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Culture, The Exhibitionist This Exhibition Goes to 11 -- Art Inspired by Metal Bands, Satan

This Exhibition Goes to 11 -- Art Inspired by Metal Bands, Satan

Modern Eden Galley will be hosting the group exhibition "Dark Art: A Tribute to Metal" featuring works inspired by heavy metal music and classic cover art illustrations starting August 11.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Jeff Ross Says SF Indiefest Couldn't Happen in Any Other City But San Francisco

Jeff Ross Says SF Indiefest Couldn't Happen in Any Other City But San Francisco

Jeff Ross founded the San Francisco Independent Film Festival 14 years ago as a way to give his friend Rand Alexander a place in town to show his movie Caged. What started as a four-day event now lasts two weeks.…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: "Unwigged and Unplugged" at the Paramount Theatre

Last Night: "Unwigged and Unplugged" at the Paramount Theatre

Unwigged and UnpluggedParamount TheatreApril 22, 2009Better than: Well, maybe a little better than watching Anvil! The Story of Anvil. But you should still see that movie, too. The concept behind "Unwigged and Unplugged" is a straightforward one. Christopher Guest, Michael…
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Music, Hear This Hostile Crawlcore

Hostile Crawlcore

Bay Area punk legends Flipper go through bassists like Spinal Tap did drummers; most recently, Nirvana veteran Krist Novoselic left and was replaced by Rachel Thoele, the band's first female member. After years of inaction punctuated by intermittent live gigs,…
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Film, Revealed: Everything you wanted to know — or didn't — about Canuck headbangers Anvil

Revealed: Everything you wanted to know — or didn't — about Canuck headbangers Anvil

Back in the late '70s, before Guitar Hero III or Rock of Love 2 or even VH1, a jolly Canadian guitarist named Steve "Lips" Kudlow formed a thrash band with his high school best friend, drummer Robb Reiner (no relation…
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Music, All Shook Down Metallica's Hetfield Hospitalized, Spinal Tap Rolls On

Metallica's Hetfield Hospitalized, Spinal Tap Rolls On

New Music Express has reported that that Metallica's James Hetfield was hospitalized for "a stomach bug and dehydration," forcing a cancellation of a March 8 Stockholm show .This latest health-related incident parallels a similar incident in Switzerland in 2004…
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Music, Department of What the Fuck?

Department of What the Fuck?

There's such a fine line between stupid and clever. -- David St. Hubbins, This Is Spinal Tap Metal has never been a genre of music generally associated with rocket scientists, but perhaps no band in the last quarter-century better illustrates…
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Film, Mail-Order Strife

Mail-Order Strife

The acting is good. The editing is deft. And the script slices through its characters' hypocrisies, making quick work of their obvious, desperate need. All told, there's talent and intelligence behind Mail Order Wife, a film that chronicles one man's…
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Listen Up, Listen Up Feature Insultingly Rich & How to Become It

Insultingly Rich & How to Become It

Do I have to come right flat out and tell you everything/ Gimme some money/ Gimme some money. -- Spinal Tap YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT MAKING MONEY WHILE YOU SLEEP?!?! Well think no more. Presenting SF Weekly's 10-POINT PLAN for…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Do the Twist

Do the Twist

FRI-SAT 12/17-18 It's that time of year again -- children's eyes glaze over with excitement, the smell of gingerbread fills the air, and you can't walk into a coffee shop without hearing yet another version of "Jingle Bells." If you're…
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Music, OK Then Giving a Folk

Giving a Folk

Here in the world of music criticism, we altweekly writers have a reputation for being snide, snarky, and dismissive. Pick up the Chronicle and you'll find intelligent, respectable pop critics reviewing Lisa Marie's concert, the kind of show I'd rather…
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Culture, Stuff Break Like the <i>Wind</i>

Break Like the Wind

They were loud once, deafeningly so--and dumbingly so, if such a thing is possible. They wore skins of leather stuffed with cucumbers of foil, towered over dwarves who danced around a Stonehenge made of pebbles, sang about women who fit…
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Culture, Stuff Shearer Delight

Shearer Delight

There is no good place to begin with Harry Shearer, because he doesn't sit still long enough to allow one the chance to focus. He is a blur, forever in motion--on his way to the radio station, on his way…
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Culture, Stuff The Man of Many Face

The Man of Many Face

It has often been written of Chris Guest -- or, if you prefer, Fifth Baron Christopher Haden-Guest, son of diplomat Peter Haden-Guest, who could once vote in Parliament -- that he has the demeanor of cold stone and the temperament…
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Culture, Stuff STUFF: The Final Cut

STUFF: The Final Cut

Peter Becker is the most important man in the movie business, even though you have no idea who he is. Becker himself would not cop to such a description; he, like few others in the business called show, does not…
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Calendar, Night&Day Spanks for the Memories

Spanks for the Memories

For once, Austin's all-acoustic Asylum Street Spankers won't have to compete with the clatterclink of beer bottles and bar chatter, and megaphone-wielding crowd silencer Mysterious John can turn his talents back to kazoo as the band plays on unchallenged. After…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Night+Day

wednesday february 12 Crack, Baby "Dark Alliance," San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary Webb's three-part investigative series on the CIA-crack connection, was contentious enough to generate a flurry of conspiracy theories, journalistic debate, and its own Website since its publication…
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