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A Rebranding Miracle!: The Most San Franciscan of Christmas Trees

A decade ago, the pope — who ought to know such things — expounded on the symbolism of the Christmas tree. Its evergreen, unchanging nature, per John Paul II, "exalts the value of life." Gifts beneath it epitomize "Christ, God's…
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Calendar, Night&Day Papal Heretics in Wonderland

Papal Heretics in Wonderland

Dancing queens, lapsed Catholics, and the park-going public all have reason to titter with delight this Easter as we commemorate the you-know-what of you-know-who in the presence of two hundred or so drag nuns wearing Kabuki makeup. It’s the thirty-first…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bless This Dump

Bless This Dump

After a holiday hiatus, the San Francisco Film Society Screen is again primed to fire up its projector. Curated by the same clued-in programmers who scour the planet for the annual S.F. International Film Festival, the SFFS Screen unreels a…
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News, Mecklin Cardinal Opportunity

Cardinal Opportunity

During a visit to Houston last spring, I sat down to a full Central American breakfast -- eggs, several meats, refried beans sprinkled with white cheese, an assortment of breads, a large bowl of peppers -- in the dining room…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Sinister Sorority

Sinister Sorority

THURS 2/19 For all of Bela Lugosi's supposed magnetism in Dracula, all I see is a bug-eyed wraith with caterpillar eyebrows and a Pope John Paul II accent. Horny horror fans with a yen for bloodsuckers prefer the ladies --…
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