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Tom Waits (!) Revealed as Litquake "Surprise Guest"

Litquake's website has been teasing us for a while now by saying that Oct 2nd's Barbary Coast Award (which honors Lawrence Ferlinghetti) will feature "a very special guest indeed." And now we know who it is...none other than Mr. Tom Waits. The prolific singer-songwriter will be in attendance this Saturday at Herbst Theatre, along with Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, Winona Ryder, Michael McLure and New Yorker cartoonist Eric Drooker. Yes, very special indeed.

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Heath Ledger Bids Farewell with ‘Doctor Parnassus’

You’ve got to admire Terry Gilliam even when his madcap experiments shatter the test tubes. The former Python is the ultimate independent filmmaker. He has worked within the studio system before, often frustrating the moneymen, but you get the feeling he’d rather burn the negatives than conform to their whims. He is not, as they say, a company man.

Indie Theater Roundup: What to See This Week at The Clay, The Lumiere, The Red Vic and The Roxie

If just-released remakes of Last House on the Left and Race to Witch Mountain leave you cold, there are plenty of worthwhile alternatives. Here's a list of some of the finest films currently in rotation a San Francisco indie theater near you.

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