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Dining, SFoodie What to Eat at Treasure Island Music Festival

What to Eat at Treasure Island Music Festival

Granted, it's not known for its food like its younger sibling Outside Lands — to my frustration, a list of food vendors isn't included on the paper program — but the Treasure Island Music Festival isn't 100 percent about music.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Bohemian Grave: The Montgomery Block

Bohemian Grave: The Montgomery Block

Welcome to Bohemian Grave, a semi-regular feature on the vanished countercultural history of San Francisco, from long before anyone started lamenting the impending demise of Lucky 13. When the Transamerica Pyramid was completed in 1972, the 853-foot tower was…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism for Locals: Visiting Diego Rivera's First U.S. Mural: "The Allegory of California"

Tourism for Locals: Visiting Diego Rivera's First U.S. Mural: "The Allegory of California"

San Francisco is home to many of the finest artists of the 20th century and the new millennium, and it played host to one of the greatest modernist painters of the 20th century: Diego Rivera. For those who don't…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism for Locals: Diego Rivera Mural Satisfies the Eyes and Wallet

Tourism for Locals: Diego Rivera Mural Satisfies the Eyes and Wallet

Want to experience the vibrancy of museum-worthy visual art but live on a street art budget? In this week's "Tourism for Locals" entry, we bring you a massive piece of modern art that was commissioned specifically for San Francisco by…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Future Is an Ancient Heart

The Future Is an Ancient Heart

Three provocative exhibitions within walking distance of each other are opening this week. "The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936-1951" opens Oct.11 and presents over 150 vintage photographs from the famed group -- Berenice Abbott as a member --…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Future Has an Ancient Heart

The Future Has an Ancient Heart

Three provocative exhibitions within walking distance of each other are opening this week. "The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936-1951" opens Oct.11 and presents over 150 vintage photographs from the famed group -- Berenice Abbott as a member --…
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Calendar, Night&Day Ethereal, Meet Earthly

Ethereal, Meet Earthly

If you have seen Antony & the Johnsons’ video for the song “Epilepsy Is Dancing,” you have already begun to glean the lush aesthetic of Mexico-born artists Tino Rodriguez and Virgo Paraiso: an opulent fantasy world filled with carnivorous flowers,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Frida Be You And Me

Frida Be You And Me

The Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was a polio victim, and suffered lifelong pain after an early bus accident, but she created dream-like, evocative paintings that continue to draw fans worldwide even 54 years after her death. Artist René Yañez attempts…
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Music, Hear This El Vez Is King

El Vez Is King

American icon Elvis Presley inspired many emulators. But El Vez is matchless, drawing upon the King as a point of departure for singing about the Mexican-American experience. Who else would have the moxie to take one of Presley's most angst-ridden…
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Culture, Artcap

Kris Chau: Talk Story

As a kid, Kris Chau learned to draw by pausing her cartoon videos and tracing the images on paper she placed over the TV screen. Even after formal training at California College of the Arts, her work maintains a dynamic…
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Calendar, Night&Day Even Better Than the Movie

Even Better Than the Movie

She was punk before punk, feminist before the Third Wave, and a proud mestiza before the word Chicana had even been invented. She is genderfluid, Christlike, and forever double-impaled by a broken body and her love for a strange man.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Body Shots

Body Shots

Last time we saw Violeta Luna, she wore a clunky brace on one leg, fake Frida Kahlo eyebrows, and a tiger-print unitard. She soon tossed the brace (we had thought it was "real"), rolled around on the ground outside Mission…
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Music, All Shook Down MoMA Celebrates a Century of Frida Kahlo this Summer

MoMA Celebrates a Century of Frida Kahlo this Summer

Everybody's favorite Mexican surrealist painter and Communist sympathizer gets a fitting 100-year-old birthday celebration courtesy of MoMA. Head out to the museum in June for a rather comprehensive exhibit detailing the finest moments of her prolific career: Frida Kahlo…
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Best of San Francisco, Shopping & Services

Best Mexican Art Store

Polanco 393 Hayes (at Gough), 252-5753, www.polancogallery.com From vintage statues of saints from the time of the conquistadors to gorgeous papier-mâché skeletons from contemporary Mexican artists, Polanco's folk and fine arts from south of the border are eye-popping. Although…
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Calendar, Performance The <i>People</i>'s Theater

The People's Theater

ONGOING 11/17-12/12 In a world ruled by dollars -- and how many you have in your bankroll -- you'd think that rich folks would have the pick of the litter when it comes to the choice of where to live.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Guerrilla Welfare

Guerrilla Welfare

"Do women have to be naked to get into the Met. Museum?" is possibly the most famous question posed by the Guerrilla Girls. But this group of funny feminist activists is notorious not just for the above-mentioned 1989 sticker, but…
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Calendar, Performance Surreal Life

Surreal Life

THURS-SUN 5/8-11 Frida Kahlo's startling self-portraits depicted her gorgeous mustached self writhing in hospital beds, bleeding in the bathtub, or sometimes just posing for the paintbrush while clad in vibrant Mexican garb. Despite what seems like a cursed existence --…
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Film, Queen of Pain

Queen of Pain

With Frida -- the story of profoundly passionate and uncompromising Mexican-Jewish painter Frida Kahlo -- it's evident that a few folks in marketing know how to work the demographics (it'll be extremely PC, possibly mandatory, to gush in adoration of…
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