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Calendar, Night&Day Peachy

Peachy

Wikipedia doesn't always get it right, but in the case of Tom Robbins, "often wildly poetic stories with a strong social and philosophical undercurrent, an irreverent bent, and scenes extrapolated from carefully researched bizarre facts" is pretty accurate. Author…
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Calendar, Night&Day Lost for Words

Lost for Words

Lit geeks know Edward St. Aubyn, acerbic British author of six novels, one of which (At Last) contains the following sentence: "I think my mother's death is the best thing to happen to me since ... well, since my…
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Calendar, Night&Day Grrrl Crush

Grrrl Crush

Carrie Brownstein, famous for her beloved artistic endeavors Portlandia (the TV comedy show) and Sleater-Kinney (the rock 'n' roll band) is writing an undoubtedly interesting memoir. Her years in Sleater-Kinney established her as a guitar god, and now she's…
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Music, Hear This Tinariwen: Show Preview

Tinariwen: Show Preview

Some musicians become inseparable from a locale: think N.W.A's connection to Compton, Elvis to Memphis, the Sex Pistols to London. Tinariwen, a 35-year-old band with an ever-shifting cast, is another example of the musician-location bond in action, although not in…
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Calendar, Night&Day Darkness Behind Laughter

Darkness Behind Laughter

"Nothing's a joke with me," says a Lorrie Moore character in her story "The Jewish Hunter." "It just all comes out like one." Many have pointed out that this statement also seems to represent Moore. The popular author of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Piper After Prison

Piper After Prison

When Netflix released Orange Is the New Black, women across America collectively exhaled. We didn't know we'd been holding our breath, waiting for a TV series to portray real women. But, suddenly, faced with a rich gumbo of race,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Beware the Microbial Overlords

Beware the Microbial Overlords

This one will either raise a lot of awareness or help sell a lot of hand sanitizer. Maybe even both. Pandemic! A Plan for the Planet is a discussion of viruses and worldwide disease pandemics, co-sponsored by the California…
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Calendar, Night&Day To Philip, With Love

To Philip, With Love

With the recent untimely loss of one of America's favorite character actors, it's hard not to ask yourself, "But aren't all actors character actors?" It remains though that the late Philip Seymour Hoffman was a master of the craft,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Live Long and Prosper

Live Long and Prosper

One of the problems with extended longevity is physical aging: You think you'd like to live longer, but only if you could stay young. You don't want to just keep shrinking and Life-Alerting yourself along for an extra 50…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Guitar heard Round the World

The Guitar heard Round the World

There's really only one African guitarist whose music is so popular outside Africa that he constantly tours across Europe and the United States. Habib Koite's songs appeal to audiences from France to Germany, from Italy to the United States,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Keillor Comfort

Keillor Comfort

Flipping through the radio dial and landing on A Prairie Home Companion without the proper context can be an interesting experience. Garrison Keillor's quirky live radio broadcast could feature just about anything. One minute, it might be a skit…
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Culture, Art Ira's Mad Gambit: The Host of <i>This American Life</i> Defies Nature with a Hybrid Dance and Radio Show

Ira's Mad Gambit: The Host of This American Life Defies Nature with a Hybrid Dance and Radio Show

Any young theater nerd can tell you about the powerful allure of musicals. The sets and the props are the bread and butter, but the dance steps and the songs — they're the emotional dessert for a shy-yet-ambitious teen actor.…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Loner, A Genius

A Loner, A Genius

August Kleinzahler's The Strange Hours Travelers Keep won the prestigious Griffin International Poetry Prize in 2004, and Sleeping It Off in Rapid City (2008) won the National Book Critics Circle Award. The New York Times has called the poet's…
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Calendar, Night&Day Writers Blockade

Writers Blockade

British author Zadie Smith, known best for her acclaimed first novel White Teeth, will be speaking at the Nourse as part of City Arts & Lectures "On Arts" series. She'll be talking about her work as a novelist with…
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Calendar, Night&Day Apocalypse soon

Apocalypse soon

p> Author of more than 50 books that span many literary genres, including science fiction, speculative fiction, poetry, children's literature and nonfiction, and one of the most celebrated fiction writers of our time, Margaret Atwood will be in town Thursday…
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Calendar, Night&Day Singing Harvey Milk's Praises

Singing Harvey Milk's Praises

California's first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk, was assassinated inside City Hall with then-Mayor George Moscone on Nov. 27, 1978. That night, a candlelight vigil for the men was attended by over 25,000 mourners. Among them was the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Classic Activism

Classic Activism

Gloria Steinem and Letty Cottin Pogrebin, the journalists, speakers, authors, and activists who co-founded Ms. magazine in the early 1970s, come to S.F. to discuss coping with illness, as well as Pogrebin's latest book, How to Be a Friend to…
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Calendar, Night&Day Meaningful Quickies

Meaningful Quickies

Dr. Helen Fisher, an expert on the anthropology of all things human love and sexual interaction, will be having a discussion with Michael Krasny, host of KQED's Forum, covering the science behind human lust, romantic attraction, and attachment. Fisher has…
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