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Daddy Issues: The Only Law Is Sperm Law

Halfway through a marathon viewing of the worst show on TV, Paternity Court, I realized that the smug superiority I felt toward everyone on the show was hypocrisy. No, I've never been pregnant and not known who the father was.…
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Culture, Encore

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Compulsion. In this world premiere, playwright Rinne Groff does a masterful job of dramatizing the life of author and playwright Meyer Levin, who obsessed over bringing The Diary of Anne Frank to the stage. Levin secured, and then lost, an…
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Drugs and Tobacco Don't Mix No more coffin nails: Joe Eskenazi deftly lays out the many issues we considered in crafting San Francisco's tobacco-free pharmacy ordinance ["Will San Francisco Ban Cigarettes at Pharmacies — Again?,"…
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In the Wound.After last year's fantastic postapocalyptic, outdoor version of Animal Farm, director and writer Jon Tracy and Shotgun Players return with an adaptation of The Iliad. Tracy's modern take focuses on Odysseus' attempt to avoid fighting in the Trojan…
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"Jerry Springer, the Opera": Theater Review

For all the camp and blasphemy, the West Coast premiere of Jerry Springer, the Opera, inspires more yawning than chair-throwing. Maybe it's because this is San Francisco, but shock value alone does not an operatic farce make, and there's only…
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This Is the Situation

Many people go through a Jerry Springer phase, usually running concurrent with a rough patch in their lives: losing a job, losing their shit, having too many drugs and not enough parenting. Why else are you watching this crap in…
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Gavin Newsom on Simpsons Special: The internets Respond

So, The Simpsons is still on! The eminently quotable show is in its 20th year and Fox aired a 90-minute special directed by documentarian Morgan Spurlock to celebrate the momentous occasion. Various celebrities discussed their favorite characters. Our fair mayor,…
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Eavesdropping Once Again: the codependents at Basil

If there's gonna be sports on TV in a bar — and let's face it, there always is — then I can hope that it will at least be hockey. It's the only sport that really makes sense to me.…
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Nasty Girl

Little Black Book, with its Carly Simon soundtrack all but daring you to tune it out before it begins, is being marketed as a daffy romantic comedy in which a woman plows through her boyfriend's Palm to uncover his past…
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Best TV Commercial

A main staple between episodes of Jerry Springer and Divorce Court is an amazing series of commercials targeting today's career criminals. The ads have a delicious offensiveness (although we're still not sure if it's on purpose) packed into every second…
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Film, Asking for It

Asking for It

If they teach the work of Todd Solondz someday, assuming he's not already in the curriculum somewhere, the lectures are bound to be rather short. To grasp the material without actually attending, just bone up on a little bargain-basement Freud,…
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REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): Along with beauty, truth, and justice, you should give special attention to cultivating madness this week. I'm not suggesting that you be an out-of-control narcissist leaving behind a wake of chaos. Rather, I mean you should…
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