by Eddie Jorgensen If your political leanings are to the right, you may not be able to truly appreciate Sweden’s Refused and its style of punk. The quartet rose to great acclaim during the late ’90s releasing three successive albums that ripped and teared at the core of the genre.…

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Author: Eddie Jorgensen
Posted: May 20, 2015, 11:50 pm
by Siouxsie Q The moral scruples of most reality television shows are dubious, at best. Hidden cameras, unlimited booze, and a house full of 19-year-olds could be the premise for a barely legal basement porn site or a pitch for MTV's latest iteration of Jersey Shore.…

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Author: Siouxsie Q
Posted: May 20, 2015, 11:50 pm
by Jonathan Curiel The Mitchell Brothers' skin house on O'Farrell Street has an "anything goes" history of pay-to-play lasciviousness. As a night manager there, John Vochatzer has seen it all, and his new artwork on the back wall of the theater — which takes up a corner of Polk and Olive streets — is also "anything goes."…

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Author: Jonathan Curiel
Posted: May 20, 2015, 11:50 pm
by Michelle Threadgould Holly Herndon makes music that sounds like now. Her songs are a mashup of audio clips from her browser activity, Skype conversations, and recordings of her domestic life that she processes through a laptop while layering, looping, and cutting up her voice.…

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Author: Michelle Threadgould
Posted: May 20, 2015, 11:50 pm
by Chris Cohen Quick: What's the difference between an Orgasm and a Screaming Orgasm? Do you prefer regular Blowjobs or Grandma's Blowjobs?…

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Author: Chris Cohen
Posted: May 20, 2015, 11:50 pm
by Jonathan Kiefer Scottishly, John Maclean's first feature is a brooder that can't keep from cracking itself up. It follows a wayward teen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) through 1800s Colorado (2000s New Zealand), chasing the girl he likes (Caren Pistorius) and not realizing that his gruff bounty-hunter guide (Michael Fassbender) wants to find her too, but for professional reasons.…

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Author: Jonathan Kiefer
Posted: May 20, 2015, 11:50 pm
by Julia Carrie Wong Tucked behind the imposing concrete and glass buildings of the new Mission Bay, the bright yellow New England clapboard and cobalt blue trim of the Bay View Boat Club is a time capsule of a different era on the San Francisco waterfront. It was there last Friday evening that the nascent mayoral campaign of Francisco Herrera, the musician and community activist, held a meeting while club regulars watched the game, drank a beer, and cracked jokes about the nearby Mariposa Hunters Point Yacht Club, which, every member of the Bay View was quick to point out, doesn't require members to own a boat.…

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Author: Julia Carrie Wong
Posted: May 20, 2015, 11:50 pm
by Sherilyn Connelly Marc Brener's The Rumperbutts is a well-meaning musical-fantasy that never quite comes to life. Bonnie (Kori Gardner) and Jack (Jason Hammel) are a married couple in a Yo La Tengo-esque indie band — or a Mates of State-esque indie band, actually, since that's Gardner and Hammel's indie band in real life — who have found fame and success as a musical touring act for children, the title-providing Rumperbutts.…

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Author: Sherilyn Connelly
Posted: May 20, 2015, 11:50 pm
by Staff, SF Weekly Balboa Theatre. I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story: Dave LaMattina and Chad N. Walker's documentary takes us inside the man inside the world's first favorite muppet.…

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Author: Staff, SF Weekly
Posted: May 20, 2015, 11:50 pm
by Sherilyn Connelly Animation about animals has struggled to be taken seriously for decades (particularly animation intended for young girls), and YBCA's Not Suitable for Children screens three films that frequently take the "talking animals" trope to family-unfriendly places. Martin Rosen's 1982 The Plague Dogs concerns a pair of dogs who break out from a research facility only to be hunted down by the government.…

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Author: Sherilyn Connelly
Posted: May 20, 2015, 11:50 pm
by Peter Lawrence Kane Although awkwardly timed considering I've only been at this job seven weeks, my boyfriend and I spent last week in Mexico City, eating to excess and walking it off. It was the first time for each of us.…

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Author: Peter Lawrence Kane
Posted: May 20, 2015, 11:50 pm
by Sherilyn Connelly What's it all about, Alonso? Jauja, the stark new film by Lisandro Alonso, ain't tellin'. Or maybe it is, but it's a puzzle that viewers are left to solve by themselves.…

