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Music, Hear This Budos Band: Show Preview

Budos Band: Show Preview

The Budos Band's sound is unmistakably its own: heavy bass lines repeat over aggressively funky drumbeats while horns play boisterous melodies and a West African shekere gourd instrument keeps steady time. In between songs, band members drink beer and curse…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist There's Nobody on TV Quite Like Big Ang: Mob Wives' Angela Raiola

There's Nobody on TV Quite Like Big Ang: Mob Wives' Angela Raiola

She's dated mobsters and loves drag queens; she's had more than a few facelifts and breast enlargements, and admits to them all. Her wardrobe is colorful, her voice is deep, and it would be easy to laugh at Big…
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Film, "Afternoon Delight": A Hipster-Meets-Stripper Tale

"Afternoon Delight": A Hipster-Meets-Stripper Tale

As the Kathryn Hahn star vehicle we've been waiting for, writer-director Jill Soloway's Afternoon Delight knows what it needs to do. We meet Hahn's Rachel, a winningly vulnerable, semi-reluctant Silver Lake housewife, just as she's working out her goofy way…
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Music, Hear This GZA: Show Preview

GZA: Show Preview

The Wu-Tang Clan included rappers more famous, more insane, and more intoxicated than the GZA, but arguably none more talented. The Staten Island rhymer born Gary Grice is deservedly revered for his deadpan delivery and labyrinthine rhyme schemes. He stands…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • Theatrical pop-rock band Fun. played two S.F. shows last week, and showed that it's got more going for it than hit single "We Are Young" (which you probably heard first on Glee or a commercial during the Super…
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Music, Hear This Raekwon: Show Preview

Raekwon: Show Preview

If you ever require solid proof of Raekwon's care for his craft, dig into "C.R.E.A.M.," from Wu-Tang Clan's agile 1993 debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). Early into the track, the Clan's resident Chef is dispensing slang-heavy, machismo-laced life advice…
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Calendar, Night&Day Rhyme Master Run Amok

Rhyme Master Run Amok

If you ever require solid proof of Raekwon's care for his craft, dig into "C.R.E.A.M.," from Wu-Tang Clan's agile 1993 debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). Early into the track, the Clan's resident Chef is dispensing slang-heavy, machismo-laced life advice…
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Music, Hear This Wu-Tang Clan: Show Preview

Wu-Tang Clan: Show Preview

Long after the Earth has withered into a human-free wasteland, Neptunian archeologists will rummage through the artifacts and wonder why they keep finding a mysterious "W" symbol everywhere. We're of course talking about the insignia of the Wu-Tang Clan. Since…
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News, Sucka Free City "Linus and Lucy" and Lawsuits: Guaraldi Heirs Sue for Royalties

"Linus and Lucy" and Lawsuits: Guaraldi Heirs Sue for Royalties

Charles Schulz's Peanuts featured Linus Van Pelt quoting Victorian scholar and critic John Ruskin ("The best grace is the consciousness we have earned our dinner.") and also spawned the animated schlockfest It's Flash Beagle, Charlie Brown. Its Christmas special, which…
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Dining, Eat Fresh Eats: SoMa's New Burmese Gourmet Food Truck

Fresh Eats: SoMa's New Burmese Gourmet Food Truck

Three weeks ago, William Lue put three signs up on the food truck he has rented on Townsend and Fourth. The first, "Burmese Gourmet," he moved over from his Concord truck when he decided to break back into the San…
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News, Sucka Free City

The S.F. bike plan and its surprising discontents

Katy Liddell was happy to trade a car-based life for one centered on walking when a corporate transfer landed her in South Beach in 1995. Since then, the human resources professional has "walked, walked, walked" the few blocks to work…
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Dining, Eat Little Skillet's stellar takeaway can brighten a summer day

Little Skillet's stellar takeaway can brighten a summer day

The second day of summer 2009 almost persuaded San Franciscans that maybe all that warm summer weather talk isn't just a lot of hype. The sky was a beautiful fogless shade of blue. A gentle breeze did nothing to temper…
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Music, Hear This Wu-Tang Inc.

Wu-Tang Inc.

Products of Staten Island's notorious Park Hill projects, the nine-member Wu-Tang Clan surfaced in the '90s to forge a unique roughneck New York hip-hop style. Their music absorbed obsessions with technology, kung fu and gangster flicks, and the street-level Islamic…
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Music, Training Daze

Training Daze

With raw street tales and creative, sampladelic beats, Boot Camp Clik is to Brooklyn what Wu-Tang Clan is to Staten Island. But if that East Coast hip-hop metaphor doesn't register way out west, suffice it to say that this eight-member…
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Dining, Dish Enchanted

Heart's Desiree

I think a clarification is in order. For a decade or so restaurants have been bandying about the term "comfort food" as if it's an all-purpose, stick-to-your-ribs salve, the sure-fire dining cure for everything from homesickness and PMS to biological…
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Music, BeatBox BeatBox

BeatBox

For the past seven years, "The Root Down" has been a weekly funk and hip hop club staple in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. Local promoters Massive Selector have invited two of the club's regular residents, Dusk and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Belly Trance

Belly Trance

It was sneaky, how they got me. A nice lady recently sent mail about "Undulation2," a two-day belly dancing event, and her message included the following note: "I saw Desert Sin in L.A. last November doing an homage to silent…
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Holiday, GIFTS

GIFTS

DVDs Giving a movie usually means one of two things: that the film is good enough for multiple viewings or that you want to expose someone to something you think is cool or educational. Tear-jerkers, surprise endings and light romantic…
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Summer Guide, Summer <b>Music</b>

Music

June 22-24: Sierra Nevada World Music Festival Earl Zero, Midival Pudits, and Quetzal are among the performers ($35-75). Angels Camp. (415) 472-5550. www.snwmf.com. June 21-August 30: Summertime, Summer Nights Friday night performances by classic rock performers, including Herman's Hermits, The…
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Best of San Francisco, Sports & Recreation

Best Way to Blow Off Steam After Work

There's nothing like a brisk walk along the water at the height of rush hour to take the edge off a tough day. While car drivers grow more agitated with each crawl to the next red light, you can simply…
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