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Culture, Stage Ends of the Earth: Nigerian E- Mail Scams Get Their Dramatic Due

Ends of the Earth: Nigerian E- Mail Scams Get Their Dramatic Due

If you have an email address, then Scamoramaland, a world premiere by Performers Under Stress, will be deeply personal to you. You, too, have received the bizarre missives — the presumption of intimacy, the shoddily detailed dire straits, the creative…
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Calendar, Night&Day The clothes make the country

The clothes make the country

Nigeria has produced some of the most enduring music, literature, and artwork of the past 50 years. Think Fela Kuti and his Afrobeat music. Think Chinua Achebe and his bevy of books, including the iconic Things Fall Apart. And think…
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Calendar, Night&Day African Road-Trip

African Road-Trip

When Bongo Sidibe played with Grateful Dead member Mickey Hart in 2008, he was probably the only person in the Shoreline Amphitheatre who had never heard of him — it was one of his first gigs in the U.S.…
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Music, Drink 2013: Nightlife Listings

Drink 2013: Nightlife Listings

21 Club: The 21 Club is one of the last remaining bastions of Tenderloin dive bar living. This small liquor den — located at the untouristy intersection of Turk and Taylor — serves stiff drinks and frothy beers to a…
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Dining, SFoodie Eat West African Moi-Moi at La Cocina's Street Food Festival This Weekend

Eat West African Moi-Moi at La Cocina's Street Food Festival This Weekend

Chiefo's Kitchen will debut moi-moi at San Francisco Street Food Festival on Sat. Aug., 18. Chiefo Chukwudebe, who grew up in Nigeria and got started in the local restaurant scene through La Cocina two years ago, says that you can…
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Calendar, Night&Day Queer the Room

Queer the Room

LGBT performance art thrives on multiple levels in San Francisco. Trannyshack leads the recurring clubs that are escorting drag into the 21st century. Kirk Read and Larry-bob Roberts head monthly open mic Smack Dab. Local choreographers Laura Arrington and Jesse…
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Music, Hear This Omara "Bombino" Moctar: Show Preview

Omara "Bombino" Moctar: Show Preview

Following in the footsteps of pioneering Saharan band Tinariwen and the late Malian six-string virtuoso Ali Farka Touré, Nigerian guitarist Omara "Bombino" Moctar has risen in a few short years from living in exile to being one of the leading…
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Film, "Le Havre": Utopian Vision of Refugees in France Is Sadly Illusory

"Le Havre": Utopian Vision of Refugees in France Is Sadly Illusory

Aki Kaurismäki's Le Havre is something of a comeback for the Finnish filmmaker. His warmhearted comedy of underdog working-class solidarity, made with a mixed Finnish-French-Senegalese cast in the French port city Le Havre, was the most warmly received movie —…
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Culture, Art "Face of Our Time": Photos of Africa Show Life as It Is, with No Exoticism

"Face of Our Time": Photos of Africa Show Life as It Is, with No Exoticism

An African woman stares at the camera and purses her lips. She seems upset, but her eyes are in shadow, so it's hard to determine her exact state — or even who she is. We know her occupation, though. "I…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Afrobeat Goes On

The Afrobeat Goes On

The summer of Africa continues. World Cup soccer games in South Africa brought fever to the pitch as Ghana nearly topped Uruguay in the quarterfinals, and worldwide, people blew vuvuzelas to the soccer gods. Meanwhile, the New York debut of…
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Calendar, Night&Day California Academy of Sciences Turns One

California Academy of Sciences Turns One

The new California Academy of Sciences opened its doors one year ago this weekend, and one thing has been missing: the big cats. This weekend, we get the big cats. Specifically, a mountain lion, a lynx, and a caracal (?).…
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Music, Aphrodesia spreads Afrobeat cross-country

Aphrodesia spreads Afrobeat cross-country

The 11 Afrobeat enthusiasts who comprise Aphrodesia always have good anecdotes to share. There was the tour they took through the United States in a bus powered by vegetable oil. Or the time they sang to Ghanaian audiences in their…
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Calendar, Night&Day Neo Griot

Neo Griot

In this country, if people amble around while singing to themselves and telling random stories, they're called crazy or homeless or both. In West African states such as Guinea, they're revered as griots — wandering poets, musicians, and oral historians.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Going Up

Going Up

As William, a taciturn senior who seems to be planning for his final days, veteran character actor and former Elvis Presley bodyguard Red West takes center stage in Goodbye Solo, the third feature co-written and directed by Ramin Bahrani (Man…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Goodbye Solo</i>

Goodbye Solo

As William, a taciturn senior who seems to be planning for his final days, veteran character actor and former Elvis Presley bodyguard Red West takes center stage in Goodbye Solo, the third feature co-written and directed by Ramin Bahrani (Man…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Pray the Devil Back to Hell</i>

Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Some political documentaries suffer from overselling the urgency of their agenda, but director Gini Reticker’s Pray the Devil Back to Hell nicely underplays the significance of its subject—the 2003 nonviolent protest by thousands of Liberian women that brought down warlord…
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Music, International crate digging gets new life online

International crate digging gets new life online

Frank Gossner, aka DJ Franc O, recently spent three years living in West Africa for the sole purpose of crate-digging. He scoured 30-year-old private collections and the homes of old musicians in search of "Afrobeat, jerk, and soul" records —…
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Calendar, Night&Day Filles d&#146;Afrique

Filles d’Afrique

There are any number of reasons a collaboration between Urban Bush Women's Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Senegalese choreographer Germaine Acogny might have struck both women as auspicious. Widely hailed as the mother of contemporary African dance, Acogny has long…
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Dining, Dish Enchanted

Chaat Amongst Yourselves

It has always seemed peculiar to me that here, in the birthplace of the United Nations, you could run down the street and grab a quick, inexpensive Senegalese or Istrian meal, but going out for Indian food was always a…
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Dining, Dish Enchanted

Atlas Adventures

The beauty of living in this global bouillabaisse is that on any given day you can sit down at the kitchen table with a world atlas, close your eyes, point to a random spot on the map, open your eyes,…
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