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Film, "Bethlehem": Israel, Palestine, and the Secrets They Swap

"Bethlehem": Israel, Palestine, and the Secrets They Swap

By virtue of timing, and of temperament, the Israeli film Bethlehem seems fated to serve as a sort of flip-side companion piece to the Palestinian Oscar nominee Omar. Both are raw thrillers about a young Palestinian informant for the Israeli…
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Calendar, Night&Day Yes, They Can

Yes, They Can

The cheekily named Can Film Festival won’t feature red carpets with petulant celebrities tumbling through press-baiting antics, but it will showcase the sequel to a seminal new-school graffiti movie. Jon Reiss’ Bomb It 2 began life as a web series…
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Calendar, Night&Day Long-Distance Father

Long-Distance Father

A decade ago, Yousef Elhaj left his home and family in the West Bank and came to San Francisco. He diligently and solitarily worked his tail off, paving the way — or so he hoped — for his family to…
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Calendar, Night&Day Feliz Navidad

Feliz Navidad

Maybe you grew up knowing all the words to "El Rey" and "Amorcito Corazón," and request "Sabor a Mi" at every wedding and quinceañera you attend. Perhaps you're the one who closes out late night parties with an a cappella…
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Culture, Stage O Little Town

O Little Town

Octavio Solis' new play, Bethlehem, starts with a beautiful, languid scene in front of an El Paso house. Evening light shines on the adobe walls, Mexican guitar music plays, and a slightly crazy black woman comes on keening a song…
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Music, Reviewed Andre Afram Asmar

Andre Afram Asmar

Race to the Bottom is truly world music -- an ambitious mixture of hip hop, electronica, and international rhythms. L.A.-based producer Andre Afram Asmar spent more than a year working on this follow-up to his self-released Zombeats album, recording musicians…
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Culture, Stage

Hotel Bethlehem

"Scholars say the actual sin of Sodom was not homosexuality," writes playwright Tim Bryant in his program notes to Hotel Bethlehem. "It was the city's act of being inhospitable strangers." Bryant and his writing partner, Tom Kelly, are gay…
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Culture, Stage

Black Nativity

If Dickens' didactic tale of goodwill and repentance is not your cup of eggnog, you may want to snag yourself a ticket to the Lorraine Hansberry Theater's rendition of Black Nativity. A gospel play that came out of the Harlem…
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