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Music, All Shook Down Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers Provide Brilliant Bluegrass and Wisecracks

Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers Provide Brilliant Bluegrass and Wisecracks

Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers August 19, 2015 Wente Vineyards, Livermore Better Than: Having to watch the Coen Brothers’ movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? to get your bluegrass fix. There’s a certain glow and a tingling aftereffect…
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Music, All Shook Down Bringing Funny Back: Justin Timberlake Owns Television This Week

Bringing Funny Back: Justin Timberlake Owns Television This Week

If we were going to nominate a Song of the Week this week, it wouldn't go to any ordinary single. It wouldn't go to a song that's about to set the Billboard chart on fire. It wouldn't go to anything…
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Film, "The Big Year": Star-Studden Comedy Fails to Take Flight

"The Big Year": Star-Studden Comedy Fails to Take Flight

In the spirit of its bird-watching subject, The Big Year populates countless scenes with notable faces — Dianne Wiest! Brian Dennehy! Jim Parsons! Rashida Jones! Joel McHale! Corbin Bernsen? — yet despite such stargazing, which also extends to leads Steve…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Three Stages of Comedian Headshots: Dan Dion Photographs the Famous and Funny

The Three Stages of Comedian Headshots: Dan Dion Photographs the Famous and Funny

Sometimes there are too many amazing comedic things going on in this town. It's becoming increasingly harder for me to keep up with everything. WHOSE IDEA WAS THIS BLOG ANYWAY?* When photog to the comedy stars, S.F. local, and…
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Calendar, Night&Day It's All Around

It's All Around

Some of us still love listening to records, relishing the soft crackle behind Nina Simone’s fierce voice, or a reliable skip on a copy of Steve Martin’s The Jerk. In another vein entirely, a cadre of North Beach artists have…
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Calendar, Night&Day Walking the Talk

Walking the Talk

Remember when you first considered yourself fluent in Spanish? (Just kidding. Let’s try that again.) Remember your friend who learned Spanish, and what she told you was key to becoming fluent? “You have to reach the point where you think…
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Calendar, Night&Day What You Want?

What You Want?

"Now I only have two things … my friends, and my thermos." Steve Martin delivers this line at the beginning of The Jerk. At the end, he elaborates: "I don't need anything! Except this. This ashtray. That's the only thing…
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Music, All Shook Down

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass '09: Steve Martin, Neko Case, and more

Steve Martin is a wild and crazy guy...who happens to dig bluegrass. The above video is from a performance he had last September with The Steep Canyon Rangers in that band's home state of North Carolina, with the white-haired…
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Film, Spy vs. Why

Spy vs. Why

Despite his reputation as that rarest of creatures — a Hollywood intellectual — new evidence suggests that Steve Martin reads ... prepare yourself ... thrillers and spy novels. At least, that's the only conclusion you can draw from the "Story…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Art House

Compiled by Michael Leaverton and Hiya Swanhuyser. To submit a listing, e-mail film@sfweekly.com. Castro Theatre. Third Annual 70mm Film Festival: Large films on the large screen. Through July 9. Little Shop of Horrors: Roger Corman and Steve Martin storm a…
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Music, All Shook Down

Kids in the Hall, Liars, and Steve Martin -- Your Monday Morning Hangover

It's Monday, January 28, as we bid adieu to all the gutbusting laughs incurred from SFSketchfest. The Kids in the Hall tribute was a proper way to send it off, but more on that later. The laughs don't have to…
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News, The Snitch

Kids in the Hall, Liars, and Steve Martin — Your Monday Morning Hangover

It's Monday, January 28, as we bid adieu to all the gutbusting laughs incurred from SFSketchfest. The Kids in the Hall tribute was a proper way to send it off, but more on that later. The laughs don't have to…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Booger and Borat. You Likes?

Booger and Borat. You Likes?

Revenge of the Nerds: Panty Raid Edition (Fox) Revenge of the Nerds is a great movie. No, really. It's got a bitching new-wave soundtrack and some truly inspired performances -- memorable enough to wreck the careers of Robert Carradine (Lewis)…
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Film, Diamond in the Rough

Diamond in the Rough

This is not George Lazenby making his doomed run at James Bond, or even Mel Gibson presuming to play Hamlet. This is serious heresy, combined with a touch of felonious assault. It has evidently not occurred to Steve Martin that,…
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Culture, Stage

"Safe Words-Loud Silences: The Shorts Project"

La Vache Enragee Productions has made it its mission "to reduce elitism in art," and with an eye to that goal had a great idea: produce a night of short plays, intersperse some silent films starring the same actors, and…
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Calendar, Performance Come Together

Come Together

ONGOING 12/2-18 I get tired of the arts scene in our hard-to-categorize city always being divvied up into neat slots. If you feel the same, prepare your ears and eyes for something a little different, as the innovative theater company…
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Film, Wild, Then Crazy

Wild, Then Crazy

Does Steve Martin have multiple personality disorder -- or is he just brilliantly in tune with some things and wildly out of touch with others? Shopgirl, the movie based on Martin's novella of the same name, is one of the…
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Calendar, Performance Acting Mayor

Acting Mayor

SAT-MON 7/3-5 Why does political activism have to be so gosh darn serious all the time? Death, poverty, and corporate greed are no laughing matters, but intelligent satire can illuminate even the most depressing subject and make it approachable. The…
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Film, Phat Chance

Phat Chance

You know Internet dating's become totally mainstream when Disney cranks out a bland comedy featuring a randomly selected pair of mismatched stars to take on the subject. Bearing the unwieldy and meaningless title Bringing Down the House, said comedy is…
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Film,

The Lying Game

Suicide Kings Directed by Peter O'Fallon. Written by Josh McKinney, Gina Goldman, and Wayne Rice. Starring Christopher Walken, Jay Mohr, Henry Thomas, Sean Patrick Flanery, Jeremy Sisto, and Johnny Galecki. Opens Friday, April 17, at the Galaxy in S.F., the…
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