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Cumbia Cumbia! Cumbia Cumbia! September 17, 2008

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Calendar, Night&Day He Would Have Loved to Hate the New <i>Star Trek</i>

He Would Have Loved to Hate the New Star Trek

Meet Oscar de León, “ghetto nerd” and titular character of Junot Díaz’ amazing, heartbreaking, Pulitzer Prize–winning epic novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. He’s intelligent, overweight — well, fat, as even his mother and sister Lola remind him…
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Calendar, Night&Day Mexskacan


Waaaay back in the early ’90s, the airwaves were alive with the big and bouncy brass-lovin’ sounds of ska — until mass marketing led to overkill, and the major labels sucked the life out of it. While its popularity in…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Great SHO

A Great SHO

In salsa, it’s easy to separate good bands from bad, but explaining what divides the better from the best takes some work. Is it energy, ability, or technical proficiency? Is it spirit, soul, or faithfulness to the essence of Afro-Latin…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Tough Sell

A Tough Sell

You’re unlikely to find Andrea Echeverri and Hector Buitrago, the duo behind folk-rock group Aterciopelados (“The Velvety Ones”), selling out stateside stadiums or shilling for syrupy sodas anytime soon — unlike, say, hip-shakin’ pop diva Shakira or melodic rockero Juanes.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Get Moving

Get Moving

Fuga!: The name means “flight” or “escape,” another way of saying go, you must leave now. This sense of urgency is reflected in the band's tales of migration and survival, set to the rapid-fire beat of borderlands and beyond. In…
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Calendar, Night&Day Graphic Spandex

Graphic Spandex

What with all the attention paid to superheroes these days, it’s easy to forget that the range of stories being told in comic books and graphic novels runs the gamut, from the silly to the marvelous to the mundane. But…
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Calendar, Night&Day Crossing Cultures

Crossing Cultures

She may have spent four years gallivanting through Russia, China, and Cuba fueled by little more than a sense of adventure, a devil-may-care attitude, and a few divine interventions (or well-timed bottles of vodka) to keep her out of trouble…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cumbia Cumbia!

Cumbia Cumbia!

Consider the cumbia, that most humble yet versatile musical genre. Born, as the story goes, from the rhythmic shuffling of shackled legs belonging to African and Indio-mestizo laborers quietly subverting their slavemasters' prohibitions against song, dance, and drums, cumbia's popularity…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Other 9/11

The Other 9/11

Thirty-five years ago, a CIA-backed military junta led by General Augusto Pinochet violently overthrew Chilean president Salvador Allende's democratically elected socialist government, and killed, tortured, and disappeared tens of thousands of his supporters and suspected sympathizers. Following the coup, an…
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Calendar, Night&Day Checking Out Books

Checking Out Books

There are eight million stories in the naked city, as the saying goes, but only 765,000 people live in Fog City. Still, folks here more than make up for the difference with our love of the printed page. Witness our…
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Calendar, Night&Day Lock, Stock, and Workshop

Lock, Stock, and Workshop

Locks, like borders, are manmade inventions that define ownership, not just of property but of people (think of chain gangs or suspects in a jail cell). The lock has also become a potent metaphor for control and safekeeping, finding its…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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