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Culture, Art Double Exposure: Shows of Garry Winogrand and Gordon Parks

Double Exposure: Shows of Garry Winogrand and Gordon Parks

The middle-aged woman was drunk in public, and as she staggered around the streets of New York during daylight hours — leaning on a man for support, falling down, curling into a fetal position, then standing again and walking without…
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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 • On what would have been Tupac Shakur's 41st birthday, the group that gave the late rap legend his start, Digital Underground, celebrated him in a live show at Yoshi's. Guests included George Clinton (who was virtually unrecognizable without…
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Calendar, Night&Day Like Blogs, Only Paperier

Like Blogs, Only Paperier

If you’ve been deep in Hannah Montana and visit the Bay Area for the chowder at the Cliff House and a dash of Fleet Week, you may be interested to know that we also have a rich history in countercultural…
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Calendar, Night&Day All Power to the People

All Power to the People

Rest assured that artist Emory Douglas’ images of protest are not based on experiences glimpsed from afar -- Douglas was the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party. His graphic art has the immediacy of a lobbed brick, from…
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Calendar, Night&Day Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?

Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?

If you've ever wanted to watch some people throw a bunch of art in the middle of the street and run that shit over with a steamroller, "Roadworks" is for you. At the annual event sponsored by the San Francisco…
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News, The Snitch Bail reduction hearing postponed for Black Panther offshoot group

Bail reduction hearing postponed for Black Panther offshoot group

Yesterday was supposed to be the first of two bail reduction hearings for the San Francisco 8 -- former members of an armed offshoot of the Black Panthers, the Black Liberation Army, who were charged in January for crimes…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Seale the Deal

Seale the Deal

THURS 5/6 The Black Panthers are sometimes remembered merely as revolutionaries with guns during the dramatic civil rights clashes of the 1960s and '70s, but the reality, of course, is much more complex. Emory Douglas was the minister of culture…
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Mainstreaming the Panthers A group of earnest young twentysomethings from the East Bay Conservation Corps gathers this early, sunny June morning at a public library branch in West Oakland. In a matter of minutes, they'll begin a three-hour tour that…
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Calendar, Halloween

Slap Shots

Comedy Woodstock A long, long time ago, before irony was enshrined as a proven advertising marketing tool, there was a nightly improvisational satire revue in North Beach called the Committee, ranking right up there in tourist popularity with the current…
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Culture, Stage

Aisle Seat

Race to the Finish In his new play Servant of the People: The Rise and Fall of Huey P. Newton & the Black Panther Party (which opens tonight at the Lorraine Hansberry Theater), Robert Alexander explores the enigma that was…
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Culture, Stage

By All Means

I wonder if it's possible to separate Huey P. Newton the mythic icon from Huey P. Newton the character, as created from Newton's writing and performed by Roger Guenveur Smith. To be candid, I wonder if it's possible to review…
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The 6ths Wasps' Nests (EMI/London) "The 6ths' Wasps' Nests" is impossible to pronounce, and Stephin Merritt likes it that way. He's quite a cranky prankster: The impressive cast of vocalists on his latest project -- Barbara Manning, Lou Barlow, Helium's…
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