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Calendar, Night&Day To Go

To Go

Based on the true story of Ming Kuang Chen, an illegal Chinese immigrant who was stuck in an elevator in the Bronx for nearly 81 hours in 2005, Stuck Elevator seems to pose an obvious staging problem: How do you…
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Film, "Gimme the Loot": A Day in the Bronx

"Gimme the Loot": A Day in the Bronx

2013 is proving to be a good year for micro-budgeted, deeply-felt comedies about teenagers in the Bronx. Hot on the heels of Michel Gondry's The We and the I comes Adam Leon's Gimme the Loot, which looks at the same…
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Calendar, Night&Day Wiggle-Walk 
Across America

Across America

Mr. Wiggles is a living legend. Born Steffan Clemente in the “Boogie Down” Bronx, the hip-hop dance pioneer has popped, locked, boogalooed, b-boyed and wiggle-walked his way from Beat Street to Sesame Street, and from the Rock Steady Crew to…
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Film, "We and the I": Gondry Captures Childhood in a Bus Ride

"We and the I": Gondry Captures Childhood in a Bus Ride

Oh, kids these days! They all may have smartphones and constant Internet access, and openly queer kids are accepted — but wearing your backpack straps over both shoulders still makes you a target of harassment by the mean kids, because…
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Music, Hear This Jessie Ware: Show Preview

Jessie Ware: Show Preview

Ordinarily, a London-based soul chanteuse has zero reason to beef with a hulking 1990s rapper from the Bronx — but that's not the case for Jessie Ware and the late Big Pun. The ultra-chic up-and-comer and her producer, Julio Bashmore,…
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Music, Hear This Pete Rock: Show Preview

Pete Rock: Show Preview

Representing Brooklyn and the outer Bronx, DJ Premier and Pete Rock sit at the foundation of quintessential New York hip-hop. Masters of digging for dusty grooves, both came up in the early 1990s as producers for duos that rode funk-jazz…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 4/18/12: Refused Roar Back to Life at the Warfield

Live Review, 4/18/12: Refused Roar Back to Life at the Warfield

Refused The Hives The Bronx Wednesday, April 18, 2012 The Warfield, San Francisco Better than: Listening to metal at Ikea. For the uninitiated amongst you, know this: Refused changed everything. For this writer, it was sitting in a living…
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Music, Hear This ESG: Show Preview

ESG: Show Preview

They came from the Bronx with a tough style of dance music that blended the take-no-shit attitude of punk with the insistent beat of disco. The group's name was ESG, and in 1980s New York, its sound took the downtown…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hookers. Blood. Zombies. A Vengeful Scavenger

Hookers. Blood. Zombies. A Vengeful Scavenger

This description immediately sold us on Another Hole in the Head Film Festival: “A raccoon mistakenly snacks on crack cocaine. He sets out to exact revenge on the developers and politicians responsible for destroying his home in the Bronx.” That’s…
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Music, BeatBox Atmosphere: Show Preview

Atmosphere: Show Preview

Minneapolis's Atmosphere — once just a DJ and a beleaguered rapper, now a quartet with guitarist and keyboardist — has been on the road for a long time. Its latest record, The Family Sign, takes a hard look at the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Rocked Them All

Rocked Them All

At first glance, it's hard to judge the work in the photography book Please Take Me off the Guest List. The work asks not only “What do I mean?” but also “What does the guitarist of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs…
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Film, "It Came from Kuchar" documents amateurs for life

"It Came from Kuchar" documents amateurs for life

A few years and 2,500 miles apart, teenagers inspired by photos of Dad in uniform and From Here to Eternity undertake their separate 8mm war epics. Both are the works of prodigies weaned on double features, later loved or reviled…
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Music, Hear This Pete Rock

Pete Rock

In all of hip-hop, is there a steadier hand than Pete Rock's? After 20-plus years as a DJ, producer, and MC who has worked with the cream of alt-rap's crop, the Bronx legend has yet to lob a misfire. He's…
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Culture, Stage Chazz Palminteri revives <i>A Bronx Tale</i> in San Francisco

Chazz Palminteri revives A Bronx Tale in San Francisco

Chazz Palminteri's autobiographical solo show, A Bronx Tale, is theoretically about an Italian-American boy's relationship with two father figures — hard-working, morally upstanding bus driver Lorenzo and neighborhood wiseguy Sonny. As the blurb for Robert De Niro's 1993 film adaptation…
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News, Feature

Fall Theater Events

Rock 'n' RollTom Stoppard's story of "Prague's rock revolution." Fans of Pink Floyd will appreciate the exploration of the life of the band's late founder Syd Barrett, who spent his final years as a mad recluse. Sept. 11-Oct. 12 at…
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Dining, Eat Abbondanza


After several years of the tapas-inspired small-plates trend influencing practically every new restaurant in San Francisco, could big plates be the next new thing? If the crowds of happy diners inhaling the well-prepared and generously portioned Italian-American fare at Joey…
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Home Entertainment, What Else Is New?

Our top DVD picks scheduled for release this week:

As You Like It (HBO) Babel: 2-Disc Collector's Edition (Paramount Vantage) Broken (Weinstein) The Bronx Is Burning (ESPN) Building Bombs (New Video Group) Chalk (Arts Alliance America) Cinema 16: European Short Films (Warp) Cujo: 25th Anniversary Edition (Lionsgate) Davey and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Knives Out

Knives Out

In the first bout of the high-toned "Battle of the Chefs" series, Kunihiro Kinda (of San Francisco's Hime) pits his Japanese fare against the Bronx-Italian stylings of Joseph Manzare (Zuppa, Pescheria) in the slick kitchens of a department store. Much…
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Music, BeatBox Get your funk on for free

Get your funk on for free

San Francisco night life isn't necessarily super-expensive, but it's still a treat to find quality DJs for absolutely nothing — as promised with "Free Funk Friday." DJs B-Cause and Vinnie Esparza spin at plenty of paid events around town; their…
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Dining, Eat Trawling on Church

Trawling on Church

Every time I've strolled on upper Church, I've been charmed by the street, dominated by a majestic church façade surrounded by carefully kept Victorians (one with a flickering gaslight in front) and small eclectic shops. The neighborhood just got even…
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