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Music, Hidden Agenda Punk Debunked: Criminal Code and Vexx Find Exceptions to Any Alleged Rule

Punk Debunked: Criminal Code and Vexx Find Exceptions to Any Alleged Rule

Quick tempos tend to stifle the rhythmic complexity of rock bands. Meter subdivided so many times demands consistent reminders of the downbeat, and that typically doesn't leave room for much syncopation in between. For punk, an impoverished rhythmic vocabulary doesn't…
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Music, Hear This Calvin Johnson: Show Preview

Calvin Johnson: Show Preview

When you get someone like Northwest indie figurehead Calvin Johnson to curate a compilation — as S.F.-based magazine The Believer did to accompany its annual music issue — you can expect something a little unusual. Johnson, a veteran of Olympia…
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News, Feature

Oyster species guide

Crassostrea virginica (C. virginica) Common names: Eastern oyster, Atlantic oyster, Gulf oyster, Blue Point, Malpeque This is the great American oyster, the species that occurs naturally from Canada down the East Coast to New York and Chesapeake Bay and all…
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Music, Hear This Kimya Dawson

Kimya Dawson

Barbara Walters admittedly doesn't "get" Kimya Dawson, which is quite possibly the best reason to pay 20 bones to see a songwriter who just a few years ago was commanding a fraction as much at a venue less than a…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Repertory Film Listings

Commentary by Gregg Rickman ( Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. For additional Reps Etc. listings, go to…
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News, Dog Bites Pole Dancing Against Capitalism

Pole Dancing Against Capitalism

Last week Dog Bites received a press release about a guerrilla art performance that was to take place in the Financial District during lunch hour on Dec. 10. Dressed as a businesswoman, an artist who calls herself Olympia would pole…
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News, Night Crawler Joining Distaff

Joining Distaff

The steps of Mission High School are teeming with young women in all shapes and guises, eating their lunches and taking in the afternoon sun. Oregon's Cheryl Maquiss, a 17-year-old in an orange and pink minidress and blue low-tops, flips…
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Music, Pop Philosophy True is stranger than fiction

True is stranger than fiction

A legend in his own mind History, they say, is written by the winners. With his new book, Live Through This: American Rock Music in the Nineties, Everett True tries to invert that truism. Some may find his claim of…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

A couple of years ago a friend of mine passed along articles from a British newspaper about a surgeon in Scotland who had amputated the legs of two patients, at their own request. There was no medical reason for the…
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Music, Preaching to the Disconcerted

Preaching to the Disconcerted

The Bay Area experimental music scene is a small one: small clubs, small groups, and most often small crowds. In this microcosm, one local man is making a big noise. Not only has pianist/guitarist Ernesto Diaz-Infante recorded and performed with…
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Music, Flock You

Flock You

Outside the Bay Area, rock bands with women playing guitars and drums are still somewhat scarce. Sure, you'll get acts with female singers and bassists, but not very many girls are in the so-called "power positions." It's even more unusual…
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Calendar, Night&Day A.I.: Artistic Intelligence

A.I.: Artistic Intelligence

SFMOMA's digital art exhibition "010101" may offer an inkling of what high-profile artists will create given a wad of cash and the techie means, but New Langton Arts' "LifeLike" ups the ante. The exhibition brings together 10 visual artists to…
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Dining, Eat New Kid on the Dock

New Kid on the Dock

I'm not sure when I felt the rave coming on. Certainly the lightly battered, piping-hot smelt with a dab of aioli, presented as a taste teaser, put me in a magnanimous frame of mind. Maybe it was while sipping a…
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