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Dining, Eat Zen Yai Thai Restaurant: Feeding a Newfound Taste For Blood

Zen Yai Thai Restaurant: Feeding a Newfound Taste For Blood

The boat noodles at Zen Yai put me in a trance. I lose all awareness of my surroundings when I'm eating them. The people around me, the Top 40 music on the radio, the shenanigans on the Tenderloin sidewalk outside…
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Dining, Recent Openings

Recent Openers

A weekly listing of new restaurants around town. To recommend a spot, e-mail fresheats. Aato: 1449 Lombard (at Van Ness), 292-2368, www.aatosf.com. Marina. Korean fusion. Barrel Room: 620 Post (at Cosmo), www.barrelroomsf.com. Nob Hill/Tenderloin. Wine bar. Cafe Bunn Mi: 417…
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Film, "The Hangover 2": Unfunny Bro Comedy Franchise Is Creatively Bankrupt

"The Hangover 2": Unfunny Bro Comedy Franchise Is Creatively Bankrupt

Most sequels are born of good box office rather than good ideas — if you build it and they come, you simply must build another one — but it's hard to imagine a more calculating, creatively bankrupt piece of real…
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News, The Snitch Brian Wilson Channels Popeye on George Lopez (Video)

Brian Wilson Channels Popeye on George Lopez (Video)

After a local idiot challenged Giants bullpen ace Brian Wilson to a boxing match, we posited the question: How much Wilson is too much Wilson? We haven't reached that point yet, it would seem. As much as we're conditioned to…
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Dining, SFoodie The Under-$10 Hookup: Lime Tree Southeast Asian Kitchen

The Under-$10 Hookup: Lime Tree Southeast Asian Kitchen

Last Thursday's KQED Forum radio show with Michael Krasny featured a chat with Bay Area food writers and restaurant critics including SF Weekly's Jonathan Kauffman. During listener call-ins, several requested recommendations for inexpensive dining. Well, at the risk of raising…
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Dining, Eat We translate Chabaa Thai's ethnic Isaan food

We translate Chabaa Thai's ethnic Isaan food

There are dozens of pleasant dishes, I'm sure, on the regular menu of Chabaa Thai Cuisine. You and I know what they are. From fish cakes to red curry, we've had them all, more times than we can count, and…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Burma VJ</i>

Burma VJ

How we view the relationship between traditional and new media should forever be changed by Danish filmmaker Anders Ostergaard's terrific documentary about a loosely organized network of scrappy underground videographers who risked their lives photographing the abortive 2007 uprising against…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Burma VJ</i>

Burma VJ

How we view the relationship between traditional and new media should forever be changed by Danish filmmaker Anders Ostergaard's terrific documentary about a loosely organized network of scrappy underground videographers who risked their lives photographing the abortive 2007 uprising against…
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News, Feature A Beautiful Risk

A Beautiful Risk

On a damp Wednesday evening, while chain-smoking on the patio at a Tenderloin gay dive bar, Stephen Gray decided he wanted to rehearse. His performance, which would be part of an art exhibition put on by male sex workers, was…
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Film, FilmCap

Buddha's Lost Children

This excellent documentary, filmed in the wilds of northern Thailand, tells of an extraordinary Buddhist monk, charismatic tattooed ex-boxer Khru Bah, who rescues abandoned children and teaches them how to pray, farm, and kickbox Thai-style. The boys then join their…
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Music, Bouncer

Private Parts

Anyone who believes in Intelligent Design has never experienced natural childbirth. After huffing and heaving and moaning for 36 hours, my girlfriend Maria finally had to have a C-section because her son's head was pressed up against her pubic bone…
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Culture, Art

Artbeat

"Downtime: Constructing Leisure." Just in time for summer vacation, this group exhibition examines the various ways in which we understand and use leisure time. Josh Greene's clever Individual Leisure Grants -- $500 awards to individuals to pursue leisure activities…
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Culture, Art

Artbeat

"Big Deal & Blow Up," "Extraordinary Exhibitions: Broadsides From the Collection of Ricky Jay," and "Leon Borensztein and His Friends: A Look at Creative Growth Artists and Their Work." Three unconnected shows and a recently commissioned interactive sculpture explore a…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Out of the Ruins

Out of the Ruins

FRI 2/18 Religion's so controversial in San Francisco that spats periodically erupt over the nondescript cross atop Mount Davidson. So it may be challenging for us locals to understand the thrall that Buddhism has held over Thailand's visual arts. In…
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Film, He's Got Legs

He's Got Legs

Beautiful Boxer, the true story of a Thai transgender kickboxer, is a well-intentioned film with a heart of gold. Unfortunately, it also has a brain of lead, a stomach of iron, and legs of jelly. Director Ekachai Uekrongtham is a…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Reps Etc.

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members We're interested in your film or video event.…
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Best of San Francisco, Sports & Recreation

Best Place to Learn How to Kick Ass

Martial arts masters are taught to seek alternatives to physical violence whenever possible. But if all attempts at peaceful resolution fail, sometimes they find it necessary to open a can of whupass on somebody -- and that's where Fairtex Combat…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

No Light at the End of the Tunnel Vision Tell us again -- if politicians are idiots, why do we need more of them?: Ron Russell's dismaying story of the 1996 passage of the utility deregulation bill, AB 1890 ("Dim…
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News, Matt Smith Language Arts for a New Millennium

Language Arts for a New Millennium

As the roaring lion of early March mellows into April's balmy lamb, it's time for S.F. gardeners to prepare for another spring planting season: putting in ageratum, cosmos, impatiens, lobelia, marigold, and petunia; piling wet newspapers around the roots of…
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Dining, Eat

International Death Match

Perhaps five bites into our meal at Malee Thai & Vietnamese Restaurant & Bar, my friend Chloe and I decided Malee needs to relocate. The reason we came to this conclusion is that the current site -- a Travelodge on…
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