Articles Posted in the Arts/Entertainment Category

  • William and the Disappearing Magic Muni Bus

    The 48 Quintara is a repeat offender in this field. I quickly gave up waiting for it when I used to live on 24th Street. And the former 26 bus that used to (supposedly) run along Valencia was also a bit of a mystery. In all my attempts at waiting for and hoping to ride the 26 bus, I only ever caught one glimpse of it.

  • Nordic Mysteries: The Millenium Trilogy

    The movie and the book introduce Lisbeth Salander, played by Swedish actress Noomi Rapace. She is a unique figure in fiction. She is Goth-like in appearance, autistic and bisexual with a distrust of authority, an amazing ability with a computer, a photographic memory and astonishing physical courage, and while not physically attractive, is sexually appealing to both men and women. And yes, she has a large tattoo of a dragon on her back. She is a rare example of a feminist heroine who doesn’t hate men, just men who hate women. Throughout the Trilogy, Larsson weaves in her background of childhood abuse and violence. My minor quibble with Ms. Rapace is that she is too pretty. But otherwise, Ms. Rapace and Michael Nyqvist, who plays Mikael Blomkvist, the other main character, are well cast.

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    Sidewalks Are For People

    This Saturday, people all over San Francisco will be doing what they love on the city’s sidewalks and they will be inviting family, friends, and neighbors to join them. Dozens of events are already planned and the list is growing daily. Join an event or plan your own! What can you do for SIDEWALKS ARE FOR PEOPLE? Anything! Play music, barbecue, yoga, lemonade stand, read, relax, art, talk, sunbathe, knit, play chess, meditate, tai chi, eat, dance, paint, write, sing, DJ, play drums, sit — Anything!

  • A Toast to Saint Patrick

    A Toast to Saint Patrick

    San Francisco’s 159th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival will be held on Saturday, March 13th, 2010 at Civic Center Plaza, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Festival takes place at Civic Center Plaza and on Grove Street, from Polk to Larkin Streets. The Parade will be held on Saturday, March 13th at 11:30 a.m. The Parade begins at the corner of Second & Market Streets, and continues on to City Hall.

  • Caron Mural A Symbol of Tenderloin Transformation and Renewal

    Caron Mural A Symbol of Tenderloin Transformation
    and Renewal

    Swiss-born artiste Mona Caron was honored Saturday during an official unveiling of her mural entitled “Windows into the Tenderloin.” Photos by Luke Thomas By Luke Thomas March 8, 2010 A recently completed mural in the…

  • Mystery Author Dick Francis Dead at 89

    Mystery Author Dick Francis in 2000. By Ralph E. Stone February 17, 2010 I enjoy a good mystery, but I was hesitant at first to pick up a Dick Francis mystery. After all, I don’t…

  • “The Last Station” and “Creation”

    “The Last Station” is about the last year of Tolstoy’s life. He fell ill at Russia’s Astopovo station and was taken to the station master’s house where he died in 1910. The film is terrifically well-acted, especially performances by Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren.