded 59 years ago by Bolshoi Ballet Master Igor Moiseyev, the Moiseyev Dance Company keeps getting bigger and bigger. In 1937, it had 37 dancers; in 1955, it had more than 100; today, it has…
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