Picks of the Week: Fun on Friday

Check these Friday events out for something to cure that postbreak sadness. ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ The next movie in the Marvel universe sees Chris Evans reprise his role as the star-spangled Avenger who now works for spy agency SHIELD in the modern day. Captain America faces a new
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Picks of the Week: Porn, Pop and Paz

While we anticipate the start of spring break, there are plenty of movies and games to enjoy as we count down the days until the end of the week. ‘Nymphomaniac: Volume 1’ Half of Lars Von Trier’s four-hour sex epic is scheduled to hit theatres Friday. Humorously bleak and bold,
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Youssef Shokry’s Picks of the Week

‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ The fantastic directing duo of Joel Coen and Ethan Coen returns to the big screen Friday, following a week in the life of Bob Dylan-esque protagonist Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) as he wanders 1961 Greenwich Village. The soundtrack, which has already been released, charms on its own
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Zoe Kleinfeld’s Picks of the Week

Scary Halloween Story Night 2013 Once upon a time, there was an axe-murderer who wreaked havoc on the town and was never seen again (cue screams from the audience). Remember when Halloween was about the terror, haunted houses had dry-ice-laden punch that bubbled over plastic cauldrons and that creepy neighbor
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Grace Lovio’s Picks of the Week

“The Family” Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer co-star in an English-language French film about an American mafia family who, after snitching, moves to France under the witness-protection program. Hijinks ensue as the family struggles to control old habits and maintain cover. This cross between “The Sopranos” and the Olsen
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Michelle Lin’s Picks of the Week

Phoenix’s Bankrupt! Monday welcomes the arrival of the new Phoenix album, Bankrupt!, four years after the release of their 2009 breakout record Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. The 2013 Coachella headliners have since spent two years in both New York and Paris studios crafting this new record, which is sure to impress
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Samuel Avishay’s Picks of the Week

Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown There are only three remaining Japantowns in the United States, and we are lucky to have one in San Francisco. Every year, in each of the three Japantowns, the blooming of the Japanese cherry blossoms, the “sakura,” is celebrated with a festival that attracts hundreds
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Ryan Koehn’s Picks of the Week

‘42’ at United Artists in Berkeley This one is for my fellow fans of America’s favorite pastime. The surprisingly modern take on the famous rise to glory of the MLB’s first African American player, Jackie Robinson, looks like it will score a home run with both baseball fanatics and movie-lovers.
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Ian Birnam’s Picks of the Week

WHY? at the Great Amerian Music Hall Originating in Berkeley, the experimental group WHY? will be playing this Wednesday at the Great American Music Hall in SF with Astronautalis and Dream Tiger as support. The band juxtaposes folk, indie, hip-hop and electronic music styles that make for a bizarre yet
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