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Music, All Shook Down Show to Know: Aretha Franklin at Oracle Arena Tonight

Show to Know: Aretha Franklin at Oracle Arena Tonight

 If you’ve never seen Aretha Franklin live and are feeling bad about it, please take comfort in the knowledge that it’s not you, it’s her: the Queen of Soul hasn’t played in the Bay Area for over three decades now.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Prequel With Party

Prequel With Party

Don Reed's new solo theater show takes us back to the days before his father became a pimp, before his stepfather forced him into an uncomfortable religious faith, and before his struggles as a live-in waiter studying at UCLA.…
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Music, All Shook Down Your World Series National Anthem Singers: Aretha and Zooey, But Not Bob Seger

Your World Series National Anthem Singers: Aretha and Zooey, But Not Bob Seger

So, okay, Phillip Phillips, the American Idol winner, wasn't awful at the National Anthem before last night's World Series Game 1. And tonight's singer is Matthew Morrison, who plays a character on another Fox TV show some people watch, called…
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Music, All Shook Down Neil Young Wants Perfect Sound. Here's Why I Don't.

Neil Young Wants Perfect Sound. Here's Why I Don't.

Today, at last, Neil Young and I are united in our ambitions: we would like you to go back in time, to Valentine's Day 1967. We want you to enter a recording studio in New York. This is a session…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Ways That Newly-Engaged Steven Tyler Is Kinda Creepy

Five Ways That Newly-Engaged Steven Tyler Is Kinda Creepy

We were touched this past week to see both Aretha Franklin and Steven Tyler get engaged (not to each other, obviously). It stands as heart-warming proof that you're never too old or flamboyant to find love. In the midst of…
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Music, All Shook Down Mark Wahlberg Compares Justin Bieber to Tupac: World Cries

Mark Wahlberg Compares Justin Bieber to Tupac: World Cries

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Calendar, Night&Day Gold Sounds

Gold Sounds

It's a testament to the mysterious, haunting Nina Simone that the only one who dares approach her is the similarly haunting Antony (of the Johnsons). Plus, he's a man. For the first week we listened to Simone — enthralled, while…
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Calendar, Night&Day Not Girls. Women.

Not Girls. Women.

Rock film historian and music critic Richie Unterberger loves you, budding diva. He wants you to feel excited and inspired and up for anything. Why else would he set up a projector in the library basement so often, just to…
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Calendar, Night&Day Isn't She Lovely?

Isn't She Lovely?

Everyone knows about flamenco divas: They're mean and gorgeous. Local dancer Yaelisa, fearless leader of Caminos Flamencos Spanish dance company, is no exception. One look tells you not to trifle with anyone whose bun is that tight. Out of left…
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News, Sucka Free City

Dianne Feinstein hatless at Obama's inauguration

Barack Obama campaigned — and won — largely on a message of hope. And, on surveying the masses present for his inauguration last week, one group of Americans has every right to feel hopeful — hatters. Whether it was Georgia…
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Calendar, Night&Day Getting All Dusty

Getting All Dusty

A certain kind of woman makes you wonder: Does her power emanate from her hair, or does her might affect her coiffure? Aretha Franklin, Dolly Parton, Diana Ross, and Cher come to mind immediately, but Dusty Springfield really takes the…
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Music, Reviewed The Heavy

The Heavy

Throwback R&B acts on both sides of the Atlantic have struck gold by mining the classic sounds of James Brown, Motown, and Aretha Franklin, but few have touched on the fuzzed-out end of the soul spectrum occupied by the likes…
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Culture, Stagecap


The first run of Legends in the mid-1980s led playwright James Kirkwood to write the book Diary of a Mad Playwright about the experience. The original production starred Carol Channing as Sylvia Glenn and Mary Martin as Leatrice Monsee as…
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Culture, Stagecap

Taming of the Shrew

The African-American Shakespeare Company's production of the Bard's tale depicting the battle between a husband and wife for the marital upper hand can't be faulted for making bold production choices. Instead of traditional Elizabethan settings and garb, director Victoria Evans-Erville…
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News, Dog Bites

The Dog Bites Audition: Les Misérables

We could run, but we couldn't hide. There it was, right there on our computer screen: "THE BROADWAY NATIONAL TOUR OF LES MISÉRABLES TO HOLD OPEN AUDITIONS -- TO BE HELD AT THE SAN FRANCISCO BALLET MONDAY JUNE 6." This…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Painted Ladies

Painted Ladies

ONGOING 6/9-8/10 Kelly Tunstall's whimsical, seductive paintings are all about what makes weird women hot. Upon checking out the plethora of leggy, pillow-lipped ladies on her Web site -- from pantyhose-wearing goddesses to conjoined twins with impeccable sartorial taste --…
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Music, Reviewed Joss Stone

Joss Stone

Ever since Sam Phillips famously found his "billion dollar" dream of a white artist "who had the Negro sound and the Negro feel," the music industry has been chasing after the Elvis Holy Grail like a coked-up, Armani-wearing Indiana Jones.…
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Music, Reviewed Norah Jones

Norah Jones

You can imagine the collective outcry of jazz snobs when they hear Feels Like Home: "Well, Norah Jones sold out -- we knew she wasn't really one of us." Most of what's left of the jazz component on Jones' latest…
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Culture, Books

Mommy's Little Girl: On Sex, Motherhood, Porn, and Cherry Pie

By Susie Bright Thunder's Mouth (2004), $13.95 When a friend asked me what I liked least about being a mother, my instant answer was, "Having to be quiet in bed, so we wouldn't wake the baby." Parenthood brought plenty more…
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Music, Reviewed Various Artists

Various Artists

How freakin' weird is it that the absolute best survey to date of conscious American R&B during the Black Power era has come out on a leftist record label in Munich? Well, believe it, and fie on the American recording…
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