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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Lady Gaga in Disguise, Dave Grohl in a Cast, and Courtney Love on the Defensive

This Week: Lady Gaga in Disguise, Dave Grohl in a Cast, and Courtney Love on the Defensive

This week has played out a bit like an action-drama movie. On the action side, we've got Justin Bieber doing parkour, Dave Grohl receiving medical treatment onstage, and a boyband dude setting his own face on fire. Bringing the drama…
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Culture, Kill Your Television Freak Shows: The Rise of the Lone Genius

Freak Shows: The Rise of the Lone Genius

Community college saved my life. I barely graduated high school, and at about 22, I decided to go to junior college and try to get an AA degree so I could transfer to a good school. It worked. But immersing…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hannibal Buress

Hannibal Buress

Hannibal Buress is a hot-right-now comedian, once described by Chris Rock as a less-disgusting hypothetical spawn of Steven Wright, Mos Def, and Dave Chappelle. The award-winning comedian and writer just signed a deal with the Comedy Central network for…
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Calendar, Night&Day Pimps and Enigmas

Pimps and Enigmas

Re-examining the 1970s is a recurring theme in this year’s SF Indiefest, exemplified by two of the movies playing simultaneously tonight. On one screen is Jorge Hinojosa’s fascinating documentary Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp, which looks at the life…
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Calendar, Night&Day Chairman Kamau

Chairman Kamau

It’s hard to be objective about the brilliance of W. Kamau Bell. Earlier this year, the San Francisco native built a bridge between stand-up performer and journalist when he shared his deep love of the Bay Area comedy scene via…
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Music, All Shook Down A$AP Rocky's New Song Should've Been in <i>CB4</i>

A$AP Rocky's New Song Should've Been in CB4

Remember that awesome 1993 Chris Rock movie, CB4? Which basically zoomed in on the extremes of rap culture, parodied them, and got the world to see how absurd it all was? The songs in that movie were laugh-out-loud funny precisely…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Celebrate the Premiere of <em>Totally Biased</em> with W. Kamau Bell

Celebrate the Premiere of Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell

There's nothing better than sending one of our own off to make it big in show biz. Native Bay Area comedian W. Kamau Bell is getting set to do just that, with the premiere of his new Chris Rock-produced…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist San Francisco Comedy Is Taking Over the U.S.

San Francisco Comedy Is Taking Over the U.S.

Ummm, I don't know if you know this, but San Francisco comedy is entering a Golden Age ... okay, fine ... Another Golden Age. Of course the Bay Area comedy scene has always been able to hold its head…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist San Francisco Comedian W. Kamau Bell to Lead TV Show on FX

San Francisco Comedian W. Kamau Bell to Lead TV Show on FX

San Francisco isn't so much losing one of its best comedians (yet) as it is putting him out on loan. Which is to say, W. Kamau Bell will be spending a lot of time in New York later this year…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The 84th Academy Awards: a Timeline

The 84th Academy Awards: a Timeline

People plan parties around this stuff, so we assume you probably watched too. But just in case you didn't, here's a timeline of the 84th Academy Awards ceremony. They make it this long just to mess with us all,…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse Movie Listings February 8-14, 2012

Artists' Television Access. City of Lost Souls: A transgender comedy musical made by gay-rights activist Rosa von Praunheim in which Angie Stardust runs a boarding house for misfits. Part of the Dirty Looks series. Fri., Feb. 10, 8 p.m. $6.…
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News, The Snitch Pandora Hits Your Funny Bone, Adds Comedy to Genome

Pandora Hits Your Funny Bone, Adds Comedy to Genome

What's even better than personalizing your music taste is blending jokes by comedic icons like Chris Rock and Richard Pryor to give you the deepest belly laugh. Per many, many users' request, Pandora, the Oakland-based Internet music company, has now…
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Calendar, Night&Day Whip My Hair

Whip My Hair

If Chris Rock's Good Hair is an American arena concert, Akosua Adoma Owusu's Me Broni Ba (My White Baby) is a secret show: intimate, and the ideal realization of the vision of a valuable genius. Both are good, and in…
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Film,

Celebrity Vacation

You've probably seen the poster for Grown Ups, with its stars — Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider, and Kevin James — barreling down a waterslide. Or is the verb I'm looking for "coasting"? Grown Ups begins with…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Good Hair</i>

Good Hair

Don Imus’s hateful, racist 2007 remarks about “nappy-headed hos” underscored the immense fear of and fascination with the hair follicles of African-American women. Chris Rock, the host, co-writer, and co-producer of first-time director Jeff Stilson's Good Hair, never mentions Imus’s…
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Calendar, Night&Day Good Hair

Good Hair

Don Imus’s hateful, racist 2007 remarks about “nappy-headed hos” underscored the immense fear of and fascination with the hair follicles of African-American women. Chris Rock, the host, co-writer, and co-producer of first-time director Jeff Stilson's Good Hair, never mentions Imus’s…
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Music, All Shook Down

Chris Rock Brings "No Apologies Tour" to SF April 3 and 4

What's your favorite Chris Rock bit? Tell us in the comments, and we will personally tell Rock to do it during his, just-announced two shows Thursday and Friday, April 3 and 4, at 7:30PM at The Paramount Theatre in…
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Film,

'Bee' Embarasses Jerry Seinfeld

After making a mint off a series about nothing, Jerry Seinfeld apparently decided his first feature film ought to be about something — in the case of Bee Movie, the enslavement and torture of bees for the pleasure and profit…
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Home Entertainment, What Else Is New?

Our top DVD picks for the week of Oct. 11

11:14 (Warner Bros.) Alicia Keys: Unplugged (J) Audioslave: Live in Cuba (Sony Music) The Best of the Chris Rock Show: Volumes 1 and 2 (Warner Bros.) Bomb the System (UMVD) The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Warner Bros.) The Dresden…
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Film, Animal Crackers

Animal Crackers

It's fair to say that Madagascar, directed by one man who made Antz and another who used to work on Ren & Stimpy, is virtually plot-free -- nothing more, really, than a scene or two from The Great Escape cut…
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