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Culture, Art Interludes: Mathematical Formulas Meld with Abstract Paintings in Three New Shows

Interludes: Mathematical Formulas Meld with Abstract Paintings in Three New Shows

Beams of light converge on perfectly geometrical planes in Bernadette Jiyong Frank's new paintings, producing the kind of atmospheric vision that makes people want to believe in a higher power. But Frank's paintings — on display at San Francisco's Dolby…
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Culture, Stage Spicing It Up: Theatre of Yugen Inverts Its Process for a New Noh-Inspired Show

Spicing It Up: Theatre of Yugen Inverts Its Process for a New Noh-Inspired Show

This Lingering Life, which opens this week, is a departure for playwright Chiori Miyagawa and producing company Theatre of Yugen. The Mission District-based ensemble, now in its 35th year and whose members have been studying together for up to 20…
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Film, "Million Dollar Arm": Jon Hamm Is Our Best Hope for Feel-Good Hit of the Summer

"Million Dollar Arm": Jon Hamm Is Our Best Hope for Feel-Good Hit of the Summer

What's so bad about feeling good, anyway? Based on the true story of the first Indian citizens to play professional baseball, Craig Gillespie's globetrotting Million Dollar Arm is an exemplar of a Feel Good Movie (Disney, Sports Division), and damn…
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Music, Hear This Acid Mothers Temple: Show Preview

Acid Mothers Temple: Show Preview

Launching in Japan in the 1990s, the mystical psychedelic rock collective Acid Mothers Temple has grown more difficult to keep track of with each passing year. This is thanks to the AMT name being associated with not one but at…
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Dining, Eat Great China: After a Fire, Berkeley's Favorite Neighborhood Chinese Is Back

Great China: After a Fire, Berkeley's Favorite Neighborhood Chinese Is Back

Of all the reasons for a favorite restaurant to close, fire is one of the most tragic. There's no gradual decline in food or service, no switch in management or ownership, none of the usual warning signs of a failing…
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Music, Classical Import: How Yoshiki Went From Stadiums to Concert Halls

Classical Import: How Yoshiki Went From Stadiums to Concert Halls

Yoshiki Hayashi, the drummer, pianist, and principal composer of X Japan, is a genuine rarity: a flashy rock star who's also a classically trained pianist with serious chops and the ability to shift seamlessly between genres. Arguably the most influential…
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News, Sucka Free City Game of Clones:  Game-Makers Are Trying to Score Off Each Other

Game of Clones: Game-Makers Are Trying to Score Off Each Other

Two big players in a burgeoning market for time-sucking puzzle games will move their game pieces to San Francisco court instead of Beijing, a judge ruled last week. S.F.-based King.com, the maker of obnoxiously addictive Facebook app Candy Crush Saga,…
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Music, Leaving the Censors Behind: Vietnamese Rapper Suboi Can Finally Speak Her Mind

Leaving the Censors Behind: Vietnamese Rapper Suboi Can Finally Speak Her Mind

Vietnam's 24-year-old queen of hip-hop, Hàng Lâm Trang Anh, is looking forward to her first visit to the United States. She definitely wants to see the Golden Gate Bridge, which is familiar to her from TV, movies, and even karaoke.…
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Dining, Eat Undiscovered Country: The Food of Laos Plants Its Flag in San Francisco for the First Time

Undiscovered Country: The Food of Laos Plants Its Flag in San Francisco for the First Time

There's a certain contingent of food people who see new foods as a challenge, as a frontier that must be conquered. Conversations with them remind me of the ones I endured with music snobs in college: "Have you tried X?…
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Calendar, Night&Day Exoskeletons

Exoskeletons

They appear to be more intricate than lace, more fragile than a thread of spider's silk in sunlight, whimsical as the ornaments in music boxes and fancy clocks: Bolinas artist Sha Sha Higby's sculptures are complex and layered, informed…
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Calendar, Night&Day Beware the Microbial Overlords

Beware the Microbial Overlords

This one will either raise a lot of awareness or help sell a lot of hand sanitizer. Maybe even both. Pandemic! A Plan for the Planet is a discussion of viruses and worldwide disease pandemics, co-sponsored by the California…
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Calendar, Night&Day Eagle Experiment

Eagle Experiment

In 1896 Alfred Jarry's Ubu Roi opened and closed on the same night amid thunderous derision: Experimental theater was born. Today, Cutting Ball's production of Ubu Roi is so popular, the run was extended, forcing the avant-garde theater to…
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Calendar, Night&Day Downward-Facing Art Critic

Downward-Facing Art Critic

Yoga: The Art of Transformation comes to the Asian Art Museum with about 130 paintings, statues, manuscripts and videos from private collections and museums in India, the United States, and Europe. Together, the artworks tell the 2,500-year history of…
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Calendar, Night&Day True Love Stories

True Love Stories

For the partnered, it's a question that pops up all the time: "How did you first meet?" Jill Bourque has been asking that question for years, and she's heard some real doozies. There was the couple who met in…
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News, Propagandabook: U.S. Government Is Expanding Its War to Win Hearts and Minds into Facebook's Global Social Network

Propagandabook: U.S. Government Is Expanding Its War to Win Hearts and Minds into Facebook's Global Social Network

Legend has it that one of the venture capitalists who dumped a few million into Facebook in its start-up phase was linked, by a degree or two of separation, to the Central Intelligence Agency's private equity firm, In-Q-Tel. Edward Snowden's…
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Calendar, Night&Day Art in Revolt

Art in Revolt

At the turn of the 20th century, a Chinese fighting society believing itself insusceptible to alien weaponry waged war on foreign influences in Beijing. The Boxers, as they were known, eventually gained the support of the Empress Dowager and,…
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Dining, Distillations Distillations: Drinking Alone, Together at  Tonight Soju Bar

Distillations: Drinking Alone, Together at Tonight Soju Bar

I came to Tonight Soju Bar because I don't know a damn thing about soju. Or much about Korea. You can learn a lot about another culture by what it drinks recreationally. But that doesn't mean you will. Despite having…
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Dining, Eat Xi'an Food: Exploring the Silk Road Influences of a Lesser-Known Chinese Cuisine

Xi'an Food: Exploring the Silk Road Influences of a Lesser-Known Chinese Cuisine

Any serious food enthusiast can explain the difference between Tuscan and Sicilian cuisine; between the food of Parisians and their Provencal counterparts; between the predominant ingredients of northern and southern India. And yet despite its size and culinary diversity, most…
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Dining, Recent Openings

SF Weekly Recent Openers January 8-14, 2014

Great China: Rising from the ashes after a destructive fire two years ago, this Berkeley Chinese restaurant has reopened a block from its original location. Classic Chinese-American food is still the focus — walnut prawns, Peking duck, stir-fried crab —…
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Culture, Art Winter Arts: The Internet Comes to the Page and Other Winter Books

Winter Arts: The Internet Comes to the Page and Other Winter Books

Drugs, sex and crime parade through exotic lands in the latest outfits, taking selfies with various degrees of detachment. Poetry and prose collide, as do humor and profundity, and language steps up its game. All this and more in the…
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