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Arthouse Movie Listings March 12-18, 2014

Artists' Television Access. Seventh Annual Druid Underground Film Festival: Don your cloaked hood — but fly your freak flag high — for this night of quirky, crazy, or just plain head-shakingly WTF short films. Fri., March 14, 8 p.m. $10.…
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Film, Film Feature Pasolini: A Film Series: Films Based on the Classics by a Gay Marxist Atheist

Pasolini: A Film Series: Films Based on the Classics by a Gay Marxist Atheist

The 1964 documentary Comizi D'Amore (Love Meetings) finds filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini sounding out the Italian public on questions of contemporary mores. At an artist's studio in Florence, he asks, "Is the problem of sexuality important or not?" "Yes," a…
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Arthouse Movie Listings September 11-17, 2013

Adobe Books. Valencia: Film adaptation of Michelle Tea's novel about lesbian punk love in the as-yet-ungentrified Mission District. Proceeds benefit Adobe Books and Tea's RADAR Productions. Thu., Sept. 12, 8 p.m. $10-$15. 3130 24th St., San Francisco, 864-3936. Artists'…
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Film, Film Feature Film Festivals: Sometimes it's Better to Go in with a Theme

Film Festivals: Sometimes it's Better to Go in with a Theme

San Francisco Dance Film Festival Sept. 12-15, Roxie Theater & Delancey Screening Room, Established in 2010, the San Francisco Dance Film Festival is the Bay Area's only all-dancing festival. Highlights this year include Ross MacGibbon's Swan Lake 3D, a…
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Calendar, Night&Day They Don't Make 'Em Like That Anymore

They Don't Make 'Em Like That Anymore

Bellissima, a film made by Luchino Visconti in 1951, concerns the fate of a young girl who isn't pretty enough. The adults around her think it's perfectly OK to publicly judge children in this way -- maybe because it was…
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Music, All Shook Down

Orson Welles Lives in SF this week

Film Nerd Alert-- Now you can have the creative genius of both American and Italian filmmaking together in one amazing film! Actually, this rare gem known as Ro.Go.Pa.G has been around for several decades, but I betcha never heard…
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Calendar, Night&Day Tuesdays With Pier

Tuesdays With Pier

For the next two months, the Italian Cultural Institute presents an inspired film series centering on one of the most prolific and original thinkers in modern Italian history: Pier Paolo Pasolini. Known for his poetry, philosophy, political activism, and linguistic…
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Music, Reviewed Diamanda Galás

Diamanda Galás

With her late-'80s three-album opus Masque of the Red Death and its terrifying epilogue, Plague Mass, classically trained pianist and singer Diamanda Galás confronted the public's ignorance and apathy toward the AIDS epidemic with blasphemous appropriations of biblical texts, horrific…
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This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, February 4, 2004 "Sing Me a Song of Social Significance" was a popular tune and a relatively new idea in the 1930s. Now local folk singer David Rovics, who's been much beloved of both political and musical types lately,…
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Film, Provoking an Appetite

Provoking an Appetite

"Some animals don't elicit any pity when they're eaten because, in fact, they want to be eaten," the late Pier Paolo Pasolini quotes Italian poet Umberto Saba in Laura Betti's dense, talky polemic, Pier Paolo Pasolini and a Dream's Reason…
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Unfinished Business

The title, in Italian, of Who Killed Pasolini?, Marco Tullio Giordana's new movie about the tawdry death of the poet and filmmaker, is Pasolini, Un Delitto Italiano. This translates literally as "Pasolini, an Italian Crime," and it reveals that "Pasolini,"…
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