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Unusual Feng Shui Your cover article by Laurel Wellman ("In the Money Corner," Aug. 26) was an unfair slam against Lin Yun. I have been fortunate to study Chinese medicine, philosophy, history, literature, astrology, and feng shui with Professor Lin…
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The Push Kings On Far Places, the second full-length from the Boston-based Push Kings, the band uses age-old tricks -- perky beats, sing-along choruses, sticky-sweet vocal melodies -- to produce pop demihits. But the band rescues what is essentially a…
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Lemonade Map of Wyoming can take a sad song and make it better. Last month, Jeff Stark reviewed the band's debut CD (see below). Two weeks later, the group placed an advertisement for an upcoming show in this paper (also,…
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Home Run for Cothran Way to go with your article "Baseball's Orphans" (April 15). As a lawyer and a Dodger fan since growing up in Brooklyn in the '40s and '50s, I enjoyed it. Jim King San Jose And We…
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Sue Garner Like Mazzy Star's first album, or Kristin Hersh's Hips and Makers, Sue Garner's To Run More Smoothly is a personal record, a set of songs so affecting and intimate that they demand an audience of one. Late-night loneliness,…
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Confirmed Again: We're Incredibly Good Your article on the demise of OSC and Deck II ("Death of a Multimedia Phenomenon," Dec. 24) is perhaps the best story I've ever read about life, politics, and survival in the software industry of…
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Splendid Work Just a few words to praise staff writer Tara Shioya for her instructive and informative article dealing with the opulence in the courthouse ("Splendor in the Court," Dec. 10). Paul Vander Heiden Sunset Based on Actual Events Re:…
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Sorry for Saying Steven, Seven Though it may mean yet another year of being misspelled by your publication, I must respond to Jeff Stark's item "Ethical Laundry" (Riff Raff, Oct. 29), wherein you attempted to dig up dirt in the…
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We're Right, as Usual I generally disagree with I must tell you how exactly right you were in the piece about the treasurer's race ("The Grid Endorses! You Must Obey!" Oct. 29). I mean come on! Who…
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Second Time Around

Whispers From Space Ralph Coon's independent documentary follows the life of original "UFO-logist" Gray Barker, the author of dozens of pulp UFO books and publisher of the '50s Saucerian Bulletin. In artful black-and-white 16mm, Coon uncovers the truth about Barker…
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Fall of the House of Love Reality is catching up with decent but financially hapless Summer of Love promoter Chet Helms so quickly that even the usually warm, safe, and fuzzy San Francisco Focus skewered him in its September issue.…
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Taxing Thoughts Congrats to the Riff Raff crew for once again conveniently skirting the boundaries of libel with their commentary on Danny D. of Reality Check and the recent Boomerang prank ("Not Exactly Orson Welles' Infamous The War of the…
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Beth Orton Perhaps a few words from the liner notes to Beth Orton's beautiful Trailer Park contain the key to understanding the British folkie's work: "One more thing ...," the singer/guitarist writes. "Gender is just an excuse, relationships shouldn't be…
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On the Bus or Off the Bus? What is Jeff Stark's motive in his music article "Tragic Bus" (July 30)? Why does he waste two whole pages on human garbage like Anton Newcombe, when there are lots of area bands…
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Built to Spill Two-and-a-half years ago, Built to Spill's Doug Martsch, touring behind his pop masterpiece There's Nothing Wrong With Love, fretted about two things: being unfairly pegged as an alternative band and making enough money to provide for his…
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The VSS They say there was a time when punk rock could offend an audience. These days that's difficult to digest. With punk appropriated by television jingles and marching bands, what once confronted and agitated now soothes like a crate…
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The Softies One of the most aptly named bands in the annals of indie rock, the Softies play the aural equivalent of chamomile tea spiked with arsenic. Rose Melberg and Jen Sbragia, two women with pastel electric guitars, write songs…
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Swell More than a year after their last performance, San Francisco's Swell take the stage to try out a slew of new songs from their fourth LP, Too Many Days Without Thinking. One of the finest bands never sufficiently appreciated…
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Imperial Teen, Track Star, Henry's Dress At the Great American Music Hall, it's pop for pop's sake with two sweets and a sour. First up is Henry's Dress, an Albuquerque, N.M., transplant, who have received far more (well-deserved) kind words…
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Bad Ride Thanks for Jeff Stark's "Lawless Limos" (Bay View, Dec. 25). The woman who was assaulted last year was a friend of mine, and I took her to the hospital and police to file the report. Although we knew…
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