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Take Me Out to the Garden — and a Ballgame at AT&T Park

by Risa Nye

Peanuts and Cracker Jack are all well and good to snack on at a baseball game, but what are your options when you long for something other than the traditional hot dog and garlic fries? If you’re watching a Giants game at AT&T Park in San Francisco, there is good news: you can get yourself back to The Garden for a variety of healthy and delicious food that will surprise you. Continue reading

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Try This Path: John Sayles on Arhoolie Records and THIS AIN’T NO MOUSE MUSIC

by John Sayles

THIS AIN’T NO MOUSE MUSIC opens in the San Francisco bay area this week and at theaters in New York, Los Angeles and around the country during September and October.

The use of prerecorded music in movies is a form of alchemy. Martin Scorsese and Jonathan Demme come to mind as two of the most accomplished alchemists still working, the success of their efforts not in creating a name-that-tune familiarity with the track, but in finding the chanson juste that lifts a moment or a sequence in spirit and either comments on or cements the meaning of the on-screen action.

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A Baker’s Dozen: Now Where Did I Put That…

by Dianne Boate

I have some dandy new recipes and food ideas that came about only because of my attention to filing systems of recipes.

Many of us who love cooking, baking, and eating have harbored secret dreams over the years of owning a restaurant or writing a cookbook. In order to do this, you need recipes. Early on, we probably are a bit indiscriminate in the selections of books and magazines; eventually, our tastes and inclinations turn toward definite directions and focus, but there are still files and boxes crammed with snips of this and that, cookbooks stuffed with notes, and recipes clinging for dear life to the refrigerator door. Continue reading

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THIS AIN’T NO MOUSE MUSIC: You Never Know — Greil Marcus on Chris Strachwitz

by Greil Marcus

THIS AIN’T NO MOUSE MUSIC opens at theaters in New York, Los Angeles and around the country during September and October.

Everyone who has encountered Chris Strachwitz knows his generosity of spirit, his quiet eagerness to share sounds he’s long treasured or just discovered, and his easy sense of humor, which is mostly present in a grin. Continue reading