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Word Scientists

Kelsey Street Press has been publishing daring, experimental work for 40 years, including collaborations between poets and visual artists, and a long and growing list of authors' first books. Further, the Berkeley-based press has spawned other like-minded publishing houses…
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Music, All Shook Down Small Show Calendar: Life Stinks, Cate Le Bon, and More

Small Show Calendar: Life Stinks, Cate Le Bon, and More

[Professional publicists ceaselessly implore writers to preview shows, but often the most worthy events lack such luxuries. The Bay Area is both actively producing and attracting experimentalists, multimedia performance spectacles, cult punk rituals and innovative anti-socials with no capacity…
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Music, Bouncer Authentic amigos at Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant

Authentic amigos at Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant

Lately, to my delight, there's been a spate of incredibly crappy busking goin' round various BART and Muni stations. Don't get me wrong: I like the good musicians, too, but the bad ones really make my day. There are two…
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Culture, Art Political Artist Julia Page Waits for Godot to Bring Peace to Middle East

Political Artist Julia Page Waits for Godot to Bring Peace to Middle East

The phrase "political art" is enough to turn any dinner party toward the vodka bottles. Political art? It's awkward. Preachy. Certainly undeserving of public funding. In a 2004 New York Foundation for the Arts poll, 69 percent of respondents agreed…
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Music, Spotlight Reviews

Spotlight Reviews

Electronic music is often a chilly affair, a cerebral-techie exercise that tends to be more fun for the composer/performer, who thrills to the schematics of his latest software inventions, than for the listener, longing to connect on a human level.…
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Calendar, Night&Day She Blinded Me With Science

She Blinded Me With Science

Art and science may appear to have little in common, but behind Catherine Wagner's lens, the two go hand in hand. Wagner, a San Francisco-based photographer and Mills College art professor, first linked the two in her influential series Art…
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Music, Reynols

Reynols

Thanks to the far-reaching tentacles of the Internet, anyone with a computer has access to information about musically obscure groups once known only to readers of elitist xeroxed fanzines and to clandestine tape traders. One of the fruits of this…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

If pianist Ethan Iverson were based in the Bay Area, he'd probably work with the handful of top-notch musicians in the Mills College and S.F. improv scenes -- artists enormously respected by their peers but largely unknown beyond those circles…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Douglas Ewart's "3 on 3 Music Is the Game"No stranger to eclectic sonic exploration, Kingston native and multi-instrumentalist Douglas Ewart has been building his own instruments and developing a singular approach to composition since pre-adolescence. At 53, he is nationally…
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Music, Hear This

Hear This

Glenn Spearman Music FestivalIn 1998, veteran free-jazz saxophonist Glenn Spearman's local reputation for volcanic improv finally seemed to be gaining international notice. A marked increase in activity, both onstage and in the studio, even attracted the attention of slow-on-the-uptake industry…
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Hear This

Matt Ingalls Clarinetist, composer, theorist, and software designer Matt Ingalls foresees a brave new world in which advanced digital sound reproduction systems will obliterate the way we currently experience music -- a future where "no sound coming out of loudspeakers…
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Hear This

John Bischoff Tired of warm and fuzzy music, electronics wiz John Bischoff set out 25 years ago to invent a compositional language based on a sonic reality nearly devoid of human emotion. A pioneer in the concept of computer-network bands,…
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The House of Tudor

Feeling the tax crunch? Have no fear. Those sick little fucks over at "Bondage A Go-Go" are ready and willing to supply you with some monetary relief. They ask very little in return, just a bit of self-inflicted humiliation, mutilation,…
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Sax Maniacs

"That's the strangest thing I've ever heard," remarked a friend in the dazed aftermath of a live performance by the Rova Saxophone Quartet of Larry Ochs' "The Secret Magritte." The heady work was originally commissioned by the Antwerpen '93 festival;…
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Night+Day

wednesday november 15 Sounds and Silence A five-day conference and festival, "Here Comes Everybody: The Music, Poetry, and Art of John Cage" includes concerts, films, panel discussions, and art. Scholars and creative luminaries including Kenneth Baker, Marjorie Perloff, and Andrew…
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News, Feature

The Doctor of Sonology

Relaxing in the living room of his Bernal Heights home, decorated with exotica from around the globe, avant-classical composer Carl Stone explains how a potentially devastating incident plunged him into the world of computers. During the holidays of 1985, the…
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Machine Dreams

From Silicon Valley to SOMA, Stanford University to UC Berkeley, the Bay Area is a hyperactive testing ground when it comes to making music with computers. Artists are manipulating everything from user-friendly Macs to megapowerful workstations to reinvent the musical…
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Chatterbox

Mills College Art Gallery is grouchy with SF Weekly and other publications for listing its exhibitions under galleries, which it isn't, instead of museums, which it is. In an October mailing, the 70-year-old East Bay institution protests: "In the past,…
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