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SECA '08, 'Bay Area Now 5' unveiled

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A work from Tauba Auerbach's book, How to Spell the Alphabet.

By Glen Helfand

New York Times art critic Roberta Smith began her review of the current Carnegie International in Pittsburgh with a pulse-taking statement: “Lately, it seems, biennial exhibitions don’t do much except sit there, looking good and offending no one. Read more »

Books by the pound? Green Apple closes their warehouse with that weighty proposition

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The latest massive to drop onto Shopping Spy's radar is this announcement from Green Apple Books - who are not - repeat - not going out of business:

"We only have a few weeks left to sell off the last 30,000 used books at our Warehouse Clearance Sale, so they're all priced to move: Gold is $13,859.36/pound; filet mignon is $20.00/pound (at Guerra's on Taraval); the current issue o Read more »

Love songs and Benjamin Biolay

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I walked past the 200 white roses (no exaggeration) outside of my Mission shack's front window this morning. A lot more fallen petals on the bricks. Don't go, spring. My path was to a morning screening of Christophe Honore's most recent film Love Songs. What can I say -- for much of the first half of Honore's tribute to and update of the one and only Jacques Demy, I was skeptical. Thirty or even forty minutes in I was ready to chalk it up as a failure. Read more »

Cannes can't -- specific views from afar

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As I use spare change to pay off medical debts, they both seem further away than ever, but I swear that one day I'm going to roll directly from the Cannes Film Festival to the French Open. Read more »

Thai transvestite-friendly light bulbs winner

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OK, it may ruffle some feathers and it's not exactly global warming friendly, maybe, but I'm getting a little kick this Monday afternoon out of this. Read more »

Gangway! B.A.D. Girls Roller Derby returns

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Oakland Outlaws vs. San Francisco ShEvil Dead at the last match in Oakland in April. Photo by Boss Hogg.

You've been warned. Women's roller derby is back, big time, Saturday, May 17 when B.A.D. Read more »

Fun for Flash geeks

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Bienvenidos to the jungle: munchies Italiano in Costa Rica

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A little bit of Italy down south: La Puerta Negra. Photo courtesy of Zancudo Times.

By Erik Morse

A-way down south past Baja, Calif., and the Rio Grande, through Mexico and the mountain ranges of Central America, which blossom into the fiery petals of Arenal volcano, there’s a tiny fishing village near the border of Costa Rica and Panama called Playa Zancudo. Read more »

Garbage to gold: SF Dump's new artist

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Dolores Park Movie Night -- it's people!

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By Justin Juul

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Thursday nights usually suck, but they just got a whole lot better. That’s right ya’ll, Dolores Park Movie Night is back in action. Last night’s screening of Soylent Green marked the second show of 2008, but there are plenty more to come. So get your BBQ grills, your mini-kegs, and a blanket; and don’t forget to bring a few bucks for the pot-brownie dude. Read more »