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Music, Hear This Mark Matos: Show Preview

Mark Matos: Show Preview

It's been seven years since Mark Matos came to S.F., and he's had a good run. Together with what has sometimes seemed like every musician in the Mission, Matos led his loosely organized rock group, Os Beaches, and a startling…
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Music, After 10 Years, Rickshaw Stop Still Thrives on Funkiness

After 10 Years, Rickshaw Stop Still Thrives on Funkiness

Christopher White wanted to call it simply "Rickshaw." He likes to travel, loves Southeast Asia. The name didn't have much resonance for San Francisco, but that didn't matter, because White liked it. "And then my partner Waldo said it would…
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Arthouse Movie Listings January 8-14, 2014

The Castro Theatre. Sing Along The Little Mermaid: Join Ariel, Flounder, Sebastian, and the rest of the Disney fishes in this sing-along featuring subtitled song lyrics. Through Jan. 10. The Little Tramp at 100: A Charlie Chaplin Centennial Celebration: The…
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Arthouse Movie Listings January 1-7, 2014

The Castro Theatre. Midnites for Maniacs: Nicolas Cage's 50th Birthday Extravaganza: Put those nasty Wicker Man memories to rest with a double feature of vintage Nic flicks Valley Girl and Raising Arizona. Fri., Jan. 3, 7:20 & 9:20 p.m. midnitesformaniacs.com.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Wearable Art

Wearable Art

The traditional classical musical drama known as Noh has been performed on the polished floors of outdoor pavilions in Japan since the 14th century. San Francisco's Theatre of Yugen, now celebrating its 35th year, has drawn actors and musicians…
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Film, "Our Nixon": Home Movies of the Cuddliest, Most Secretest President

"Our Nixon": Home Movies of the Cuddliest, Most Secretest President

Our Nixon In spite of all the other, mostly negative changes to the U.S. copyright law in recent decades, works produced by the U.S. government still automatically go into the public domain — and thank goodness, because one of the…
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Arthouse Movie Listings July 17-23, 2013

Artists' Television Access. Periwinkle Cinema: Reality Check: Come see what happens when the local queer film & video art series stops being polite ... and starts getting real. Wed., July 17, 8 p.m. $7. The Space Invaders: In Search of…
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Film, "One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das": A Rocker Turns Inward

"One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das": A Rocker Turns Inward

One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das There are probably a lot of people who were almost in Blue Öyster Cult, but presumably only one of them went on to be a superstar of music heard in yoga studios.…
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Film, Tai Chi Hero: Ancient Chinese for "Awesome"

Tai Chi Hero: Ancient Chinese for "Awesome"

A moment early on in Stephen Fung's Tai Chi Hero sets the tone: Not yet having earned the Hero status the movie title gives him, Lu Chan (Jayden Yuan) responds with a wide-eyed, "Wow, that's really awesome!" to a demonstration…
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Calendar, Night&Day Traditional Oppression

Traditional Oppression

The nine characters in Sheetal Gandhi’s Bahu-Beti-Biwi (“Daughter-in-law, Daughter, Wife”), a solo show that blends theater, singing, and different forms of world dance, are both disparate and unified. “They’re inspired by women in my life,” she says, like her mom…
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Arthouse Movie Listings for April 3-9, 2013

Aquarium of the Bay. Bad Movie Night: Shark Week: The Dark Room Theater's incisive critics/comics sink their teeth into The Asylum's 2012 straight-to-video stinker in which a group of strangers are forced to survive a "horrifying gauntlet" of deadly sharks.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Private Dancer

Private Dancer

Shen Wei is known as the principle choreographer behind the opening ceremony of Beijing's 2008 Summer Olympics, but by then he was already a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Macarthur Foundation "Genius" Award, and widely celebrated as one…
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Film, "Stoker": Gothic Teen Meets Creepy Uncle

"Stoker": Gothic Teen Meets Creepy Uncle

In the 19th century, the Romantics changed Gothic fiction, making it palatable to mainstream novel readers by jettisoning the supernatural elements and digging in to the psychology of terror. Two hundred years later, modern embellishments include cell phones and incest…
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Arthouse Movie Listings for Feb. 27-Mar. 5, 2013

Artists' Television Access. Noise Pop Film Series: Turning: A Music Documentary by Charles Atlas featuring Antony & The Johnsons: Followed by a Q&A with director Charles Atlas. Wed., Feb. 27, 7 p.m. $10. noisepop.com/2013. Noise Pop Film Series: What Did…
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Culture, Encore

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Ainadamar: A one-act contemporary opera that explores the relationship between politics and artistic expression while telling the story of Federico Garcia Lorca. Feb. 15-17, 8 p.m. $35-$85. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission, 978-2787. "Audium 9": Spatial electronic…
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Calendar, Night&Day Wile Away the Evening

Wile Away the Evening

If you think you know what an exhibition opening at the Contemporary Jewish Museum looks like, think again. Kehinde Wiley’s “The World Stage: Israel” explores black diaspora and the international phenomenon of urban youth culture, and has all the makings…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Postman Rings

The Postman Rings

A longtime affiliation with PianoFight — home to Forking!, the holiday-baiting, choose-your-own-ending theater adventure, and Duck Lake, the world’s last comedic horror-ballet — leads one to expect a certain kind of amusement from the producers of Made in China. But…
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Film, "The Man with the Iron Fists": The RZA Gets Good and Weird

"The Man with the Iron Fists": The RZA Gets Good and Weird

As Wu-Tang Clan's principal producer and myth-maker, Robert "RZA" Diggs translated the group's rugged urban background into the language of Wuxia flicks and '70s Marvel Comics. These elements are accounted for in the RZA's first film, the 19th-century-China-set The Man…
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Calendar, Night&Day Put Your Hands in the Air

Put Your Hands in the Air

We've seen Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding a couple times. We know what's involved in an Indian wedding. You've got your piles of marigold garlands and your attendees spontaneously breaking into song and dance. Maybe there's a steamy late-night tryst or…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hot to Trot

Hot to Trot

There are horse people -- those who describe the beauty and power of beasts with a vaguely erotic inflection -- and those that go “meh.” Few horse shows can convert the latter -- in Europe, there is Bartabas’ Zingaro Equestrian…
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