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Circus city

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by Molly Freedenberg
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My friends are circus freaks. Literally. And one of my favorite circus freaks is Marina Kardjieva (pictured), a Bulgarian beauty who is as talented at aerial work (silks, straps, aerial hoop, trapeze) as she is sweet. Read more »

Save the Hole

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I've always fondly called legendary rock 'n roll queer SoMa suds spot Hole in the Wall the "TGI Fridays of leather biker bars" because of its insane decor.

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Yet this tiny bar with the enormous AIDS remembrance candle was always my favorite spot in the city -- not least because I've been one of the lucky few 86'd from it (don't ask. Read more »

Hot and Heavy Hangover Cure

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This is Installment Number Two in our ongoing, occasional series on hangover cures, as tested by the expert drinkers of our staff (under pseudonyms, in many cases, for reasons that should become obvious). Read more »

The pigs are alright: talking with the creators of HOT FUZZ

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In certain circles, “from the creators of Shaun of the Dead” are powerful, powerful words. Rejoice, fans of smart, sharp, genre-tweaking comedy: Hot Fuzz -- the latest from writer-director Edgar Wright, cowriter-star Simon Pegg, and costar-slacker extraordinare Nick Frost -- is a worthy follow-up for the ever-growing cult of Shaun. Read more »

Fashion for freaks (like the rest of us)

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By Molly Freedenberg

crucible fashion show - 07.jpgOh, how I love me some fire. Which is how I found myself at The Crucible in Oakland on Friday night, home of fire arts and metal sculpture and non-profity goodness. And, on this particular night, fun and funky fashion. It seemed fitting that the theme of the show, Industrial Chic, was all about using recycled materials, as we've been working on our Green Issue all week. Read more »

Sites We Love: No sleep 'til Mendocino

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Wanna travel? Wanna get away? Why drive when you can fly, right? Wrong. There's tons of great travel opportunities right here in the Bay -- not all of them boutique-y in that precious Wine Country way or "Look at all these distressed and antiqued finds up here in Half Moon Bay" way. Not that there's anything wrong with that.... Read more »

Frock you: Givin' it for Viv -- and Funky Chicken 4 Life!

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This just in from drag icon Juanita More and more ...

A More Perfect Union: Mr. David and Fauxnique Stage a Fashion Uprising

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This Friday, two of my favorite performers -- Mr David and Fauxnique -- have put together a fashion extravaganza in honor of fashion luminary Vivienne Westwood's show at the De Young. Read more »

Tiger pause -- Jason Shamai gets Tropical Malady

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Apichatpong Weerasethakul's "Frame by Frame" presentation last Friday (April 6) at the Pacific Film Archive of his lovely 2004 pain in the ass Tropical Malady didn't provide much in the way of explanations. Armed with a DVD player remote and an unpretentious appreciation of his own film, the Thai director instead offered truckloads of tiny, personal details as reassurance that the thick-growth trail through his story is a simple one if we just let it be.

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The Pirate and the Princess

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This week, in Careers and Education, Justin Juul seeks expert help to write erotic prose. Here's his first attempt at the easy to publish, but not so easy to write, art form. And yes, he found a pseudonym.

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The pirate costume I ordered from eBay was sitting in a box by my door when I got home last night. I took it upstairs, set it on the kitchen table, and poured myself a glass of rum. Read more »

Magic and memory: Matt Sussman chats with Apichatpong Weerasethakul

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Whereas David Lynch at times utilizes all the excesses of a bad rock video to give form to the dream logic of his films, Apichatpong "Joe" Weerasethakul creates quietly evocative cinematic reveries. Paced to the unhurried rhythms of their character's lives and structured around the landscapes (frequently, the verdantly green jungles of his native Thailand) in which they unfold, Apichatpong's films invite introspective contemplation as much as they have puzzled many an audience and critic. Read more »