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Dining, Fresh Eats Papito West: Duck Confit Burritos Arrive in Hayes Valley

Papito West: Duck Confit Burritos Arrive in Hayes Valley

Most of the new Mexican restaurants of note that have opened lately aim for the higher end, importing the culinary experimentation of Mexico City or digging deep into Southern Mexico's indigenous cuisines. In other words, we aren't really adding more…
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News, Hacking Away: Tech Companies Enlist Immigrants to Put a Face on Their Message

Hacking Away: Tech Companies Enlist Immigrants to Put a Face on Their Message

If Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg intended to drum up sympathy for his immigration-lobbying group, FWD.us, he couldn't have picked a better representative than 24-year-old Sarahi Espinoza. Perky, doe-eyed, and petite, she stood before a throng of journalists last Wednesday at…
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Film, Film Feature

San Francisco Latino Film Festival: Films from All Sides of the Borders

Happening in no fewer than nine different venues around town, the San Francisco Latino Film Festival showcases the work of both emerging and already established filmmakers from the U.S., Mexico, Spain, and more than a dozen other countries. There are…
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Culture, Art War Correspondents: Two Ways of Dealing with Conflict

War Correspondents: Two Ways of Dealing with Conflict

The war outside. The war within. Two new art exhibits mine two very different terrains: One culture's external battle against drug cartels, and one person's struggle against mental demons. Both kinds of conflict take huge tolls and demand the kind…
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Calendar, Night&Day Muy Bien

Muy Bien

Although Cinco de Mayo is not an official holiday (in Mexico or in the U.S.), we’ve been celebrating the cultural contributions and history of Latinos on May 5 in California since the 1860s. Here are the top events to celebrate.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Pusher Men

Pusher Men

Natalia Almada has some serious bragging rights. Awarded a MacArthur Fellowship just a few weeks ago, the rising documentary filmmaker will have the word “genius” (as in “genius grant”) attached to her name in every article and film festival bio…
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Calendar, Night&Day Muchas Luchas

Muchas Luchas

La Quebradora, literally “The Crusher,” is a backbreaker move in lucha libre, the high-flying professional wrestling hugely popular in Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries. It’s worked into the title of “La Quebradora: Lucha Libre in Contemporary Mexican Art,” an exhibit…
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Film, "For Greater Glory": A Bloated Mess of a Mexican Epic

"For Greater Glory": A Bloated Mess of a Mexican Epic

Boasting such attributes as a rich, unmined vein of history for its subject matter, the Biblical landscape of northern Mexico for its backdrop, and faith tempered in the fire of battle at its heart, For Greater Glory has all the…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse Movie Listings May 23-29, 2012

Artists' Television Access. Periwinkle Cinema Presents: SELF-REFLEXIVE: Experimental shorts about queer self-identity. Wed., May 23, 8 p.m. $6. Indocumentales / Undocumentaries: The US/Mexico Interdependent Film Series: Film about drug violence in Mexico, and alternatives for avoiding it. Thu., May 24,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Eyes on a Nation

Eyes on a Nation

Politics runs through "Photography in Mexico." The exhibit includes shots taken in the 1920s following the Mexican Revolution, ones documenting social injustice, and those of the border region between the United States and Mexico. Opening the show is the work…
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Dining, Eat Tacko: The Nantucket Gringo Take on the Taco

Tacko: The Nantucket Gringo Take on the Taco

If you didn't know Tacko was owned by Nick Fasanella, the founder of Nick's Crispy Tacos and the Taco Shop @ Underdog's, you'd be forgiven for doing a double take when you get close enough to the menu board to…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Hard Truth of Circus Life

The Hard Truth of Circus Life

"The circus is tough and beautiful," says a talking head in Aaron Schock's Circo, a documentary on the small, struggling, family-owned Circo Mexico. It's an apt description of the film itself, a riveting patchwork of interconnected dramas that include difficult…
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Calendar, Night&Day Road to a Hard Life

Road to a Hard Life

"The circus is tough and beautiful," says a talking head in Circo, Aaron Schock's documentary on the small, struggling, family-owned Circo Mexico. It's an apt description of the film itself, a riveting patchwork of interconnected dramas that include difficult in-laws,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Tripped-Out Heavy Rock

Tripped-Out Heavy Rock

We cordially invite the long-haired, psychedelia-influenced rock musician community to “Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico,” because we really want to hear the resulting mind-blowing ballad called “Monument Q (Colossal Head).” This art inspires — nay, demands — the same…
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News, Sucka Free City Bacon-wrapped hot dog vendors lose customers when they go legit

Bacon-wrapped hot dog vendors lose customers when they go legit

The Board of Supervisors recently voted to open up new territory to the city's growing culture of food trucks, and streamlined the permit process for those with multiple truck locations. While this means fewer headaches for those peddling tacos or…
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Calendar, Night&Day San Francisco's <i>Other</i> Famous Muralist

San Francisco's Other Famous Muralist

Bernard Baruch Zakheim (1896-1985) was among the best-known artists working in California in the mid-20th century. Zakheim emigrated from Poland to San Francisco in 1921 and remained here until his death, except for periods of study in Mexico City and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hail C&eacute;sar

Hail César

Julio César Morales has been known to produce achingly detailed pencil drawings, augmented by photo fragments, of exactly where people have been found hiding as they try to cross the U.S.-Mexico border. Sewn inside car seats, wedged behind dashboards, or,…
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Music, Hear This Shonen Knife: Show Preview

Shonen Knife: Show Preview

Shonen Knife is aging gracefully. Formed in 1981, the Japanese outfit — which has shuffled members over the past decade, but continues to be led by singer and guitarist Naoko Yamano — is still on top of its playful, punky…
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Calendar, Night&Day Mainstream Mex-Tech

Mainstream Mex-Tech

The U.S.-Mexico border is a zone of possibility, chaos, and commerce. Cars idle waiting to cross, dreams are hatched, and knickknacks are sold. Amid the smog and ceramic Virgin of Guadalupe statues for sale is a soundtrack that mixes elements…
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News, Asylum Denied

Asylum Denied

As evening falls on southern Mexico, Sarah (not her real name) is shopping at a fruit market a block from her house. It is Friday, and her father, an investigator for the State Judicial Police, is home relaxing on his…
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