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News, The Snitch Who Owns The Castro Rainbow Flag?

Who Owns The Castro Rainbow Flag?

Don't like the way the Castro's iconic rainbow flag is administered? Go get your own! That's the message from Steve Adams, the president of the Merchants of Upper Market and Castro (MUMC). It's his group that pays for the oft-replaced…
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Music, The Crushing Spiral Ensemble

The Crushing Spiral Ensemble

The first minute of the Crushing Spiral Ensemble's second album comes out and grabs you by the wrist, dancing you around the room on a funky breakneck beat before you've caught your breath. The next two minutes are seductive --…
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Hear This

It's tempting to say that saxophonist Jon Raskin is the strong, silent Buddha of the Bay Area's veteran jazz/new-music combo Rova Saxophone Quartet. But anyone familiar with his trenchant compositions and explosive solo flights on sopranino, alto, and especially baritone…
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Hear This

Steve Adams and Dan Plonsey The art of solo improvisation can be the most liberating and the most challenging of tasks for the creative horn blower. When you're all alone on the bandstand, you can be as free as you…
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Sax Maniacs

"That's the strangest thing I've ever heard," remarked a friend in the dazed aftermath of a live performance by the Rova Saxophone Quartet of Larry Ochs' "The Secret Magritte." The heady work was originally commissioned by the Antwerpen '93 festival;…
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