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News, The Snitch Ed Lee Went to Palestine, Met With Developers

Ed Lee Went to Palestine, Met With Developers

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is in the Middle East this week, renewing San Francisco's sister-city relationship with the Israeli port city of Haifa, and paying a visit to Shimon Peres, the former Israeli head of state.  The massive…
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Dining, Recent Openings

Recent Openers July 16-22, 2014

ANAR Restaurant: The Mohammadi family brings authentic Persian cuisine to SOMA. With a restaurant back in Iran, you can expect their chicken with pomegranate sauce, herbed feta cheese with bread, kebabs, and doogh to be nothing but traditional. 937 Harrison,…
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Dining, Recent Openings

Recent Openers July 9-15, 2014

ANAR Restaurant: The Mohammadi family brings authentic Persian cuisine to SOMA. With a restaurant back in Iran, you can expect their chicken with pomegranate sauce, herbed feta cheese with bread, kebabs, and doogh to be nothing but traditional. 937 Harrison,…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Round City of Peace

The Round City of Peace

Most San Franciscans would recognize the phrase "Baghdad by the Bay" as one of the city's many nicknames. What they might not know, especially in today's war-torn political climate, is why Herb Caen made the phrase popular in the…
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Culture, Art Infinite Regress: Two Iranian Artists Multiply Their Spiritual Images

Infinite Regress: Two Iranian Artists Multiply Their Spiritual Images

With an arts tradition that goes back more than 5,000 years, and a modern art scene that embraces everything from graffiti to avant-garde film, Iran is one of the world's greatest countries to experience the visual arts. It's a travesty…
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Film, "Zaytoun": At Last, An Israeli/Palestinian Buddy Movie

"Zaytoun": At Last, An Israeli/Palestinian Buddy Movie

Eran Riklis's Zaytoun is probably the fluffiest movie about the Lebanese Civil War ever made. Set in 1982, 10-year-old Palestinian boy Fahed (Abdallah El Akal) is among the denizens of a Palestinian refugee camp who capture a downed Israeli pilot…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle Tom Waits hasn't toured since 2008, but he's just been added to the Sunday lineup for Neil Young's acoustic Bridge School Benefit concert at Shoreline. Expect Waits to play songs from 2011's Bad As Me, with a band that…
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Film, "Wadjda": When Wanting a Bicycle Brings Shame to the Family

"Wadjda": When Wanting a Bicycle Brings Shame to the Family

Wadjda The first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and made by a female Saudi filmmaker, Wadjda has a neat, sly way of folding complex pissed-off politics into crowd-pleasing narrative simplicity. In suburban Riyadh, a sweet and mildly willful…
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News,

The Snatch: The Smallest News Items Allowed by Law

Boobs in Space "Go Topless Day," an annual media stunt taking advantage of everyone's fascination with the female chest, is in fact a public relations ploy for a bizarre UFO cult devoted to building an intergalactic Jerusalem "embassy" in preparation…
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Dining, Recent Openings

Recent Openers August 7-13, 2013

Aliment: Taking its name from an ancient word for nourishment, this new restaurant serves upper-crust comfort food including hanger steak, fried chicken with charred escarole slaw, and fried Brussels sprouts with fish sauce. 786 Bush. Dogpatch Saloon: The 100-year-old-bar has…
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News, Sucka Free City Go Round and Round: Muni's Weird Relationship with Ads, Guns, and Middle Eastern Politics

Go Round and Round: Muni's Weird Relationship with Ads, Guns, and Middle Eastern Politics

Last week, an odd back-and-forth precipitated in the Board of Supervisors chambers in which Scott Wiener was left to explain to John Avalos the origins of the state of Israel. So you can't say the latest round of Mideast politicking…
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Culture, Stage Theater of War: Two Shows Take Us Through Armed Conflict, but Only One Bothers to Question the Trip

Theater of War: Two Shows Take Us Through Armed Conflict, but Only One Bothers to Question the Trip

Black Watch, the penultimate show in A.C.T.'s 46th season, is being marketed as a major departure for the company. For one, the import from the National Theatre of Scotland has been touring the world since 2004. Also, the company isn't…
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Culture, Art Total Coverage: Revealing the Muslim World at the de Young

Total Coverage: Revealing the Muslim World at the de Young

On a recent Sunday afternoon, a docent at the de Young Museum strode into the exhibit hall for "Eye Level in Iraq," made a sharp left, then pointed at a series of photographs that showed a country preparing for war.…
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Culture, Art Photo Negative: Two Exhibits Reconsider Historic Images

Photo Negative: Two Exhibits Reconsider Historic Images

From a distance, Amy Trachtenberg's Stripes/Sutras looks like marbled paper — the kind with luminous swirls that you'd find inside a 19th-century book about English grammar. Look closer, though: One section of Stripes/Sutras has the head of an Iraqi man.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Peace of Our Heart

Peace of Our Heart

We hate to state the obvious, but the world really doesn't seem like such a peaceful place right now. Shootings in our cities and in our schools, a prison system intent on perpetuating cycles of poverty and crime, never-ending unrest…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dreams and Realities

Dreams and Realities

A young woman dressed in a wedding gown flies through the air, her eyes closed. In one hand she grasps a portrait of the back of a man's head (her groom?), and the same rope that binds her wrist and…
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Film, "New Jerusalem": A Study in Grime

"New Jerusalem": A Study in Grime

Rick Alverson's New Jerusalem (which he made before The Comedy) had its North American premiere at South by Southwest, and it many ways, it fulfills the stereotype of the festival film: low-budget, contemplative, semi-improvised, and challenging to viewers who don't…
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Film, The Matchmaker: Love in the Summer of '68

The Matchmaker: Love in the Summer of '68

An old-fashioned Mediterranean coming-of-age story set in the young heart of the Levant, The Matchmaker combines the tender tone of a film like Cinema Paradiso with a clear-eyed, street-level vantage on Israel's summer of the Six-Day War. That would be…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>Invasion!</em> by Crowded Fire: <em>So</em> Abulkasem

Invasion! by Crowded Fire: So Abulkasem

Invasion!, now in its West Coast premiere at Crowded Fire Theater, is a series of theatrical coups. One moment you're watching the kind of exoticized, Arabian Nights-esque tale that makes you shift uncomfortably in your seat. "I thought I'd…
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Film, Marjane Satrapi: There Is No "Clash of Cultures"

Marjane Satrapi: There Is No "Clash of Cultures"

"I have always been against this idea of the 'clash of cultures,'" Marjane Satrapi says. "It's the biggest piece of bullshit I've ever heard." That's apparent from her films and graphic novels, which bridge worlds. Born in Iran, Satrapi emigrated…
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