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Calendar, Night&Day Carnaval 101

Carnaval 101

Although the Carnaval festival itself doesn't kick off until the weekend, those interested in starting the party early can unite with like-minded revelers at the de Young's free celebration tonight. The evening, part of the museum's weekly Friday Nights…
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Calendar, Night&Day Ballet, Meet B-Boy

Ballet, Meet B-Boy

Do you feel like you finally have a couple dance moves perfected, so that when you find yourself out at a club you might not die of embarrassment? Before you feel too proud, you should know that the all-male…
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Music, BeatBox Amon Tobin: Show Preview

Amon Tobin: Show Preview

Rio de Janeiro-by-way-of-London producer Amon Tobin chops and splices samples with the precision of DJ Shadow. He has an ear for musicality that recalls Tim Hecker, and his tracks are as haunting as anything by Four Tet. Really, though, Tobin's…
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Calendar, Night&Day Refuge in Refuse

Refuge in Refuse

“If I’d known what it was like, I wouldn’t have come here,” a man says, speaking of the United States. His wife interjects, “You wouldn’t have met me, my love.” He repeats: “I wouldn’t have come here.” His wife admits,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Art, Garbage, and Humanity

Art, Garbage, and Humanity

A fascinating, deftly layered look at the complex intersections of art and charity, reality and perception, Waste Land follows celebrated New York artist Vik Muniz back to his native Brazil, where he'll work with outer Rio garbage-pickers on an ambitious…
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Calendar, Night&Day To the Vik Go the Spoils

To the Vik Go the Spoils

A fascinating, deftly layered look at the complex intersections of art and charity, reality and perception, Waste Land follows celebrated New York artist Vik Muniz back to his native Brazil, where he'll work with outer Rio garbage-pickers on an ambitious…
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Dining, Eat SOMA Samba

SOMA Samba

Rio de Janeiro is one of those great cities that works its way into your plasma and lingers there, time and distance notwithstanding. The place positively thrums with charisma, captivating music, and an irresistible coming-together of jungle, mountain, and curving…
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Best of San Francisco, Sports & Recreation

Best Bar for Expats to Watch Their Home Sports Teams

A friend of ours was in Rio de Janeiro for his birthday last year when he wandered into a bar, glanced at the TV, and saw not the inevitable soccer game, but the San Francisco Giants, live via satellite from…
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Film, <i>God</i> Forsaken

God Forsaken

Ever since Amores Perros burst onto the international scene two years ago, Latin American cinema has been experiencing one of the most fertile periods in its history. Encompassing such works as Alfonso Cuarón's Y Tu Mamá También and Walter Salles'…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

A while back, it seemed like electronic music pundits couldn't invent subgenres fast enough. You had trip hop, techstep, breakbeat, broken beat, illbient, ambient, drill 'n' bass, IDM, and a dozen other obtuse terms seemingly designed to keep you, your…
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Film, Latin American Odysseys

Latin American Odysseys

Anyone watching the Latin American offerings at this festival would conclude that our southern neighbors commit acts of harrowing savagery against each other, if they're not themselves being tortured or executed by their own police forces and governments. Or it…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Place to Day-dream About Faraway Places With Strange-Sounding Names

First thing you do is check the "Ship Traffic" column in the daily newspaper (usually in the business section). Pick a cruise liner or container ship to your liking -- hm, the Maersk bound for Japan sounds good -- catch…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Ashkenaz Dance-a-ThonWhen you think of grooving all night in the year 2000, you probably picture the chemical combustion of a dusk-to-dawn rave or roof-raising hip-hop at a remote warehouse deep in the heart of Oakland. But at Ashkenaz Music &…
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Film,

Second Time Around

The Big City In the exhilarating opening scenes of this edgy 1966 film by Brazil's Carlos Diegues, a young woman (Anecy Rocha) arrives in Rio de Janeiro from the provinces and is taken in tow by a madcap impresario, Calunga,…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): It would be a perfect time to have fat cells from your butt implanted in your forehead to smooth out the wrinkles there caused by the twisty adventures of the past couple of months. It'll also…
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