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Music, All Shook Down Saturday: Joshua Redman and Brad Mehldau Trade Solos at Herbst Theatre

Saturday: Joshua Redman and Brad Mehldau Trade Solos at Herbst Theatre

Joshua Redman and Brad Mehldau Oct. 24, 2011 @ Herbst Theatre Better than: Occupying Wall Street. As an art form, one of the strengths of jazz is its refusal to prioritize the individual over the group, even in the throes…
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Music, All Shook Down Sunday: Jazz Royal McCoy Tyner Showcases Coltrane at Herbst Theatre

Sunday: Jazz Royal McCoy Tyner Showcases Coltrane at Herbst Theatre

McCoy Tyner Oct. 16, 2011 Herbst Theatre Better than: Listening to a scratched up jazz record from the '60s for the thousandth time. When 72-year-old McCoy Tyner walked onstage, his steps were small and almost fragile. When he spoke, his…
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Music, All Shook Down Friday: Smashing Pumpkins Press on with New Faces and New Songs at the Fox Theater

Friday: Smashing Pumpkins Press on with New Faces and New Songs at the Fox Theater

Smashing Pumpkins Oct. 7, 2011 Fox Theater Better than: Fasting. Perhaps we shouldn't use Friday night's Jewish holiday for the purposes of a rock concert review, but Billy Corgan has a lot he should probably be atoning for: being…
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Music, All Shook Down Sunday: Wayne Shorter Pushes the Limits of Jazz, Music at Herbst Theatre

Sunday: Wayne Shorter Pushes the Limits of Jazz, Music at Herbst Theatre

Wayne Shorter Oct. 2, 2011 Herbst Theatre Better than: Listening to songs shorter than 40 minutes long. Stripped of his pen, notebook, and incredibly necessary glasses, the concert reviewer can't help but feel out of his element, totally unprepared to…
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Music, All Shook Down Sunday: Vinicius Cantuária Fittingly Inhabits a Museum

Sunday: Vinicius Cantuária Fittingly Inhabits a Museum

Vinicius Cantuária Sept. 25, 2011 @ Florence Gould Theater at the Legion of Honor Better than: Admiring paintings by the Dutch and Flemish masters. For the uninitiated, the Florence Gould Theater sits in the basement of the Legion of Honor,…
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Music, All Shook Down Friday: Two Door Cinema Club Woos the Teens at the Warfield

Friday: Two Door Cinema Club Woos the Teens at the Warfield

Two Door Cinema Club Sept. 23, 2011 The Warfield Better than: Dancing suggestively. Okay, we know we shouldn't harp on this, so we'll just say it straight out and then leave it be -- Two Door Cinema attracts a young…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Dumbest Generation</i>'s Mark Bauerlein Berates Baby Boomers and Text-Obsessed Teens

Dumbest Generation's Mark Bauerlein Berates Baby Boomers and Text-Obsessed Teens

Mark Bauerlein is an English professor at Emory, and he speaks like one -- calmly and confidently, like conversation is just another lecture on late Romantic poetry. In his 2008 bestseller The Dumbest Generation, Bauerlein made a name for himself…
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Dining, SFoodie Eat Piranhas Without Having to Catch Them: Wild Game Dinners at the Big 4

Eat Piranhas Without Having to Catch Them: Wild Game Dinners at the Big 4

Private Wild Game Dinners Where: The Big 4, 1075 California (at Taylor) When: Now through November Before settling into my job as a music/food/everything writer this summer at SF Weekly, I did something that every college student dreams of (and…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Bukowski's Sensitivity Shines Through the Horror in <i>More Notes of a Dirty Old Man</i>

Bukowski's Sensitivity Shines Through the Horror in More Notes of a Dirty Old Man

More Notes of a Dirty Old Man Reading and Release Party Where: City Lights Books When: Sept. 8, 7 p.m. He's been gone since 1994, but Charles Bukowski continues to fascinate us. His tales of sex, drugs,and booze, and more…
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Music, All Shook Down J-Boogie Gets Down Like an Indian John Travolta in New "Undercover" Video

