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Music, Your Resident Latin Expert: John Santos' New SFJAZZ Series

Your Resident Latin Expert: John Santos' New SFJAZZ Series

A conversation with John Santos is like sitting in on a dynamic college course on Afro-Latin music — but there are no lulls and no test afterward. Watch Santos perform live on conga drums with a full band of horn…
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Culture, Art Bending Over Backwards, 16th Street & Hoff

Bending Over Backwards, 16th Street & Hoff

Two young women — girls, really — balance precariously on the same trapeze in a death-defying circus act. As depicted in Susan R. Greene's giant street art, the girls' trapeze artistry is a thing of beauty. And if that's all…
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Calendar, Night&Day Tropical Weather

Tropical Weather

Combining modern dance and Afro-Cuban folkloric traditions, the spirit and diversity of the Caribbean comes to life with the launch of the ninth annual CubaCaribe Festival. Spanning three weekends and three different venues, the programs feature dance and music by…
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Music, Omar Sosa Mixes Jazz and Electronica into an Afro-Cuban Cocktail

Omar Sosa Mixes Jazz and Electronica into an Afro-Cuban Cocktail

Pianist Omar Sosa is on a musical and spiritual mission. His music, steeped in Afro-Cuban and jazz influences, melds traditional and modern sounds (and aesthetics) to show the unseen threads that connect cultures throughout the African diaspora. His mission has…
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Music, All Shook Down Uptown Unveiled Tonight

Uptown Unveiled Tonight

One of the biggest Bay Area-wide buzzes in recent years has been the revitalization of Oakland--specifically, the Uptown district. Its makeover attained critical mass in February, when the renovated Fox theater officially reopened, and tonight, a massive street fair,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Latin Pride

Latin Pride

In an ideal world, there would be no need for nationally designated months designed to raise public awareness about certain ethnic groups (which are then promptly forgotten once the 30 days are up). But that world is still a ways…
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Calendar, Night&Day Mambo Kings

Mambo Kings

What is mambo? In the '40s and '50s, it was the work of Perez Prado ("the king of the mambo"), Tito Rodriguez, and Tito Puente, who sparked an unprecedented wave of mambo fever. Their music had a heavy instrumental component…
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"Jazz Horizons": Cassandra Wilson, Charlie Hunter Group Masonic Auditorium Friday, Oct. 24 Cassandra Wilson and Charlie Hunter packed the Masonic Auditorium last Friday with the promise of somethin' else. Diva of the moment for four years running, Wilson wanted to…
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Isaac Hayes Raw & Refined Branded (Pointblank/Virgin) Back in the late '60s and early '70s when James Brown was lugging around Papa's brand new bag and George Clinton was busy making the Mothership Connection, Isaac Hayes was getting down with…
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