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Dining, Distillations The Ice Cream Bar: Who You Calling a Soda Jerk?

The Ice Cream Bar: Who You Calling a Soda Jerk?

I was never a boozer until I went to Europe. Back in my college days, America still thought of itself as a Budweiser nation: The microbrew revolution was just beginning and it was surprisingly hard to find a good mixed…
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Dining, Bouncer Playwrights Versus Trivia Nerds at Edinburgh Castle

Playwrights Versus Trivia Nerds at Edinburgh Castle

I love me some Edinburgh Castle; not everybody knows my name, but they are always glad I came. I think. It seemed the perfect place to meet up with a friend and go over our plans to write a play…
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Calendar, Night&Day Rabbit’s Run

Rabbit’s Run

Tonight begins nearly a month of thought-provoking performance works from around the world in the San Francisco International Art Festival. The ambition is grand — to establish a forum for the imaginative and a destination for the inquisitive, much like…
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Calendar, Night&Day Magic, Real and Imagined

Magic, Real and Imagined

Sylvain Chomet's The Illusionist breathes life into a celluloid fossil, lovingly animating an unproduced script by filmmaker Jacques Tati. Chomet sets The Illusionist on the cusp of the 1960s, around the time Tati wrote the script as a follow-up to…
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Calendar, Night&Day Magic -- Real and Imagined

Magic -- Real and Imagined

Sylvain Chomet's The Illusionist breathes life into a celluloid fossil, lovingly animating an unproduced script by filmmaker Jacques Tati. Chomet sets The Illusionist on the cusp of the 1960s, around the time Tati wrote the script as a follow-up to…
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Calendar, Night&Day Magic, Real and Imagined

Magic, Real and Imagined

Sylvain Chomet's The Illusionist breathes life into a celluloid fossil, lovingly animating an unproduced script by filmmaker Jacques Tati. Chomet sets The Illusionist on the cusp of the 1960s, around the time Tati wrote the script as a follow-up to…
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Culture, Stage SF Fringe Fest Is Small, Not So Edgy

SF Fringe Fest Is Small, Not So Edgy

Late summer wouldn't be late summer without the traditional Fringe Whinge, when arts journalists across the world vent their misgivings about "the state of the Fringe." The loudest voices of detraction bellow forth from Edinburgh, Scotland, where commentators annually deride…
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Calendar, Night&Day New Growth

New Growth

This year, Jonathan Mills, director of the Edinburgh International Festival, invited the Tiger Lillies to reinterpret Monteverdi's Madrigals of Love and War for his prestigious, mostly classical musical program. Of course, Martyn Jacques, the brazenly talented leader of the Tiger…
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Culture, Stage Everyday Fringe

Everyday Fringe

The cable car turnaround at the corner of Powell and Market was the usual melee of tourists, panhandlers, commuters, shoppers, and boom-box body-poppers on the evening of Aug. 9. Few people seemed to notice the man in the bowler hat…
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Culture, Stagecap

Flamenco con Fusión

Master guitarist Ricardo Garcia's show is billed as hailing from Barcelona and Edinburgh. But unless you count the slight inflection to certain words in the native Andalusian's speaking voice and the fact that he's just arrived in town from the…
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Culture, Bookcap

The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs

"I wanted to have one guy who was just a total bastard ... and the other guy is a nice wee mommy's boy," explains Irvine Welsh, sitting poolside at the Phoenix Hotel during a recent book tour. The Scottish author…
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Best of San Francisco, Shopping & Services

Best Lumberyard

MacBeath sells its handsome wood in five places -- San Francisco; Berkeley; Salt Lake City; Edinburgh, Ind.; and Perris, Calif., near Riverside -- but we're especially fond of the Hunters Point location. While it's true that the East Bay store…
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Calendar, Night&Day Feed Your Head

Feed Your Head

San Francisco is a grand city for culture vultures: With its opera, symphony, and multiple world-class dance and theater companies, museums, and galleries, each night of the year is stuffed with mind-expanding possibilities. But unlike, say, New York's, our local…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Little Off the Side

A Little Off the Side

Every September, for the last eight years, the Exit Theater has been hosting a two-week tromp through the Tenderloin known as the Fringe Festival. The title is kind of vague: Even if you know that cities from Edinburgh to Adelaide…
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Music,

Night Crawler

"Are you here for the Tenderloin Walking Tour?" asks Alan Black, co-founder of the Scottish Cultural and Arts Foundation, standing outside the Edinburgh Castle. "You had better take this bulletproof map," he says, handing over a laminated plot of the…
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