J-Boogie Gets Down Like an Indian John Travolta in New "Undercover" Video

Local DJ and All Shook Down 2011 alumnus J-Boogie has explored many genres, including reggae, Latin, funk, disco, and house. His new video for "Undercover," the single from his upcoming album of the same name, adds one more to the…
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Dining, SFoodie You're All Skin and Bones! Old World Dinner Pop-Up Brings Jewish Food to the Mission

You're All Skin and Bones! Old World Dinner Pop-Up Brings Jewish Food to the Mission

Old World Dinner: An Evening of Eastern European and Jewish Soul Food Where: La Victoria Bakery When: Wednesday, Sept. 14 (sold out) and 21, 7 p.m. Cost: $25 In his quest to join the frenzy and buy a food truck,…
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Dining, SFoodie Fundraiser for Murdered Hog & Rocks Chef

Fundraiser for Murdered Hog & Rocks Chef

Fundraiser for Gaspar "Tio" Puch-tzek Where: Hog & Rocks Restaurant When: Saturday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Donations encouraged Hog & Rocks Restaurant will host a fundraiser for the family of Gaspar "Tio" Puch-tzek, a chef at…
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Dining, SFoodie Brisketfest Brings Brisket, Brisket, and More Brisket to Shotwell's

Brisketfest Brings Brisket, Brisket, and More Brisket to Shotwell's

Meeeeeeeeeeeeeeat. Anyone who's had as much brisket as we have knows that's the only way you can talk after you've eaten just the right amount of it -- and probably the only word you can remember, too. If that sounds…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist San Francisco's Few Available Parking Spaces to Be Commandeered to Make a Point About Things on Sept. 16

San Francisco's Few Available Parking Spaces to Be Commandeered to Make a Point About Things on Sept. 16

It's hard to find parking in San Francisco -- so tough that, once you find a space, you might want to do something to it more permanent than just ditch a car. Why not put grass and a park bench…
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Music, All Shook Down Sept. 13 Is Officially Jimi Hendrix-Winterland Day in San Francisco

Sept. 13 Is Officially Jimi Hendrix-Winterland Day in San Francisco

Need another reason that San Francisco is awesome? The San Francisco Board of Supervisors just proclaimed Sept. 13, 2011, to be Jimi Hendrix Winterland Day in honor of six concerts Hendrix performed at S.F.'s historic (and now long gone) Winterland…
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Dining, SFoodie Music and Food Pairings Get Serious at graffEats and Noise Pop's "Covers" Dinner

Music and Food Pairings Get Serious at graffEats and Noise Pop's "Covers" Dinner

Covers Where: It's a secret! When: Sept. 7 and 8, 7:30 p.m. Cost: $85, $110 for optional wine pairings and open bar Maybe it's just us, but music and food pairings seem to be all the rage these days. (Props…
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Music, All Shook Down Will Facebook Be Next to Join the Music Streaming Party?

Will Facebook Be Next to Join the Music Streaming Party?

In case you weren't convinced that music is one of the next big things for Silicon Valley, social media mega-giant Facebook is getting in on the action, too. According to Mashable, Facebook will announce some kind of streaming music and…
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Music, All Shook Down This IS It: A Letter to the Perfume-Shilling Julian Casablancas

This IS It: A Letter to the Perfume-Shilling Julian Casablancas

Dear Julian Casablancas, Remember how the Strokes were good that one time in 2001? Yeah, we're ready to forget that ever happened -- but then again, we're pretty sure you already have. Once upon a time, you brought us the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Hollywood Taps Good Vibrations' Antique Sex Toy Collection for <i>Hysteria</i>

Hollywood Taps Good Vibrations' Antique Sex Toy Collection for Hysteria

It's fun to remember sometimes (all the time?) just how different San Francisco is from the rest of the world, a fact that moviemakers unsurprisingly utilize when it suits a new project. This fall, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy star…
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Dining, SFoodie Want to Pay to Chop Vegetables? It's for a Good Cause!

Want to Pay to Chop Vegetables? It's for a Good Cause!

Ever dreamed of working in a professional kitchen? How about paying someone to let you chop vegetables for five hours? If you answered "yes" to either of those questions, Executive Chef Richard Hodge's Chef for a Day program at Puccini…
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