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Music, Bouncer Probing Epiphanies at the Dubliner

Probing Epiphanies at the Dubliner

My father looked like he had just been shot with a poison dart. "You don't like James Joyce?" "Well," I stammered, "It's not that I don't like him, I just think he's a bit boring." He threw his hands up…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Cabaret Bastille's Memorable Moments: High Costumery, Joyce Read Loud -- and Dog Porn

Cabaret Bastille's Memorable Moments: High Costumery, Joyce Read Loud -- and Dog Porn

Cabaret Bastille at Cellspace was almost a smashing good time. I admit I am disproportionately delighted by parties with costume themes, and there were some glorious vintage and vintage-inspired get-ups at this Litquake event on Thursday. Yvonne Michelle Cordoba (and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Zeitgeist Resurrected

Zeitgeist Resurrected

Historic queer icon, art world catalyst, and Bay Area native Gertrude Stein is enjoying posthumous adulation for her role in modern art history. SFMOMA’s current exhibit showcases her (and her family’s) game-changing art collection in “The Steins Collect,” and the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Flashes of Light

Flashes of Light

We don’t understand what he’s talking about. But are we talking about James Joyce, or Gerry Fialka? At the latter’s film workshop Dream Awake: How James Joyce Invented Experimental Cinema & Disguised It as a Book, many things are talked…
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Music, Bouncer

Renaissance men at the Nag's Head

My father is what you would call a Renaissance man. He is a physicist who specializes in quarks, which are parts of atoms. The more you try to pull the quarks apart, the harder the force solidifies between them. In…
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Culture, Stagecap


It's hard not to walk out of a Tom Stoppard play and not feel poorly educated. During Travesties' 2 1/2 hours, Stoppard nimbly sprints through Marxism, socialism, dadaism, nihilism, imperialism, expressionism, and cubism, then wraps it all up with a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Un-Stoppard


In Tom Stoppard's Travesties, an unreliable narrator named Henry Carr sums up the themes of the play this way: "Firstly, you're either a revolutionary or you're not, and if you're not, you might as well be an artist as anything…
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Home Entertainment, Game On A <i>Prophecy</i> Unfulfilled

A Prophecy Unfulfilled

Waking from a trance, you find yourself in a diner's restroom. You've just stabbed a complete stranger to death as he urinated. Blood is on everything -- including you. And to make matters worse, a police officer is sitting outside…
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Culture, Encore Encore


Not a Genuine Black Man. It's not easy being green, but try being a black kid in San Leandro in the early '70s. When Brian Copeland got there -- just a few months after the Summer of Love, he points…
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Culture, Stage Literary Sampling

Literary Sampling

The happiest game Tom Stoppard has played onstage may be Travesties, his 1974 blender-spin of 20th-century revolutionaries who all lived in Zurich in 1917. James Joyce, writing Ulysses; Tristan Tzara, developing dada; and Vladimir Lenin, receiving news of a distant…
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Calendar, Performance The Story of M

The Story of M

SAT 10/16 It took a few hard spankings to give Mollena Williams her epiphany. Back in the 1990s, she was involved in a torrid affair that set off her feminist alarm bells. "One part of me was wondering why he…
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News, Dog Bites

Dog Bites

Sniffing Out Bloomsday and Finding It Uselysses Last week saw the 100th anniversary of Bloomsday, a celebration of the epic stroll through Dublin that serves as the centerpiece of James Joyce's masterwork, Ulysses. Bloomsday celebrations, named after the book's main…
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Culture, Stage <i>Dead </i>Singers

Dead Singers

Lily, the caretaker's daughter, has a minor role in James Joyce's The Dead, hanging up coats, serving drinks, and sometimes joining the songs that break out during the Misses Morkan's annual Christmas party. In James Joyce's story "The Dead," she's…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Beat Era Evocation

Where else? The publishers of Howl still maintain that healthy authority-questioning outlook that made the beats so reviled and celebrated during the somnolent '50s, offering up three floors of mostly paperbacked volumes on an array of subjects eclectic enough for…
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Culture, Stage Dublin Fields

Dublin Fields

Howie the Rookie is yet another piece of evidence that the results of David Mamet's influence on young playwrights from the U.K. have been healthier and more interesting than most of his own recent work. Ireland's latest young talent, Mark…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

The great creative artists embrace the totality of existence -- joy and sorrow, passion and powerlessness, life and death. In his masterwork Duino Elegies, celebrated German poet Rainer Maria Rilke posits his conclusive statement on humanity's complex relationship with the…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Devil Gets His Due

The Devil Gets His Due

If reading Ulysses every Bloomsday is just ordinary homage to the genius of James Joyce, what could Faust enthusiasts possibly do to mark Johann Wolfgang von Goëthe's 250th birthday? Try the Faustathon, a 16-hour staged reading of Faust, Parts 1…
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Dining, Eat

Finnegans Cake

O'Reilly's Irish Puband Restaurant 622 Green (at Stockton), 989-6222. Open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Irish breakfast until 4 p.m. every day. Dinner reservations required for special feasts (e.g.,…
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