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Culture, The Exhibitionist Back in Baby's Arms: <i>Always.....Patsy Cline</i> Adds Shows at Altarena Playhouse

Back in Baby's Arms: Always.....Patsy Cline Adds Shows at Altarena Playhouse

Virginia Patterson Hensley (1932-1963) became internationally famous and beloved as Patsy Cline. Blessed with a rich and emotionally expressive voice, Cline continues to sell records today, more than fifty years after she died in a plane crash at age…
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Music, All Shook Down

10 Great Songs About Cheating on Your Lover

Depending on your perspective, cheating's a little bit naughty, a whole bunch of fun, or one of the worst things you could possibly do to another human being. Here are our 10 favorite songs about not being able to keep…
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Calendar, Night&Day Pirouetting After Midnight

Pirouetting After Midnight

The spirited founder of the Smuin Ballet may have passed away in 2007, but the influence of Michael Smuin’s fierce movements live on — this time to the contralto crooning of Patsy Cline. The choreography in the main work, World…
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Wayback Machinists

With music, a popular descriptive-yet-damning delineation is “retro.” It’s reserved for performers drawing upon “roots” to a point where it seems they’re living in an idealized past. It’s easy to jump to that conclusion regarding Southern California combo Big Sandy…
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Calendar, Night&Day Digging Into a Good Book

Digging Into a Good Book

Turning books into art isn't such an outlandish idea -- most spend 99 percent of their lives propped on shelves like forgotten objets d'art, pointlessly awaiting the return of a reader. But what artist Brian Dettmer does to his is…
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Music, Reviewed Paula Frazer

Paula Frazer

Melancholia comes easier to some than others -- but like most any state of mind, it's what one does with it that counts. S.F.'s Paula Frazer (who fronted altcountry locals Tarnation in the '90s) channels lingering, heart-rending images and stories…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hogan Country

Hogan Country

The first time I saw Kelly Hogan, she was onstage with Neko Case at Bimbo's. As a rabid Neko Case fan, I had already heard the smooth syrup of Hogan's voice doing backup duty on Blacklisted and other recordings. I…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Country/Americana Band

Valerie Jay & the Americanos Real country music in San Francisco? Sounded like "jumbo shrimp" until we heard this British chanteuse and her Americana band. Hailing from Yorkshire, England, the 5-foot-11-inch songbird landed on Bay Area shores in…
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Music, Reviewed Various Artists

Various Artists

Gone are the days when eight-bit video-game characters hummed along to forgettable tunes composed on vintage Casios. Today, shrewd label heads are brainwashing the kiddies by way of their PlayStations, endowing popular titles like Madden and Tony Hawk Pro Skater…
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Music, Reviewed Paula Frazer

Paula Frazer

Along with the Naked Barbies' Patty Spiglanin, Paula Frazer has one of the most distinctive sets of pipes in the Bay Area (and in the greater realm of pop music, for that matter). Her singular voice has what a lot…
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News, Night Crawler Trash Gawk

Trash Gawk

Since 1971, when United Nations Secretary-General U Thant proclaimed March 21 International Earth Day, the U.N. has celebrated the first day of spring by ringing the Peace Bell and sitting for two minutes in quiet prayer and reflection for the…
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Music, Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire

Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire

On his first two records, 1998's Thrills and 1999's Oh! The Grandeur, Andrew Bird presented himself as an exceedingly bright and talented musician who had very little new to say. An excellent violinist and competent songwriter, Bird took the musical…
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News, Night Crawler Night Crawler

Night Crawler

16 Reasons to Produce Next Year's Wammies 1) Patsy Cline puts the "cunt" back in country within the first five minutes of the awards ceremony. 2) Mongoloid and Plan 9 arrive in full costume - Devo and Misfits outfits, respectively.…
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wednesday november 1 Black Humor Comedian/activist Dick Gregory faces race issues other people sugarcoat or ignore: His '70s-era autobiography -- Nigger -- was a million-seller, laying the groundwork for Richard Pryor and others. Gregory last made headlines via a diet…
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