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After Juliet: This play explores what happened after the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Through Aug. 4. $15. American Conservatory Theater, 415 Geary (at Mason), 749-2228. Arctic Hysteria: A musical, bilingual (German/English) play with sound and video installation, presented…
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News, Feature America's Petro-Terrorists: How Speculators Drove Up Oil Prices

America's Petro-Terrorists: How Speculators Drove Up Oil Prices

Illustration by Pete Ryan. On July 11, 2008, the price of oil rose to $147 per barrel, a record high. Gas stations engaged in hot pursuit as the price of a gallon rocketed past $4. All hell was about…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Swindled Art

Swindled Art

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Magnolia) The best two hours you'll ever spend learning about accounting, Enron is one part civics lesson, one part Greek tragedy, and one part political cartoon. Director Alex Gibney makes no pretense of…
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Film, Scoundrel Time

Scoundrel Time

Alex Gibney's Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room is a thoroughly professional, frequently spectacular piece of muckraking. But any American who hopes to watch this portrait of unfettered corporate greed, cynical power-lust, and outrageous deception without going postal about…
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Culture, Stage Good Coin

Good Coin

American Buffalo is one of the most produced and least understood great American plays. It's fiendishly hard to get right. The story of two men and a boy cooking up a scheme in Donny Dubrow's Chicago junk shop is simple…
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Culture, Stage Lines of  the Times

Lines of the Times

The Apple Cart is not what you'd think -- a play about fruit vendors -- but a witty, long-winded argument about democracy by George Bernard Shaw that pits a constitutional monarch against a bickering Cabinet of parliamentary ministers in a…
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News, Matt Smith Attack of the Self-Serving Pol!

Attack of the Self-Serving Pol!

Actor/producer/writer J. Stephen "Rock" Peace's 1978 film Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! set such a high standard of campiness that for two decades nothing topped it -- not Return of the Killer Tomatoes! (1988), not Killer Tomatoes Strike Back (1990),…
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News, Matt Smith The Perfect Crime

The Perfect Crime

The final chapter of the perfect crime needn't be dramatic, brilliant, or the result of careful planning; it can also be a matter of banal luck. Unseasonable storms might clean a blood-stained sidewalk; a detective might go on vacation; overtaxed…
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Imbalance of Power

Last week's postponement of the day Californians get to choose their electricity provider may strengthen the position of monopoly utilities, including PG&E, and reduce the benefits consumers receive from competition, utility executives say. Outside energy companies have spent billions recently…
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PG&E Is All Charged Up

Quietly, yet relentlessly, PG&E Corp., the mammoth San Francisco-based utility that supplies gas and electricity to most of Northern California, is preparing to extend its local dominance of power markets onto a national, then international stage. With mountains of cash…
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