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Film, "Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story": A Children's Artist Pushes It

"Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story": A Children's Artist Pushes It

Brad Bernstein's mesmerizing documentary reintroduces the beloved illustrator and author of children's books whose ventures into vicious political satire and very kinky erotica ran afoul of American propriety, setting his career back by nearly a quarter century. Not that Tomi…
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Calendar, Night&Day Kid's Play

Kid's Play

For the latest in its Family Matinee Series, New Conservatory is staging a musical that, while geared for young audiences, might be most familiar to their parents: Really Rosie, a stage adaptation of the 1975 cartoon with animation, book, and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cute, or Something

Cute, or Something

No one has gone broke overestimating alt-culture’s appetite for cutesy images of anthropomorphic creatures. Given the bustling market for adorable cryptids, chatty birds, and coffee-swilling bears, the craft fair aesthetic threatens to devolve into precious, saccharine kitsch. While we’re not…
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Film, Jonze's <i>Wild Things</i> more like <i>Mild Things</i>

Jonze's Wild Things more like Mild Things

Directed by Spike Jonze from a 400-word children's picture book first published in 1963, Where the Wild Things Are may be the toughest adaptation since Tim Burton fashioned Mars Attacks! from a series of bubblegum cards. Tougher, actually: Burton was…
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Calendar, Night&Day In the Night Museum

In the Night Museum

Get ready to Beatle-scream: Maurice Sendak is the raddest rock star ever. Are we wrong? At “There’s a Mystery There: Sendak on Sendak,” a series of video interviews finds the children’s author and illustrator discussing his work and his personal…
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Calendar, Night&Day Our Fertile Animations

Our Fertile Animations

Producing the illusion of motion is a heady task, but not for the San Francisco International Animation Festival. A feast of artistic expression, a hearty dinner of commercial media, and a guilty midnight snack of experimental film, this orgiastic celebration…
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Culture, Stage Smiles, Everyone

Smiles, Everyone

There's nothing quite like a group of children singing their little hearts out onstage to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. From the orphans in Oliver! and Annie to The Sound of Music's pigtailed and lederhosen-wearing Von Trapps,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Flight of the <i>Brundibar</i>

Flight of the Brundibar

Pepicek and Aninku are down on their luck. The troubled Czech children have a sick mom at home who needs milk, but they haven't a crown to their names. What's worse is that the local organ grinder -- a mean…
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