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Calendar, Night&Day Lost Language, Lost love

Lost Language, Lost love

Originally a short novel written in 1927 by poet and anthropologist Jaime de Angulo, The Lariat offers the hallucinatory story of a Spanish friar who comes to California to convert the stalwart Esselen Indians. The Franciscan's only petitioner is…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

sizzle We ventured out to the official Folsom Street Fair closing party, Deviants Adult Arcade, which took over 11th Street on Sunday. Between the leather harnesses, pungent body odor, furries, bears, assless chaps — and excellent sets by DJs Pee…
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Culture, Summer Guide Summer Guide 2013: Reasons to Cross Bridges

Summer Guide 2013: Reasons to Cross Bridges

Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge... Enjoy the Beach Sans Hoodie Ah, the incongruities of San Francisco — an ocean and a beach, but no warm weather. Change out of that hoodie and into those swim trunks for a warm…
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Calendar, Night&Day An Incendiary Life Remembered

An Incendiary Life Remembered

Lenore Kandel was explosive — she was the only woman to give a speech at the 1967 Human Be-In, became immortalized by Jack Kerouac in Big Sur, and just like her buddy Allen Ginsberg, had a pamphlet of her work…
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Music, All Shook Down Big Sur's Big Spring Show Lineup: Yo La Tengo, The xx, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

Big Sur's Big Spring Show Lineup: Yo La Tengo, The xx, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

The best thing about the weather getting better? It means it's almost time to hit Highway 1 for those amazing lawn shows down in Big Sur. The Henry Miller Library is, hands down, my favorite venue in Northern California (next…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Jay Farrar, Ben Gibbard, and a bad actress pay tribute to Kerouac&#146;s <i>Big Sur</i>

Jay Farrar, Ben Gibbard, and a bad actress pay tribute to Kerouac’s Big Sur

Jack Kerouac's writing has strong musical ties. Jazz musicians provided the beat for his words. There's great musicality to his phrasings. "A lot of musicians like him because he's a very musical writer," says Tom Waits in One Fast Move…
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Music, Let's Get Killed The Outside Lands alternative: In the Pines

The Outside Lands alternative: In the Pines

This is a big weekend for music festivals tucked into scenic locations. And, really, there's nothing like breaking free from the dark concert hall standard for a night or two, instead crowding under redwood and eucalyptus giants, the fog drifting…
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Music, All Shook Down Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard Pay Tribute to Jack Kerouac

Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard Pay Tribute to Jack Kerouac

When I interviewed Ben Gibbard back in 2007, he'd been holed up in the same cabin where Jack Kerouac wrote his famed book Big Sur. Gibbard was in Big Sur writing material for what would become the next Death Cab…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Animal Collective: live from Big Sur

Animal Collective: live from Big Sur

There wasn't a couple getting hitched, but Animal Collective's show in Big Sur last week felt more like a hippie wedding than a concert. There was just something celebratory, reverential, and forever memorable about the setting and the intimacy of…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Jack Kerouac's writing still influential for rock icons 50 years after <i>On the Road</i>

Jack Kerouac's writing still influential for rock icons 50 years after On the Road

We're ears- and eyeballs-deep in Summer of Love 40th anniversaries in San Francisco, but September marks another local birthday of import, one that's also pretty pivotal in the music world. We're headed into the month Jack Kerouac's On the Road…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Freaks, noiseniks, and beach bums

Freaks, noiseniks, and beach bums

I probably get an e-mail a week from some dot-com offering to warp speed the way I experience music. At the rate these promises are going, I'll just wish for a new Drones song and an entire album will appear…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Floppy hats, Fernwood memories, and a big (((folkYEAH!))) to Big Sur

Floppy hats, Fernwood memories, and a big (((folkYEAH!))) to Big Sur

In the showroom of Big Sur's Fernwood Lodge is one of the most retina-boggling quilts known to craftmaking. It begins over the silhouettes of three howling wolves, their mouths expelling bright swaths of fabric. Midway up the wall the streams…
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Music, Get Outta Here

Get Outta Here

It's easy to get the feeling that there's no need to leave San Francisco. Between lounging in Golden Gate Park, noshing in the Mission, and catching shows all over town, one can quickly become bound within the comfortable cocoon that…
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Summer Guide, Summer The Only Way From L.A. to S.F.

The Only Way From L.A. to S.F.

The American road trip is the stuff of novels, dreams, and notebooks full of song lyrics. It's a Kerouac-inspired montage of ´50s convertibles, flickering neon signs, roadside diner cheeseburgers, cheap souvenirs, and long stretches of dusty highway -- scored by…
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