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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 »

SFIFF notebook: Ludivine Sagnier x 2

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By Jeffrey M. Anderson

That blond firecracker Ludivine Sagnier, 28, turned up at the festival to accompany her new film A Girl Cut in Two, directed by the French new wave filmmaker Claude Chabrol, and she was gracious enough to sit down with me for a chat. Sagnier is happy to talk about her character Gabrielle Deneige (or "Gabrielle Snow" in the English subtitles), a television weather girl who becomes torn between two men, an older, married author and a younger, rich, spoiled brat. Read more »

SFIFF award winners: Up the Yangtze and Ballast

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The SF International Film Festival's Golden Gate Awards ceremony took place last night. Below, Jeffrey M. Anderson sounds off on two films that nabbed honors: Best Documentary Feature winner Up the Yangtze, by Yung Chang, and FIPRESCI winner Ballast, by Lance Hammer:

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

The documentary Up the Yangtze is a perfect companion piece to Jia Zhangke's Still Life. Read more »

Lit and Film: Mostly True and Who is Bozo Texino?

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"I hear you callin', baby, but you ain't gettin' me. Not today, anyhow."

This week's Guardian features a trio of railroad-related stories. On the Lower Frequencies author Erick Lyle writes about the train-hopping photos of the Polaroid Kidd and the words and images of William T. Vollmann. Cinema Scope chief and film programmer Mark Peranson talks with James Benning about his new movie RR. Read more »

Cutest. Platypus. Ever.

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So -- at last! -- the platypus genome has been decoded, and it's apparently a doozie, much like the duck-billed, egg-laying, fur-covered, milk-producing wonder of nature itself.

Even more interesting for me this morning, however, was the discovery that a baby platypus is called a puggle. And that it looks like this:

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Puggle-Aaaaw! Read more »

Of Katie Couric and Dan Rather

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One female anchor is losing her job; another, her clothes

By Leslie Griffith

When Katie Couric was given the title of “America’s sweetheart it was a death knell. America relishes devouring its sweethearts. Read more »