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Calendar, Night&Day Flower Drum Songstress

Flower Drum Songstress

In 1940s San Francisco, if you were trying to help a couple of swabbies intent on a little nightclub entertainment during shore leave, you might drop the name Dorothy Fong Toy. “Whozat?” the lousy coasties would inevitably whine, being from…
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Music, All Shook Down Never Can Say Goodbye

Never Can Say Goodbye

I'm not trying to be cynical or morbid here, but Michael Jackson's death was the best thing to happen to him in years. In death, Michael lives on forever. He has now joined the ancestors, among them musical icons…
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Music, All Shook Down Clear Channel Axes Local Latina DJs

Clear Channel Axes Local Latina DJs

Former Rolling Stone scribe Ben-Fong Torres' radio column in the Sunday Chron is usually an easy, breezy read. It tends to mark comings and goings in the commercial radio scene in an industry-friendly way without any in-depth analysis of…
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Music, OK Then

Protest Song

Abu Ghraib. Um, what happened there? I mean, I know what happened, but what happened next? So Charles Graner Jr., the "ringleader" of the abuses, was recently sentenced to 10 years in a military prison, his former girlfriend Lynndie England…
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Calendar, Sports/Outdoors Chinatown's Blowout

Chinatown's Blowout

SAT 2/19 San Francisco's Chinese-American community, continuing a tradition begun just after the Gold Rush, once again makes Chinatown one of the most exciting places to be outside mainland China. Although by press time Year of the Rooster celebrations will…
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Music, They Called Me Frank

They Called Me Frank

On a late June evening at the Chinese Historical Society of America, 82-year-old crooner Larry Ching's velvet voice resonates with the songs off his debut CD, Till the End of Time; a lively crowd sways in time. Journalists and local…
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Riff Raff

Hanson, Disco Drag, and Other Literary Endeavors True, the New Main Library isn't the hippest of places to go swimming in the pop music media pool, but Riff Raff found itself wading in the deep end of Bay Area radio…
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