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Movie Review: ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Falls From Grace

Movie Review: ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Falls From Grace

Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass) has expressed his frustration with the Dark Knight-ing of recent action films — that is the aping of its dark and brooding atmosphere for every other comic property. He’s got a point (Man of Steel was sorely missing the…

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de Young Museum Offers Extended Hours for Last Days of Haring Exhibit

de Young Museum Offers Extended Hours for Last Days of Haring Exhibit

The de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park will be open late for five Fridays during the final days of its exhibition, Keith Haring: The Political Line.

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Bay Bridge Lights Exhibit Might Be Permanent

Bay Bridge Lights Exhibit Might Be Permanent

The not-for-profit foundation supporting the “Bay Lights” sculpture has reached its $4 million funding goal to keep the 25,000 programmed LED lights on, signally that they soon could become a permanent nighttime fixture in SF. Next year, the lights have to be taken down for…

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Vau de Vire Society’s Mike Gaines Soiled Dove Dinner Theater Project

Vau de Vire Society’s Mike Gaines Soiled Dove Dinner Theater Project

The Vau de Vire Society is back in action starting this week with the Soiled Dove, a Barbary Coast themed dinner in the Mission District. The event held Dec.4 to Dec. 13 includes a five-course dinner as the Vau de Vire Society takes diners back…

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New Art Show Pays Tribute to Christopher Walken

New Art Show Pays Tribute to Christopher Walken

Dust off your cowbells. Ezra and Julia Croft, the husband and wife duo behind the wildly successful “Nicolas Cage Art Show” and “The Murray Affair,” return to pay tribute to another legend on November 28 with “The Walken Situation: an all Christopher Walken Art Exhibit.”

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Kickstarter Campaign Aims to Raise Funds for Emperor Norton Documentary

Kickstarter Campaign Aims to Raise Funds for Emperor Norton Documentary

On September 17, 1859, a man adorned in a beaver hat and ostrich plume marched into the office of the San Francisco Bulletin and handed over a Proclamation declaring himself Norton the First, Emperor of the United States. Filmmaker Jesse Chandler’s Kickstarter campaign plans to pay tribute to…

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Gray Area Foundation Revives Grand Theater in the Mission‏

Gray Area Foundation Revives Grand Theater in the Mission‏

After two years of development, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts has settled permanently in its new home at the Mission District’s historic Grand Theater and has opened its doors to artists, techies and neighborhood residents. With the current real estate market quickly pushing cultural…

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Review: ‘The Theory of Everything’ Isn’t Quite Foolproof

Review: ‘The Theory of Everything’ Isn’t Quite Foolproof

The usual issue with biopics told over a significant amount of time is that they still need to the beats of conflict and (perhaps) resolution, but it’s difficult to to really get that tension when spread out so long. That’s especially true when so many…

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Book of Mormon to Return to San Francisco

Book of Mormon to Return to San Francisco

It seems San Francisco can’t get enough of The Book of Mormon, the Broadway show returning to Orpheum Theatre this April. After two sold-out runs in San Francisco, The Book Of Mormon returns April 15 to June 7. The production holds the record for highest…

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Movie Review: ‘Nightcrawler’ Thrills and Chills

Movie Review: ‘Nightcrawler’ Thrills and Chills

Nightcrawler is one of those films that isn’t really revolutionary in many ways, but it’s so thoroughly solid that it locks you in. The story of a strange, small time thief, brilliantly played by a gaunt Jake Gyllenhaal, harkens back to critical anti-heroes in cinema,…

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Movie Review: Jason Schwarzman is Tone Deaf in ‘Listen Up Philip’

Movie Review: Jason Schwarzman is Tone Deaf in ‘Listen Up Philip’

When asked to describe a writer — or an artist of any kind, really — the first thing that comes to mind for many is some form of the phrase “self-absorbtion.” Alex Ross Perry’s new film Listen Up Philip takes this worn character type and…

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Movie Review: Michael Keaton Reaches New Heights in ‘Birdman’

Movie Review: Michael Keaton Reaches New Heights in ‘Birdman’

Alejandro González Iñárritu is known for his strange but powerful, and often gloomy, films like (Biutiful, Babel, and 21 Grams) that descend into the truly miserable, so it was quite the surprise when it was announced he was making a comedy with Michael Keaton as…

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