Set in the projects just days before Hurricane Katrina strikes, Marcus; or The Secret of Sweet is the warm and resonant tale of a young black man exploring his identity in a world of family intrigue, Louisiana myth, and sexual awakening. Third in The Brother/Sister Plays trilogy - the first two were presented at Magic Theatre and Marin Theatre Company in this groundbreaking, three-theater partnership - Marcus is the largest in scope and beautifully produced on ACT's stage.
Halloween has come and gone, but if you're still looking for a good scare the city's spookiest spots remain to creep you out for the rest of the year. Case in point: this week's Craigslist Deal, located in the new Presidio Landmark. It may look as lovely as can be now (hardwood floors! washer and dryer in unit! a hot tub out back!), but drive by before the renovation and the former Public Health Service Hospital could make the hair on the back of your neck stand up.
Those who frequent Bender's Bar are probably familiar with Tim Archuleta—if not by name, then by sushi, which he peddles under the name Ichi Sushi and serves at the Mission bar Monday nights during happy hour. He (and wife Erin) are also proprieters of Lucky Cat, a Japanese deli housed in the 331 Cortland marketplace in Bernal Heights (home also to Bernal Cutlery, Wholesome Bakery and El Porteño empanadas).
Exploring the great outdoors with master forager Connie Green is a bit like watching a movie while wearing 3-D glasses—suddenly, there’s so much more to see. What once was an ordinary pine tree becomes a source for piñon nuts, plucked from pods inside the cones. A trailside gulch is suddenly alive with miner’s lettuce and watercress. And for seekers like Green, who has spent 30 years combing the woods for wild edibles, the grand prizes—porcini, black trumpets, and chanterelle mushrooms—reveal themselves in the same secret spots year after year.
I don’t go to a job like most people, and I don’t stay home with the children. I don’t have children. As I’m writing this, I see a very pregnant woman step out of a Mini Cooper and into a cafe. I don’t have a car. I had one 10 years ago, but it died.
Give Rob Zombie his due. Asked to remake one of the most influential horror films in history – one of the few that remains as effectively jarring today as it was at the time of its 1978 release, when an up-and-coming director named John Carpenter reinvented the slasher genre with his stark portrayal of a lunatic killer loosed on suburbia – and the White Zombie singer has done so in a way that is unique and, surprisingly, still shocking.
Carpenter, recruited to direct Halloween, his third feature, on the heels of his similarly unrelenting 1976 thriller Assault on Precinct 13, may have raised the bar too high, but Zombie offers a broader yet compelling take on the mythology that has made Michael Myers one of the big screen's creepiest bogeymen.
Halloween hasn't even happened yet, Thanksgiving is still a month away, and the holidays are but a faint glint on the horizon. But stores are already gearing up for the shopping season with gift-friendly products, and well, there's just too much good stuff not to share. DWR in particular is bringing it with the newest products in Tools for Living. The home accessories section has a little something for big spenders and Secret Santas alike, with little stylish options that'll fit snuggly in lucky recipients' stockings.
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