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Music, Oakland's Piano Man

Oakland's Piano Man

When I walk into The Alley in Oakland's Grand Lake district at 9:30 p.m. on a Thursday, Rod Dibble is leading a singalong. His fingers flit along the piano keys, playing the melody for "Oakland," a 1960s classic by The…
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News, Feature Who to Hear: Chuck Johnson

Who to Hear: Chuck Johnson

It's no surprise that many of the songs on Chuck Johnson's latest instrumental album, Velvet Arc, began as ideas for film and television soundtracks. In addition to his records, Johnson writes music for documentaries like HBO's Private Violence and PBS's…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Cynic Cave Send-off This Saturday at Lost Weekend Video

Cynic Cave Send-off This Saturday at Lost Weekend Video

The hosts of Cynic Cave After three years of stand-up comedy showcases in the basement of the Lost Weekend Video, Cynic Cave will bid adieu this Saturday with a four-hour comedy extravaganza. In January, Lost Weekend Video announced plans to…
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Music, All Shook Down The Soft White Sixties Talk New Album and Why They Ditched S.F. For L.A.

The Soft White Sixties Talk New Album and Why They Ditched S.F. For L.A.

While The Soft White Sixties recently joined the onslaught of Bay Area artists that have relocated to L.A., don’t expect them to use rising housing costs or the dying arts scene as reasons for their move. Instead, they describe…
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News, Feature The Great Analog Gamble

The Great Analog Gamble

On a chilly November evening, a few hundred people mill around a warehouse in a quiet corner of Oakland. The crowd spills into the empty street, where musicians, engineers, and music fans in hoodies and flannel huddle together, sipping from…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Austin Theater Company Rude Mechs Brings <i>The Method Gun</i> to Z Space

Austin Theater Company Rude Mechs Brings The Method Gun to Z Space

                 The Method Gun, courtesy of Rude Mechs. L-R, Hannah Kenna, Lana Lesley, Jason Liebrecht, Shawn Sides, Thomas Graves. Acting teacher Stella Burden influenced a great many thespians before she vanished mysteriously in…
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Dining, SFoodie Local Cookbook Authors Teach You How to "Decolonize Your Diet"

Local Cookbook Authors Teach You How to "Decolonize Your Diet"

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Music, All Shook Down Under the Cover (Bands) of Darkness: Halloween Tribute Shows Roundup

Under the Cover (Bands) of Darkness: Halloween Tribute Shows Roundup

What’s better than standing through a packed, sweaty show while wearing an itchy wig and ill-fitting polyester hand-me-down costume? Doing so while watching one of your favorite local bands transform itself into one of your all-time favorite bands, all while…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist ¡FLACC! Celebrates Latin Americans in Contemporary Dance

¡FLACC! Celebrates Latin Americans in Contemporary Dance

Every artist needs space. In a city where physical space for the arts is becoming scarce, having space might mean finding acceptance in a community or feeling your identity represented within the artists in your field. ¡FLACC!, the Festival…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Impact Theatre's <i>The Gun Show</i> Questions America's Gun Obsession

Impact Theatre's The Gun Show Questions America's Gun Obsession

Americans love guns. Or, rather, half of Americans love guns, while the other half, characterized in The Gun Show as “granola-eating, Whole Foods-shopping, Rachel Maddow-listening, liberal pinko lefties”, wants to ban them all forever. Like many issues of national…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist San Francisco Beautiful Chooses Winners of First Muni Art Project Contest

San Francisco Beautiful Chooses Winners of First Muni Art Project Contest

Rising rents have priced out many galleries and SFMOMA doesn't reopen until spring, but at least you can see some art on your daily commute. By the end of September, 50 Muni buses will feature the artwork of the…
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Dining, SFoodie Oakland's Umami Mart Launches Monthly Sake Subscription Service

Oakland's Umami Mart Launches Monthly Sake Subscription Service

When you pair the words “sake” and “Oakland”, you might think of the infamous bottomless sake at Coach Sushi, which has left many a patron contemplating his existence among the ducks on the grass beside Lake Merritt. Any respectable…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist "Third Eye Vision": Hip Hop's Phesto Dee's Solo Photography Exhibition

"Third Eye Vision": Hip Hop's Phesto Dee's Solo Photography Exhibition

As one quarter of the hip-hop group Souls of Mischief, Phesto Dee found musical prominence at a young age, as the group released its classic record, '93 Til Infinity, when he was just one year out of high…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist OutofFocus.TV Presents First Annual Music Video Fest at The New Parkway

OutofFocus.TV Presents First Annual Music Video Fest at The New Parkway

The MTV-fueled glory days of the music video have long since passed, but videos remain a crucial part of any band's ascent, helping it bring its songs to life, develop its aesthetic, and demonstrate its personality. But where can…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist East Bay Theater Troupe Agile Rascal Kicks off National Tour — By Bike!

East Bay Theater Troupe Agile Rascal Kicks off National Tour — By Bike!

Writing and producing a play requires sweat and sacrifice in even the cushiest of conditions: hours of daily rehearsal, endless revisions, personality conflicts between a sleep-deprived cast and crew. But taking a play on the road, performing it in…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Punch Drunk Lust: Red Light Lit's Intoxication Issue Out Friday

Punch Drunk Lust: Red Light Lit's Intoxication Issue Out Friday

When Red Light Lit founders Veronica Christina and Jennifer Lewis chose the theme for their latest issue, “Everyone I Love is Drunk,” they had in mind a broad definition of intoxication — drunk on life, drunk on love, drunk…
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