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    Culture, Stage "Gentrification Bad," Says Myopic Play <i>Taking Over</i> at Berkeley Rep

    "Gentrification Bad," Says Myopic Play Taking Over at Berkeley Rep

    Danny Hoch plays nine different characters in his provocative if overly simplistic new solo show about the effects of gentrification on urban communities — specifically the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Hoch is a so-called hip-hop theater artist: His…
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    Culture, Stage The Not-So-Hot Seat

    The Not-So-Hot Seat

    Is it just me, or are new plays getting shorter? It's a truism that life seems to accelerate with age, so perhaps that explains why on so many occasions lately I've left the theater feeling as if I'd only just…
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    Film, After Sunrise

    After Sunrise

    Back in 1995, Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise gave flesh to a Yank's fantasy of worldly European womanhood: Julie Delpy's Celine, a sprite who materialized on a passenger train for one sweet Viennese night of courtship and flirtation, as if willed…
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    Film, G'Dead, Mate

    G'Dead, Mate

    Since George Romero's long-awaited Land of the Dead turned out to be a letdown, we'll have to find our zombie-movie solace elsewhere. Thankfully, Romero's been making movies for so long that not only has he inspired others to follow in…
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    Film, Love in Reverse

    Love in Reverse

    For the first 30 minutes of 5x2, François Ozon's new film about a relationship that fails, the young French director seems well on his way to a magnum opus. In two fierce and lucid scenes (of the five in the…
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    Film, A Gift to Grief

    A Gift to Grief

    The opening moments of The Door in the Floor are not promising. A little girl stands on a chair in a hallway of photos, pointing at the images and speaking about them. Soon, she is joined by a middle-aged man,…
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    Dining, Social Grace

    Theory of Relativity

    Dear Social Grace, I will be getting married next year, and both my fiance and I have very large extended families: literally dozens of aunts and uncles, hundreds of cousins, and so on. Obviously, we cannot invite everyone in our…
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    Culture, Stage

    Abingdon Square

    Maria Irene Fornes' drama about a young woman in early 20th-century New York plays like a bad Edith Wharton remake. Marion, an orphaned girl, marries a rich adult man at 14. As she grows up, she feels trapped, and her…
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    Culture, Stage

    Sewing Lessons

    Strangefruit Theater Ensemble's adaptation of a surrealistic novel, The Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington, features two old ladies named Marion and Carmella who share an odd, sweet, aging-bohemian friendship enlivened by their ripe imaginations. Carrington herself was lifelong friends with…
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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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