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Film, "The Missing Picture": Filling in the Khmer Rouge's Blanks

"The Missing Picture": Filling in the Khmer Rouge's Blanks

The Missing Picture is director Rithy Panh's heartbreaking attempt to come to terms with his memories of living through one of the greatest atrocities of the past half-century. Only briefly seen onscreen (and voiced in the narration by Randal Douc),…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Beat Goes On

The Beat Goes On

The development of rhythm is said to have its roots in natural selection. Early hominids in the African savanna used rhythmic techniques to establish their "battle trances," giving them a leg up on their natural predators. And, of course,…
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Film, "Wish You Were Here": Australians Are Xenophobic Too!

"Wish You Were Here": Australians Are Xenophobic Too!

Wish You Were Here If Kieran Darcy-Smith's Wish You Were Here is any indication, the fear of the dark-skinned Other taking advantage of innocent white tourists overseas is not a strictly American anxiety. Told partially in flashback, not-quite-happily married Australian…
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Music, Hear This Dengue Fever: Show Preview

Dengue Fever: Show Preview

Good thing Chhom Nimol questioned her instincts. Around 2001, Ethan and Zac Holtzman were combing the clubs of Long Beach's Cambodia Town in search of the right singer for the fledgling outfit Dengue Fever when they discovered Nimol, a recent…
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Calendar, Night&Day Gray Matter

Gray Matter

Spalding Gray was odd and funny and brilliant and (ultimately) tragic. The nerdy northeastern intellectual wrote poetry, founded an experimental theater group, acted in motion pictures and on TV, and finished a novel. More than anything, he's remembered for his…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hyperlocal Geometry

Hyperlocal Geometry

Sometimes it can be good to set boundaries. To prove the point, organizers of the “200 Yards” project invited photographers to shoot whatever they wanted — the only restriction being that images had to be snapped within a 200-yard radius…
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Dining, SFoodie Do <em>Not</em> Go to Angkor Borei Without Ordering These Three Dishes

Do Not Go to Angkor Borei Without Ordering These Three Dishes

If you order only one thing at Angkor Borei, the 22-year-old Cambodian restaurant at the foot of Bernal Heights (3471 Mission at 30th St.), let it be ahmohk ($9.50), a salty, almost frothy fish mousse steamed in a banana leaf…
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News, Feature Raw Footage

Raw Footage

David Mark leans against a parked Honda Civic on the corner of Hyde and Ellis in the Tenderloin. It's a hot June afternoon, and his friends, Cambodian-American teens like David, seek the shade of the trees that line the sidewalk.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Move Over, Woody

Move Over, Woody

Arguably the nation's arch memoirist, Spalding Gray was the king of confessional storytelling long before riffing on one's own life turned into a fad. In classic monologues, from the Obie Award--winning Swimming to Cambodia (a wide-roving tale that grew from…
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News, Feature

Money for Nothing

Dusk falls on Fourth Avenue in the Richmond District as Officer Lewis Bronfeld of the San Francisco Police Department's Burglary Detail cruises the area in an unmarked squad car. Bronfeld slows the vehicle as he and his partner, Officer John…
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