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Culture, Art Television: Children with Knives, Adults with Fangs, People with Histories, and Sex

Television: Children with Knives, Adults with Fangs, People with Histories, and Sex

While every network is scrambling to create a faux Game of Thrones that stars a bloodthirsty anti-hero robot who'll surprise you with his love for the tender art of Japanese flower-arranging, we've sifted through the dross and come up with…
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Calendar, Night&Day Commercial-Free Future

Commercial-Free Future

We’re awash in data. More news and information exist on your smartphone than even the best-connected journalist could access as recently as 20 years ago. Yet high-quality, in-depth, expert reporting on universal issues seems harder to find. And with so…
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Culture, Artcap

Kirkman Amyx: "Probability, Chance, and Temporality"

Collages of smaller images that create patterns (think of Chuck Close's portraits) have been popular for years, but Kirkman Amyx pushes the concept someplace new with his series "Basic Cable." For five straight days, Amyx took photographs of different TV…
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Culture, Stage "Futurestyle 79" is a funny, improvised look at San Francisco’s heyday

"Futurestyle 79" is a funny, improvised look at San Francisco’s heyday

A few weeks back, I finally got around to reading Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City. I watched the PBS miniseries years ago, long before moving to San Francisco, but I was overdue for reading the book itself. In short,…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer: Gratitude and fried cheese at the Sycamore

Bouncer: Gratitude and fried cheese at the Sycamore

I always have mixed feelings toward people who say they wouldn't want to "bring a child into this world." Actually, scratch that: I have feelings of disgust toward people who say that. Westerners are spoiled. Things have never been better…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cumming Attraction

Cumming Attraction

You may have recently seen Alan Cumming introducing the fall '09 season of Masterpiece Mystery! (currently in reruns) on PBS, dapper in a three-piece suit and playing it straight, if you catch our meaning, so as not to frighten the…
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Music, Fillmore Rapper DaVinci's thoughtful 'hood parables

Fillmore Rapper DaVinci's thoughtful 'hood parables

The song "What You Finna Do?," released earlier this month by Fillmore District rapper DaVinci, opens with a vocal sample from the 2001 PBS documentary The Fillmore. It condenses the gentrification process the area underwent from the 1960s into one…
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Calendar, Night&Day Russian Ink

Russian Ink

Brooklyn-based author Alix Lambert’s book The Silencing investigates six murdered Russian journalists, juxtaposing photos of the murder sites with interviews with people who knew them. The result is a series of intimate portraits that are all the more haunting because…
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News, Weekly Obsessions

Weekly Obsessions

We'd heard about the wonders of kayaking Elkhorn Slough, but when we stopped the wind was up, and visions of being trapped, upside down in ice-cold water, filled our claustrophobic brain. Luckily, the Kayak Connection at Moss Landing employs the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Of Heroes and Fools

Of Heroes and Fools

Imagine living in an era in which one's association with certain political groups, or even rumors of an association with those groups, was grounds for being thrown in jail, deported, or blacklisted. Now imagine being highly visible in those groups…
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News, Feature Might See TV

Might See TV

For a while this summer, it looked like PBS was going to get a break. Congress was about to approve future funding for public television, and the Republican majority was not making its usual case that PBS is nothing more…
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Hear This

Linda Tillery & the Cultural Heritage Choir After singing for years in common pop and R&B bands, Linda Tillery woke up one day while watching a concert on PBS. The program of Negro spirituals shook her; she knew at once…
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