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    Film, "Fat Kid Rules the World": Under the Nonsense, a Heart

    "Fat Kid Rules the World": Under the Nonsense, a Heart

    Nathan Rabin of the A.V. Club coined the term "Manic Pixie Dream Girl" to describe a female character whose story function is to teach the male protagonist to come out of his shell and live in the moment. In Matthew…
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    Culture, Stage

    Naught Funny

    If you're going to rewrite The Odyssey, then Homer's epic should serve as a vital inspiration rather than a literary crutch. Melissa James Gibson's Current Nobody, making its West Coast premiere at Exit Theatre, is a loose and precious adaptation…
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    Film, Empire Strikes Back

    Empire Strikes Back

    You want a history lesson? Take a class. You want clanging swords, sneering villains, storybook romance, and bloody vengeance? Here's a brawny old-school epic to make the CGI tumult of 300, Alexander, and Troy look like sissy-boy slap parties. Mongol,…
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    Calendar, Night&Day The Wrath of Khan

    The Wrath of Khan

    You want a history lesson? Take a class. You want clanging swords, sneering villains, storybook romance, and bloody vengeance? Mongol is a brawny old-school epic to make the CGI tumult of 300, Alexander, and Troy look like sissy-boy slap parties.…
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    Culture, Stage Greek tragedy set in San Francisco! Who knew?

    Greek tragedy set in San Francisco! Who knew?

    I would never have guessed that Aurora Theatre's production of The Trojan Women takes place in San Francisco's Ferry Plaza if I hadn't come across an article in one of the dailies saying as much. The locale isn't mentioned in…
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    Culture, Stagecap

    Fences

    August Wilson's Pulitzer-winning play gets a moving production from the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. Alex Morris deftly captures the pride and the fury of Troy Maxson, a former Negro League baseball star now, in 1957 Pittsburgh, a garbageman fighting to raise…
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    Music, Bouncer

    The power of positive drinking

    There is a man who sits on the board of directors for the organization I work for who has wealth, happiness, and that certain something that people who are secure in their own "spirituality" exude: The dude is sort of…
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    Film, Killing Time

    Killing Time

    If Jarhead, director Sam Mendes and writer William Broyles Jr.'s adaptation of Bay Area writer Anthony Swofford's 2003 Gulf War memoir, seems at all familiar -- like, say, a DJ's mash-up of Full Metal Jacket and Three Kings -- there's…
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    Film, Pitt and the Pabulum

    Pitt and the Pabulum

    In the mood to launch a thousand ships? Fine, but it's gonna cost you. Feel like sacking the Temple of Apollo? OK, but bring drachmas. Depending on who's counting, Warner Bros.' pre-summer blockbuster Troy budgeted out at anywhere between $175…
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    Culture, Stage Creature Discomfort

    Creature Discomfort

    "Alienation," says one of Eric Bogosian's solo-show characters, a shyster spiritualist passing bad advice to a crowded hall, "is simply a lack of money. And of course the corollary: Money brings deep and abiding harmony." The four modern young sophisticates…
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    Culture, Stage Iphigenia Alfresco

    Iphigenia Alfresco

    "Tragedy," by its roots, means "goat song." This is healthy to remember. The word used to apply to Dionysian rituals involving goat costumes. A band called Goatsong plays behind the chorus in the Shotgun Players' free, outdoor production of Iphigenia…
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    Culture, Stage Love and War

    Love and War

    Charles Mee's plays are so eclectic and cheerfully bizarre that they begin to blur together. Summertime was about falling in love; it featured rants by a murderous pizza-delivery boy as well as a bikini-clad mother who broke into songs about…
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    Calendar, Halloween

    Slap Shots

    The Great White Hope Everyone's heard the old song about New York -- if you can make it there, you'll make it anywhere, etc. -- but here in the collective support group known as San Francisco, things are different. If…
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    Culture, Stage

    Bloodless Revenge

    Revenge -- that most potent of dramatic incentives -- is what drives Euripides' Hecuba (430-424 BCE, Before the Common Era). For the ancient Greeks, revenge was largely a matter of logic and justice: Do unto others what they have done…
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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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