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News, Sucka Free City We score an exclusive interview with the Olympic torch

We score an exclusive interview with the Olympic torch

While thousands of San Franciscans were disappointed to miss the Olympic torch relay last week, SF Weekly managed to catch up with the torch — or Flame, as the aspiring rapper is known to his friends — at SFO before…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cumbia, My Lord, Cumbia

Cumbia, My Lord, Cumbia

Buenos Aires’ Zizek Urban Beats Club is a party that spotlights local musicians and DJs (and occasional out-of-town guests) who play a uniquely Argentinean strain of the Latin American dance music style known as cumbia. While the term has come…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Tormenta Tropical and Bersa Discos bring Buenos Aires <i>cumbia</i> to the clubs

Tormenta Tropical and Bersa Discos bring Buenos Aires cumbia to the clubs

It's a Saturday night in early January and the promoters of Tormenta Tropical have prepped the Rickshaw Stop for a big Latin-America-meets-North-America fiesta. DJ Oro11 (aka Gavin Burnett) and Disco Shawn (aka Shawn Reynaldo) adorned Rickshaw's walls with colorful squares…
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Music, BeatBox South American cumbia gets the remix treatment at Tormenta Tropical

South American cumbia gets the remix treatment at Tormenta Tropical

Cumbia has been popular in regional variants throughout South America for decades. The keyboard, percussion, and occasional accordion sounds fundamental to the musical style are now being chopped, looped, and otherwise creatively manipulated with electronic bleeps and hip-hop beats in…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Bellavista: Back in Vue

Bellavista: Back in Vue

I've spent the last couple weeks purposely detached from dissecting music. Sipping vino tinto and feasting on Pacu on a Buenos Aires vacation, the only reminders of my day job came when that goddamn blogger-beloved Peter Bjorn and John jingle…
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Film, Into the Jungle

Into the Jungle

Setting out to cover Latin American cinema, it wasn't immediately apparent how many Argentine films would be in the mix. As it happens, they form the most interesting selection of south-of-the-border offerings this year. It's no surprise really, given that…
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Film, Lost in the Male

Lost in the Male

Testosterone contains what may be one of the greatest lines of movie dialogue recited this year, if not ever: "I'm a fag with a gun who needs a chain saw." How can you not want to know more after hearing…
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Culture, Stage


Like much of South America, Argentina is home to two conflicting cultures: that of its various indigenous populations and that of the white Europeans who colonized it. In Malambo, Luis Bravo (who also created Forever Tango) brings together the artistry…
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Zoom Lens

Train 86, Where Are You? Pop culture's given us glory trains, cocaine trains, trains to nowhere, and hell-bound trains, but Argentine director Gustavo Mosquera manages to wrap them all into one in this masterful science-fiction mind-fuck. While some of the…
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Calendar, Halloween

Savage Love

Hey, Faggot: In response to Wish I'd Known , I'd like to put in a word about being a "diseased fuck." I contracted herpes and warts about 16 years ago. The genital warts I got from one sex partner…
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