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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Rhett Miller and a Slew of Others Performed at the Singer's Third Annual Wheels Off Show

Last Night: Rhett Miller and a Slew of Others Performed at the Singer's Third Annual Wheels Off Show

Rhett Miller Featuring Paul F. Tompkins, Michael Chabon, Janet Varney, and John Roderick Sunday, January 10th, 2016 Swedish American Hall Toward the end of Rhett Miller’s Third Annual Wheels Off show, John Roderick looked at his host, the indefatigable,…
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Music, All Shook Down Here's Michael Chabon Explaining Kendrick Lamar

Here's Michael Chabon Explaining Kendrick Lamar

Remember the days when there were categories like "high art" and "low art," or, say, The New Yorker and the lyrics annotation website Rap Genius, and never the two did meet? That wall arguably came tumbling down for good last…
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Music, All Shook Down Tonight: Sketchfest + John Vanderslice + Rhett Miller of The Old 97's = Awesome

Tonight: Sketchfest + John Vanderslice + Rhett Miller of The Old 97's = Awesome

What's better than turning hordes of comedians loose on San Francisco? Why, watching what happens when you mix and match them with musicians, of course. This year's Sketchfest has already seen some great musical collaborations, like the Noise Pop night…
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Music, Gather 'Round the Vinyl

Gather 'Round the Vinyl

In the center of René de Guzman's office at Oakland Museum of California, stacks of exhibition catalogs and trade journals form an improvised table. Crates of records rest nearby, with jackets jutting out at odd angles like the haggard shared…
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Dining, Eat Pizzaiolo: Oakland's Best-Kept Doughnut Secret

Pizzaiolo: Oakland's Best-Kept Doughnut Secret

Every morning at 8 a.m., Pizzaiolo quietly opens its doors to a small morning crowd. If you know their faces, you'll recognize a handful of the East Bay's brightest literati gathering between the brick walls, scrawling new works into their…
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Calendar, Night&Day Strayed but Not Lost

Strayed but Not Lost

Cheryl Strayed is a motherfucking heart surgeon. Few who have read her can claim they haven’t been touched by her writ-ing in some profound, life-altering way. From her frank, evocative Dear Sugar advice column on the literary website The Rumpus…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Diesel Bookstore Becomes "Brokeland Records" for Michael Chabon's New Book

Diesel Bookstore Becomes "Brokeland Records" for Michael Chabon's New Book

Oakland, Ca. It is a city whose past tangibly lingers even as it continues to change. Fresh graffiti can be seen on the old train station that once ferried commuters to a pre-Bay bridge San Francisco. The house and once…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Single Duality

A Single Duality

At first glance, Michael Ondaatje and Michael Chabon may seem like an odd pair to share a stage. Aside from each having a new book to plug and the same first name, the two have little in common, superficially. Ondaatje…
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Music, All Shook Down Turns Out Michael Chabon Is a Huge Hip-Hop Nerd

Turns Out Michael Chabon Is a Huge Hip-Hop Nerd

If you haven't been obsessively up to date with the world of Internet news, Bay Area author Michael Chabon has been guest editing the culture section of The Atlantic's culture blog this week. The nifty gig also revealed perhaps one…
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Music, All Shook Down Berkeley Writer Ayelet Waldman's Red Hook Road Inspired By Bach, Steve Reich

Berkeley Writer Ayelet Waldman's Red Hook Road Inspired By Bach, Steve Reich

New York Times best-selling author and Berkeley resident Ayelet Waldman released a new book today called Red Hook Road. She and her husband, Michael Chabon, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, have been called…
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Music, All Shook Down What To Do? Wednesday's Pick: Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman

What To Do? Wednesday's Pick: Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman

​Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman @ Booksmith Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman are getting a sitter, for in a surprising and heartening move they appear together tonight. It should make for an interesting dynamic: We know Waldman's fans will be…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hopelessly Devoted

Hopelessly Devoted

Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman are getting a sitter, for in a surprising and heartening move they appear together tonight. It should make for an interesting dynamic: We know Waldman’s fans will be eyeing Chabon, going mmmm-hmmm, because of some…
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Calendar, Night&Day Andrew Sean Greer

Andrew Sean Greer

One of San Francisco's most cherished writers appears in conversation with one of Berkeley's, Michael Chabon. A battle of the bay, perhaps? Maybe a little: Greer, at least, writes books about his city, like his latest gem, The Story of…
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News, The Snitch Michael Chabon Endorses Obama B/C He's Black: The  Melanin Argument

Michael Chabon Endorses Obama B/C He's Black: The Melanin Argument

The Chron's Leah Garchik had a cute little snippet about Berkeley author Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay) endorsing Barack Obama for president at Saturday's 19th Annual National Kidney Foundation of Northern California Authors Luncheon. But…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Bookish Behavior

Pulitzer Prize–winning author Michael Chabon is the keynote speaker at the S.F. Jewish BookFest. The author, who won the big one for The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, plans to talk about memory and identity; he also goes into that…
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Culture, Bookcap

The Yiddish Policemans Union

By Michael Chabon HarperCollins (May, $26.95) Michael Chabon loves to shoehorn his outsized imagination into the conventions of whatever genre catches his fancy, and here he decided the hardboiled detective novel was in need of a thorough postmodern frisking. He…
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Calendar, Night&Day Back on Track

Back on Track

The new novel by Ayelet Waldman, Bye-Bye, Black Sheep, has nothing on her last book, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits. Then again, it's not supposed to. Black Sheep is a mystery, and it attends faithfully to the habits of the…
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Calendar, Night&Day

This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, June 25, 2003 Interdisciplinary artists Jon Brumit and Marc Horowitz have graced the pages of SF Weekly before. The peculiar duo (better known as Sliv & Dulet Enterprises) were profiled in "Idiocy Inc." last August, when their absurdist works…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Marching Band

"Marching to the beat of a different drummer" doesn't come anywhere near describing the antics of the Extra Action Marching Band, which forever puts to rest the stereotypical image of the "band geek." This 30-person ensemble recasts funk and tribal…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Literary Readings

All of the lit heavy-hitters read here, more than at any bookstore in the city. At one time or another, Po Bronson, Michael Chabon, Dorothy Allison, Isabel Allende, and Dave Eggers graced the podium at this charming bookstore. And unlike…
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