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Music, All Shook Down Earworm Weekly: "It's Raining On Prom Night" by Cindy Bullens

Earworm Weekly: "It's Raining On Prom Night" by Cindy Bullens

The recent wet weather precipitated a rain-themed earworm for me this week. But I couldn't be blessed with, say, “Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall” performed by Ella Fitzgerald, or “Here Comes the Rain Again” by the Eurythmics.…
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News, Letters

SF Weekly Letters

Housing Crunch Heading for another city that allows for growth: If someone is a wealthy developer, or client of a developer, his connections to City Hall will get him whatever he wants in S.F. ["Bringing Down the Housing," Joe Eskenazi,…
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Music, All Shook Down John Travolta and Olivia Newton John Make the Bleakest Christmas Music Video Ever

John Travolta and Olivia Newton John Make the Bleakest Christmas Music Video Ever

Welcome, ladies and gents, to the most awkward, thrown-together video we've seen since Phil Collins and Phil Bailey pretended to be best friends in the 1984 clip for "Easy Lover." You may have already heard that John Travolta and Olivia…
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Calendar, Night&Day Those Summer Nights

Those Summer Nights

Say what you will about John Travolta -- and we have, many times -- the man is a walking miracle of career longevity. He’s successfully (re)invented himself a half-dozen times, all the while preserving his undeniable talents as a hoofer…
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Music, All Shook Down

Top 8 Songs To Listen To During the Next Earthquake

Like us, there's a good chance that when the emergency sirens went off last Thursday as part of The Great California Shake-Out, you wondered if some sort of Red Dawn-style invasion was at hand, since it was clear that an…
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Calendar, Night&Day Summer Nights

Summer Nights

John Travolta was cool 30 years ago, though all people (and this may shock young people) are cool when they’re young. Of course, he wasn’t all that (Urban Cowboy), but he was pretty cool (Saturday Night Fever), at least cool…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Tony Manero</i>

Tony Manero

Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain’s alarming Tony Manero—set in the dark days of the Pinochet regime and named not for its protagonist but rather his ego-ideal, John Travolta’s character in Saturday Night Fever—is a study of a cinema-struck, solitary daydreamer in…
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Film, John Travolta plays the ringleader in <i>The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3</i>

John Travolta plays the ringleader in The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

Want to know how a city works? Start by watching 1974's The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, a primer in which subway hijackers test how long it'll take a million bucks to pass through Gotham's plumbing. Turns out an…
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Culture, Stagecap

Fé in the Desert

Jessica Hagedorn's new play about a couple getting robbed by some soul-searching gangsters over the course of one coke-fuelled night has all the great elements of a theatrical Pulp Fiction. It's got drugs, violence, an out-of-order chronology, and even a…
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Film, Like Pigs to Slaughter

Like Pigs to Slaughter

Wild Hogs — in which John Travolta, William H. Macy, Tim Allen, and Martin Lawrence play emasculated suburbanites taking a cross-country motorcycle trip to rediscover their masculinity — doesn't even sound like a real movie when you describe it to…
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Culture, Stagecap

The Legendary and Fabulous Passion Play

In El Gato Del Diablo Theatre Company's playful reimagining of the Passion play (a dramatic representation of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus popular in Medieval times), the disciples are a bunch of born-again queers, and the Son of…
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Culture, Stage Defanged


Besides Madonna and John Travolta, there are few people in popular culture who know more about the power of reinvention than Anne Rice. Fans were understandably shocked when the mass-market fiction world's reigning queen of the damned made the announcement…
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Most heterosexual men are profoundly uncomfortable about admitting their nonstraight impulses. That stand-up comedian Dan Rothenberg fesses up to assorted homoerotic dalliances in his solo show, Regretrosexual, should be reason for cautious optimism about that contingent of the species. Worried…
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Film, Get Lost

Get Lost

The novel Be Cool, written by Elmore Leonard in 1999 while the ink was still wet on the publisher's advance, exists only because the beloved writer of seedy thrillers and westerns knew it was guaranteed gold -- the sequel to…
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Film, Suddenly This Summer

Suddenly This Summer

In her first stab at narrative drama, writer/director Shainee Gabel has managed to assemble a superstar cast and a seasoned technical team. She spent five years on the project, adapting an unpublished novel written by the father of a friend,…
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Film, Like Moths to Flame

Like Moths to Flame

It was only a matter of time before Hollywood capitalized on the sympathy and admiration that have enveloped the nation's firefighters since 9/11, and here we are. Jay Russell's action-packed, flame-broiled Ladder 49 is an all-out valentine to the firehouse…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Argument for Reincarnation

When the old Bruno's on Mission, built in the '40s but sitting empty and forlorn for decades, opened its doors, it ushered in a whole new era for the San Francisco scene. Swing and jazz and supper clubs and big…
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Pulling the Gimp String

Primary Colors Directed by Mike Nichols. Written by Elaine May, from the book by Anonymous (Joe Klein). Starring John Travolta, Adrian Lester, Emma Thompson, and Kathy Bates. At area theaters. Like the pseudonymously Anonymous novel by Joe Klein on which…
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News, Feature

Identity Crisis

Americans are the western pilgrims, who are carrying along with them that great mass of arts, sciences, vigour, and industry which began long since in the east; they will finish the great circle. -- De Crevecoe I. The Fugue State…
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Face/Off Directed by John Woo. Screenplay by Mike Werb and Michael Colleary. Starring John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen, Nick Cassavetes, Alessandro Nivola, and Gina Gershon. At area theaters. The title of John Woo's Face/Off is meant to be taken…
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