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Film, "Our Nixon": Home Movies of the Cuddliest, Most Secretest President

"Our Nixon": Home Movies of the Cuddliest, Most Secretest President

Our Nixon In spite of all the other, mostly negative changes to the U.S. copyright law in recent decades, works produced by the U.S. government still automatically go into the public domain — and thank goodness, because one of the…
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Music, All Shook Down Friends of Nicki?: Five Black Musicians Who Supported Republicans

Friends of Nicki?: Five Black Musicians Who Supported Republicans

You've probably already heard about Nicki Minaj's Mitt Romney-related lyrics, in which she claimed she was going to vote for the Republican presidential candidate. So, did she mean it? Was she being ironic? Is this a publicity stunt? The only…
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Calendar, Night&Day Operagate

Operagate

“Richard Nixon” and “hero” are terms that may not harmonize in the post-Watergate era, but John Adams’ opera Nixon in China casts the now-disgraced president in precisely that role. The account of Nixon’s 1972 summit with Chairman Mao deftly balances…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Mallon Depicts <em>Watergate</em> Through the All-Too-Human Actions of Seven Players

Mallon Depicts Watergate Through the All-Too-Human Actions of Seven Players

One of the best-documented crises in American history now gets a novel: Watergate, by Thomas Mallon, the literary critic and author of Mrs. Paine's Garage, Bandbox, and Dewey Defeats Truman. Watergate has been written about for 40 years, ever since…
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News, The Snitch Ridiculously Spacious Bay Area Home for Sale, Only $29 Million

Ridiculously Spacious Bay Area Home for Sale, Only $29 Million

Here's something that will surely stoke contempt among the Occupy Movement: A San Francisco suburban home is on the market. Its asking price? Only $29 million!The mega mansion, which sits on 6 acres in the quiet town of Hillsborough, is…
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Music, Gil Scott-Heron's evolution (will not be televised)

Gil Scott-Heron's evolution (will not be televised)

Gil Scott-Heron's voice has been reverberating for 40 years. He burst onto the scene in 1970 with the spoken-word album Small Talk at 125th and Lenox, which contained the rallying cry "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised." The vox-and-bongos song…
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News, The Snitch Newsom's Twitter Silence Reaches 13 Days -- Odd *and* Unlucky, But Not Unprecedented

Newsom's Twitter Silence Reaches 13 Days -- Odd *and* Unlucky, But Not Unprecedented

Gavin Milhous Newsom's Nixon-like treatment of the San Francisco press reached 10 days yesterday. The Chron noted earlier that the man once given the sobriquet Mayor Twitter has even sworn off the service; Newsom last tweeted on Oct. 28. For…
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News, The Snitch You're Welcome, Gavin: We Improve Erstwhile Mayor's Campaign Logo

You're Welcome, Gavin: We Improve Erstwhile Mayor's Campaign Logo

The other day, Gavin Newsom's gubernatorial campaign gave the little people a chance to select which logo San Francisco's erstwhile mayor ought to use. While we appreciate being pandered to as much as the next constituent, you'd have to be…
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Calendar, Night&Day Watchmen

Watchmen

Filming the most ambitious superhero comic book ever written, director Zack Snyder has managed to address the cult while pandering to the masses. The master of the vid-game aesthetic has successfully streamlined Alan Moore’s 12-part graphic novel and, even at…
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Film, Frost Advisory

Frost Advisory

If you're younger than 20, you may know him only as the hairy Lycan from the Underworld franchise, but Welsh actor Michael Sheen's résumé is stuffed with meaty roles as real-life legends of British culture from high to deliciously low.…
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Music, History as predicted by Inauguration Day's #1 hits

History as predicted by Inauguration Day's #1 hits

When you wake up on Tuesday, Jan. 20 — the day of President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration — should you consult your copy of the Times or Billboard to set expectations for the next four years? It all depends on whether…
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Film, Nixon in a Deep Frost

Nixon in a Deep Frost

I hear America singing and I see ... Richard Nixon. Not the man but the muse: Has any president since Lincoln inspired more movies, TV miniseries, and operas? As Nixon's beetle brows, ski nose, and mirthless grin were made for…
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News, The Snitch Top Republican Strategist: Great Move, Gav!

Top Republican Strategist: Great Move, Gav!

No, we don't have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore. But we do have Gavin Newsom to steal his playbook. By Joe Eskenazi As city officials’ letters of resignation pile up on Gavin Newsom’s desk like missives to Santa roundabout…
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Culture, Bookcap

The Ruins of California

By Martha Sherrill Penguin Press (January), $24.95 Not to fear -- the "ruins" in the title of Martha Sherrill's third novel don't refer to the earthquake-flattened remnants of some bygone, decadent Golden Era. But the title is still draped in…
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Culture, Stage The Nuclear Option

The Nuclear Option

At a recent press conference for Doctor Atomic, a new opera about the events leading up to the first nuclear test on July 16, 1945, at Los Alamos, N.M., I made the mistake of asking the chief architects of the…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

Hater Mail Pleasant mail from a European gentile who doesn't hate himself: You are sooooo obviously a Jew. LOL. Your piece drips with Semitic bile, but little else. It's not…
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News, Dog Bites

The Duke of San Francisco

Dog Bites is far too young to have gotten wasted or shot guns with Hunter Thompson, so we asked friends to remember him. Because today, during a moment of unreasonable sadness, we wished we were old, so we could have…
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Film, Run, Dick, Run

Run, Dick, Run

You have to hand it to Sean Penn. OK, you don't have to, and if you were a red-stater through and through, you certainly wouldn't want to, but give him some credit. After being pilloried in the press for visiting…
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Best of San Francisco, Shopping & Services

Best Used Books

We freakin' love Book Bay. And if you're a connoisseur of top-quality used books at bargain-basement prices, you will, too. We frequently drop in to this cubbyhole of a store during weekend strolls through the Marina, and we're never disappointed.…
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Dining, Social Grace

Lavatory Laments

Dear Social Grace, A question in this week's column , about the disabled stall in the bathroom, raises another for me: When there are three stalls available (one of them the handicap-access stall), is it…
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