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Calendar, Night&Day Sweet 'n' Salty

Sweet 'n' Salty

Repeated exposure and adoration from the masses have turned most popular music and art festivals into blown out, oversaturated, and commercialized trash -- vain attempts to recapture the aura and frenetic glory of Woodstock or Monterey Jazz. Today’s festival scene…
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Music, Works by Manson Family pal Bobby BeauSoleil’s Orkustra compiled on double album

Works by Manson Family pal Bobby BeauSoleil’s Orkustra compiled on double album

The sunny, halcyon days of the 1960s have been shoved down our collective throats with every Woodstock anniversary and baby boomer film reveling in the music of the times. In the handwritten notes by California musician Bobby BeauSoleil that accompany…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse movie listings for November 25-December 1, 2009

To submit a listing, e-mail Artists' Television Access. "The Global South": David Martinez' short films made in the Sahara, and Sahar Al-Sawaf's Um Abdullah. Sat., Nov. 28, 8:30 p.m. $6. 992 Valencia (at 21st St.), 824-3890, Castro Theatre.…
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Music, Woodsuck: Crummy festivals I attended in the late '60s and early '70s

Woodsuck: Crummy festivals I attended in the late '60s and early '70s

They say that if you remember Woodstock, you weren't there. That's bullshit. I remember it perfectly, and I was there. That's why I don't need all this nostalgic crap they're trying to unload on everybody in honor of the celebration's…
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Film, <i>Taking Woodstock</i> does nothing more than recycle the same late-'60s tropes

Taking Woodstock does nothing more than recycle the same late-'60s tropes

"If you remember Woodstock, you probably weren't there," the expression goes. And if you were, can you please stop gassing on about it? Aquarian Nostalgia is the most oppressively sanctimonious and dull stripe of reminiscing. Sure, the three free days…
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News, Sucka Free City

How San Francisco celebrated the 40th anniversary of Woodstock

Last weekend was the 40th anniversary of Woodstock. How did San Francisco celebrate? • Pretended Woodstock happened here instead of upstate New York. • The Board of Supervisors passed a resolution commemorating the concert — finally giving it the recognition…
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Music, All Shook Down SF, NY Fight Over Woodstock Name

SF, NY Fight Over Woodstock Name

Who owns the name Woodstock? That's the central issue in the brouhaha between the promoters of San Francisco's Free Woodstock 40th Anniversary concert and New York-based Woodstock Ventures. Today at 1 pm at John's Grill, a group of Summer…
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Music, Richie Havens redefines folk over four decades

Richie Havens redefines folk over four decades

You can easily call Richie Havens a folksinger. He is, after all, an acoustic-guitar–playing Boomer. But you can't call him typical: His distinctive style couldn't be further from the sanctimonious post-Dylan stereotype. Instead, he's continued to propagate the dogged, soulful,…
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Music, Reviewed Various


Before Lollapalooza, even before Woodstock and Isle of Wight, there was the Monterey International Pop Festival. Over a few days in June 1967, diverse performers from America, Britain, India, and Africa strutted their stuff in the Sunshine State, and the…
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Home Entertainment, What Else Is New?

SF Weekly's top DVD picks for the week of Sept. 14

After Sex (New Yorker Video) Ben-Hur: Four-Disc Collector's Edition (Warner Bros.) Candlemass: The Curse of Candlemass (Navarre) Carlito's Way: Ultimate Edition (Universal) Escaflowne: The Movie -- Ultimate Edition (Bandai Entertainment) Everybody Loves Raymond: The Complete Fourth Season (HBO Home…
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Music, Crowning Glory

Crowning Glory

On a dark and stormy night just east of Flagstaff, Ariz., after traversing Route 66, the Crown City Rockers pull their beat-up tour van off to the side of the road and into a desolate Motel 6. Upon tricking the…
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Film, Scars and Bars

Scars and Bars

"Whadyawant, motherfuck?" They're the first words Charles Bukowski speaks in John Dullaghan's documentary about the poet and novelist, famous for his writing and infamous for his drinking and brawling and screwing. The audience member, either the acolyte or just the…
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Dining, Social Grace

Penny Pinching

Dear Social Grace, I recently had an embarrassing incident with a cashier at a lunch counter, and I hope that you can help decide an issue for me. Many establishments have bowls of pennies next to the register, welcoming customers…
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Culture, Stage Rewind


The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe premiered in 1985, when the good times that supposedly swept the American middle class away from '60s idealism were still a fresh target for satire. Jane Wagner's script is crammed…
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News, Feature Magnificent Obsession

Magnificent Obsession

More than once, Craig Breedlove's obsession has nearly killed him, and still he can't let go. The last time was four years ago, when he set out once again to break the world land speed record by piloting his supersonic…
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News, South to the Future

Less Than Seven Zeroes

May 10, 2000 SAN FRANCISCO -- "Look at that," announces veteran dot-com partygoer Tiffany Wren, "the CFO just puked all over the ice sculpture." Elsewhere a loud pop precedes a burst of mock screams as another bottle of Veuve Cliquot…
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Dining, Eat

The Man Who Came to Dinner

If the unfortunate events that marred the recent Woodstock '99 festival have any expiatory value, it is perhaps to highlight and remind us of the ideals and intentions of its namesake. The original Woodstock, for all its faults and excesses,…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): Any psychologist will tell you how common it is for a time of intense intimacy between two people to be followed by a cooling-off period. A profound splash of divine love can be as scary as…
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