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Calendar, Night&Day If Not Now, Zen?

If Not Now, Zen?

You’re primed to greet 2009 with a new attitude and a fresh plan; all you need is an inspiring role model. Consider the Tibetan iconoclast Gendun Choephel, who left his boondocks monastery in the 1920s for the big city of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bombay Calling

Bombay Calling

With Pakistan all over the news, the fifth San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival seemingly arrives at a perfect time. Alas, the lineup of the 3rd I fest, as it's more familiarly known, includes zero films from Pakistan —…
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Film, Culture Clash

Culture Clash

Packed with female book club members, a screening of Mira Nair's The Namesake left no doubt about the film's target audience. If anyone's going to flock to this warm and likable tale, it's going to be women, yet it seems…
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News, Sucka Free City I Interviewed Al Gore and Shit

I Interviewed Al Gore and Shit

Al Gore is impossibly tall. He's a linebacker, broad-shouldered. He looks like one of those Stonehenge rocks stuffed into an expensive blue suit. If a car were to crash into Al Gore, it would, like that one car in that…
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Calendar, Night&Day Third Third I

Third Third I

Is it only the third annual San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival? It seems like it's been around much longer, given its quality and reach. (We're also impressed by the breadth of parent organization 3rd I's vision, "to promote…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics Numbers can never tell you if a player has heart: Roland Beech, the basketball statistics guy , sadly reveals his limited understanding of the game with this defense of Joe…
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News, Matt Smith

A Tale Worth Retelling

During the mid-1990s there was a former Weimar-era German soldier named Zygmunt Arendt who would occasionally stroll through San Francisco City Hall, stopping to chat with a mayoral aide he had befriended. "From his appearance he could have been a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Mixing Business With Pleasure

Mixing Business With Pleasure

With Bush, Ashcroft, et al. surely planning to outlaw fun of any kind, what better way to honor the true "sweet science" than to attend the third San Francisco Sex Worker Film and Video Festival? This cinematic celebration of our…
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Culture, Books

The Vine of Desire

In this follow-up to her novel Sister of My Heart, Bay Area author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni revisits the rebellious Anju and her beautiful but "luckless" cousin, Sudha. Raised as sisters in an upper-caste family in Calcutta, the two women share…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Indian Restaurant

Most of the Indian restaurants around here are gorgeous, brocaded, teak-velvet palaces with spotlit Shivas in every crimson crevasse and humdrum, halfhearted food on every platter. Shalimar is exactly the opposite. In a tiny, noisy storefront setting of styrofoam cups,…
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Dining, Eat

Gluttons for Punishment?

At the 23rd Winter Fancy Food Show in Moscone Center two weekends ago, from a booth of exotica called Victoria's Pleasures, a young East Indian hawked the wares, chanting "Hot, hot, hot!" with the frantic aggression of a Calcutta street…
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Noise Pop '97: Fluf, PeeChees, Decal, Frogpond Bottom of the Hill Saturday, March 1 Dismiss, if you like, the whole idea of going to a rock show indoors at noon on a Saturday. I'm all for it, lack of outdoor…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): If you'll ever in this life get your picture in the newspaper, it'll probably be because of the heroic (or at least notorious) feats you pull off in 1997. On a darker note, if you ever…
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