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Dining, SFoodie Wednesday Five: Richie Nakano on the Xmas Season, Crystal Pepsi Returns

Wednesday Five: Richie Nakano on the Xmas Season, Crystal Pepsi Returns

Richie Nakano on Cooking in Restaurants Over the Holidays"December is an extra-brutal slog, a month-long build up to the New Year’s…
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Music, All Shook Down We Asked Icelandic Duo, Kiasmos, a Bunch of Random Questions Because, Well, Why Not?

We Asked Icelandic Duo, Kiasmos, a Bunch of Random Questions Because, Well, Why Not?

On December 9, experimental techno duo, Kiasmos, will be playing at Mezzanine, so we figured we'd talk to them beforehand and ask them a number of super random, out-of-the-blue questions because we could. Given how bizarre and funky their…
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Dining, SFoodie Cold Weather Drinking: Sipping on Aquavit at Plaj

Cold Weather Drinking: Sipping on Aquavit at Plaj

When Pläj opened inside the Inn at the Opera in 2012, it brought with it authentic Scandinavian flavors wrapped within a modern Californian shell. The restaurant's name itself means play; accordingly chef/owner Robert Sundell has incorporated a pronounced playfulness…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Mary Anne Kluth at Frey Norris: A New World and a "Visitor Center"

Mary Anne Kluth at Frey Norris: A New World and a "Visitor Center"

Mary Anne Kluth is playing god. She's created a fantastic world made up of forests, volcanoes, and psychedelic rocks at her latest exhibit, "Visitor Center," at Frey Norris Gallery. Creating a sort of natural history museum as a way of…
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Music, All Shook Down

Another Volcanic Ash Travel Casualty: No Gary Numan Shows

 With 17,000 flights canceled because of the volcanic ash clouds that traveled from Iceland over much of Europe, UK acts are having a very difficult time making their shows here in the States. It's still unclear when air travel will be…
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Music, All Shook Down

Volcanic Ash Stops Bands From Playing SF and Possibly Coachella

 That damn volcanic ash. Iceland's big volcanic eruption has had a domino effect of canceled flights, closed airports, and, worst of all for music fans, of course, canceled concerts.Tomorrow night's gig with Bad Lieutenant, the ex-New Order members' US debut…
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Calendar, Night&Day Don’t Just Watch

Don’t Just Watch

Beth Fein felt confined. “What if ‘dance’ didn’t only happen inside buildings with the word ‘dance’ on them?” we imagine her saying to herself. “What if it were more sort of, I don’t know, celebratory, even anarchistic, or at least…
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Music, Hear This Translating Gobbledigook

Translating Gobbledigook

When it was first announced that Sigur Rós was releasing a single titled "Gobbledigook," I was certain it was a hoax. Iceland's earnest classical-music-meets-space-rock avatars, actually lightening up? But it wasn't a joke after all, and the quartet's recent album,…
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Calendar, Night&Day By The Light of the Moon

By The Light of the Moon

Lunafest, a traveling women's film festival, features nine films made by women from seriously international backgrounds. The auteurs span Korea, Iceland, Colombia, and many other countries. Breaking Boundaries: The Sondra Van Ert Story, a documentary by Jennifer Grace, is bound…
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Music, The Icelander Cometh

The Icelander Cometh

Fisherman's Woman -- Iceland-born songstress Emiliana Torrini's second album -- begins on a positive enough note: "Home alone and happy/ Nothing brings me down," Torrini coos on the opening track, her warm, dulcet voice draped gently over a comforting bed…
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Music, Reviewed Fiery Furnaces

Fiery Furnaces

Every time the Fiery Furnaces need to release a single, none of their album cuts seems to work, so instead they record a new song, and almost all of them are finally collected on this budget-priced 10-track release. EP assembles…
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Music, Reviewed Múm

Múm

There seems to be something special in Iceland, perhaps some sort of nutrient in the soil that helps the citizens manipulate electronic instruments like they weren't electronic at all. The country's most popular export, elf goddess Björk, uses this nutrient…
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Music, To the Lighthouse

To the Lighthouse

So far, no one seems to be able to come up with a name for it -- and that's probably a good thing. For the time being, some of us just call it indie-electronic music. What the designation refers to…
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Music, OK Then Title Any Day Now

Title Any Day Now

Heklina, a drag queen standing about 6 feet tall and weighing roughly 180 pounds, is dressed like Björk. Well, not Björk per se, but the Björk cyborg character from the Icelandic songstress' 1999 music video for her tune "All Is…
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Dining, Social Grace

When Parents Attack

Hi, Social Grace! My father has a horrible habit of bringing up politics at family gatherings and then attacking people for not sharing his conservative point of view. He'll do this in the middle of otherwise amicable conversations, and it…
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Film, Oedipus Vexed

Oedipus Vexed

Every once in a while, those pretentious European types who chide us Americans for being repressed and culturally backward are right. Take the case of Iceland, where most people are at least bilingual (usually Icelandic and English), women walk around…
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Music, Sigur Rós

Sigur Rós

Best known for his visionary, atonal symphonies and his opium use, the early 20th-century Russian composer Alexander Scriabin once dreamed of an apocalyptic project called The Mysterium. Scriabin hoped to perform the synesthetic fusion of sound, light, and even scent…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): Two weeks ago you had a certain resemblance to an earthquake during a hailstorm. By the end of June, you reminded me of that place in Iceland where a volcano juts up out of a glacier.…
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