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Culture, The Exhibitionist Chatting with Lily Tomlin and Paul Weitz

Chatting with Lily Tomlin and Paul Weitz

Aside from the opportunity it afforded him to work with Lily Tomlin, director Paul Weitz (Antz, American Pie, and About a Boy) remembers 2013's Admission as the point in his career when he lost the script. But his onset experience with the…
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Culture, Art "Cindy Sherman": Three Decades of Disguises at SFMOMA

"Cindy Sherman": Three Decades of Disguises at SFMOMA

In the late 1980s and early '90s, Cindy Sherman created a series of photographic scenes that challenged even some of her most ardent fans. Plastic female torsos were depicted with objects protruding from their sexual organs. Stretches of surfaces were…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Sweet Spot: What a Pretty <i>Pussy</i> You Are

The Sweet Spot: What a Pretty Pussy You Are

"It is not clear in the Bible what Jesus thinks about lesbians, but it is pretty clear that he is okay with prostitutes." That is a rip-roaring line indeed, but writer and performer Maura Halloran already had me at…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Really Big Shew

A Really Big Shew

As a variety show, Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In reveled in that brief go-going-gone moment between the girdled rigidity of the American Dream and the ribald debauchery of the rock 'n' roll suicide. Earlier variety shows such as Shindig! and Hullabaloo…
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Calendar, Night&Day Let Them Entertain You

Let Them Entertain You

Comediennes Beth Lisick and Tara Jepsen are our own Amy Sedarises: You don’t know whom they’re mocking, exactly, but you’re well aware it could be you. At their new and first-ever two-woman show, Getting in on the Ground Floor and…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish The Delightful Dud

The Delightful Dud

A Prairie Home Companion (New Line) This all-star sing-along -- with Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Tommy Lee Jones, Virginia Madsen, Woody Harrelson, etc. -- that wears its smile bright and wide looked for all the world like a summertime sleeper…
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Calendar, Performance The Lady Lily

The Lady Lily

FRI 9/12 Lily Tomlin is nuts, and I mean that in a good way. Whether she's playing a devoted, gospel-singing mother-cum-adulterer in Nashville or one of three administrative assistants-cum-kidnappers in Nine to Five (though I must admit to liking her…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

Trains, Boats, and Automobiles Reviving Aquatic Park: I thought your article about Aquatic Park hit the bull's-eye ("Balkans by the Bay," Matt Smith, Jan. 16). A key benefit of the Fort Mason extension is bringing Aquatic Park into the…
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Culture, Stage Rewind


The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe premiered in 1985, when the good times that supposedly swept the American middle class away from '60s idealism were still a fresh target for satire. Jane Wagner's script is crammed…
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Film, Going Perm

Going Perm

In the new low-budget indie comedy Haiku Tunnel, former temporary office worker Josh Kornbluth plays "Josh Kornbluth," a temporary office worker who, early in the film, faces a premature midlife crisis -- whether to stay a temp or "go perm."…
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Film, Cry Hard

Cry Hard

Why is this film called Disney's The Kid? Is it really possible the studio was so concerned that someone might actually mistake the film for an update of the Chaplin classic that the brand name had to be formally incorporated…
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Dining, Side Dish

Side Dish

Skye's the LimitGeorge Karpaty and the boys behind Backbeat, Santa Clara's most popular nightclub (is there more than one?), have opened their brand-spanking-new spacious party room at the old Stage Door Theater at 420 Mason. Dubbed Ruby Skye, the club…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): This would be a fine time to stand beneath a lover's window and serenade him or her with a tear-jerking yet funny song. It's also an excellent astrological moment to surprise your paramour by pouring maple…
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Culture, Stage


Going Nowhere The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite. By Quincy Long. Directed by Mame Hunt. Starring Bob Ernst, Delia MacDougall, Sean San Jose Blackman, Nick Scoggin, Kimberly Richards, and James Rummonds. At the Magic Theater, Fort Mason, through July 20.…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): It'll be a good week to get a nose job, face lift, or collagen injections, especially if you've recently escaped from prison or are thinking of starting your life over in a strange place where no…
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wednesday march 13 Evil Eye Though not as famous as Citizen Kane, the vision of American corruption in Orson Welles' Touch of Evil is just as timely -- and more entertaining. The film's lengthy single-shot opening bomb sequence is just…
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The Man From Uncle ... Mame's

I worry that beanbag chairs will be antiques someday," Lily Tomlin once commented. Tomlin's dread day has arrived: Glittering gaudily at the corner of 15th and Market, a boutique called Uncle Mame's (2193 Market St., 626-1953) provides a loving home…
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