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Museum of Craft and Design Showcases Pavilions

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For six months, the Museum of Craft and Design will be transformed into “an immersive architectural environment” as part of Architectural Pavilions. The exhibition will be among the Museum’s longest, focusing on the importance of design, in an attempt to appeal to the Bay Area’s robust architectural community. London-based guest curator Mariah Nielson, who grew…

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Armistead Maupin Featured at Queer Film Festival

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Frameline 41, the world’s longest-running and largest showcase of queer cinema, opens on June 15 with the West Coast premiere of The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin. Maupin described the charms and eccentricities of San Francisco’s denizens in his internationally acclaimed series Tales of the City.  In this documentary – written and directed by Jennifer…

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Circus Kid

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“Comedy has to be based on truth. You take the truth, and you add a little curlicue at the end.” ~ Sid Caesar So begins Circus Kid, Lorenzo Pisoni’s poignant documentary about his dad, Larry, and the Pickle Family Circus. The film includes lots of “little curlicues,” and they’re not all at the end. The Pickle Family…

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Trapped Reveals Barriers to Choice

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Dawn Porter, who lives on the 300 block of Missouri Street, has directed several award-winning, social justice documentaries. Gideon’s Army (2013, HBO) recounts the personal stories of three young lawyers, who, as part of the Southern Public Defender Training Center – now known as Gideon’s Promise – help make “justice for all” a reality while…

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Playground Takes over Thick House

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Thick House opened in 1996 in the Goodman 2 live-work building.  In the two decades since, the 78-seat, simple, unadorned performance space, owned by the nonprofit Art Space Development Corporation (ArtsDeco), has hosted a wide variety of productions by many diverse companies and independent artists. The alternative group Thick Description made its debut in 1999…

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Hill Resident Judy Baston Expert at Tracing Family History

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Longtime Potrero Hill resident Judy Baston’s passionate commitment to Jewish genealogy earned her the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, awarded at the Association’s annual conference in Jerusalem last summer. Baston was born in Oakland to parents who encouraged her to pursue a professional career. Her father suggested that she…

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Karen Larsen: Potrero Hill’s Publicist

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Calling long-time Potrero Hill resident Karen Larsen a publicist is “both accurate and absurdly insufficient,” wrote film critic Michael Fox, in a 2011 online profile.  Fox’s sketch of Larsen, prompted by her receipt of the San Francisco Film Society’s Essential SF Award, described her as  “…the most steadfast evangelist of independent films, filmmakers and festivals,…

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Summer Film Festivals Offer Fun for the Whole Family

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San Francisco’s vibrant film scene, which offers a rich and diverse “ecosystem” of independently produced movies, can require as much creativity by viewers in search of a good, or provocative, time as it does to produce the work.  According to Peter L. Stein, local film festivals that aren’t to be missed include the recently completed…

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Thrillpeddlers Latest a French Jewel

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On March 19 Thrillpeddlers opens its 2015 season with Jewels of Paris: A New Original Parisian Revue.  According to the company, “Inspired by the artistic revolution erupting in Paris nearly a century ago, Jewels of Paris is a time-travel-ing tuneful testament that revels in love, life, artistic, social and sexual change.” The production features original…

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