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Music, Hear This The Hold Steady: Show Preview

The Hold Steady: Show Preview

The worlds of indie rock and sprawling, bloodthirsty pseudo-medieval epics rarely overlap. But an episode last year of HBO's Game of Thrones closed with the Hold Steady's rendition of "The Bear and the Maiden Fair," a song whose lyrics appear…
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Culture, Art Books: The Must-Read Books and Must-Go-To Literary Events of the Season

Books: The Must-Read Books and Must-Go-To Literary Events of the Season

Books Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire (Aug. 22) The final installment of Brenda Hillman's four-book series on earth, air, water, and fire, this collection of poems is transformative. Highbrow: Each poem finds its own form and even has its…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse Movie Listings Mar. 27-Apr. 2, 2013

Artists' Television Access. Other Cinema: Adam Parfrey's Ritual America: Feral House's publisher presents a 50-minute slideshow exposing the weird side of American fraternal organizations (and/or secret societies) like the Masons, Mormons, Shriners, and beyond. Sat., March 30, 8:30 p.m. $6.66.…
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Film, "On the Road": Kerouac Would Be Meh

"On the Road": Kerouac Would Be Meh

Director Walter Salles' adaptation of Jack Kerouac's On the Road has ruffled feathers from the moment it was announced, both for daring to film the venerated novel and for casting Twilight's Kristen Stewart. But this movie version of On the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Gaming the System

Gaming the System

San Francisco is overflowing with a bounty of hidden gems. The folks at Watson Adventures want to show you a few of 'em. Founded in the early '90s, Watson Adventures was created as a means of helping participants enjoy the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Woo Your Lover with Words at The S.F. International Poetry Fest

Woo Your Lover with Words at The S.F. International Poetry Fest

Not terribly long ago, supermodel Bar Rafaeli was on the cover of Esquire, naked, save for words from Stephen King's cover story about the recession. The two, arguably, had nothing to do with one another, which begged the question:…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Takes the Disneyland North Beach Ride at Vesuvio

Bouncer Takes the Disneyland North Beach Ride at Vesuvio

I've never really been drawn to the Beats, never really had a Bukowski period, never really liked the feel of a turtleneck on my throat. Don't even get me started on bongos. But I do love the poetry of Lawrence…
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Calendar, Night&Day An Incendiary Life Remembered

An Incendiary Life Remembered

Lenore Kandel was explosive — she was the only woman to give a speech at the 1967 Human Be-In, became immortalized by Jack Kerouac in Big Sur, and just like her buddy Allen Ginsberg, had a pamphlet of her work…
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Calendar, Night&Day Beat Crazy

Beat Crazy

The Beat Generation is back — at least on the silver screen. Walter Salles has finally scored the cash and the cast to make On the Road, the news breaking mere days after his rough-cut documentary about Jack Kerouac’s unfettered…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Jay Farrar, Ben Gibbard, and a bad actress pay tribute to Kerouac&#146;s <i>Big Sur</i>

Jay Farrar, Ben Gibbard, and a bad actress pay tribute to Kerouac’s Big Sur

Jack Kerouac's writing has strong musical ties. Jazz musicians provided the beat for his words. There's great musicality to his phrasings. "A lot of musicians like him because he's a very musical writer," says Tom Waits in One Fast Move…
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Music, All Shook Down Ben Gibbard and Jay Farrar Plan Kerouac Tribute Show in S.F.

Ben Gibbard and Jay Farrar Plan Kerouac Tribute Show in S.F.

We reported earlier that Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard and Son Volt's Jay Farrar teamed up on the soundtrack to a new Jack Kerouac documentary, One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur. (The movie and the soundtrack…
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Music, All Shook Down Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard Pay Tribute to Jack Kerouac

Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard Pay Tribute to Jack Kerouac

When I interviewed Ben Gibbard back in 2007, he'd been holed up in the same cabin where Jack Kerouac wrote his famed book Big Sur. Gibbard was in Big Sur writing material for what would become the next Death Cab…
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Music, Bouncer

Bouncer’s Highly Accurate Bar Quiz

Your days of wandering the streets in search of your perfect watering hole are over! Just take this handy quiz and find which bar best suits you by answering these 10 questions. 1. The word "Fuck" denotes A ) a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Framing the Truth

Framing the Truth

Half a century ago, Swiss-born photographer Robert Frank published a landmark book of 83 piercing photographs culled from the 25,000 (!) he’d taken in his travels around the U.S. in the mid-’50s. For the crime of revealing a populace untouched…
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Calendar, Night&Day How High?

How High?

Pete Ippel is a modern exponent of a long-standing tradition: the bro artist. Think of athlete-philosophers like Jack Kerouac, Richie Tenenbaum, both Jack Johnsons, or Muhammad Ali. (OK, one of those guys is fictional, but he's portrayed by a guy…
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Calendar, Night&Day Swapaholics

Swapaholics

After prompting people to rid themselves of their old clothes, SwapSF turned its gaze on something else cluttering our lives: old books. Hence, the SwapSF Book Swap, which comes around every handful of months. No, you don't have to suffer…
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Calendar, Night&Day One for the Team

One for the Team

Fifty years ago this September, Viking published On the Road. Although Jack Kerouac had finished the book six years earlier as a work of fiction, millions associated Kerouac with the mad Dean Moriarty, whom the author based on Neal Cassady,…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Jack Kerouac's writing still influential for rock icons 50 years after <i>On the Road</i>

Jack Kerouac's writing still influential for rock icons 50 years after On the Road

We're ears- and eyeballs-deep in Summer of Love 40th anniversaries in San Francisco, but September marks another local birthday of import, one that's also pretty pivotal in the music world. We're headed into the month Jack Kerouac's On the Road…
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Summer Guide, Summer And the Beat Goes On

And the Beat Goes On

When the Summer of Love rolled through San Francisco in 1967, there was already a thriving counter-cultural literary scene going on. Why? Well, there were the San Francisco poets. Jack Spicer, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Michael McClure, Philip Whalen, and so forth,…
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Music, Ramblin' Gamblin' Men

Ramblin' Gamblin' Men

For the millions who have come to worship its wanderlust sentiments, Jack Kerouac's On the Road is a sacred text. The book is widely celebrated as the rejection of conformity, the pursuit of boundless freedom, and of the spiritual joy…
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