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Dining, Eat Cana: Cuban Food in the Mission Gets Buried Under Basic Mistakes

Cana: Cuban Food in the Mission Gets Buried Under Basic Mistakes

For all their bombast and bullying, restaurant makeover shows have a pretty simple message at heart: You only have one shot to convince a customer to return to your restaurant, so every detail matters. Hosts like Gordon Ramsay and Robert…
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A Minor Cycle: Five Little Plays in One Starry Night: A collaboration between playwright Greg Giovanni and Theater of Yugen presenting five short plays influenced by classical Japanese dramatic forms. Through Dec. 30. $10-$30. NOHspace, 2840 Mariposa (at Florida). "Audium…
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3Girls Squared: 3Girls Theatre Company presents an evening of nine original 10-minute holiday-themed plays. Continues through Dec. 15. $25-$30. The Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason (at Post), 989-0023. A Minor Cycle: Five Little Plays in One Starry Night: A collaboration between…
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Tow Jam: When the City Makes a Victim Pay For the Crime

One misty August morning, Matthew Couzens woke up to find his blue 1994 Honda Accord missing from where he parked it along Hampshire Street between 18th and Mariposa streets. It had been gone for about 24 hours when a parking…
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After Juliet: This play explores what happened after the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Through Aug. 4. $15. American Conservatory Theater, 415 Geary (at Mason), 749-2228. Arctic Hysteria: A musical, bilingual (German/English) play with sound and video installation, presented…
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5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche: A comedy about lesbian sexuality in the 50s. Thursdays-Saturdays. Through July 14. $20-$30. Phoenix Arts Association Theatre, 414 Mason (at Geary) Ste. 601, 989-0023. Angel of the Poor: A comedy by Austrian playwright Clemens Berger…
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Summer Guide: Bars on the Bay to Watch the America's Cup

The America's Cup World Series (a sort of practice run for the 2013 America's Cup races) comes to San Francisco Bay on Aug. 21-26 and Oct. 4-7, and if the grand spectacle of yachtsmen at play isn't intoxicating enough for…
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Audium 9: Spatial electronic orchestrations and sound sculptures. Early arrival is advised. Fridays, Saturdays, 8:30 p.m. $20. Audium-Theatre of Sound-Sculptured Space, 1616 Bush (at Franklin), 771-1616. Beach Blanket Babylon: Steve Silver's musical revue spoofs pop culture with extravagant costumes. Wednesdays-Sundays.…
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News, The Snitch Republicans Propose New State: Southern California

Republicans Propose New State: Southern California

One Southern California pol is sick and tired of the Democrats in Sacramento -- tired of the "pillaging" of local governments and, worse, the left-wing policies that dominate the blue state. That's why he's dusted off that tired proposal to…
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Beach Blanket Babylon: Steve Silver's musical revue spoofs pop culture with extravagant costumes. Wednesdays-Sundays. $25-$130. Club Fugazi, 678 Green (at Powell), 421-4222. Big City Improv: Actors take audience suggestions and create comedy from nothing. Fridays, 10 p.m. $15-$20. www.bigcityimprov.com. Shelton…
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Shopping! The Musical. Some theater types want to be Hamlet; others want to be Liza Minnelli. The smiling, hardworking performers in this musical revue definitely fall into the latter category. Lyricist-composer Morris Bobrow uses his infectious, irreverent humor to great…
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Shopping! The Musical. Some theater types want to be Hamlet; others want to be Liza Minnelli. The smiling, hardworking performers in this musical revue definitely fall into the latter category. Lyricist-composer Morris Bobrow uses his infectious, irreverent humor to great…
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Animals Out of Paper: Rajiv Joseph's comedy, directed by Amy Glazer. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Feb. 27. SF Playhouse, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 677-9596, www.sfplayhouse.org. Beauty of the Father: Presented by the Off Broadway West Theatre Company. Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through March…
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Too Big to Fail. Theatrically speaking, Too Big to Fail is as solid as anything you'll see in the Bay Area this summer. The newest production from the Tony Award–winning SF Mime Troupe — now in its 50th season —…
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Candide, or Optimism. Combining an 18th-century French satire with a traditional Japanese theatrical form may seem like a gimmick just waiting to fail. But in Theatre of Yugen's new Kyogen-style adaptation of Voltaire's Candide, form and content inform each other…
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American Hwangap. Magic Theatre's artistic director, Loretta Greco, is very keen to compare American Hwangap and its Korean-American playwright, Lloyd Suh, to Sam Shepard and his plays of severe family dysfunction set on the edges of the American desert. It's…
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Act a Lady. Act a Lady ought to be a great time. Set in the Midwest in 1927, it's a comedy that considers what happens when small-town menfolk begin impersonating womenfolk at the local playhouse. In the show's Bay Area…
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BATS: Sunday Players: Each week Bay Area Theatresports players pit their improv work against all comers as the audience votes them off one by one until the winner stands alone on the stage. Sundays, 7 p.m., $5-$8, www.improv.org. Bayfront Theater,…
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Burn the Floor. It's been said that true moments of joy come mostly through two acts: sex and dancing. Burn the Floor combines both, as 16 hard-bodied, high-energy performers spin, thrust, and grind their way through one show-stopping number after…
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Home Entertainment, What Else Is New?

Our top DVD picks scheduled for release this week:

Barbie: Mariposa and Her Butterfly Friends (Universal) Comanche Moon (Sony) Day Zero (First Look) Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale (HBO) Family Affair: Season Five (MPI) The Fugitive: Season One, Volume Two (Paramount) Goya's Ghosts (Sony) Highlander: The Source (Lionsgate)…
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