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Teatro Zinzanni's Spiegeltent: Where the "Whatever Happened To's?" Are Happening

Under the big top, it’s the 1970s all over again as the longest running 5-course 3 ring circus under a spiegeltent,  Teatro Zinanni, revamps itself yet again.

Having ensconced itself at the Embarcadero, this dinner theater in the round cabaret circus continues its decade long run with “SULTRY SUMMER MAGIC.” A brand new roster of B-list talent featuring some of the mediumest names in pop culture and top 40 radio from the early to mid-seventies will perform, starting May 7.

The Eat and Drink List: Michael Pollan, CUESA Dinners and Blue Plate's Anniversary

Food on Stage
On May 4, Public Radio International will bring selected shorts to the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (JCCSF) for a special night of storytelling on the subject of food. Acclaimed actors Jill Eickenberry and Michael Tucker will read three stories—But the One on the Right by the legendary Dorothy Parker, Taste by the acclaimed British writer Roald Dahl Sorry Fugu by contemporary Californian writer, T.C. Boyle. The event begins at 8 p.m., and tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 415-292-1233 or visiting

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Bad Mothering Poster-Mom Ayelet Waldman's Got a New Book Out

“Feeling passive-aggressive?” writes Berkeley author Ayelet Waldman in a recent email blast.  She reminds us that Mothers Day is coming up and suggests that we send a message to our favorite bad mother. Her new book (she suggests) is just the ticket.  Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities and Occasional Moments of Grace is coming out on May 5 and Waldman will be reading from it at the KPFA Benefit on May 4.

Are You Ready for the Biggest Fashion Show on the West Coast?

The Bay Area may not have a fashion week of its own these days, but one event taking place on the Peninsula this weekend hopes to pull off something close to it in the span of one evening.

Suggestions for an Arty Saturday

Did you have a great time at the opening of Receiver's latest show Me vs Me? Want more Porous Walker/Jimmy Dimarcellis but just don't know how?

Come by Receiver this Saturday at 2pm and glue toys together with Jimmy. He'll give a brief talk about all the work in this show and then lead everyone in some good old fashioned toy-gluing.

SFIFF’s The Age of Stupid: Prepare to Get Planetarily Freaked Out (Again)

If you saw Wall-E and thought, “yikes, I don't want my great grandchildren to live in Outer-Space affixed to a giant slurpy and lounge chair, but thanks goodness it’s only a cartoon,” wait till you see The Age of Stupid Playing May 3-5 at the Kabuki, the film is part of the San Francisco International Film Festival.

Pulled Pork and Frito Pie—Hello, Broken Record

There are few things that I like more than finding great food in unexpected locations. That's why I'm a shameless promoter of street food, of fluorescent-lit strip mall restaurants serving great Sichuan food, of granny carts piled high with tamales. So I just had a feeling when I first heard about Broken Record that I would be into it. Great food, inexpensive, served from the back of a bar on Geneva Ave. in Excelsior? Yes, please. Now my only regret is that it took me so to make it out there.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Hit the Streets of SF in "Zero" Video

How many places can you name in the latest Yeah Yeah Yeahs' music video?  Quite a few, we'd bet. It's set in SF.  The NYC band hits the streets of our fair city, starting at the Warfield dressing room, then dancing atop parked cars, down mysterious alleyways and through the Tenderloin.  SF definitely looks good set against a YYY soundtrack.

Catch them live at BFD June 6.


SFIFF: Under the Influence

Everyone gathered at Tosca Cafe on Sunday seemed under the influence of silver screen stardust as they awaited the arrival of film star Gena Rowlands.

The beloved blonde and critically acclaimed actress was in town for a San Francisco International Film Festival screening of A Woman Under the Influence, in which she starred and was directed by her late husband, John Cassavetes who remains a towering figure of independent cinema.

Boris Eifman Brings "Onegin" to Zellerbach

If modern dance feels too abstract and classical ballet too outdated, the popular Russian choreographer Boris Eifman has got what you need – a rare combination of passionate story-telling with modern dance moves and exciting sets.

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