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Arthouse Movie Listings for April 17-23, 2013

Artists' Television Access. Periwinkle Cinema: April Showers Bring Gay Powers: The community-run queer film series describes this month's entry as a "magical collection of queer shorts exploring the spriritual, heroic, and often times overlooked super powers that are harbored in…
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Music, All Shook Down John Cameron Mitchell, of <i>Hedwig and the Angry Inch</i> Fame, Is DJing in S.F. This Sunday

John Cameron Mitchell, of Hedwig and the Angry Inch Fame, Is DJing in S.F. This Sunday

There's a scene in the seminal rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch in which Hedwig, as a young boy growing up in East Berlin, shows how he used to lie with his head in the oven, listening to Iggy…
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News, Feature "Hedwig" creator John Cameron Mitchell switches gears

"Hedwig" creator John Cameron Mitchell switches gears

"I can hold the tape recorder," filmmaker John Cameron Mitchell offers. "I tend to speak quietly." Graciousness appears to be second nature to Mitchell — once an altar boy, always an altar boy — who has agreed to brave an…
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Film, "Rabbit Hole": A couple grieves tastefully

"Rabbit Hole": A couple grieves tastefully

Based on the Pulitzer Prize–winning play by David Lindsay-Abaire, John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole plops us down in the lives of Becca (Nicole Kidman, who also produced) and Howie (Aaron Eckhart), fortyish bourgie marrieds rattling around an East Coast dream…
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Calendar, Night&Day String Theory

String Theory

Paul Festa takes a palpably hands-on approach to art — a response, perhaps, to the hand injury that derailed his career as a concert violinist. For his epic new short film, The Glitter Emergency, in which the San Francisco multihyphenate…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Origin of Love with John Cameron Mitchell

Last Night: Origin of Love with John Cameron Mitchell

Origin of Love with John Cameron Mitchell Sunday, February 15, 2009 The Victoria Theatre Better than: A fancy dinner, a bouquet of roses, or a giant box of chocolates - unless that box of chocolates looks really, really good in…
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Calendar, Night&Day You're Taking the Wig Down From the Shelf

You're Taking the Wig Down From the Shelf

Valentine's Day is one of those stressy holidays -- boys are expected to actually do something, and a lot of times, they don't like that. Don't worry, boys! Easy answer this year: Origin of Love is the coolest, best, funniest,…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Feed Your Hed

The recipe for happiness, as narrated by John Cameron Mitchell: "I put on some makeup/ Turn on the eight-track/ I'm taking the wig down from the shelf." With the film version of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, writer/director/star Mitchell took…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Franchise Player

Franchise Player

Casino Royale (Sony) James Bond gets a stirring shake-up in the best -- yeah, Goldfinger fans, the best -- film in the series' 44-year history. Daniel Craig's 007 has more going on above the neck and below the waist than…
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Film, The Harder They Come

The Harder They Come

The sex is real in John Cameron Mitchell's Shortbus; only the setting — an animated New York cityscape, benignly watched over by a fluorescent Statue of Liberty — is fake. To an extent, that describes the movie: a sexually daring,…
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News, Night Crawler Holidaze


My Christmas memories are few and far between. I could say that I remember last year, but it would be more truthful to say I know what I did: There was assuredly a stack of movies to watch and the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Give Me Hed

Give Me Hed

In 2001, John Cameron Mitchell got ripped off: He failed to pick up a single Academy Award nomination for the film version of his off-Broadway hit Hedwig and the Angry Inch. This snub made the Golden Globe Awards – at…
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Culture, Stage She Stands Alone

She Stands Alone

Most people know that the Hedwig phenomenon started as a play in Greenwich Village, but many wouldn't know, from the movie, that the person playing Hedwig in the live production has to be several people at once -- as if…
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Calendar, Night&Day Head Over Heels for <i>Hedwig</i>

Head Over Heels for Hedwig

I must confess: I'm no Hedhead. Those die-hard groupies compulsively trail productions of Hedwig and the Angry Inch to different cities, decked out in their trashiest rock 'n' roll attire -- one woman reputedly saw the show more than 450…
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Film, Give Him  an Inch

Give Him an Inch

Times certainly have changed. Twenty years ago, a musical about an East German transsexual rock singer would have premiered in one of New York's off-off-Broadway theaters or cabarets, run for a couple of weeks, and remained the pleasant memory of…
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News, Feature Filmed on the Body

Filmed on the Body

Like life, good film festivals have a rather dull unifying force and lots of fascinating satellite themes. The 44th annual SFIFF is no different: Though its grand scheme purports to be international, its American films are among its best, and…
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