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Abduction A teenager (Taylor Lautner) sets out to find his true identity (duh, dude, everyone knows you're a werewolf) in John Singleton's action thriller. (1:46)Read more »

Bottoms up!

Naked wines, rogue brews, family vines, upcoming booze to-dos: Drink with us through the luscious Beer and Wine Issue

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Rarely do we need an excuse to drink here at the Guardian, but we found some damn good ones for Autumn 2011. Raise a glass, willya?

>>ROGUE PAIRINGS The boys from Pacific Brewing Laboratories match local suds with local snacks for your culinary explorations

>>GET NAKED Exploring the natural wine movement from right here in San Francisco Read more »

Our Weekly Picks: September 14-20

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On Guard!

Our perspective on the week's most notable San Francisco news

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BART'S CRACKDOWN

For weeks now, protesters have descended on Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) stations to denounce the fatal July 3 shooting of homeless passenger Charles Hill by a BART Police officer, and to call for the agency's long-controversial police force to be disbanded. Commuters have had to contend with service disruptions and delays, and costs to the transit agency have exceeded $300,000. Yet it isn't just bullhorn-wielding protesters who've been thrust into the spotlight — BART's police force is also facing scrutiny for its conduct under pressure.Read more »

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The Apparition Genre-movie vets Ashley Greene and Tom Felton star in this supernatural thriller set on a college campus. (runtime not available)

Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star Comedian Nick Swardson stars as a wannabe porn star in this comedy from the director of The Hot Chick (2002). (runtime not available)

Chasing Madoff Doc about the investigators who brought down the notorious Ponzi scammer. (1:31)Read more »

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A Midsummer Night's Dream Phoenix Theatere, 414 Mason, Sixth flr, SF; (415) 509-8656. $10-20. Previews Wed/7, 8pm. Opens Fri/8, 8pm. Runs Thurs-Sat, 8pm (also Sat/10, 2pm; Sept 17, 3pm). Through Sept 17. Ninjaz of Drama and Divinity Productions Presents Rey Carolino's contemporary staging of the Bard's classic.Read more »

5 Things: August 31, 2011

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>>SEPHARDIC LINES Gorgeous and wide-ranging contemporary dance company Alonzo King LINES Ballet just announced its new season, taking place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Oct. 14-23. Among its offering will be an as-yet-unnamed (it's that fresh) world premiere set to the music of the Sephardic Jewish tradition. We can't wait to see the bodies in motion accompanying this description: "After the Expulsion of the Jews from Spain and Portugal at the end of the fifteenth century, the ensuing Sephardic diaspora reached North Africa, the Ottoman Empire, and other parts of Western Europe, as well as the Americas. Sephardic music developed according to region ... In Morocco, we hear the explosion of Arab-Andalusian rhythms set to Judeo-Spanish and Hebrew lyrics, while in Turkey the sounds of Middle-Eastern a capella singing are infused with the santoor, 'oud, and nei. Solo voices and subtle instrumental accompaniments hint at the music's medieval roots in Spain. Sephardic music continues to be a living manifestation of the idea of convivencia: a fluid, creative, vibrant place of cultural crossing, which shows that art knows no boundaries."

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Our weekly picks: Aug. 31-Sept. 6

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