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Culture, Stagecap

Cowboy vs. Samurai

The many fine insights in the Asian American Theater Company's latest play manage to overshadow the distractions of a clunky two-and-a-half-hour production. Deep in Wyoming backcountry, Travis and Chester have their ideas about what it means to be Asian men…
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Culture, Stagecap

43 Plays for 43 Presidents

There are numerous problems inherent in writing short plays about every single president of the United States and compressing them into one night of theater. For the great, notorious, and prolific leaders in this production, a three-minute play becomes a…
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Music, Bouncer

Owl In

Owls are bulbous and therefore one of the cutest animals we've got. They look like Keane paintings of birds, with huge eyes, fat, feathery feet, and a certain naughty innocence. If you could look inside their mouths, you would see…
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Dining, Eat The Raw and the Cooked

The Raw and the Cooked

For sentimental reasons, I knew just where I wanted to take my 11-year-old godson, Chester, for dinner a couple of months ago, when he was visiting the Bay Area from the East Coast: George Morrone's new restaurant, Tartare. Two years…
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Film, The Weirdest Movie in the World

The Weirdest Movie in the World

Ah, the peculiar genius that is Guy Maddin. Who else but the morose Canadian director, born and raised in one of the coldest cities in the world, would marry silent film, 1930s movie musicals, Prohibition, family melodrama, a critique of…
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Dining, Eat Unterman on Food

Unterman on Food

In my recent paean to guidebooks, I said that at the very least you need a Zagat, even if you only use it as a phone book or memory-jogger, and regardless of your opinions of its faceless-hordes common-denominator methodology. (The…
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Dining, Eat Surreal Meals

Surreal Meals

Sometimes the meals you remember most vividly are not the best ones -- or even ones you actually consumed. You might shudder every time you walk past the pizza place where your boyfriend broke up with you (he continued eating…
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Dining, Eat Half-Baked


I put some thought into where I wanted to eat my first review meal in the Bay Area. Should it be someplace brand-new, someplace venerable, someplace that had recently reimagined itself? Someplace ethnic, someplace cooking comfort food? Someplace high, someplace…
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