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Music, All Shook Down Earworm Weekly: Bette Midler and Wynonna Judd's "The Rose"

Earworm Weekly: Bette Midler and Wynonna Judd's "The Rose"

Local writer Justin Chin died this past week on Christmas Eve after suffering a stroke on December 19. Chin was gay and HIV-positive, born in Malaysia and raised in Singapore before relocating to San Francisco and joining the performance…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist New on Video: Manic Midler in <i>The Rose</i>

New on Video: Manic Midler in The Rose

I've never been quite sure what "melodrama" is, particularly compared to drama-drama. I've noticed that it's mostly used as a pejorative, a way to insult a person or piece of art which shows genuine feelings, to dismiss them as…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Midler Vs. Grande, Mitchell Vs. Swift, and RZA Vs. the Meat Industrial Complex

This Week: Midler Vs. Grande, Mitchell Vs. Swift, and RZA Vs. the Meat Industrial Complex

"It’s always surprising to see someone like Ariana Grande with that silly high voice, a very wholesome voice, slithering around on a couch, looking so ridiculous. I mean, it’s silly beyond belief... whatever strictures there were have fallen apart.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Merry Bitchmas

Merry Bitchmas

Well-respected, notoriously scathing drag "Grinch" Jackie Beat is appearing for one night only in SF to throw some shade in the direction of your most treasured holiday-related belief systems. The performer, who's been awarded countless drag-related and theatrical honors…
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Film, "Parental Guidance": Modern Life Is Rubbish

"Parental Guidance": Modern Life Is Rubbish

In much the same way that pig-romancing hill folk felt slandered by William Denison "Bill" McKinney's performance in Deliverance, the elderly have cause to feel scandalized by their portrayal in Andy Fickman's Parental Guidance. The Billy Crystal/Bette Midler vehicle is…
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Top 10 Awful Songs That Are Awesome for Karaoke

Not sure if you've noticed yet, but this fair city of ours is awash with karaoke. All the way from the traditional joints in Japantown to the dive bars of the Mission (Sunday afternoons in The 500 Club are…
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Calendar, Night&Day Drink Up

Drink Up

Some songs make you laugh. Other songs make you cry. “Our Lips Are Sealed” makes you gay. As does “True Colors” and “I Will Survive,” and so much by Madonna. “Maria” from The Sound of Music certainly makes you gay,…
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Star of Stage, Screen, and Couch

In our mind's eye, Katey Sagal is forever wrapped in that Married ... With Children costume as Peg Bundy, from kicky mules to tight capri pants to high, high hair. But Sagal, who's also a talented cabaret performer, will probably…
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Music, Return to Hicksville

Return to Hicksville

"How can I miss you when you won't go away?" asks the catchy chorus to one of acoustic prankster Dan Hicks' most sardonic love songs, recorded way back in the early '70s. For folks here in the Bay Area it…
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Celine Dion These Are Special Times (Sony 550 Music) Having spent 15 years in both the French Canadian pop ghetto and the adult contemporary star machine, Celine Dion is a survivor. But more than that, she's a revolutionary. No, really:…
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