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Music, Hear This Joan of Arc: Show Preview

Joan of Arc: Show Preview

Truthfully, it's hard to know what you're going to get with Joan of Arc. Nineties emo kids will remember the Chicagoans fondly as purveyors of introspective, complex and self-referential explorations. But in later years, Joan of Arc stretched itself further…
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Calendar, Night&Day High Stakes

High Stakes

Halloween is no longer Fright Night so much as Amateur Night. (Impossibly high expectations quenched with too much cheap booze likewise ruined New Year’s Eve years ago.) Satisfy your primeval need for cathartic autumnal chills mid-month, courtesy of legendary Danish…
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Music, Hear This Owen: Show Preview

Owen: Show Preview

Mike Kinsella is like the underground version of Dave Grohl or Phil Collins, having started his music career behind the drums before moving his creative energies to the front of the stage. Kinsella's résumé includes such indie-rock favorites as Cap'n…
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Music, Cap’n Jazz reunites for a tour of self-discovery

Cap’n Jazz reunites for a tour of self-discovery

The reunion of Cap'n Jazz isn't getting the headlines Pavement has been showered with this summer, but for a lot of people — namely those who cherish the great Midwestern emo boom of the mid-'90s — it is an even…
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Calendar, Night&Day As If There's Any Other Kind

As If There's Any Other Kind

Luis Alberto Urrea and a handful of others hit the pretty red-hued stage at the behest of San Francisco's Charlie Jane Anders for the Writers with Drinks series. It always brings a smile, whether you’re giggling at Anders’ goofy introductions,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sacred Cinema

Sacred Cinema

Notwithstanding the dweebs who claim to have found religion watching Star Wars, spirituality and the cinema don’t go particularly well together. Faith is a difficult quality for the camera to capture and convey, while the transformation that accompanies newfound faith…
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Calendar, Night&Day Modern-Day Joan

Modern-Day Joan

Theatrical renderings of ancient women are ubiquitous, especially if said women are misunderstood hussies, larger than life goddesses, or victimized waifs. Writer and performer Amanda Moody, famous for her quirky piece Serial Murderess, fixes her gaze on Joan of Arc,…
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Music, Reviewed Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc

The Chicago smarty-pants in Joan of Arc have their roots in the spastic Cap'n Jazz, a short-lived punk act that also gave birth to the "new emo" juggernaut the Promise Ring. Like many bands tagged with the "post-rock" term, Joan…
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Culture, Stage The Slapstick Museum

The Slapstick Museum

The House of Blue Leaves belongs to a species of American playwriting I'll call Midcentury Slapstick, which involves layer upon layer of everyday family bickering and impossible sitcom antics, all stacked on some pealike point about the world at large.…
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Film, Ruined in Rouen

Ruined in Rouen

Luc Besson, director of La Femme Nikita, The Professional, and The Fifth Element, is not the first name that would leap to mind to helm a biopic of Joan of Arc. Sure, he's French, and sure, most of his films…
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Calendar, Halloween

Night Crawler

Going Native Over the phone John Wickett asks me to pull into the driveway behind his mobile home in Lower Pacific Heights. The striped Fleetwood is impossible to miss even nestled, as it is, off the street beneath the shadow…
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The Ascetic Aesthetics of Robert Bresson

The complete works of French cineaste Robert Bresson win an airing in a series commencing this weekend at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. A stubborn stylist of minimalist cinema, Bresson built his 13 features on the famous principle that…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): I dreamed you were at a seance conducted by a medium who resembled Georgia O'Keeffe. She summoned the spirits of people in your life who died before you learned what you needed to say to them.…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY for an unreal world

Aries (March 21-April 19): I urge you to think about what tricks you've used to beat your fears in the past. Review as well the role models who've inspired you to be braver than you thought possible. In the week…
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