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Film, "Snowpiercer": Revolution on the Orient Express

"Snowpiercer": Revolution on the Orient Express

Director Bong Joon-Ho's thrilling Snowpiercer is a Korean film with American and British leads shot in the Czech Republic, an appropriately international pedigree for a story set on a train which circumnavigates the Earth. The trick is that Earth has…
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Dining, Distillations Distillations: Having a Capital Time at Cafe Prague

Distillations: Having a Capital Time at Cafe Prague

It took Janet 45 minutes to find the Café Prague, and she started just four blocks away. She's incredibly apologetic about being late. "C'mon," I tell her. "With all the issues I'm dealing with right now? This isn't even worth…
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Dining, Recent Openings

Recent Openers July 24-30, 2013

20th Century Cafe: Michelle Polzine's much-anticipated pastry shop, based on cafe culture of midcentury Prague, Vienna, and Paris, brings treats like Russian honey cake, poppyseed bagels, and surprisingly light potato knishes to Hayes Valley. 198 Gough; Café St. Jorge:…
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Dining, Eat Two Sisters Bar and Books: Small Plates, Big Ambiance

Two Sisters Bar and Books: Small Plates, Big Ambiance

You could be forgiven for wanting to escape from the world in the coming weeks. The holiday gauntlet has officially been thrown down, and with it the usual emotional, physical, and financial challenges of the stretch of days between Thanksgiving…
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Calendar, Night&Day And the Band Played On

And the Band Played On

Such is the state of anti-touchy-feelyness nowadays that it’s worth noting when The New York Times calls something “triumphantly sentimental.” Especially when that something is a play by Tom Stoppard, known more for cerebral puzzlers like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are…
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Film, The Big Joke

The Big Joke

Film festival audiences in search of some chuckles have rather thin fare to select from this spring. Alice Nellis' Some Secrets is typical: The laughs are tepid as a dysfunctional extended family takes a two-car caravan from the Czech Republic…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

It's been a while since the Day Glo Abortions have set foot on American soil. Purveyors of punk since the 1970s, the group has lost such members as Neve the Impaler, Wayne Gretzky, and Mike Cretin over time; luckily, Gymbo,…
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