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‘Inception’ a Stunning Journey of the Subconscious Imagination

It isn’t impossible to describe Inception, the wondrous new thriller written and directed by Christopher Nolan, in the limited space afforded here, but it’s close. Rarely is a story this ambitious brought to the screen.

Inspired at times by movie classics, modern and otherwise – Dark City and Minority Report, but also Metropolis, Citizen Kane and the best 007 adventures – it earns its place in the same conversation, a tribute to Nolan’s ingenuity. The breadth and detail of his vision is extraordinary.

Running Down a Dream: Christopher Nolan and Leonardo DiCaprio on ‘Inception’

Son of an English copywriter and an American flight attendant, director Christopher Nolan split his childhood between London and his U.S. hometown of Chicago, where he would eventually film his career’s biggest hits: Batman Begins (2005) and 2008’s The Dark Knight.

For his latest, the cerebral thriller Inception, Nolan went international again, shooting in locations as far-flung as Paris, Tokyo and Morocco. Yet the most spectacular scenery in Inception, in which a team of tech-savvy thieves extracts valuable secrets from the dreams of their sleeping targets, exists not in the physical universe, but in the mind.

Electric Works: Where David meets Dave

Electric Works, a gallery and small fine art publisher located in SOMA, presents two new exhibitions starting Friday, July 16 with a reception from 6-8p. The main gallery will feature over 300 propaganda-style grease pencil drawings of animals by San Francisco's own Dave Eggers.

Pssst. It's Friends and Family Discount time at chroniclebooks.com. Use promo code FRIENDS at checkout and get 35% off.

The Treasure Island Music Festival: Which Day is Worth Your Cold, Hard-Earned Cash?

Since I first laid eyes on this year's Treasure Island Music Festival lineup, I've been trying to decide which of the fest's two days entices the money out of my wallet more: the bombastic crunch of Saturday's electronic mix or the bleeding hearts and wide-eyed rock of Sunday?

Is It Wrong to Not Wear Your Wedding Ring?

I’ve been married two years and my husband always “forgets” to wear his wedding ring. He takes it off to exercise or cook and then just leaves it off. He admits he doesn’t like wearing it because he isn’t a “jewelry guy,” and it bugs his finger. Naturally, I don’t like this one little bit. What do I do?

Two Gallants’ Tyson Vogul Debuts Devotionals Today

Tyson Vogul of Two Gallants joins forces with Anton Patzner (Judgment Day, Bright Eyes) for the Devotionals project and we’re all better for it. Vogul’s folks-y, backwoods compositions drenched in deep thoughts and whiskey are the perfect companion to Patzner’s violin prowess. Download “Chest Like Expansive Wings” for free and by all means, buy the new self-titled album!

Conan O'Brien's Rescheduled Sketchfest This Saturday @ Herbst Theatre

When Conan O'Brien got brutally booted from NBC's late night pantheon earlier this year, the entire nation felt his pain and joined Team Coco. Countless television interviews and one sold-out revenge themed comedy tour later, Conan has slowed down just enough to sit down with his comrades Andy Richter and Patton Oswalt at Herbst Theatre this Saturday, July 17

Win Tix to the Dodos and the New Pornographers @ the Fox

The New Pornographers (on tour promoting their new album) and the Dodos  take the stage at the Fox Theater this Sunday in what might be the best 1-2 combo since the xx and Hot Chip played there back in April.

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