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    Film, Anthropoid

    Anthropoid

    If anyone's forgotten what a country looks like after a fascist rises to power, Anthropoid will be a welcome reminder. This World War II film is set in Prague after the Nazis have taken control of what was then Czechoslovakia.…
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    Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>City of Angels</i>: Film Noir Musical Comedy at SF Playhouse

    City of Angels: Film Noir Musical Comedy at SF Playhouse

    A quartet starts the show by scatting in harmony. Nonsense “ba da da das” spill out of their mouths in unison. What starts as an ode to the Manhattan Transfer crescendos into a vocal evocation of a film noir symphonic…
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    Film, Don't Think Twice

    Don't Think Twice

    "You're not a failure, Bill. You're in The Commune," so declares Samantha, the undaunted peacekeeper of a flailing improv group. Don't Think Twice is based on Mike Birbiglia's firsthand experience as a member of a comedy troupe similar to The…
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    Culture, The Exhibitionist All the Human Animals at The West Edge Festival 2016

    All the Human Animals at The West Edge Festival 2016

    Opera is all emotion and no logic. The opening weekend of The West Edge Festival was an excellent reminder of that fact. Over the course of two weeks, West Edge Opera is staging three operas in an abandoned train…
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    Film, Phantom Boy

    Phantom Boy

    Frame by animated frame, the French duo behind Phantom Boy turn our attention toward the sky. We take in the multicolored floors and windows of office buildings, and the famous monuments of New York City. This version of the great…
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    Film, Gleason

    Gleason

    Gleason has been misclassified as a documentary. It's a horror film, humane to the core, but meant to disturb. We watch the motor functions of a former NFL player atrophy on screen. The film begins with video clips of Steve…
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    Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Grand Concourse</i> is Paved with Good Intentions

    Grand Concourse is Paved with Good Intentions

    How do you solve a problem like Emma? She’s self-centered, callow, and dishonest. When she volunteers at a church soup kitchen that Shelley runs, we feel, perhaps, there’s hope for her yet. Two hours later, Grand Concourse has taken great pains…
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    Culture, Feature Kubrick: The Cabinet of Dr. Strangelove

    Kubrick: The Cabinet of Dr. Strangelove

    As you walk up the stairs towards "Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition," you might miss an anteroom on your right. Separated from the main gallery of Kubrick film paraphernalia, this waiting room, at a passing glance, registers as a blank space.…
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    Culture, The Exhibitionist Anachronisms and Mysterious Strangers in <i>The Rules</i>, at the Sandbox Series

    Anachronisms and Mysterious Strangers in The Rules, at the Sandbox Series

    Dipika Guha’s play The Rules unearths a buried tome only to respond to it with a psychologically incoherent corrective. Over two million people bought a copy of The Rules, one of a series of New Age books that Americans went…
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    Culture, The Exhibitionist Boys to Men in <i>Master Harold</i> at the Aurora

    Boys to Men in Master Harold at the Aurora

    Enacted in 1950, The Population Registration Act in South Africa classified its citizens by their race. It was the legislative foundation on which apartheid — the policy of racial segregation — was officially built. It’s not a coincidence that…
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    Film, Tickled

    Tickled

    A fetish for some and an internet-voyeur thing for others, Competitive Endurance Tickling is real. On the lookout for a new story, David Farrier, a pop-culture reporter in New Zealand, happened upon a website for it. What he saw online…
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    Film, Les Cowboys

    Les Cowboys

    Collaborating with Jacques Audiard, a director who has mastered the art of marrying narrative to a distinctive visual style, Thomas Bidegain's screenplays for A Prophet and Rust and Bone garnered awards in his native France. Les Cowboys is Bidegain's first…
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    Culture, The Exhibitionist Chester Bailey’s Haunted Heart at A.C.T.'s Strand Theater

    Chester Bailey’s Haunted Heart at A.C.T.'s Strand Theater

    If Nina Ball’s scenic design for Chester Bailey was hanging in a museum, art critics would consider it a masterpiece of sculptural Cubism. Lunette windows hang down from the rafters at off-kilter angles. They suggest the shape of a building…
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    Culture, The Exhibitionist Ride The Village Bike, Ride Becky Ride

