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    Jack Goes Boating

    It takes a while for this romantic comedy to fully draw you into its oddball world of reggae music, hookah smoking, and swimming lessons, yet from the start there is something sweet and lovely about the budding relationship between Jack…
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    Dance Theater Jail piece '51802' Makes Audience Its Bitch

    In her 2005 dance theater piece, One Window, creator/choreographer Erika Chong Shuch explored the positive side of confinement — how limitations can often be empowering, freeing even. Her latest, equally charismatic production takes the opposing view of incarceration in examining…
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    Culture, Stage Only Connect

    Only Connect

    For almost half a century, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence research movement has spent millions of dollars and at least as many hours ransacking the night sky in search of aliens. Given that the Milky Way is 100,000 light-years across…
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    Culture, Stage Don't Fence Me In

    Don't Fence Me In

    Confinement is one of the most common themes for artistic exploration -- and one of the darkest. Over the centuries, artists have demonstrated an unmitigated horror of entrapment in works as diverse as Euripides' The Trojan Women, Messiaen's Quartet for…
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    Culture, Stage Geisha Fixation

    Geisha Fixation

    Pity, oh pity, the straight white male. From Shakespeare's lust-coddled Marc Antony to Miller's has-been Willy Loman, the King of the Jungle is frequently reduced to a mewing kitten on the stage, even by dramatists who share his demographic profile.…
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    Fist of Roses

    Philip Kan Gotanda's new play is the latest and most abstract entry in the race for good "documentary theater," à la The Laramie Project. The playwright interviewed people in women's shelters, jails, and "violence re-education" programs to study why some…
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    Culture, Stage

    Sacrament!

    Yes, Dave Eggers has written a play, too. Get over it. Even better: See it, and come out saying, "Oh yeah, I like Eggers." In collaboration with Campo Santo and director Kent Nicholson, the writer seems reinvigorated by the immediacy…
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    Culture, Stage

    The Shape of Things

    Every now and then the Aurora Theatre puts on a play that seems young and harsh (compared to its sumptuous productions of Shaw) and features Danny Wolohan. Tough! was like that -- a show about teenagers in a needle-littered park,…
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    Culture, Stage Getaway

    Getaway

    The brief, savage life of Joe Or-ton ended in 1967, when his boyfriend bashed in his skull with a hammer. But Orton was still one of the representative men of the '60s. Flamboyant, pissed off, self-contradictory, wild: He rose and…
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    Culture, Stage Game Theory

    Game Theory

    Milan Kundera has a famous theory of the novel that imagines its history as an evolutionary tree, with important books like Ulysses at the cruxes of major branching trends, and other books, like Tristram Shandy, at the start of little…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    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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