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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: San Francisco Symphony Performs <i>Ratatouille</i> in Concert

Live Review: San Francisco Symphony Performs Ratatouille in Concert

Ratatouille is far from my favorite Pixar movie. I say that not to open the can of worms that is debating which of the now-Disney owned animation studio's films are the best — because we'd be here all day…
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Music, All Shook Down Stern Grove Festival Launches With Janelle Monáe

Stern Grove Festival Launches With Janelle Monáe

People all over the world will join in and form a love train, love train. The 79th Stern Grove Festival lineup is out, and the O'Jays are part of it: Aug. 7, to be exact. Every Sunday from June 19…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Chatting With Kim Novak, Who Brings Vertigo to SF Symphony This Weekend

Chatting With Kim Novak, Who Brings Vertigo to SF Symphony This Weekend

Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo is now considered the great auteur's masterpiece, with some arguing that the 1958 romantic thriller is superior even to the groundbreaking and still terrifying Psycho. Vertigo was shot on location in a San Francisco which no longer exists…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: San Francisco Symphony’s Opening Gala 2015

Live Review: San Francisco Symphony’s Opening Gala 2015

His face was on back-lit posters outside the venue, the cover (and back) of the playbill, and gold-framed pictures inside. So when maestro Michael Tilson Thomas took the stage inside Davies Symphony Hall for the opening of the San…
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Music, All Shook Down I Spy: San Francisco Symphony Does James Bond

I Spy: San Francisco Symphony Does James Bond

With themes ranging from sultry and seductive to tense and action packed, the music of the James Bond film series has played an integral part of the franchise's success since the beginning; with the staccato guitar of the iconic…
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Music, All Shook Down San Francisco Symphony Performs <i>Back to the Future</i> Score This Weekend

San Francisco Symphony Performs Back to the Future Score This Weekend

Great Scott! It's been 30 years since the characters of Marty McFly and Emmett “Doc” Brown first thrilled audiences on the silver screen in the beloved sci-fi flick Back to the Future — and local fans can celebrate the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist John Cage's <i>Renga</i> Brought Thoreau to Life

John Cage's Renga Brought Thoreau to Life

There’s a popular complaint among people who feel like they don’t understand contemporary art, and that is the idea that because a piece might not look technically demanding, it doesn't hold the same merit of its meticulously planned counterparts.…
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Music, All Shook Down Elvis Costello, Lars Ulrich, Phil Lesh, Boz Scaggs, and Yo-Yo Ma Played Michael Tilson Thomas' Birthday Party Last Night

Elvis Costello, Lars Ulrich, Phil Lesh, Boz Scaggs, and Yo-Yo Ma Played Michael Tilson Thomas' Birthday Party Last Night

In the current issue of SF Weekly, we brought you an interview with Elvis Costello, who will join the San Francisco Symphony starting tonight for a three-performance run of Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) at Davies Symphony Hall.…
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Music, All Shook Down San Francisco Symphony Debuts Alternative Performance Venue: SoundBox

San Francisco Symphony Debuts Alternative Performance Venue: SoundBox

In a city where sleek buildings run aplenty, it can be hard to think that a new music/bar/performance space could stand out among the competition. But it does. The San Francisco Symphony is set to open SoundBox, its own…
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Music, All Shook Down The San Francisco Symphony Nails the Holiday Season

The San Francisco Symphony Nails the Holiday Season

The holidays can be hard. When you throw legal injustice and riots on top of it, they can be, well, really hard. But it’s the holiday season. We’re supposed to be feeling good! And feeling good (at least for…
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Music, All Shook Down Monster Mosh: Here's Your Halloween (Freak) Show Roundup

Monster Mosh: Here's Your Halloween (Freak) Show Roundup

Halloween has always meant an excuse for bands to jump into costume as their favorite other bands, but this weekend's lineup of shows really takes the cake. Er, the candy? The pillowcase full of candy. No circus peanuts, please. If…
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Music, All Shook Down Greetings From Your New Music Editor

Greetings From Your New Music Editor

Dearest All Shook Down readers, boys and girls, crust punks and R&B queens alike,  Has the music coverage around these parts seemed a little light as of late? Well, the good news is that it's not just you. That cold…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>30 Rock</i>'s Cheyenne Jackson Comes to S.F. To "Sing His Guts Out"

30 Rock's Cheyenne Jackson Comes to S.F. To "Sing His Guts Out"

There's a certain something about TV and Broadway star Cheyenne Jackson that makes him alluring. Just ask Tina Fey, who, after seeing him in a production of "Damn Yankees," waltzed up to Jackson and said, "Hi, I love your…
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Music, All Shook Down Stern Grove Fest 2014 Lineup: Rufus Wainwright, Sergio Mendes, SF Symphony, and More

Stern Grove Fest 2014 Lineup: Rufus Wainwright, Sergio Mendes, SF Symphony, and More

The temperature is rising in San Francisco, which means it's almost time for the awesome, free, and pleasantly alfresco Stern Grove Music Festival. Every Sunday afternoon, from June 12 to August 24, Stern Grove will feature performances from a…
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San Francisco Events for Halloween and Día de Los Muertos 2013

Photo Courtesy of AFrostFrolic Halloween season is already in full swing, and aside from the eventual candy overload expected on All Hallow's Eve, you may be still trying to figure out plans for both Halloween and Día de los Muertos.…
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Music, Hear This Janelle Monae: Show Preview

Janelle Monae: Show Preview

There are few rising R&B stars as stylishly ambitious — and consistently satisfying — as Janelle Monae. Her 2010 album The ArchAndroid explored a futuristic mélange of hip-hop, R&B, soul, and rock — but even its heady conceptualizing couldn't keep…
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Calendar, Night&Day New World Order

New World Order

San Francisco Symphony musicians return to a more palatable world of symphonic performance with a family-friendly concert featuring Dvořák's "New World" Symphony. The composer wrote "New World," his ninth symphony, during a visit to America in the 1890s; and, indeed,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Keep It Classy

Keep It Classy

You can only Peter Pan your way through the most festive night of the year so many times before you realize there might be perks to actually making plans -- free champagne, for instance, or a place to finally wear…
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Calendar, Night&Day 'Twas a Good Night

'Twas a Good Night

You're in the thick of it, aren't you? The frenzy of the holidays has washed over like a tidal wave and replaced visions of sugar plums with the cold slap of gift-giving budgets, packed parking lots, and incessant top 40…
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Calendar, Night&Day Shaken and Stirred

Shaken and Stirred

The San Francisco Symphony breaks out its holiday hooch early this year, with a pop concert featuring global sensation Pink Martini. This sassy ensemble tinkers in genre-defying repertoire, mixing an eclectic set of sounds like Afro-Cuban, dance, jazz, cabaret, and,…
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