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Fall TV death match

The season brings tough choices for lovers of teen drama and power-acting

Seven up!

A string of lucky charms for Bay Area theater lovers

BAY AREA FALL FAIRS AND FESTIVALS

SEPT. 2–4 Art and Soul Oakland Frank Ogawa Plaza and City Center, 14th St and Clay, Oakl; (510) 444-CITY, www.artandsouloakland.com. 11am-6pm. $5. The sixth incarnation...

FRIDAY

Aug. 25 Music Johnette Napolitano In Johnette Napolitano’s world, bullets are always aimed at the innocent, ghosts make perfectly acceptable bedfellows, and Russian angels are good inspirations...

Pedro’s progress

An incomplete retrospective charts Almodóvar's shift from outrage to profundity

Joan of archaeology

HAIRY SITUATION "Trog has a beautiful Victorian," Matthew Martin says after giving me the address of the house where he and his castmates are...

May the “Force” be with you?

Somewhere between our best intentions (to rent The Constant Gardener, no less) and the new-release wall at Lost Weekend, we plunged into the vortex...

LIFE IS SHORT

In its almost 27 minutes, Samantha Reynolds's Back to Life doesn't break down the history of taxidermy, but it does prod, stumble, and finesse...

A flickering light

Frank Borzage: modest master of melodrama and more

Burritos of the gods

Michael Showalter discusses humor, metahumor, sushi, and, er, metasushi

Imagine there’s no heaven

The SF Mime Troupe's GodFellas is hella well timed

Strap it on

CULT MOVIE It's finally here. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (Fox Home Entertainment), a top contender in my sordid little mind for the...

Comedy with overbite

The indefatigable Jerri Blank takes it to the Bridge in Strangers with Candy

HELLO LARRY

"My basic photography lesson is this: You frame the perfect composition, exactly like you want it, and then you step forward," says Larry Clark....

Queen of the double feature

HORROR-LARITY If there's anything better than peaches and cream, it would have to be Peaches and Elvira. Movie maniacs will get a taste of...

Slay time!

THEATER If you love comedy, horror movies, and the singular sensation of being doused with oddly fruity stage blood, you're probably already a Primitive...

Deadly cure

He may have the world's largest collection of Kim Wilde posters on his apartment walls, but caterpillar-browed Mr. Lazarescu (Ion Fiscuteanu) is no kid...

It’s a small world after all

Lengthy Babylon Heights stumbles off the Yellow Brick Road

Blood brothers

DIY filmmakers Rick Popko and Dan West pursue guts and glory

Schlock tease

Country Teasers jab at the darker crannies of whiteness

NOISE: Have another slab of John Vanderslice

Duncan Scott Davidson interviewed Tiny Telephone honcho and Barsuk artist John Vanderslice for a piece in the May 3 issue of the Guardian. Here's...

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Nightmare city PREVIEW Trench coat alert: The World Horror Convention is oozing all over Van Ness Avenue, unleashing four days of panel...

That’s amore

DocFest loves up pizza, pageants, and pinball

Devil times four

Campo Santo sends some noteworthy notes to Satan in Haze