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Music, All Shook Down Broadway Legend Patti LuPone Takes You To Faraway Places

Broadway Legend Patti LuPone Takes You To Faraway Places

She may have immortalized "Don't Cry For Me Argentina," the show-stopping signature tune from the now-classic musical Evita, but don't cry for Patti LuPone. The two-time Tony Award-winning diva has become one of the most legendary names in Broadway history.…
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Music, Undaunted: After 35 Years in the Business, Elvis Costello Is Still Craving Challenges — Like Stravinsky

Undaunted: After 35 Years in the Business, Elvis Costello Is Still Craving Challenges — Like Stravinsky

Elvis Costello is far too big and still too disgruntled to fit into a sound bite. Which is good, because the chip remaining on the singer, songwriter, composer, and guitar player's tuneful shoulders is a better semi-conductor than silicon. Edgy…
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Music, Hear This San Francisco Symphony presents Alternative Energy: Show Preview

San Francisco Symphony presents Alternative Energy: Show Preview

When you think of the best spot in the city to catch an electronic dance music concert, the San Francisco Symphony is probably not the first venue that comes to mind. But never say never; this month the S.F. Symphony…
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Music, Yes She Can: At 53, Melissa Etheridge Isn't Taking It Easy

Yes She Can: At 53, Melissa Etheridge Isn't Taking It Easy

Melissa Etheridge's career exceeded expectations even before she was a household name. Though she wanted to sign with female-focused indie label Olivia Records, its rejection eventually led her to press on and find a home at Island, the significantly more…
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Music, Classical Import: How Yoshiki Went From Stadiums to Concert Halls

Classical Import: How Yoshiki Went From Stadiums to Concert Halls

Yoshiki Hayashi, the drummer, pianist, and principal composer of X Japan, is a genuine rarity: a flashy rock star who's also a classically trained pianist with serious chops and the ability to shift seamlessly between genres. Arguably the most influential…
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Calendar, Night&Day Decadent Farewell

Decadent Farewell

Few things are as exciting as New Year's Eve. For a holiday that celebrates and reflects on time passing, it's easy to see why a night full of moving music is consistently a favorite for locals — or anyone…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bigger Than 8-Bits

Bigger Than 8-Bits

Daaa, da-da-da-da-da-da. Sound familiar? That's the sound of video-game music sophisticated enough for the symphony. If you've ever been a Legend of Zelda fan, you remember the grandeur of its 8-bit soundtrack, which is finally getting the night-long celebration…
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Music, Hear This Janelle Monae: Show Preview

Janelle Monae: Show Preview

There are few rising R&B stars as stylishly ambitious — and consistently satisfying — as Janelle Monae. Her 2010 album The ArchAndroid explored a futuristic mélange of hip-hop, R&B, soul, and rock — but even its heady conceptualizing couldn't keep…
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Calendar, Night&Day New World Order

New World Order

San Francisco Symphony musicians return to a more palatable world of symphonic performance with a family-friendly concert featuring Dvořák's "New World" Symphony. The composer wrote "New World," his ninth symphony, during a visit to America in the 1890s; and, indeed,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Keep It Classy

Keep It Classy

You can only Peter Pan your way through the most festive night of the year so many times before you realize there might be perks to actually making plans -- free champagne, for instance, or a place to finally wear…
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Calendar, Night&Day 'Twas a Good Night

'Twas a Good Night

You're in the thick of it, aren't you? The frenzy of the holidays has washed over like a tidal wave and replaced visions of sugar plums with the cold slap of gift-giving budgets, packed parking lots, and incessant top 40…
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Calendar, Night&Day Back to Basie

Back to Basie

Why is American jazz band leader William “Count” Basie a classic? Basie pioneered the Kansas City jazz style that has come to define music of the pre-war era. He had a penchant for sniffing out emerging talent and proved his…
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Calendar, Night&Day Shaken and Stirred

Shaken and Stirred

The San Francisco Symphony breaks out its holiday hooch early this year, with a pop concert featuring global sensation Pink Martini. This sassy ensemble tinkers in genre-defying repertoire, mixing an eclectic set of sounds like Afro-Cuban, dance, jazz, cabaret, and,…
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Calendar, Night&Day No One Can Hear You Scream

No One Can Hear You Scream

The uninitiated moviegoer might toss out a dig at silent films, and be heard speaking dismissively of black-and-white movies. It’s a juvenile offense. But nobody jokes about The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Robert Weine’s 1920 horror film and an early…
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Calendar, Night&Day Who Let the Flying Monkeys Out

Who Let the Flying Monkeys Out

You know you’re an adult when you no longer enjoy The Wizard of Oz as a fabulous fairy tale or a demented drug trip but appreciate it as a work of art. If you need a little help making the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Paul Simon, Cyndi Lauper, Tuxedos, Cool Dresses -- Must Be the Black and White Ball

Paul Simon, Cyndi Lauper, Tuxedos, Cool Dresses -- Must Be the Black and White Ball

If it's June and after dark, and you see women tottering around Civic Center in gowns with color palettes from silent films and their dates' tuxedo jackets on their shoulders, you've probably wandered upon the San Francisco Symphony's biannual Black…
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Calendar, Night&Day Black + White For A Night

Black + White For A Night

If it’s June and after dark, and you see women tottering around Civic Center in gowns with color palettes from silent films and their dates’ tuxedo jackets on their shoulders, you’ve probably wandered upon the San Francisco Symphony’s biannual Black…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Wired</i> Gadgets, Geico Cavemen, Bart&oacute;k, and Alice Walker: It's Pop-Up Magazine

Wired Gadgets, Geico Cavemen, Bartók, and Alice Walker: It's Pop-Up Magazine

Can you envision a "live magazine?" How about an event that combines the best parts of your favorite magazine, like great writing, unusual and illuminating topics, and beautiful, challenging images, with the spontaneity, ephemerality, and added sensory elements such…
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Calendar, Night&Day Take the High Road to 2012

Take the High Road to 2012

The dawning of a new year signifies renewed promise. Yet too often, our self-indulgent, self-centered ways seize this opportunity to focus on our faults: We’re too fat, too lazy, too complacent. So tormented are we by our expectations that the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Snow Daze

Snow Daze

Every year, without exception, untold numbers of San Francisco residents who hail from a distant land called "The East Coast" gather on fall and winter nights to roast California. Festooned in their best wool clothing, clanging "Carol of the Bells"…
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