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Music, All Shook Down What's Needed to Save Viracocha's Music Venue?

What's Needed to Save Viracocha's Music Venue?

On Monday, Aug. 3, the mission-based music venue, Viracocha, held a community meeting to discuss the future of its underground Valencia Street venue. We were there, reporting. This is what we learned. Where the venue stands right now: Viracocha acts as…
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Music, All Shook Down Viracocha Hosts Last-Minute Meeting to Save Its Performance Space

Viracocha Hosts Last-Minute Meeting to Save Its Performance Space

Viracocha, the basement performance space on Valencia street that has hosted live music (and a variety of other events) for years, is hosting one last meeting to save its performance space. The antique store/underground venue, which has become a de…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Viracocha to Close But Novela to Remain Open Somehow

Viracocha to Close But Novela to Remain Open Somehow

San Francisco is reeling today from the news that beloved arts and music venue Viracocha will be closing by August, but that somehow over 100 incredibly shitty bars and venues will stay open. “Viracocha closing is a tragedy, but…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Bizarre Puppetry Is Back at the Shadow Circus Show! - With Special Guest Kat Robichaud

Bizarre Puppetry Is Back at the Shadow Circus Show! - With Special Guest Kat Robichaud

Do you appreciate absurdity? Parody? Weird caricatures? Do you appreciate puppets? Of course you do! Who doesn't like puppets? If a hilarious show featuring bizarre puppetry that parodies local stereotypes sounds like your kind of night, and it includes…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Wyatt Act: Poetry Style SlamRock at a Dictionary Dance Party

The Wyatt Act: Poetry Style SlamRock at a Dictionary Dance Party

Guinevere Q has long been known 'round these parts to be a fast-talking, no-nonsense, down-to-party mo-fo with no worry of running out of things to say. Anyone involved with the 16th and Mission scene or any of the circles…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Heroes: Jessie Woletz

Music Heroes: Jessie Woletz

Jessie Woletz does three things. She's a nanny, first of all, and she looks and acts the part: soft voice, relentlessly positive attitude. Sweetness and calm rise from her in waves, and it's easy to imagine children adoring her…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Heroes: Jonathan Siegel

Music Heroes: Jonathan Siegel

The pretty couple standing next to me are losing their minds. They love it. "What is this place?" Laughing, grabbing each other by the lapels. "Look at that! And that! They have music here? This is awesome. What is…
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Music, Hear This Show Preview: Don't Forget Me: Harry Nilsson Tribute Night

Show Preview: Don't Forget Me: Harry Nilsson Tribute Night

For those of us lucky enough to grow up on the sweet, psychedelia-laden weirdness that is The Point, there's no need to explain why underrated '70s singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson deserves his own tribute night, featuring interpretations of his songs by…
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Music, All Shook Down All Viracocha Wants for Christmas Is Jolie Holland

All Viracocha Wants for Christmas Is Jolie Holland

Holidays are always better when they last longer, right? Eight nights of Chanukah, 12 days of Christmas; Kwanzaa also lasts a full seven days.  We're not entirely sure this is what Jolie Holland was thinking when she booked a…
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Music, All Shook Down Underground No More: Viracocha Gets Its Venue Permit

Underground No More: Viracocha Gets Its Venue Permit

Viracocha, the San Francisco music scene's semi-secret and beloved underground venue, is finally going legit. Yesterday, owner Jonathan Siegel received a venue permit from the Entertainment Commission that will finally transform the basement performance hall into an official, city-recognized…
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Music, All Shook Down Semi-Secret Venue Viracocha Asks For Help in Its Bid To Legit

Semi-Secret Venue Viracocha Asks For Help in Its Bid To Legit

The downstairs performance space in the antique and oddball shop Viracocha has long been an open secret among the San Francisco music community. And since the space didn't have the permits required of entertainment venues, it had to stay that…
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Best Community Holdout

Viracocha is what you wish your house looked like — a sunlit, airy space, filled with enough trinkets and treasures to keep a guest occupied for hours. The glossy red clawfoot tub sure would look good in your bathroom, too.…
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Music, All Shook Down Facing Big Changes, Mission Venue/Store Viracocha Holds Fundraiser This Friday

Facing Big Changes, Mission Venue/Store Viracocha Holds Fundraiser This Friday

For four years now, Viracocha has been one of San Francisco's most cherished live performance venues and most unusual stores. With artisanal crafts and furniture, local art and literature, clothes, typewriters, and custom light installations, Viracocha has quirkiness in volume.…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Links: Viracocha Closing, A Minor Forest Reuniting, and More

Music Links: Viracocha Closing, A Minor Forest Reuniting, and More

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Culture, The Exhibitionist Yesterday's Male Ironworker Is Today's Female Comedian -- Morgan Leads <i>Girl Junk</i>

Yesterday's Male Ironworker Is Today's Female Comedian -- Morgan Leads Girl Junk

Joey was a career ironworker in New Jersey who suffered a two-story fall on a job site that left him near death. Yet as paramedics showed up and co-workers surrounded him, his chief concern was not dying. It was being…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?</i> Asks Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots? Asks Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

It's hard to overstate how much the politics of sexuality have changed in the past 20 years. In the 1980s and '90s, coming out of the closet was a radical act. In 2011, gay men and lesbians are so cute…
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Music, Hear This Musical Art Quintet: Show Preview

Musical Art Quintet: Show Preview

Plenty of local bands are ambitious; San Francisco's Musical Art Quintet is trailblazing its own genre. The group, led by bassist and composer Sascha Jacobsen, grew out of Classical Revolution jams at which Jacobsen would write out a new piece…
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Culture, Books

March's Literary Events

Wednesday, March 9 As the cofounder of a magazine called Narrative, local writer Carol Edgarian ought to know how to get a story started. Well, how's this? "The modern marriage has two states, plateau and precipice, and in the winter…
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Dining, SFoodie Next Week: Kitchen Table Talks Jaws About Heirloom Fruit

Next Week: Kitchen Table Talks Jaws About Heirloom Fruit

On Aug. 31, Kitchen Table Talks (a joint venture of Civil Eats and 18 Reasons) reconvenes at Viracocha to discuss, with curatorial gusto, heirloom fruit. Various stewards of storied seeds, rootstocks, and growing traditions shall be present, including Terry Harrison,…
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Music, All Shook Down Thursday's Pick: Michael Musika

Thursday's Pick: Michael Musika

​Michael MusikaViracocha8 p.m., $8Hearing Michael Musika for the first time is a bit of a Bob Dylan experience, in the fountain-of-words sense and in the unorthodox-vocals sense. But while Musika is a folkie and a rootsie, he's no traditionalist; some…
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