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Calendar, Night&Day Down on The Bay(Ou)

Down on The Bay(Ou)

With Mardi Gras approaching, it's worth exploring a few of the similarities between San Francisco and New Orleans. Both cities are defined by the water that surrounds them, both suffer the occasional real estate reset from natural disasters (our…
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Music, Your Resident Latin Expert: John Santos' New SFJAZZ Series

Your Resident Latin Expert: John Santos' New SFJAZZ Series

A conversation with John Santos is like sitting in on a dynamic college course on Afro-Latin music — but there are no lulls and no test afterward. Watch Santos perform live on conga drums with a full band of horn…
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Music, Hear This Mark Hummel's Blues Harmonica Blowout: Show Preview

Mark Hummel's Blues Harmonica Blowout: Show Preview

Mark Hummel's annual harmonica blowout is a celebration of blues harp that's attained an almost legendary status over its 23-year run. The revue's debut performance at SFJAZZ will showcase one of the strongest lineups Hummel's ever put together. The cast…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

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

Sizzle In an actual holiday miracle, Carlos Santana was reunited with a former percussionist who'd been living homeless in Oakland. They found each other after conga player Marcus Malone was featured in a local TV news report. Now the Latin…
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Music, All Shook Down Santana Reunites With Homeless Former Band Member After Seeing Him on TV

Santana Reunites With Homeless Former Band Member After Seeing Him on TV

Over at KRON 4, observer of people behaving badly (and SF Weekly cover subject) Stanley Roberts just pulled off a real-life Christmas miracle. While shooting a report on illegal dumping in Oakland, Roberts interviewed a homeless man named Marcus Malone,…
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Music, Hear This Jazz Mafia 12-Year Anniversary: Show Preview

Jazz Mafia 12-Year Anniversary: Show Preview

They wrote the world's first hip-hop symphony and performed it at the Monterey Jazz Festival. They held a regular Tuesday night gig at an S.F. club for a decade. They formed a live hip-hop group that rhymed about Bay Area…
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Music, All Shook Down Carlos Santana Endorses Tequila Brand, No Word Yet on Drink-Off with Sammy Hagar

Carlos Santana Endorses Tequila Brand, No Word Yet on Drink-Off with Sammy Hagar

Carlos Santana, your local guitar god, is endorsing some expensive tequila brand called Casa Noble. Wow. Cool. Amaaazing. Okay, not really. Apparently the 10-time Grammy winner has a "passion for excellence" or something, and so do the people at…
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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 • Local star Carlos Santana — who was born in Mexico and lived in Bernal Heights and the Mission — used the annual Civil Rights baseball game to blast a new draconian immigration law in Georgia. "People are afraid…
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Music, All Shook Down Carlos Santana Criticizes Georgia's New Immigration Law

Carlos Santana Criticizes Georgia's New Immigration Law

Beware, people of states with drastic immigration laws: Santana is angry with you.  Days after Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed off on a new Arizona-style regulation, Carlos Santana brought the immigrant-friendly spirit of Bay Area liberalism to baseball's yearly Civil…
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Music, All Shook Down Grammy Cuts: Bay Area Musicians, Including Carlos Santana, Petition to Restore Award Categories

Grammy Cuts: Bay Area Musicians, Including Carlos Santana, Petition to Restore Award Categories

When the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences -- the organization that gives out Grammy Awards -- eliminated 31 categories from the awards process last month, it seemed like a modest step toward streamlining an event many believe has…
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Calendar, Night&Day Asia Rocks

Asia Rocks

The coveted and elusive population of hip young moviegoers always mobs the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. Maybe it’s the restless energy flowing from an up-and-coming generation of raring-to-go Korean and Japanese directors. Perhaps it’s the fluid new…
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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 • With only a few days' notice, Prince's Welcome 2 America tour showed up in Oakland for three amazing shows last week. He brought Carlos Santana, Sheila E., Larry Graham, and sold-out crowds with him. • Britney Spears plans…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Passage to India

A Passage to India

The sitar is such a beautiful and unusual instrument to the Western ear, and how better to become further acquainted than by listening to a renowned player work that gourd chamber? Ashwin Batish studied under his father, Pandit Shiv Dayal…
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Music, Live Wires

Live Wires

Before we toss our 2006 calendars, it's time for a little eggnog-induced reflection on what went down on stage — or on the tour bus between gigs, as it were. Lady Sov's Public Meltdown With a mountain of hype making…
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Music, Reviewed John Lee Hooker

John Lee Hooker

There's this blues song, "The Blues Had a Baby, and They Called It Rock & Roll," and paternity tests reveal the late Bay Area resident John Lee Hooker (1917-2001) to be one of its most likely fathers. Hooker is one…
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Music, Reviewed Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock

First off, Possibilities is not a jazz album. (Ah, that collective jazz-snob grouse.) Herbie Hancock, one of America's finest jazz pianists, took pains concocting a diverse, modern pop album with world-music overtones and jazz undertones. Forgoing "piecemeal" recording (e.g., Sinatra's…
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Listen Up, Listen Up Feature Highway to Sell

Highway to Sell

The mural bearing His image gazes down upon us, and we -- the two-person congregation of 41-year-old Matthew Rohman (professional electrician and amateur guitarist) and myself (Guitar Center sales trainee) -- stand beneath with our necks crooked back and eyes…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Place to Put Up Visiting Hipsters

If you'd like your visiting hipster friends to stop crashing on your couch, point them to the Triton, a funky boutique hotel off Union Square. For your pals who want to see the wild and crazy side of the…
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Music,

The Flying Nun

While making a dirt-cheap movie about a hapless rock band, the young Alejandro Escovedo and his friend Jeff Olener decided to bring their fictional creation to life. Not long thereafter, their San Francisco punk group the Nuns found itself filling…
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Music,

The Telltale Heart

"My parents teach me one thing," explains Angelique Kidjo, her voice purring over trans-Atlantic lines in a graceful French accent. "When you are a musician, you have to listen to your deep truths. When you are singing the word, and…
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