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News, One-Night Standoff: A Pickup Artist Appeals to the Shy and Tech-Oriented With His Algorithms for Getting Laid

One-Night Standoff: A Pickup Artist Appeals to the Shy and Tech-Oriented With His Algorithms for Getting Laid

Pickup artist Vince "Hollywood" Kelvin seems at home under a red spotlight created by the "open" and "sale" signs of competing pizzerias, bars, and souvenir shops on Powell Street. Kelvin, a Los Angeles resident, is here on one of his…
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News, Letters

SF Weekly Letters April 16-22, 2014

Roll the Die Satire is lost on reader: Clearly the creators of this game don't actually live in San Francisco, or they would know that only trash from the valley or tourists from the Midwest call it "Frisco" ["Frisco!: The…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse Movie Listings November 7-13, 2012

Artists' Television Access. Bruised Jewels: Films and slide works by Luther Price. Thu., Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m. $5. Bright Mirror: An evening of sound and video performance with Jeff Surak, Sylvia Schedelbauer, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, and Paul Clipson. Fri., Nov. 9,…
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Film, "Sparkle": Whitney Houston Shines in Lackluster Remake

"Sparkle": Whitney Houston Shines in Lackluster Remake

Post-blaxploitation and pre-Dreamgirls, the original, funky, low-budget Sparkle from 1976 set its girl-group rise and fall in Harlem in 1958. Salim Akil's remake, scripted by his wife, Mara Brock Akil (creator of the late, great Girlfriends and The Game), moves…
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Music, All Shook Down Fest Recap: Our Five Favorite Moments

All Shook Down Fest Recap: Our Five Favorite Moments

1. At midnight, Crystal Castles emerged from a soupy, fog-filled blackness amid obliterating strobe lights, kicking off their headlining set with the unsettling "Doe Deer," then the anthemic "Baptism." As bass shook the room, frontwoman Alice Glass writhed in the…
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Music, Marlena Shaw is often sampled, but she sounds great on her own

Marlena Shaw is often sampled, but she sounds great on her own

You may not instantly recognize Marlena Shaw's name, but you've heard her voice sampled in hip-hop and dance music, or featured in commercials or films. Shaw is one of the most versatile singers in post-World War II black music: She…
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Music, BeatBox Bunny-hoppin' beats: Oxy Cottontail bounces clubbers onto the dance floor

Bunny-hoppin' beats: Oxy Cottontail bounces clubbers onto the dance floor

A passion for skewering pharmacology and moving booty prompted New York's Roxy Summers to morph into saucy nightlife persona Oxy Cottontail , a powerhouse party promoter, DJ, and fledgling dance/rap artist. She's developed a reputation for curating music as provocative…
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Film, Slam Dunk

Slam Dunk

Originally, Ward Serrill set out to make a documentary — and a short one at that — about Bill Resler, an avuncular tax professor at the University of Washington who thought he knew enough about basketball to coach the girls…
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Music, Reviewed The Game

The Game

If you're in the Army, hustle for the Mafia, or rap in G-Unit (which is like some strange collision of the two), you always follow orders and never bite the hand that feeds you. If you even remotely follow hip…
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Music, Reviewed Jerry Garcia

Jerry Garcia

This box set collects all six JG solo studio records, from 1972's Garcia to 1982's Run for the Roses. With the exception of two albums, these often find Garcia in the role of interpretive singer, in large part forsaking the…
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Music, Reviewed T.Raumschmiere

T.Raumschmiere

In Berlin, techno hasn't been just a genre option in the club scene. It's been the city's modern folk music, a sonic reflection of the burg's constant, rhythmic drive to reinvent itself as the world's tech-culture capital. Over time, Berlin…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

Of Pimps and Politics Words from the man himself: Gentle people, I bid you greetings and salutations: I am James Robinson; last week I was a vice president of the most powerful transit union in the state of California. However,…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Local Spirit Caught on DVD

When laptop hip-hopper Gold Chains' first full-length comes out this year on PIAS, a lot of listeners are going to wonder what Topher Lafata, the man behind the golden ropes, is all about. They need look no further than Gold…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Douglas Ewart's "3 on 3 Music Is the Game"No stranger to eclectic sonic exploration, Kingston native and multi-instrumentalist Douglas Ewart has been building his own instruments and developing a singular approach to composition since pre-adolescence. At 53, he is nationally…
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Reviews

Erykah Badu Live (Universal) Many of the best black popular musicians consciously attempt to maintain a healthy cynicism toward mainstream values and dreams of upward mobility. Since the mid-1990s Dionne Farris, Des'ree, Carleen Anderson, Tony Rich, and Joi all made…
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