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Author: Sherilyn Connelly
Posted: May 20, 2015, 11:50 pm
by George McIntire On a windy evening in late April, fewer than a dozen players from the semi-pro San Francisco City Football Club assemble for practice at Franklin Square Park in the Mission. The team's mood parallels the weather — bleak.…

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Author: George McIntire
Posted: May 20, 2015, 11:50 pm
by Jonathan Kiefer A true crime story of money and power and sex and betrayal and missing persons and the mafia, André Téchiné's French Riviera-set film stars Catherine Deneuve as a casino owner and still somehow manages to be dull. It is to Téchiné's credit that In the Name of My Daughter keeps its cool enough to shrug off the salacious theatrics a less secure director surely would have indulged, but in hindsight even a little heat might have been nice too.…

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Author: Jonathan Kiefer
Posted: May 20, 2015, 11:50 pm
by Sam Prestianni Rising Appalachia’s singing sisters Chloe Smith and Leah Song dig into the mountain string band traditions with a 21st century pick ax. Think Gaia hippie love meets conscious hip-hop meets modern primitivism.…

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Author: Sam Prestianni
Posted: May 20, 2015, 11:50 pm
by Jonathan Kiefer You might go in expecting a heart-on-sleeve handout to middle-class women of retirement age, by whom and for whom movies aren't often enough made. But I'll See You In My Dreams isn't charity, and director Brett Haley, co-writing with Marc Basch, doesn't seem so interested in demographic premeditation.…

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Author: Jonathan Kiefer
Posted: May 20, 2015, 11:50 pm
by Chris Roberts I'm eating in a McDonald's for the first time in years. I'm here looking for drugs.…

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Author: Chris Roberts
Posted: May 20, 2015, 11:50 pm
by Sherilyn Connelly Killing is never good — no, not even in whatever hypothetical situation just popped into your head — and Andrew Niccols' Good Kill considers the psychological toll on drone pilots. Tom (Ethan Hawke) is a middle-aged fighter pilot who once flew actual planes, and now remotely controls drones over the Middle East, blowing up confirmed targets (and the occasional innocent bystander) from an Air Force base outside Las Vegas.…

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Author: Sherilyn Connelly
Posted: May 20, 2015, 11:50 pm
by Benjamin Wachs Flippit is in town from Chicago for a few days, and he's regaling me with stories about his time in the Chicago improv scene over coffee at Vinyl Coffee & Wine Bar. Flippit has stood this close to greatness.…

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Author: Benjamin Wachs
Posted: May 20, 2015, 11:50 pm
by Jonathan Kiefer Made before his Oscar-winner A Separation but released here only now thanks to the latter's success, Asghar Farhadi's About Elly is, funnily enough, a film about hindsight. Among other things.…

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Author: Jonathan Kiefer
Posted: May 20, 2015, 11:50 pm
by Trevor Felch George Lucas might still be the most influential figure around the Presidio, but he's got competition for supremacy, as Traci des Jardins unveiled her third restaurant within the former military complex. After tackling Californian cuisine by way of Spain at the Comissary and developing her take on Mexican cuisine at Arguello, Transit Café goes the fast-casual route.…

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Author: Trevor Felch
Posted: May 20, 2015, 11:50 pm
by Benjamin Wachs City Attorney Dennis Herrera recently told the McDonald's on Haight and Stanyan streets that it is legally responsible for drug activity around the store. What strategies can McDonald's use to reduce it?…

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Author: Benjamin Wachs
Posted: May 20, 2015, 11:50 pm
by Katy St. Clair I really hate sports, but there is one thing I enjoy watching every year and that is the televised NFL drafts. Every kid sitting out there, hoping to be picked, has been working up to this moment since childhood.…

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Author: Katy St. Clair
Posted: May 20, 2015, 11:50 pm
by Julia Carrie Wong Ross Mirkarimi can't stop talking about "The Machine." The incumbent sheriff kicked off his re-election campaign last week by raging against the Ed Lee machine that has dogged Mirkarimi since his first days in office, when he was hit with domestic violence charges over an altercation with his wife.…

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Author: Julia Carrie Wong
Posted: May 20, 2015, 11:50 pm
by Jonathan Curiel In his Oakland studio just minutes from the Bay Bridge toll plaza, Evan Holm shows a visitor a long, strange contraption that includes unspooled cassette tape, large wooden wheels, small metal rotors, oak branches, and pools of water. The sculpture is designed to push the tape through the air and into the pools, where the tape is submerged and then continues on its way, all the while playing overlapping music that evokes nature at its most sublime.…

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Author: Jonathan Curiel
Posted: May 20, 2015, 11:50 pm