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    Calendar, Night&Day The Reader

    The Reader

    Beamed at the Academy of Motion Pictures, Category of High Moral Tone, comes Stephen Daldry’s fatally respectful take on the acclaimed 1995 novel by Bernhard Schlink about German culpability for the Holocaust. Sidestepping the usual Auschwitz camp footage and unfolding…
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    Film, Reading Is Fundamental

    Reading Is Fundamental

    Like Doubt, Stephen Daldry's The Reader is low-budget, high-profile, and beamed straight at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Category of High Moral Tone. Only in this case, the stakes are way higher and the attitude muted to…
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    Culture, Stage The Business of War

    The Business of War

    "Damn this fucking war," says Mother Courage in a moment of clarity, just after she gets through damning an imminent peace. The heroine of Bertolt Brecht's great protest play is an army-supply merchant, pulling her rickety wagon along the fringes…
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    Culture, Stage Sir Vidia's Shadow

    Sir Vidia's Shadow

    V.S. Naipaul has been a mandarin for longer than most of the literary world has heard of him. He grew up in a large Indian family on Trinidad, the son of a journalist, and the Caribbean's teeming poverty gave him…
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    Culture, Stage Letter From the Middle East

    Letter From the Middle East

    If Mayor Brown cared about good writing he would name February "David Hare Month," because really devoted fans of the British playwright can pull -- in one weekend -- a Hare triple-header: The Blue Room at the Exit (highly recommended),…
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    Culture, Stage Playing <i>Blue</i>

    Playing Blue

    Arthur Schnitzler fans may remember 1999 as a banner year, when their man enjoyed two modern revivals starring Nicole Kidman. There was Eyes Wide Shut, based on a Schnitzler novella, and a Broadway run of The Blue Room, a David…
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    Culture, Stage Making  the Rounds

    Making the Rounds

    Squirreled away in the old Sears building on Cesar Chavez is a new black box, Studio 210, where a troupe called Goat Island has mounted Arthur Schnitzler's La Ronde. You might remember Schnitzler as the Austrian author of the novel…
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    Culture, Stage The Crucifixion of Galilei

    The Crucifixion of Galilei

    A version of The Life of Galileo nine years ago, by the Berliner Ensemble in Germany, may stand as the best play I've ever seen. The Wall had fallen eight months before, and without any special help from the costume…
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    Culture, Stage


    King of the Jungle King Lear. By William Shakespeare. Directed by Val Hendrickson. Starring John Robb, Trish Adair, Allyson Kulavis, Cat Schaulis Thompson, Brian Linden, Jonathan Gonzalez, Jack Halton, and others. At the 450 Geary Studio, 450 Geary (at Mason),…
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    Calendar, Night&Day

    Night + Day

    Wednesday May 6 The Way We Were An adulterous affair comes back to haunt its participants in David Hare's Skylight, which closes out Berkeley Rep's 30th-anniversary season. Like Mike Leigh and other contemporary British playwrights, Hare invokes Britain's class consciousness…
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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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