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Music, All Shook Down Morning Music News: Noise Pop Adds to Their Lineup, Oscar Nominees, Donald Trump Theme Song, and More

Morning Music News: Noise Pop Adds to Their Lineup, Oscar Nominees, Donald Trump Theme Song, and More

The 10-day, 24th annual Noise Pop Music Festival just announced a handful of new acts to their lineup. The festival, which starts on Feb. 19 and runs until Feb. 28, will now feature sets by: Michigan producer, Sango; Bay…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Nick Cannon Exposes Life in Gangland in <i>Chi-Raq</i>

Nick Cannon Exposes Life in Gangland in Chi-Raq

When actor and America's Got Talent host Nick Cannon told SF Weekly about gang members coming over, shooting up his block and killing an innocent person in the crossfire, he wasn't only describing the narrative of Spike Lee's new…
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Film, "Oldboy": Do the Wrong Thing, with Spike Lee

"Oldboy": Do the Wrong Thing, with Spike Lee

This is a durably movie-ready concept if ever there was one. A loutish drunkard finds himself abducted and stashed in solitary confinement for 20 years, then abruptly released and wondering: What was that all about? Also: Which way to revenge?…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Clever Kind of Non-Theater

A Clever Kind of Non-Theater

Stew and the Negro Problem, an “Afro-Baroque” band, is all about blurring boundaries: between different races and cultures, between theater and concert, between art and life. Tonight’s performance also blurs different stages of the band’s career. Some songs come from…
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Film, "Red Hook Summer": Spike Lee Returns to the Brooklyn Panoramic

"Red Hook Summer": Spike Lee Returns to the Brooklyn Panoramic

Spike Lee returns to the Brooklyn neighborhoods of his most famous works — including his celebrated debut, Do the Right Thing — with Red Hook Summer, and an early shot suggests that this trip home has reinvigorated the director. Tracking…
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Film, Feature Year in Film: Ten Films We Can't Wait to Watch in 2012

Year in Film: Ten Films We Can't Wait to Watch in 2012

We know—you're excited about The Dark Knight Rises. And The Avengers. And The Hunger Games. So are we. We're also excited about a lot of other movies whose marketing campaigns have not inundated us with white noise (yet). Allow us…
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Calendar, Night&Day Swam Lake

Swam Lake

We’re always glad to hear that some people had a good time in their ballet classes when they were little girls. So glad. Because a lot of us are still pissed off that we spent so much time doing pliés,…
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Music, All Shook Down Thursday's Pick: SFinExile Spoken-Word Series

Thursday's Pick: SFinExile Spoken-Word Series

​SFinExile Spoken-Word SeriesThe Garage6:30 p.m., $10-$20 Spike Lee's senior thesis at Tisch School of the Arts was a short film called Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads. Some guy named Ang Lee (no relation, as far as we know) was…
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Calendar, Night&Day Behind the Striped Pole

Behind the Striped Pole

Spike Lee’s senior thesis at Tisch School of the Arts was a short film called Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads. Some guy named Ang Lee (no relation, as far as we know) was the assistant director, and it’s endlessly…
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Calendar, Night&Day Urban Jungle

Urban Jungle

Spike Lee was hardly the first African-American independent filmmaker; in fact, his early breakthrough was only made possible by pioneers like Charles Burnett and Melvin Van Peebles. Their bitterly impassioned movies are revived all too infrequently, perhaps because it’s painful…
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Calendar, Night&Day Tap Tap Tap

Tap Tap Tap

Dancers aren’t known for their smarts. Don’t shoot the messenger, it’s just a reality. Besides, who needs to be all brainy when you know how to move? The thing is, when a dancer is intelligent, society runs the risk of…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Passing Strange: The Movie</i>

Passing Strange: The Movie

For those (like this critic) who missed singer-songwriter Stew’s Tony-winning, autobiographical rock musical during its runs at the Public Theater and on Broadway, Spike Lee’s concert film version—taped during the show’s final two performances at the Belasco Theater and once…
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Film, Very Minor Miracle

Very Minor Miracle

On some level, you have to hand it to Spike Lee. There are probably fewer than a handful of directors working in Hollywood today who could put together the financing for a three-hour war movie lacking any marquee names and…
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Calendar, Night&Day B.A.R.E. Your Butt

B.A.R.E. Your Butt

Tap dance is about fifty times harder than it looks, since the audience can't see or hear the many tiny movements of ankle tendon and leg muscle it takes to make that flap-step happen. Keep that in mind at the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Make Your Mama Cry

Make Your Mama Cry

He's acted for Spike Lee. He's performed locally at Theatre Rhino, and with the Magic Theatre. He's been on Broadway, and he's been on TV — in Oz. Carlo D'Amore's got chops, all right. His one-man show, the semi-autobiographical No…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Repertory Film Listings

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr2006@yahoo.com). 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 sfweekly.com.…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish A True Horror Classic

A True Horror Classic

When the Levees Broke (HBO) Spike Lee's four-part doc, easily the best non-fiction film of 2006, gets a fifth part on DVD: a 105-minute epilogue that reveals just how little has changed since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in…
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Culture, Stage

Bebop Beauty

Suzan-Lori Parks' cataclysmic The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World is — to the detriment of the whole entire world — a play often discussed but rarely seen. The subject of countless articles about "reconfiguring…
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Film, It's a Crime

It's a Crime

Given Inside Man's bullpen (director Spike Lee, stars Denzel Washington and Jodie Foster), moment in political history, and advertising, you could be forgiven for anticipating some kind of socially relevant, perhaps even politically volatile dramatic smash-up — something with teeth,…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Rock Artist

Rock Artist

ONGOING 10/14-11/26 Last week I saw a cloud shaped exactly like a string of cartoon waves, with razor-sharp edges and pointed peaks, looming over the Bay Bridge. My first idea -- to snap a picture and sell it to a…
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