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Go Niners!

A treasure hunt conjures images of adventure, thrills, and pirates who look like Johnny Depp. Reality is a bit bleaker: empty sluices and empty stomachs, "fill-in-the-blank or bust" most often ending in the latter. Sarina Finkelstein spent four years…
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Calendar, Night&Day Book Off

Book Off

Behold one of the most irritating situations known to humanity: You're positive you're right about something that happened, but someone else insists the precise opposite is true. They might even be really nice about it, say it's no big deal.…
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Culture, Stagecap

Man of La Mancha

Theater in gorgeous outdoor settings can be somewhat critic-proof, especially when the show in question takes place at the top of Mount Tamalpais. If you're in the mood to pack up cushions and take a lovely, zigzagging drive with the…
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Culture, Encore

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I'm Yours! Or: Deranged by Love. In Precarious Theatre's original production, it's all fun and games until people start singing. Freely adapted from an episode in Don Quixote, the show concerns two pairs of young lovers who stumble through a…
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Dining, Eat The Maddening Crowd

The Maddening Crowd

Arriving at Salt House after dark is exciting and a little mysterious: The trim little 100-year-old brick building is currently the sole occupant of its block, wedged between a parking lot and a construction site. Welcoming golden light spills out…
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Music, Hesher's Pet

Hesher's Pet

In the theoretical "school of rock," Isis frontman Aaron Turner would be the kid at the head of the class with an eloquent answer for every question. Or maybe he'd be the too-smart-for-school kid who'd rather read the works of…
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Best Reason Not to Kill Your TV

There's no good reason to spend your evenings watching reality TV shows when you live in one of the country's biggest creative hubs. But if you must stare at the tube, watch Spark, a KQED-Bay Area Video Coalition documentary series…
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Culture, Stuff Natural Disaster

Natural Disaster

Tony Grisoni can always tell when his old friend Terry Gilliam, the visionary who sees too far for his own good, is in pain: He laughs. The worse the pain, the harder the laughter. If that is the case, then…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Chill Bar Before 10 p.m.

On a recent visit to Movida at 9 p.m. on a Sunday, a local sitting at the bar told us Movida was so "chill" that his wife had come there to fetch him in her pajamas. That's the spirit of…
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Culture, Stage

Quixotic Endeavors

One of theater's essentials is an audience -- something Deborah Gwinn, Jim Cave, and Mark Gordon had to do without at the final preview of Don Quixote plus The Gordons, which they generously allowed me to catch at the Marsh.…
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Culture, Stage

Aisle Seat

Class Tells You may have been whiling away your summer hours, conferrin' with the flowers, but the students at New Conservatory's Teen Theater Summer Stock program were working very hard to learn the craft of acting to prepare for the…
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wednesday july 17 They Give Good Phone Don't count the Rev. Larry Poland among the fans of the late Robert Chesley's "pornographic elegy" Jerker or the Helping Hand. When Poland heard a 1986 Pacifica radio broadcast of excerpts from the…
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