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Dining, Distillations Distillations: Having a Capital Time at Cafe Prague

Distillations: Having a Capital Time at Cafe Prague

It took Janet 45 minutes to find the Café Prague, and she started just four blocks away. She's incredibly apologetic about being late. "C'mon," I tell her. "With all the issues I'm dealing with right now? This isn't even worth…
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News, The Snitch Seemen's Kal Spelletich Takes Fire-Shooting Robot Art to Prague

Seemen's Kal Spelletich Takes Fire-Shooting Robot Art to Prague

America may not have an equivalent to Vaclav Havel, the world-renowned literary artist who led a nation to freedom. But we do have Kal Spelletich, director of the art group The Seemen. He's a leading figure in the global machine…
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News, Feature

Fall Theater Events

Rock 'n' RollTom Stoppard's story of "Prague's rock revolution." Fans of Pink Floyd will appreciate the exploration of the life of the band's late founder Syd Barrett, who spent his final years as a mad recluse. Sept. 11-Oct. 12 at…
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Culture, Further Browsing

Our guide to readings, spoken word, and other literary events

Monica Ali: The author reads from Alentejo Blue. Thu., June 29, 7 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Stockton, 2 Stockton (at Ellis), 773-0444, www.codysbooks.com. Bookarts Users Group: BUG, the Bookarts Users Group, meets the first Tuesday of each month. At BUG,…
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Culture, Stage Clay Feet

Clay Feet

In the opening scene of Traveling Jewish Theatre's Dirt and Glory: Return of the Golem, three scientists wrestle with a complex problem: how best to animate an inanimate being. Having crunched numbers, performed chemical reactions, and stared at an oversize…
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Culture, Books

Further Browsing

Actors Reading Writers: Popular local actors read modern and classic short stories. First Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m., free. Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant (at Ellsworth), Berkeley, 510-843-4822. Celebration of the Word: This regular event features an open mike…
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Culture, Books Further Browsing

Further Browsing

1st Sundays Queer Fiction Book of the Month Group: Each month the readers tackle a different queer book and discuss it at the next meeting. First Sunday of every month, 4 p.m., free. A Different Light Bookstore, 489 Castro (at…
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Dining, Social Grace

Just Shut Up

Dear Social Grace, When my friends get back from Burning Man, bursting with stories and photos and souvenirs and declarations about Life, how do I let them know in the nicest possible terms that I don't give a damn about…
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Film, Finding a Way

Finding a Way

The Czech drama Zelary brings to mind Bertolt Brecht's pointed observation that "war is like love; it always finds a way." In this instance, war creates the atmosphere in which an unlikely love flourishes, then overwhelms that love. Only a…
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Film, <i>Fear</i> the Creeper

Fear the Creeper

If you're looking for a horror film to revitalize the genre, keep looking. If you're looking for a horror movie with believable characters ... yes, you're gonna have to keep looking. But if sudden loud noises, relentless strobe lights, digital…
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Calendar, Night&Day Expatriate Games

Expatriate Games

The five self-absorbed expatriates of Arthur Phillips' debut novel, Prague, suffer from an extreme case of grass-is-greener syndrome, implied in the book's ironic title. (All of the action happens in Budapest, not in the idealized Czech city.) A tale of…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Place to Pretend You're in a Prague Square

Are you nostalgic for the bone-chilling mists wafting around Charles Bridge in fairy-tale Prague, the land of Kafka and Havel? Pining for a Pilsner Urquell, downed in a watering hole in Josefov, the Old Jewish Quarter? Hungry for those ubiquitous…
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Music,

Hear This

Sunshine Prague's Sunshine captivate with a swirl of Joy Division's frigid desolation, Jimi Hendrix's acid rock, the obscurant hardcore gnashing of Heroin and Clikatat Ikatowi, and Aphex Twin's netherworld pulses. Before you say you've seen and heard it all, you…
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Film,

Second Time Around

The Unbearable Lightness of Being The social drama was the easiest part to grasp, yet it was also the least celebrated aspect of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Philip Kaufman's thrillingly intelligent, keenly emotional adaptation of Czech expatriate Milan Kundera's…
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Dining, Eat

Eastern Standard

To be seated deep in the dining room of Moxie, against an exposed-brick wall that roughly joins the concrete floor, is to entertain for a moment the fantasy that one has discovered one of the smart new places in Prague…
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