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Calendar, Night&Day Yes You Cancan

Yes You Cancan

Despite modern burlesque's associations with elegantly taking one's clothes off before a live audience of hooters and hollerers, burlesque is an art form that was originally intended to make us laugh. The word itself derives from the Italian burlesco,…
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Dining, Eat Machka: A Few Bright Spots with Turkish Flair

Machka: A Few Bright Spots with Turkish Flair

Meze, the tradition of small plates eaten with drinks that ranges from the Middle East to Greece, seems like a great direction to take a restaurant in the Financial District looking to scoop up some business from the post-work crowd.…
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Dining, Eat Troya: Traditional Mediterranean Gets Tarted Up

Troya: Traditional Mediterranean Gets Tarted Up

The eastern Mediterranean is the Lascaux, the Bethlehem, the Cooperstown of food. It was here that animals were domesticated and crops were planted for the first time. As a result, the concept of villages and kitchens and written recipes evolved…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Sweet Spot: The Truth Behind Puppy Play

The Sweet Spot: The Truth Behind Puppy Play

Woof. Beg. Roll over. Woof! Good puppy. There's as much chance those words can be heard at a dog-training school as they can at a place like the Folsom Street Fair. In the midst of assless chaps, visible cock…
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Calendar, Night&Day Salacious Drag from Ancient Greece

Salacious Drag from Ancient Greece

First staged in 1972, Hot Greeks mixed the homoeroticism of college football with the dire stakes of the Peloponnesian War. It’s loosely modeled after comic playwright Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, in which the women of Greece withhold sex from their beaus in…
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Dining, SFoodie Eight New Year's Food Customs from Around the World

Eight New Year's Food Customs from Around the World

In the United States, the new year is usually ushered in by champagne and as many hangover-inducing beverages as we can get our hands on. In other countries, however, hearty food traditions mark the start of the year. Below, some…
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Music, BeatBox Argy


As the genre cryptically referred to as "minimal" has evolved, it has reconciled its tech-house foundations with some deep house and trance roots. Greece-born, Berlin-based Argyris "Argy" Theofilis plays the style between those dubby chords, melodic vocal spurs, vamping tribal…
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Dining, Eat Tasty Decor

Tasty Decor

The cosmopolitan and eclectic bent of Nua, a new restaurant and wine bar located in the heart of North Beach, is signalled not only by the ingredients of its dishes, ranging from house-made Italian fennel sausage to piquillo peppers, but…
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Music, Bouncer


So Friendster's been doing this shitty thing lately: The site is sending invitations to people that you have previously invited to join, but who have for some reason declined your offer in the past. Considering I got into Friendster during…
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Dining, Eat Everything We Ate

Everything We Ate

You could have fearlessly bet money, a lot of it, that I'd love this new book, Everything I Ate: A Year in the Life of My Mouth, by Tucker Shaw (Chronicle Books, $14.95). It combines a lot of my favorite…
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Dining, Eat Hits and Myths

Hits and Myths

I've never been to Greece, though I made a concerted effort one year when I was 16 and applied to a drama school in Delphi for a summer session. I think I was attracted as much to an imagined landscape…
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Dining, Eat Feta (Not Quite) Accompli

Feta (Not Quite) Accompli

"I haven't had a Greek meal since I moved to San Francisco," I said to Robert as we drove toward dinner at Estia, a new Greek place on Grant. Fifteen years ago, I explained to him, a very good and…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Yogurt

Total is a rather bland and unexciting name for the best, richest yogurt we've ever tasted (250 calories for a small serving, of which 110 are supplied by fat, which the silky, voluptuous mouth-feel corroborates). It's imported from Greece and…
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Dining, Eat

Toga Party

Among the most treasured items in my personal matchbook collection is a souvenir from the Greek Islands, one of Chicago's more popular Greektown eateries. Etched against a blue background is a drawing of a waiter setting fire to a slab…
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Dining, The Mix

Passing Through

Divisadero is a street that transcends neighborhoods, running from the Haight through the Western Addition and Pacific Heights before making a final plunge into the Marina. Its bars tend to have a cozy feel, none more so than Club Waziema,…
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Dining, Eat A Welcome Homecoming

A Welcome Homecoming

Recently, I spent 2 1/2 weeks traveling through Greece, a land of stone, sun, aquamarine seas, and nights that caress the skin like warm, electric silk. It took about seven seconds for me to realize that 2 1/2 weeks isn't…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

The tradition of the tarantella stretches back to Dionysian rites of ancient Greece, during which feverish women would run through the streets, swing from tree branches, dance wildly, chant, and pound on tambourines until they entered a trance. Participants, usually…
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Dining, Eat

Grecian Formula

When you walk in the door at Kokkari, you immediately see how the owners spent $5 million renovating and decorating the place. Never mind that the real Kokkari is actually a small fishing village on the Aegean Sea, or that…
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Second Time Around

Markopoulos: Seconds in Eternity Gregory Markopoulos, called by one critic "the American avant-garde cinema's supreme erotic poet," was an eccentric even by the exacting standards of the 1960s film underground. Ohio born, he started making 8mm movies at age 12.…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): The ancient myths don't tell us, but I'm guessing Hercules was an Aries. Like you, that heroic pioneer scared up more adventures in one lifetime than most people do in 10 incarnations. In fact, what you've…
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