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Music, Hear This Tinariwen: Show Preview

Tinariwen: Show Preview

Some musicians become inseparable from a locale: think N.W.A's connection to Compton, Elvis to Memphis, the Sex Pistols to London. Tinariwen, a 35-year-old band with an ever-shifting cast, is another example of the musician-location bond in action, although not in…
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Calendar, Night&Day Holiday Hurrah

Holiday Hurrah

It's the day after Christmas and the Christmas tree hasn't started dropping its needles yet, and there's no way you're taking those lights down because you nearly fell out the window trying to make sure that "Joy to the…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Glitterati

The Glitterati

Jamie Vasta searched high and low for the perfect subject for her medium, from Angela Carter's fairy tales to Caravaggio's oil paintings, before fulfilling her quest. In her fourth show, "Femme," after an epiphany like that which brought forth…
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Music, All Shook Down 5 Celebrities Who've Communicated With Dead Musicians

5 Celebrities Who've Communicated With Dead Musicians

Earlier this week, the lawsuit against AEG Live over Michael Jackson's premature passing rumbled past the point of weird and drove straight into crazy town. The culprit was AEG CEO Randy Phillips, who claimed that his friend Brenda Richie --…
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Calendar, Night&Day ¡Saludamos al Nuevo Rey!

¡Saludamos al Nuevo Rey!

To paraphrase Voltaire, if Elvis Presley hadn’t existed, it would have been necessary to invent him. And that goes double for El Vez, the self-described “Mexican Elvis” (and former bandmate of lesbian folksinger Phranc, because the world is that small).…
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Dining, SFoodie Elvis Honored in the Bacon-y King Cookie

Elvis Honored in the Bacon-y King Cookie

The two locations of chef Ryan Scott's eatery Market & Rye are known for having creative desserts such as endless remixes of Twinkies and fully loaded cookies like the Kitchen Sink, which carries an arsenal of pretzels, potato chips, butterscotch…
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News, The Snitch Elvis Presley Identified as Sleeping Man Run Over by Car

Elvis Presley Identified as Sleeping Man Run Over by Car

The homeless man who was run over while sleeping in front of a driveway last week has been identified as 55-year-old Elvis Presley, according to the San Francisco Medical Examiner. Presley, a San Francisco resident, was snoozing away when a…
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Music, All Shook Down Elvis Presley and Otis Blackwell's "All Shook Up": The Story Behind the Song

Elvis Presley and Otis Blackwell's "All Shook Up": The Story Behind the Song

Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977, 35 years ago today. A lot of incredible things have happened since then: political stuff and science stuff, mostly. But the post-Elvis development that wows us every time we're reminded of it is the launch…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Betty White's "Tired Blood" and John Wayne's Plea in <i>Incredibly Strange Television</i>

Betty White's "Tired Blood" and John Wayne's Plea in Incredibly Strange Television

When I got promoted to "person in charge of the categories" at The Video Zone in Fresno in the early 1990s, I went mad with my newfound power and created a new section: Cult. (I'd actually wanted to call it…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse Movie Listings January 25-31

Artists' Television Access. Croatian Animations: Historical works from 1957-1978 by Nikola Kostelac, Vatroslav Mimica, Zlatko Grgic, and others. Sun., Jan. 29, 8 p.m. $6-$10. 992 Valencia (at 21st St.), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. The Castro Theatre. Noir City X: Tenth anniversary showcase…
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Dining, Eat Fresh Eats: Burger Urge: An Imperfect Burger That Fits In Perfectly

Fresh Eats: Burger Urge: An Imperfect Burger That Fits In Perfectly

A few weeks ago, the wooden chrysalis surrounding a former tattoo parlor on Haight and Clayton came down, and Jack Mogannam and Sam Sirhed's Burger Urge erupted, all neon and windows. The owners spent months refitting the floors with hardwood…
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Music, Hear This The Jim Jones Revue: Show Preview

The Jim Jones Revue: Show Preview

One time, Jerry Lee Lewis, slammed on hooch and waving a .38 magnum, drove his white Lincoln Continental up to the front door of Graceland and demanded to see the King. He didn't get his wish — apparently Elvis refused…
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News, Sucka Free City The Amazing Stories of Mayoral Candidate Tony Hall

The Amazing Stories of Mayoral Candidate Tony Hall

When interim Mayor Ed Lee said he wasn't interested in running, it appears he was only telling stories. If San Franciscans wish to cast their votes for a storyteller, perhaps it's worth considering a candidate whose stories are, in fact,…
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Dining, SFoodie Lafitte's Sandwich Built for a King

Lafitte's Sandwich Built for a King

Monday, January 10, 2011 Sometimes the calendar gods shine down on you. Take 2011, which has already brought us New Year's Day on one Saturday and Elvis's birthday the next. Both qualified as alcoholidays, days you get to indulge without…
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Calendar, Night&Day Naughty Nautical Nutcracker

Naughty Nautical Nutcracker

For any GOP stalwart looking for more evidence that our fine city is a haven for homosexuals, deviants, and socialists, add this to your list: The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band is leading a production of The Nutcracker that includes…
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Music, All Shook Down

Top 8 Songs To Listen To During the Next Earthquake

Like us, there's a good chance that when the emergency sirens went off last Thursday as part of The Great California Shake-Out, you wondered if some sort of Red Dawn-style invasion was at hand, since it was clear that an…
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Calendar, Night&Day Maria Full of Grace Notes

Maria Full of Grace Notes

Divas of the world, unite! At long last, you can see -- though not kiss -- the hem of Maria Callas’ gown. The great soprano, whose voice, acting ability, and outsize personality set the standard for Elvis, Barbra (Streisand, don’t…
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Calendar, Night&Day High School Confidential

High School Confidential

When James Dean and Elvis exploded on the scene more than half a century ago, Hollywood realized en masse that teenagers were a gold mine — and ensuing generations of studio functionaries haven’t stopped mining their pockets yet. The 1960s…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Goodbye Solo</i>

Goodbye Solo

As William, a taciturn senior who seems to be planning for his final days, veteran character actor and former Elvis Presley bodyguard Red West takes center stage in Goodbye Solo, the third feature co-written and directed by Ramin Bahrani (Man…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hail to the Queen

Hail to the Queen

Teenage Wanda Jackson, inspired by the spunky Western-accented sounds of Bob Wills and Hank Thompson, began her career as a country singer in the 1950s. After high school, she began to tour, often sharing the stage with Elvis Presley, who…
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