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Film, "Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia": The Last Great Public Intellectual in the Wild

"Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia": The Last Great Public Intellectual in the Wild

Nicholas Wrathall's documentary is both a celebration of a great man and a sad reminder that the era of the American Intellectual is probably behind us, certainly of intellectuals as consistently thoughtful and entertaining as Gore Vidal. He passed away…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist What to See at This Year's SF Fringe Festival

What to See at This Year's SF Fringe Festival

"Open-minded" is such a tricky phrase. When I've been pulled into religious discussions against my will over the years, I've inevitably been informed that the only reason that I don't believe in the other person's deity or personal savior is…
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Hypnodrome Head Trips. It's a titillating concept to revive the Grand Guignol, the terror theater that ran for 65 years in Paris around the turn of the 20th century. Tucked away underneath the Hwy. 101 overpass in SOMA, the…
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Culture, Stage Breaking Down Walls

Breaking Down Walls

One of the most uncomfortable tasks I ever undertook during my first journalism job as the editorial assistant in the New York office of British newspaper The Daily Telegraph was fielding phone calls from death row inmate Kenny Richey. Richey,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Boys and Girls on Film

Boys and Girls on Film

If size matters, the 27th San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival must be meaningful indeed. From its ramshackle origins as a small event with a handful of titles, it's become the world's biggest gay movie fest. This is…
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Culture, Stage Love,  Love, Love

Love, Love, Love

Gore Vidal proposed in 1959 that love "be adopted as the American theater's official anthem. Just name your problem, sit back and let love solve it: race prejudice, foreign relations -- even Job reeling beneath the unkind attentions of a…
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Gore Vidal/Christopher Hitchens

Gore Vidal's mind is a living history of America. At 72, he's experienced nearly a third of the country's political past; as the grandson of an Oklahoma senator, he's been heir to the rest of it. His friendship with JFK…
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Shooting at the Converted Combat! An American Melodrama. Written and directed by John Fisher. Starring Fisher, Christopher Herold, Gary Cannon, Jeffrey Fierson, Jana Chavez, and Brian Yates. At the Victoria Theater, 2961 16th St. (at Capp), through March 14. Call…
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wednesday february 21 Hindsight and Blind Sight The formal end of apartheid in South Africa frees not only people, but also images the country's racist regime censored and obliterated. A three-night program, "Unshackling the Vision" presents some examples: Nice to…
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