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Culture, The Exhibitionist New on Video: The Monochromatic Massacre of <i>In Cold Blood</i>

New on Video: The Monochromatic Massacre of In Cold Blood

Truman Capote’s bestselling 1966 novel In Cold Blood is a cornerstone of the "true crime" genre, telling the as-true-as-it’s-going-to-get story of the 1959 slayings of the Clutter family in their rural Kansas home by the drifters Perry Smith…
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Calendar, Night&Day Crime and Punishment and Herzog

Crime and Punishment and Herzog

An egalitarian study of crime and punishment in a small southern town, Into the Abyss is also an unmistakably Herzogian inquiry into the lawlessness of the human soul. That would be the abyss of the title, though if you're looking…
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Music, All Shook Down What To Do? Monday's Pick: A Christmas Memory

What To Do? Monday's Pick: A Christmas Memory

A Christmas Memory @ Project Artaud Theater "Which one of you is a drinking man?" is the best line in Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory. As presented by the Word for Word theater company, Capote's short story concerns a 7-year-old…
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Calendar, Night&Day True to the Man

True to the Man

"Which one of you is a drinking man?" is the best line in Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory. As presented by the Word for Word theater company, Capote's short story concerns a 7-year-old boy and his best friend, Sook, graying…
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News, Matt Smith

S.F. historian Gray Brechin's New Deal

Gray Brechin is a historian whose appearance and giddy erudition suggest he might be Truman Capote's long-lost twin. When I visited him at his UC Berkeley office recently, he excitedly showed me sepia-toned photographs of a lost civilization. The grandeur…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Christmas Miracle

A Christmas Miracle

Holiday shows can make you as sick as a child after a night alone with a gingerbread house, and Theater Rhino seems headed that way with its Staged Reading of Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory. The storyline is overloaded with…
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Dining, Eat Presents and Future

Presents and Future

In Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's, Holly Golightly says, "I simply trained myself to like older men, and it was the smartest thing I ever did." I don't think I trained myself to like the holidays, exactly; I think I…
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Film, Repeat Offender

Repeat Offender

There is no way of sidestepping the issue, so why not jump right into it: Infamous, this year's retelling of how Truman Capote wound up in Kansas writing his nonfiction novel In Cold Blood, never comes close to approaching the…
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Dining, Eat Cinema Chow

Cinema Chow

"I love my cigar," Groucho famously told a couple on his quiz show who had 22 children, "but I take it out of my mouth once in a while." Well, I love to eat, but I find it helps to…
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Film, Writes and Wrongs

Writes and Wrongs

This fall, the roll call of gigantic ghosts inhabiting cinematic biographies continues unabated, with Joaquin Phoenix as a shrunken Johnny Cash in Walk the Line, David Strathairn as an inscrutable Edward R. Murrow in Good Night, and Good Luck, and…
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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 Ghosts From Halloweens Past

Ghosts From Halloweens Past

Back when San Francisco's Flower Power era was beginning to merge into the long hangover of the '70s and "gender illusionists" were a staple of naughty nightclub revues for titillated straights, the Cockettes were the first groovy drag queens, with…
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Culture, Stage

Carved in Stone

In a nut-colored penthouse, with four clocks set to Happy Hour, lives a quartet of queer ghosts: Oscar Wilde, Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, and Quentin Crisp. An obscure, young, straight writer wanders into this bitches' brew after getting hit by…
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Culture, Stage

Stage Capsules

Wrong Mountain David Hirson's post-postmodern comedy hinges on Henry Dennett (Ron Rifkin), a poet who believes lack of a readership proves his brilliance; poetry is the only true art, while theater is pornography, affirming rather than challenging the middle classes'…
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Calendar, Halloween

Slap Shots

The Funeral That Won't Die It's approximately 2 p.m. on Herb Caen Day, the afternoon of his much-publicized memorial service at Grace Cathedral. Standing in front of the overflowing Moose's, North Beach hangout for politicos, second-tier players, and drunk boyfriends…
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Second Time Around

The Innocents The Innocents is the rare psychological horror movie that can be enjoyed afresh each time you see it. It's a tense, elegant rendering of Henry James' The Turn of the Screw, the tale of a governess at…
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