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Culture, The Exhibitionist Recent Acquisitions: John F. Kennedy and the Holy Grail of PEZ Dispensers

Recent Acquisitions: John F. Kennedy and the Holy Grail of PEZ Dispensers

Cultural institutions in San Francisco continually search for new acquisitions. Alexis Coe brings you the most important, often wondrous, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally downright vexing finds each week. The 1961 Vienna Summit was a disaster for President John F.…
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Film, Practical Magic

Practical Magic

If, at this remove, we can imagine Vienna in the late 1890s, we behold a great imperial capital in ferment. Gustav Mahler is not only reinventing the harmonic structure of serious music, but he is also getting his head seriously…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best New Music Festival

Love Parade Culturally active San Francisco didn't seem to need another parade clogging up its streets, but the Love Parade has filled a void we didn't know we had. This new free festival has given the normally fractured…
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Film, Until the Night

Until the Night

"Memory is a wonderful thing, if you don't have to deal with the past," declares French Celine (Julie Delpy) to her erstwhile American one-night stand Jesse (Ethan Hawke) in Before Sunset, the meandering but reasonably charming follow-up to the duo's…
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Culture, Stage

Measure for Measure

The set for Daniel Fish's version of Measure for Measure, produced by the California Shakespeare Theater, is webbed with an overhead network of fluorescent lights. The corridors of power under the Duke of Vienna here look suspiciously like a modern…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Place to Meet a Secret Lover

There's no shortage of frenetic coffee shops in the Financial District serving office jockeys a quick hit. But if you're meeting a secret lover (or just a friend) for a serious midday conversation, you want a civilized cafe with a…
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Culture, Stage Making  the Rounds

Making the Rounds

Squirreled away in the old Sears building on Cesar Chavez is a new black box, Studio 210, where a troupe called Goat Island has mounted Arthur Schnitzler's La Ronde. You might remember Schnitzler as the Austrian author of the novel…
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Film, Zoom Lens Zoom Lens

Zoom Lens

In one of the more notable cultural gestures of the century, Europe exported armies of artists, mostly from Germany and Austria, to reshape and redefine Hollywood during the 1920s and '30s. Many decades later, America returned the favor by replacing…
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Riff Raff

What's the Situation(ist)? Over the last few months you may have noticed an intimidating group of very bald men in dark sunglasses and bright orange crew jackets prowling through the streets of San Francisco. They move with great purpose, equipped…
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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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Dining, Eat

The American Way

Stepping into Sinclair's Petit Cafe is like entering the lobby of a quaint pension in a provincial European city. High west windows capture the late-afternoon light, and the oak-plank floors are dark with years of use. The walls hold yellowed…
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He Came From Memphis

Every few years, some moral watchdog or another floats the idea that a certain type of music is the work of the devil. Whether it's the earliest "jass" traditions of New Orleans' Congo Square, the hot honking of Louis Jordan's…
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