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Calendar, Night&Day Romancing the Word

Romancing the Word

Being the best-selling author on the planet affords one a certain street cred. With some figures placing her above J.K. Rowling and Dr. Seuss combined, romance novelist Danielle Steel knows a thing or two about the written word. The…
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Film, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2": Magnificent Finale for Fantasy Opus

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2": Magnificent Finale for Fantasy Opus

After 10 years, seven movies, six Defense Against the Dark Arts teachers, four directors, two dead parents, one grating house elf, and incalculable amounts of CG wizardry, pubescent growing pains, budding romances, and apocalyptic fire and brimstone, we've finally arrived:…
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Film, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows": The kids are not all right

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows": The kids are not all right

A teenage witch stands trembling behind her unsuspecting mother and father, wand raised. Obliviate, she whispers, and her parents' eyes go glassy, their memories erased. On the mantel, the girl's image disappears from the family's photos. Blinking back tears, she…
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Culture, Stage Three Little Pigs

Three Little Pigs

Everyone loves a good rags-to-riches story. The idea of a downtrodden person overcoming the odds to rise to the heights of success has been a narrative archetype since classical times. Tales about Aladdin and Cinderella continue to delight children, while…
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Calendar, Night&Day Flight of the Monkeys

Flight of the Monkeys

In their dubious quest to appease every last parent from the Bible Belt to Berkeley, the namby-pambies at Pixar, Disney, and other studios have forgotten that fairy tales are supposed to be scary. In addition to the all-important moral, children…
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News, The Snitch Stanford Attorneys vs. Harry Potter

Stanford Attorneys vs. Harry Potter

J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. are going to court today where they will face off against copyright experts from the Stanford Law School’s Fair Use Project. The dispute was sparked when Steve Vander Ark, who runs a Harry Potter fansite,…
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News, Feature <i>Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix</i>

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Of all the expected summer blockbusters, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the most likely to be good, and also the most likely to fizzle like one of Ron Weasley's magic tricks. Alfonso Cuaron made the best…
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Film, <i>Fire</i> Flies

Fire Flies

The part with the dragon is really cool. Might as well cut to the chase, right? It's not as though you need anybody to tell you the basic premise of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; if you somehow…
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Calendar, Kid Stuff Muggles Mania

Muggles Mania

SAT-SUN 6/21-22 The grand opening of the "Forces That Shape the Bay" exhibit features tons of music, hands-on activities, and a gander at a new way to understand our local waters. The display opens at 10 a.m. at the Lawrence…
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News, Dog Bites

Dog Bites

Details, Details It may be that San Francisco Chronicle reporters are trying to add a little drama to otherwise dry policy stories. Or maybe they're just having trouble getting used to their new abacuses. We're looking for charitable ways to…
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