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Calendar, Night&Day India's Contradictions Captured

India's Contradictions Captured

The experience of modern-day India is nearly impossible to describe to a Westerner. It is simultaneously spiritual and maddening. This production of Terrence McNally’s 1993 play, A Perfect Ganesh, beautifully and achingly captures India’s contradictions and allure. It’s a familiar…
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Calendar, Night&Day Los Animals

Los Animals

Fans of Los Lobos probably already know all about Los Cenzontles. The local roots-Latino group recently recorded an album, American Horizon, with a couple of really, really special guests: blues mage Taj Mahal and Los Lobos' David Hidalgo. And the…
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Music, All Shook Down Taj Mahal and Bonnie Raitt to Tour Together

Taj Mahal and Bonnie Raitt to Tour Together

Among the certifiable legendary musicians residing in the Bay Area are bluesman-folkster Taj Mahal and singer/slide guitarist Bonnie Raitt. The two (both of whom need multiple shelves in their living rooms to hold all their Grammys) have a long…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Three decades after its original release, Recycling the Blues & Other Related Stuff still stands as the best testament to Taj Mahal's indomitable spirit and large vision. Essentially a solo effort split between a live recording at the Fillmore and…
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Dining, Eat New Life

New Life

I cursed whoever firebombed Tong Palace back in January 2001. I'd just discovered the place a week earlier and decided it would make a fabulous addition to my dining repertoire. The old Tong Palace was a few cuts above the…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Restaurant in Which to Have a Cultural Identity Crisis

Zante Pizza & Indian Cuisine is the unexpectedly successful marriage of South Asian flavors, Italian food, and the gritty feel of an all-American dive -- right in the heart of the Mission, so it's surrounded by burrito joints and bodegas.…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

The annual Africa Fete tour ensures American world-beat audiences a sunny dose of stylin' Afropop entertainment. Proffering its most inspired triple bill to date, this year's event features Senegalese headliner Baaba Maal, stateside blues hero Taj Mahal's new group Kulanjan…
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Recordings

Soundgarden Down on the Upside (A&M) Long before there was grunge, there was Led Zeppelin, who, from their sock-stuffed loins, spawned a small army of would-be arena rockers armed with twin lusts for grandiosity and the collected works of Aleister…
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