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Calendar, Night&Day Oral Flame-Thrower

Oral Flame-Thrower

There’s “alternative comedy,” and there’s offensive humor, and any good comedian will tell you it’s part of the job to push the boundaries between the two, rather than sticking to safe jokes such as “What’s this online dating things all…
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Music, BeatBox Debaser Halloween Party: Show Preview

Debaser Halloween Party: Show Preview

San Francisco's favorite flannel-clad alt-rock party, the illustrious Debaser, is set to don its own kind of costume for Halloween 2010: the guise of a proper early-'90s Manchester rave. With the help of UK expat and veteran DJ Chris Orr…
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Music, All Shook Down Manchester's Delphic: 'With Electronic Music You Can Do Anything'

Manchester's Delphic: 'With Electronic Music You Can Do Anything'

Manchester quartet Delphic is the latest outfit to be anointed "Best New Band in England" by a British music press notorious for going apeshit over bands that often aren't worthy of the praise, only to knock them down later. Fortunately,…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Looking for Eric</i>

Looking for Eric

What might strike American viewers as the most quizzical thing about Looking for Eric, Ken Loach's humble ode to soccer heroes and coming-of-middle-age in Manchester, is not its footie fixation but the unholy fuss kicked up by the possession of…
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Music, A new postpunk festival highlights a genre's revival

A new postpunk festival highlights a genre's revival

Professor, DJ, and journalist Michael Stock takes music-nerd obsessiveness to new levels. In 1999, when researching a film about Joy Division leader Ian Curtis, he not only interviewed members of such late-'70s bands as New Order, Crispy Ambulance, and A…
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News, Eject d'Art

Eject d'Art

It's hard to say who would be more excited by the sight of Mark "Huck" Gee's art studio: an 8-year-old kid or an art collector from SOMA. The British-born Gee specializes in limited-edition runs of designer toys, like the series…
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Music, Reviewed Doves


When the Doves released their debut in 2000, Lost Souls, it was clear that there was something different about the Manchester quartet's sound, an inexplicable quality that mixed psychedelic rock and dance motifs with enticing vocal melodies. The record didn't…
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Calendar, Night&Day

This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, April 9, 2003 Sixpence House is a book about books. It's about reading, selling, buying, sniffing, and ogling hardbacks, paperbacks, whatever. Naturally, booksellers adore it. This part travelogue, part memoir describes the journey of a San Francisco yuppie to…
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Music, Pop Philosophy

24 Hour Party Poopers; A Good Haul

Sucking in the Skye Ruby Skye sucks. You probably already know this bit of information. You probably feel the tony nightclub sucks and blows, like Britney Spears trapped in a tornado. But in case you're on the fence, here's another…
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Culture, Stage

Compulsive Talkers

Fast, funny, intelligent, and wise, Katy Hickman's Meteor Girl (premiered last year at the Solo Mio Festival and now reprised by the Encore Theatre Company) offers glimpses of three very different lives linked by the contrasting threads of desperation and…
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