    Ride The Village Bike, Ride Becky Ride

    Are you daydreaming about having an affair? Or are you already embroiled in the sticky business of it? Is the illicit thrill worth upending a marriage? Is your sense of reason all fogged in? What will it take for the…
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    Culture, The Exhibitionist The Dream of Flight in For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday

    The Dream of Flight in For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday

    If you were watching For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday through a lens, it would be set to soft focus. There’s a feathery moire effect around the edges of Sarah Ruhl’s memory play. Kathleen Chalfant is the 70-year-old Ann…
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    Film, Diary of a Chambermaid

    Diary of a Chambermaid

    Gustave Flaubert would be proud of Benoît Jacquot's Diary of a Chambermaid. His heroine Emma Bovary inhabits the same bourgeois milieu as Célestine, the titular femme de chambre. Based on Octave Mirbeau's 1900 novel, it's a tale of landed gentry…
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    Culture, The Exhibitionist First Person Plural: <i>The Last Five Years</i> at A.C.T.

    First Person Plural: The Last Five Years at A.C.T.

    Originally produced in 2001, A.C.T.’s revival of The Last Five Years breathlessly charts the demise of a marriage in song. Jamie (Zak Resnick) is an ambitious young writer, otherwise known as a self-involved cad. His wife Cathy (Margo Seibert) is…
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    Culture, The Exhibitionist Interview: The Cult of Yorgos Lanthimos

    Interview: The Cult of Yorgos Lanthimos

    Seven years ago, I joined a cult. The Greek film director Yorgos Lanthimos is the enigmatic leader. I started to follow him after the release of his second film Dogtooth. I momentarily lost faith with his third, Alps, which felt…
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    Film, A Bigger Splash

    A Bigger Splash

    A snake arrives in the garden of Eden and his name is Ralph Fiennes. Tilda Swinton is the imperious Eve who cast him out long ago. Her new Adam is the stolid Matthias Schoenaerts, whose tanned, bare chest is a…
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    Culture, The Exhibitionist The Moor’s Last Sigh in Red Velvet

    The Moor’s Last Sigh in Red Velvet

    At one point in Lolita Chakrabarti’s play Red Velvet, a white actor reads the N-word aloud. Even though he recites it from a newspaper article and isn’t using the word himself, the audience uttered audible “ohs”. The theatre critic who…
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    Culture, The Exhibitionist Up Above the World with <i>The Empty Nesters</i>

    Up Above the World with The Empty Nesters

    When Paul Bowles writes about couples whose marriages are in trouble, he sends them abroad for the unraveling. In Garret Jon Groenveld’s play The Empty Nesters, he sends Frances and Greg to the Grand Canyon. This vacation — along…
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    Film, Being Charlie

    Being Charlie

    Rob Reiner's Being Charlie exists in that worn-out zone of mutual incomprehension — "Parents/Kids just don't understand" — and then fails to add anything new to an already exhausted genre. The direction itself is chiefly to blame, but the narrative…
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    Culture, The Exhibitionist A Civil War at Home and Abroad in runboyrun

    A Civil War at Home and Abroad in runboyrun

    The Nigerian Civil War ended in 1970. Forty years later, Disciple Ufot (Adrian Roberts) is still at war with himself. In the play runboyrun, Mfoniso Udofia explores the effects of that particular war on this man’s psyche. The result is…
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    Culture, The Exhibitionist De-Disneyfied Pirates in Mary Zimmerman's <i>Treasure Island</i>, at Berkeley Rep

    De-Disneyfied Pirates in Mary Zimmerman's Treasure Island, at Berkeley Rep

    Eric Rohmer suffuses his 1996 film A Summer’s Tale with the sea mist that France’s Atlantic coast is known for. It’s  an ordinary story of a handsome young man whose good fortune with the opposite sex fogs up his…
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    Culture, The Exhibitionist Chatting with Susan Sarandon about <i>The Meddler</i>

    Chatting with Susan Sarandon about The Meddler

    Susan Sarandon is not a lesbian vampire. Or Thelma’s best friend. Nor is she an aspiring casino worker in a decaying resort town. She’s not a cello playing witch, a caring drug dealer with a beehive hairdo or a minor…
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    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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