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Culture, The Exhibitionist Wringing Laughs Out of Truckers in Boise: The Zee TV Desi Comedy Fest Returns

Wringing Laughs Out of Truckers in Boise: The Zee TV Desi Comedy Fest Returns

When he started working as an IT consultant, Sanjay Manaktala traveled a lot. He would find himself in Iowa or Wisconsin, and  bored in the hotel, he would head out to perform at comedy clubs. This isn’t something that everyone…
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Dining, SFoodie Tackling Food and Climate Change with the Founders of Mission Chinese Food and The Perennial

Tackling Food and Climate Change with the Founders of Mission Chinese Food and The Perennial

When Karen Leibowitz and Anthony Myint of the wildly popular Mission Chinese Food decided they wanted to start a restaurant that focused on sustainability, they thought most of what that would mean would be conservation — getting food locally, reducing waste,…
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Dining, SFoodie Eat Your Art — Priceless Pork Belly at the Asian Art Museum

Eat Your Art — Priceless Pork Belly at the Asian Art Museum

Chef Tim Luym’s grandmother, now 94, worries — as grandmothers do — about him getting enough to eat. When he visited her in the Philippines during summer break from Santa Clara University, she insisted (several times) on showing him how to make…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Studying Latino History with John Leguizamo

Studying Latino History with John Leguizamo

When actor, writer, and comedian John Leguizamo started doing research on the history of Latinos in the United States — inspired by wanting to be able to answer questions his then eighth grade son might ask — one surprising thing he…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist 'Superlative Examples of the Genre' in "Emperors' Treasures"

'Superlative Examples of the Genre' in "Emperors' Treasures"

One of the most visited objects in the National Palace Museum of Taipei is a little carving made of jasper, with a gold stand depicting waves and lotus blossoms. The delicate carving, the Qing dynasty’s Meat-shaped stone depicts a piece…
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Music, All Shook Down Tenor Michael Fabiano Stars in Giuseppe Verdi's <i>Don Carlo</i> at the San Francisco Opera

Tenor Michael Fabiano Stars in Giuseppe Verdi's Don Carlo at the San Francisco Opera

Being a professional baseball umpire from the age 14 to 24 helped prepare tenor Michael Fabiano for his life as an opera singer. Fabiano, who plays the title role in Verdi’s Don Carlo at the San Francisco Opera, says…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist L. Peter Callender Stars in Classic South African Play at the Aurora

L. Peter Callender Stars in Classic South African Play at the Aurora

There aren’t a lot of famous people who actor and director L. Peter Callender would like to meet. Actress Halle Berry is on that list, along with President Barack Obama and ballet dancer Misty Copeland. And then there’s South African…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Walking, Preparing, and Letting Players Be Themselves: Inside the Mind of the Giants' Bruce Bochy

Walking, Preparing, and Letting Players Be Themselves: Inside the Mind of the Giants' Bruce Bochy

There were jokes about it being an even year, the same as in 2010, 2012 and 2014 when the Giants won the World Series; the size of Giants' manager Bruce Bochy’s head; and about his recent frequent trips out…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist National Conference Focuses on Oakland Artists

National Conference Focuses on Oakland Artists

The National Alliance for Media Arts & Culture's conference, ALLIANCE, is in Oakland this weekend, and heavy hitters are coming along for it. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ Marc Bamuthi Joseph, who the Rockefeller Foundation calls one of the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Jewelle Gomez at the Bay Area Book Festival on Race, Power and Vampires

Jewelle Gomez at the Bay Area Book Festival on Race, Power and Vampires

Jewelle Gomez just finished up a book tour, traveling from Atlanta to Portland, Maine, doing readings for the City Lights' 25th anniversary edition of her double Lambda Award-winning novel, The Gilda Stories. On the tour, she’s been encountering old…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Within Our Gates</i>: Classic Silent Film Comes to the Castro with a New Score

Within Our Gates: Classic Silent Film Comes to the Castro with a New Score

Oakland Symphony conductor Michael Morgan has done many of Adolphus Hailstork’s pieces, and he calls him the most accomplished African American composer alive today. “The most impressive thing about them is how well written they always are,” Morgan said. “There’s…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Filmmaker360: How SFIFF Supports Local Talent

Filmmaker360: How SFIFF Supports Local Talent

Noah Cowan has been with the San Francisco Film Society for two years. He thinks this year’s festival is heading in exactly the right direction. And he’s eager to give credit for that to others. “I think that my…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Not Your Everyday Art Space – YBCA Spurs Conversations on Labor and Ecology

Not Your Everyday Art Space – YBCA Spurs Conversations on Labor and Ecology

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts curates art, music, performance, and dance. So why not curate community as well — a place to share concerns and ideas? That’s the idea behind the Public Squares that YBCA holds, based on questions that…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Van Jones Talks Prison Reform With Shaka Senghor, Who Spent Seven Years in Solitary

Van Jones Talks Prison Reform With Shaka Senghor, Who Spent Seven Years in Solitary

If Shaka Senghor had a theme song, it should be Drake’s “Started From the Bottom,” says CNN political commentator Van Jones. Senghor, a criminal justice advocate who works with Jones at #cut50, which aims to safely reduce the U.S.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist YBCA Explores Art And Activism in <i>Take This Hammer</i>

YBCA Explores Art And Activism in Take This Hammer

A new exhibition at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts that showcases activism through art and media in the San Francisco Bay Area, gets its name, Take This Hammer, from a 1963 documentary about the author James Baldwin…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist CAAMFest Brings Asian American Storytelling to the Bay Area

CAAMFest Brings Asian American Storytelling to the Bay Area

With our current fractious political environment, the Executive Director for the Center for Asian American Media Steven Gong says festivals like CAAMFest offer the hope of people embracing otherness through food, music and movies. “They have the power to…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Bill T. Jones Brings His Tribute to His Mother-in-Law, a World War II Survivor, to YBCA

Bill T. Jones Brings His Tribute to His Mother-in-Law, a World War II Survivor, to YBCA

Legendary choreographer Bill T. Jones has a warm relationship with his mother-in-law, Dora Amelan, a French-Jewish survivor of World War II, who calls him her third son, along with her two biological ones. Jones decribes Amelan, who was a nurse…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Poets, Patrons and Artists at the Islamic Courts

Poets, Patrons and Artists at the Islamic Courts

Visitors to Pearls on a String, the first exhibition at the Asian Art Museum in its golden anniversary year, will hopefully take away a sense of a cosmopolitan Islamic world in the 16th through 18th century with a global…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Bay Area Theater Veteran James Carpenter Stars in Berkeley Rep's <i>Macbeth</i>

Bay Area Theater Veteran James Carpenter Stars in Berkeley Rep's Macbeth

Bay Area actor James Carpenter has done his share of Shakespeare. (The American Conservatory Theater's Carey Perloff called him "...one of the finest American actors anywhere.") He’s performed in Macbeth several times, including playing the title role in a Santa…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Raw, Funny, and Infuriating: Rene Russo and Oliver Platt in <i>Frank and Cindy</i>

Raw, Funny, and Infuriating: Rene Russo and Oliver Platt in Frank and Cindy

G. J. Echternkamp never wanted to be the guy who made movies about his family. But, really, he had such great material it was hard to resist. His stepfather, Frank, had been part of the '80s band OXO, which…
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