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Music, Broken Bells' pop partnership

Broken Bells' pop partnership

If the Dead Weather, Atoms for Peace, and Them Crooked Vultures have taught us anything, it's that the supergroup is back. While it's easy to forget amid the feedback loop of hype and cynicism that accompanies each marquee-name–studded lineup, there's…
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Calendar, Night&Day Tennessee’s Last Waltz

Tennessee’s Last Waltz

Deservedly or not, Ishtar and Heaven’s Gate routinely top the Hollywood bomb list. Apparently no one remembers the 1968 Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton vehicle, Boom!, based on Tennessee Williams’ Broadway flop The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore. The lush (in…
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News, Sucka Free City Slush Daddy

Slush Daddy

Although former California Sen. John Burton has filed papers to run for state schools superintendent in 2010, politicians here and in Sacramento probably hope he isn't serious. That's because the crusty San Francisco Democrat and longtime power broker has become…
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Culture, Stagecap

Burn This

At the center of this play about lifestyle divides is the coked-out restaurateur Pale -- a dangerous and coarse fireball of machismo who invades the lives of a New York dancer named Anna, her scriptwriting boyfriend, Burton, and Larry, a…
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Music, Get a Pop Life

Get a Pop Life

Danger Mouse, Danger Mouse, Danger Mouse! Apparently Donald Rumsfeld isn't the only rodent making headlines these days. If you are a sentient human you probably got at least a whiff of the story surrounding The Grey Album, the full-length mash-up…
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Music, OK Then

Polishing the Brass

"The market has determined the value of music on the Internet, and that value is nothing." That's one of my favorite quotes from the full day of panel discussions and lectures I had the pleasure of sitting in on at…
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Culture, Stage

Burn This

Bare Bones' production of Lanford Wilson's 1987 play doesn't spark until after the first scene, and then it really catches fire -- thanks to the heated, passionate chemistry between Gwen Lindsey (as dancer/choreographer Anna) and Matthew Chavez (as Pale). They're…
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Calendar, Halloween

Unspun

Merger in the Dark San Francisco state Sen. John Burton has just completed an amazingly cynical bait-and-switch performance with the passage of his legislation on public access to the newly merged UCSF and Stanford medical centers. That merger, consummated Friday,…
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News, Feature

The Trance Factory

Bobby Rothschild lowers her voice to a soothing monotone and instructs me to focus on my chair. "Feel where your body is touching the arms of the chair," she intones softly. Though my eyes are closed, I am still aware…
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