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Culture, The Exhibitionist Teens Cover Prostitution, Parental Infidelity, Cancer -- and Hope: Youth Speaks Poetry Slam Finals

Teens Cover Prostitution, Parental Infidelity, Cancer -- and Hope: Youth Speaks Poetry Slam Finals

It was a huge mistake to forget to bring tissues to the Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam Grand Slam Finals over the weekend at Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium. Expectations of being dazzled by the stunning wordplay and vocal deliveries made…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Jonathan Lethem Gets Bookish in Cinema Address

Jonathan Lethem Gets Bookish in Cinema Address

At last year's San Francisco International Film Festival, indie producer and invited speaker Christine Vachon embarrassed her hosts with a sloppy and unprepared "State of Cinema" report. To erase the lingering memory of that lowbrow disaster, organizers lured another New…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Concept Dance Series Mixes Performance, Socializing -- and Helping Out

Concept Dance Series Mixes Performance, Socializing -- and Helping Out

The Concept dance series is a rare bird hiding in San Francisco's cultural aviary. Put on by RAWdance, it's pay-what-you-can, semi-undiscovered, and there's free food. First-date heaven! Or, for those muddling around sans date, you're practically guaranteed to meet new…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Breen and Inguito's Large-Scale Paintings Are Garish, Strange, Intense -- and Really Accessible

Breen and Inguito's Large-Scale Paintings Are Garish, Strange, Intense -- and Really Accessible

Get past the miscellany of dogs and beer, and you'll find a surprisingly refreshing art gallery in the back of Place Pigalle, Hayes Valley's no-frills culture destination. The exhibition "Paintings by Kellen Breen and Scott Inguito" opened Saturday night to…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist "Just Because" Isn't Enough for SF State's All-Female <i>Hamlet</i>

"Just Because" Isn't Enough for SF State's All-Female Hamlet

To some ways of thinking, the title role in Hamlet is a natural part for female performers. Unlike the other male characters in Shakespeare's tragedy, who are all too ready to kill or banish or compromise their loved ones the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Geek Love, Geek Sex, Geek Worship -- In Other Words, a Typical Writers with Drinks

Geek Love, Geek Sex, Geek Worship -- In Other Words, a Typical Writers with Drinks

The big thing you need to know about the monthly series Writers with Drinks is this: Arrive super early, maybe even an hour before, for your chance at a stool or a booth. The Make Out Room is a pretty…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Video: A Day in the Life of a Big Wheel Racer

Video: A Day in the Life of a Big Wheel Racer

SF Weekly art director Andrew J. Nilsen gives you a first-person perspective of what it took to compete with the top-notch racers in the recent Bring Your Own Big Wheel 2012, a race down Vermont Street, which is as twisty…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Photos: The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Crown Hunky Jesus 2012

Photos: The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Crown Hunky Jesus 2012

Bonnets and bunny ears were among the various kinky and religion-bending outfits and accessories populating Dolores Park on Sunday as the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence led hundreds through a San Francisco-style Easter celebration, but it was Funky Jesus -- playing…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Sister Spit Covers Sex, Sondheim, <i>Valencia</i> on Film, and Angry Monkeys from New Jersey

Sister Spit Covers Sex, Sondheim, Valencia on Film, and Angry Monkeys from New Jersey

"I've been thinking a lot about Adrienne Rich," began the legendary queer author Dorothy Allison. The crowd was hushed, the silence nurturing reverence. "I've been thinking about the stories we all share." Allison's Southern cadence rolled off her tongue as…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>The Caretaker</em> Starring Jonathan Pryce Doesn't Take Humor or Tension Far Enough

The Caretaker Starring Jonathan Pryce Doesn't Take Humor or Tension Far Enough

There's something a little "off" about SHN's touring production of The Caretaker, by Harold Pinter and starring Tony Award winner Jonathan Pryce. "Off" is usually a compliment for the Nobel Prize-winning playwright, who's known for dramatizing the menace and absurdity…
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Video: Origin, a 40-Foot Light Sculpture at Fort Mason

This eye- and mind-bending display of light and sound called Origin recently appeared at Fort Mason. The work, which appeared in New York City last year and was originally built for the Coachella music festival, was created by UnitedVisualArtists,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist William Shatner Humbly Hams It Up at the Orpheum in <i>Shatner's World</i>

William Shatner Humbly Hams It Up at the Orpheum in Shatner's World

William "Bad Billy" Shatner's one-man show Shatner's World played for one big night at the Orpheum Theatre on Sunday to an audience filled with young fans, old fans, and more than a few tolerant significant others. And everyone had a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Jaap Blonk's Vocal/Visual Assault Is Strange, Difficult, Silly -- And Amazing

Jaap Blonk's Vocal/Visual Assault Is Strange, Difficult, Silly -- And Amazing

When idiots talk about wanting to de-fund the arts, Jaap Blonk is the kind of artist that they're angry about. He makes wacky sounds with his mouth and throat and gets paid for it, which could mean that he's…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>The Whole Megillah 2: Uncut</em>: Why Can't Every Day Be Like Purim?

The Whole Megillah 2: Uncut: Why Can't Every Day Be Like Purim?

When you think of Purim, the first things that come to mind probably aren't drag queens, a giant dildo, and Downton Abbey. But in Killing My Lobster and The Hub's riff on the Jewish holiday, contemporary pop culture references…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Israel's Batsheva Dance Co. Is Unpredictably Severe -- Protesters Call for Boycott

Israel's Batsheva Dance Co. Is Unpredictably Severe -- Protesters Call for Boycott

Anytime you see the Batsheva Dance Company in performance, you can pretty fairly expect a gut-wrencher, a blasphemy without words. It's a trademark of the Tel Aviv troupe's leader, Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin. But last Saturday, audience members entering YBCA's…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Argument Goes on Too Long in <i>Blue/Orange</i>

Argument Goes on Too Long in Blue/Orange

Set in a London psychiatric hospital, Blue/Orange is basically a 2½ hour debate between two psychiatrists over the diagnosis and fate of a patient who might be schizophrenic, might be the son of a ruthless African dictator, or, simply, might…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Hold Me Closer, Tiny Dionysus</i> Offers Welcome Embrace But Doesn't Let Go Soon Enough

Hold Me Closer, Tiny Dionysus Offers Welcome Embrace But Doesn't Let Go Soon Enough

Sometimes, the usual career gurus just don't cut it. When you're really down and out, when the recession threatens to quash once and for all your dreams of a career in the arts, you have to look beyond Craigslist and…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Meet the Furries and Fans at 2012's Most Unconventional Convention

Meet the Furries and Fans at 2012's Most Unconventional Convention

My first genre convention -- and certainly the most far-flung -- was the second and final Mystery Science Theater 3000 ConventioCon Expo Fest-A-Rama in Minneapolis in 1996. I give conventions a wide berth these days, because -- aside from the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Future Motive Power</i> Reveals Tesla's Electrical Intensity

Future Motive Power Reveals Tesla's Electrical Intensity

Future Motive Power, Mugwumpin's site-specific exploration of the life and ideas of inventor Nikola Tesla, is billed as, among other things, the last opportunity for spectators to explore the unrehabilitated vault level of the city's Old Mint. One of the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist "Fake Sunset" Exhibit Conveys Real Meaning

"Fake Sunset" Exhibit Conveys Real Meaning

"MCD LAB #3: Fake Sunset" Fecal Face Dot Gallery Jan. 7, 2012 After moving around town like a craigslist addict, even escaping a fire and enduring water damage at its recent Lower Haight location, Fecal Face Dot Gallery has…
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