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Culture, Art Comics: Always in the Gutter, Looking Up

Comics: Always in the Gutter, Looking Up

The comics medium was criticized for decades, derided as juvenile before being hailed as the great American art form of the 20th century — sometimes by the same media outlets. During the intervening decades, comics went from pure genre formulae…
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Culture, Books Whodunit: SFSU Professor Joseph McBride Finds a New Angle on the JFK Assassination

Whodunit: SFSU Professor Joseph McBride Finds a New Angle on the JFK Assassination

Noted film historian, critic, and journalist Joseph McBride has quietly maintained a parallel career for decades. While he was writing acclaimed biographies of Orson Welles, Steven Spielberg, John Ford, and Frank Capra, while he worked as a columnist and critic…
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Film, Film Feature You Look Familiar: <i>The World's End</i> Has New Villains and Old Emotional Problems

You Look Familiar: The World's End Has New Villains and Old Emotional Problems

Despite coming from three different genres, "The Cornetto Trilogy," the films that director Edgar Wright co-wrote with star Simon Pegg, does have a number of themes in common. The trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World'sEnd, which…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Film Noir Obscuring The Roxie

Film Noir Obscuring The Roxie

New York and Los Angeles are sometimes unrecognizable in films noir because A) it was often taken for granted that those movies simply needed a big city as a back-drop, and B) many of those films lacked location photography. San…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Camille Rose Garcia on Getting Dark with Disney

Camille Rose Garcia on Getting Dark with Disney

Growing up in Southern California not far from Disneyland, the celebrated "lowbrow" artist Camille Rose Garcia fell in love with all things Disney at an early age. Disney animation in particular has remained a key influence upon her work.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cities at Night, In Black & White

Cities at Night, In Black & White

New York and Los Angeles are sometimes unrecognizable in films noir because A) it was often taken for granted that those movies simply needed a big city as a backdrop, and B) many of those films lacked location photography. San…
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Music, All Shook Down The Bad Plus' Dave King on How Touring in a Jazz Band Is Different From Touring in a Rock Band

The Bad Plus' Dave King on How Touring in a Jazz Band Is Different From Touring in a Rock Band

The Bad Plus visits the Bay Area on a regular basis, and we are grateful for this. As drummer Dave King told us in a recent conversation, that feeling is mutual. "San Francisco is one of the cities we've felt…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>SF Weekly </i> Talks to Ted Hope, Director of the San Francisco Film Society

SF Weekly Talks to Ted Hope, Director of the San Francisco Film Society

Our interview with film producer and executive director of the San Francisco Film Society Ted Hope was an extended affair, with Hope providing far more in his substantive responses to our questions than we were able to include in an…
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Film, Feature A New Hope: San Francisco Film Society's New Director Sees the Bay Area Changing the Way Movies are Made

A New Hope: San Francisco Film Society's New Director Sees the Bay Area Changing the Way Movies are Made

Up until about a year ago, the prolific independent film producer and advocate Ted Hope thought he'd live the rest of his life in New York, continuing to produce feature films. Hope's productions (which include Simple Men, Eat Drink Man…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Steven Soderbergh to Discuss the "State of the Cinema" at S.F. International Film Festival

Steven Soderbergh to Discuss the "State of the Cinema" at S.F. International Film Festival

Director Steven Soderbergh's much-discussed retirement from directing feature films notwithstanding, there is quite possibly no better filmmaker to assess the current status of the filmmaking arts, as Soderbergh will do this Saturday at the San Francisco International Film Festival's State…
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Music, All Shook Down Don't You Forget About Molly Ringwald at Yoshi's on Tuesday

Don't You Forget About Molly Ringwald at Yoshi's on Tuesday

No need to remind anyone who Molly Ringwald is -- teenagers (and the rest of us) are still watching those movies, and it's fair to assume they will for another generation or two, at a minimum. But it might…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Marc Maron on Marc Maron Industries: the Podcast, the Book, the IFC Series, and the Palace of Fine Arts This Saturday

Marc Maron on Marc Maron Industries: the Podcast, the Book, the IFC Series, and the Palace of Fine Arts This Saturday

If nothing else, 2013 is the Year of Maron. After a long career as a journeyman stand-up comic who moved from Boston to San Francisco to New York and finally to Los Angeles, Marc Maron has surged forward in the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Roman Polanski, Legendary Cinema Phantom, Was (Sort of) at the Roxie on Saturday

Roman Polanski, Legendary Cinema Phantom, Was (Sort of) at the Roxie on Saturday

I can't pretend the nasty word "rapist" wasn't rattling around in the back of my head as we waited for Roman Polanski's aged elfin visage to appear on the Roxie's screen on Saturday afternoon. There is an uncomfortable mix of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Nato Green Returns to SF with Podcast Series, <em>The Nato Sessions</em>, Mondays in the Mission

Nato Green Returns to SF with Podcast Series, The Nato Sessions, Mondays in the Mission

Comedian Nato Green is no stranger to these pages: in 2010, he was named "Best Comedian," and he was profiled in a 2011 cover story as well. As one third of the comedy trio Laughter Against the Machine, Green (along…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Roman Polanski Comes to America

Roman Polanski Comes to America

Hyperbolists will have a field day applying heightened language to Saturday's event at the Roxie, but the simple fact is that, for San Francisco cineastes, this represents a once-in-a-generation kind of event. Under the threat of arrest and imprisonment…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist USF's Human Rights Film Festival is Free in More Ways Than One

USF's Human Rights Film Festival is Free in More Ways Than One

The Human Rights Film Festival at the University of San Francisco is the 11th annual event, and like previous years, the lineup is sure to galvanize audiences with a mixture of shorts and features that span the globe. Shorts…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist America's Biggest Cross and Hunkiest Jesus

America's Biggest Cross and Hunkiest Jesus

(Editor's note: The Hunky Jesus Contest was rained out, but will be rescheduled. Check the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence's website for information.) Get up early and take part in the 91st annual Easter Sunrise Service at the Mount Davidson…
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Calendar, Night&Day Free(Dom) Movies

Free(Dom) Movies

The Human Rights Film Festival at the University of San Francisco is the 11th annual event, and like previous years, the lineup is sure to galvanize audiences with a mixture of shorts and features that span the globe. Shorts programs…
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Calendar, Night&Day Live From France

Live From France

Hyperbolists will have a field day applying heightened language to Saturday's event at the Roxie, but the simple fact is that, for San Francisco cineastes, this represents a once-in-a-generation kind of event. Under the threat of arrest and imprisonment in…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Rocky Horror Disney Show

Rocky Horror Disney Show

by Casey Burchby So, you want to be Angela Lansbury. In fact, you've always wanted to be Angela Lansbury -- and who doesn't share this modest yet unattainable dream? Hundreds of Lansbury wannabes (and their children) will be packing the…
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