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[whitespace] A contest of reading comprehension

We know that some of you pick up San Francisco Metropolitan just to scan through the pages for photos of yourself and your friends or to wipe the dog shit from the bottom of your shoe before entering your apartment. Prove us wrong! Our writers work hard to produce provocative and thoughtful stories that keep you informed on what's really going on in San Francisco. Here's another quiz to prove to us that you not only read but you also have a clue as to what the hell we're talking about.

Here's how: Read Michelle Goldberg's story about cabaret in San Francisco, answer the questions below and send us your answers (email, fax or snail mail ... it's your choice). The first person to answer them all right wins an opportunity to dig through our odd but interesting collection of CDs and books (courtesy of publicists across the country).

1. Which statement best describes the main idea of the cover story?
a) SF cabaret is a reaction against stodgy theater and loud rock clubs
b) SF cabaret is retro
c) SF cabaret is an eclectic talent show with audience participation for contemporary crowds
d) SF cabaret is a stripper show for a city with twisted talent
e) SF cabaret is a "San Francisco thing"

2. In the story, cabaret in San Francisco can be best described as:
a) cheesy and tacky
b) perverted and creepy
c) eclectic and decadent
d) stodgy and stiff

3. What is the author's attitude toward comedy clubs?
a) joy
b) contempt
c) mockery
d) admiration

4. It can be inferred from the story that all of the following are characteristics of cabaret except:
a) burlesque
b) disco balls
c) magic tricks
d) intimacy

5. The author points out that drag:
a) has become a common part of bourgeois culture
b) keeps cabaret culture alive
c) is too flamboyant for a cabaret act
d) is only a tourist attraction

6. Producers trying to incorporate strippers into their cabarets say they find it hard to balance:
a) boredom and stimulation
b) entertainment and lap dancing
c) appreciation and titillation
d) libidos and health issues

Send us your Read2Win answers to [email protected] or 1776A 18th, SF 94107 or fax to 415/487-9094. Include your name, address and phone number.

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From the June 15-28, 1998 issue of the Metropolitan.

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