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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Cynic Cave Send-off This Saturday at Lost Weekend Video

Posted By on Thu, Mar 3, 2016 at 1:00 PM

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The hosts of Cynic Cave

After three years of stand-up comedy showcases in the basement of the Lost Weekend Video, Cynic Cave will bid adieu this Saturday with a four-hour comedy extravaganza.

In January, Lost Weekend Video announced plans to relocate to Alamo Drafthouse on Mission St., leaving its regular rotation of alt-comedy shows, including Talkies and Attractive Camp, looking for new digs. The move is set to take place some time this month.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

R.I.P. Trans Rights Heroine and San Francisco Drag Sensation Nikki Starr

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 2:00 PM

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UPDATE: This post has been changed to emphasize Star's gender identity as a trans woman of color.
Last week, San Francisco's trans community mourned the loss of a true civil rights pioneer, and the drag community the passing of one of its greatest performers, Nikki Starr, after a long illness. She may not have performed frequently during the last years of her life, but in her time she was regarded as one of the most commanding queens to hit the stage, particularly at the much-missed Marlena's. Although never an empress of the Imperial Court, her high-intensity, gospel-inflected numbers won her the title of Miss Gay — and even from her hospital bed, she was still styling wigs.

Let's turn the mic over to a few of the queens who knew Nikki Starr well...

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

S.F. Poet Justin Chin Taken Off Life Support After a Stroke

Posted By on Tue, Dec 22, 2015 at 5:45 PM

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  • Justin Chin

San Francisco poet and writer Justin Chin is being taken off life support today after suffering a massive stroke last week, according to friends.

Fellow writer Kirk Read, who called Chin “the Kurt Cobain of our writing scene,” reported in an email to friends that after several days in the Intensive Care Unit at California Pacific Medical Center’s Davies campus, doctors said Chin was unlikely to recover. His family asked doctors to remove him from his ventilator today, Read said.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

R.I.P.: The Dark Room (2004 - 2015)

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 at 2:00 PM



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San Francisco just got about 20 percent less cool.

Ever since 2004, the Dark Room Theater at 2263 Mission has regularly put on stand-up comedy and sketch shows, as well as stage parodies of Star Wars, The Terminator, The Princess Bride, Duck Soup, The Wicker Man, the video game Asteroids (!), and many others, as well as an annual month-long run of live-action Twilight Zone episodes.

The Dark Room has also been the venue for a wide variety of events that most respectable establishments would have enough taste not to host, including but certainly not limited to my show Bad Movie Night, which made the world a stupider place every Sunday night for ten of those twelve years.

But all good things must come to an end — as well as things like Bad Movie Night, which was never "good" by any known definition — and on July 25, 2015, the Dark Room closed its big purple door.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Tourism For Locals: William McKinley Monument Stands as Local Legacy of San Francisco-Born Sculptor

Posted By on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 2:02 PM

A testament to a great man and we're not talking about the president it's dedicated for actually. - JUAN DE ANDA
  • Juan De Anda
  • A testament to a great man and we're not talking about the president it's dedicated for actually.

As much as we love our local history, San Francisco seems to love erecting monuments to the most important and random of achievements and individuals. Some are warranted, like the alley that inspired the birth of the hard-boiled detective drama; yet, there are other's that seem like complete head scratchers, like this week's Tourism for Locals highlight: The William McKinley Memorial Monument in Golden Gate Park's panhandle.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Tourism for Locals: Neptune Society Columbarium, a Final Resting Spot for San Francisco Locals

Posted By on Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 10:00 AM

They left their remains in San Francisco. - JUAN DE ANDA
  • Juan De Anda
  • They left their remains in San Francisco.

The Christmas season is in full swing, but many San Franciscans are already over with the excessively saccharine spirit of it all. And if want a local escape from the Hallmark-like festivities,  and want to experience something more along the line of The Nightmare Before Christmas, then pay a visit to the equally bright-and-morbid Neptune Society Columbarium: the only non-denominational burial place within San Francisco's city limits that is open to the public and has space available.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Reel Spooky: Top 10 Halloween/Horror Films

Posted By on Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Did your favorite films make our list?
  • Did your favorite films make our list?

It's that time of year where horror becomes all the rage, and with All Hallow's Eve quickly approaching, we at SF Weekly decided it was time to determine what are the best Halloween-themed (or horror-filled movies) to watch on October 31 — most of these films will fill your nightmares and memories long after Halloween has ended.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Tourism For Locals: Wally Heider Recording Plaque Marks Birth of San Francisco Sound

Posted By on Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM

A small plaque in the corner marks the spot where San Francisco became the center of music recording in the United States during the '60s, '70s and '80s. - JUAN DE ANDA/ SF WEEKLY
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  • A small plaque in the corner marks the spot where San Francisco became the center of music recording in the United States during the '60s, '70s and '80s.

When we are asked to describe San Francisco, practically all of us will focus on the sights of our City. But as locals, we know full well that the sounds of San Francisco are equally as important. And by sounds, we mean more than just the clanging of cable cars and blaring fog horns. Our music scene is constantly shifting and with all this evolution, it can be difficult to pinpoint when and who was responsible in the fostering the earlier days of the musical mecca.

Fortunately there is a small plaque in the Tenderloin commemorating the spot where San Francisco Sound was born. It's time to visit the site where Wally Heider created his San Francisco recording studio that forever altered the history of American music. 

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tourism For Locals: Honoring the San Francisco Homes of Robin Williams

Posted By on Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 1:13 PM

San Francisco home of Robin Williams. - WIKIPEDIA
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  • San Francisco home of Robin Williams.
Robin Williams' death this week at the age of 63 by suicide left many saddened and shocked; the funny man was cherished by his fans, and his style of humor resonated with many. But for local fans it felt as though the pain hit closer to home; Williams didn't just feel like someone we watched on screen, he felt like a neighbor — a Bay Area resident, and someone who loved S.F. just as we do. Williams was a beloved figure in our neighborhoods — his autographed image hangs on the walls of several restaurants we visit, he performed at the comedy clubs we go to, and he participated in our civic events.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Frank Kidder, The Godfather of Bay Area Comedy, Has Passed Away

Posted By on Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Frank Kidder (l), Creator of the San Francisco International Standup  Comedy Competition with José Simon (r), Creator of Comedy Day
  • Frank Kidder (l), Creator of the San Francisco International Standup Comedy Competition with José Simon (r), Creator of Comedy Day

Frank Arthur Doyle, the godfather of stand-up comedy in San Francisco, known by most by his stage name "Frank Kidder," passed away on December 20, 2012 at the age of 70. The creator of the famous San Francisco International Comedy Competition and responsible for launching the careers of legends like Robin Williams and Jerry Seinfeld, Kidder will always be remembered fondly across the comedy industry. 

See also:

Comedians Face Off in Month-Long Competition to Become the Next Robin Wiliams

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