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Calendar, Night&Day Lindy Hoppers Rejoice

Lindy Hoppers Rejoice

For all its seeming squareness, the culture of swing dancing held San Francisco in its pinkie-ringed grip about a decade ago. Its uniforms were pinstriped suits and polka-dotted dresses seemingly plucked from film noir sets. Its cocktails were dry martinis…
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Calendar, Night&Day G2 = Guitar Quartet

G2 = Guitar Quartet

Classical 102.1 KDFC is the KALX of classical radio stations: It knows it's rad. It doesn't have to compare itself to other classical stations. KDFC DJs play the cream of the crop, such as Sir Neville Marriner conducting the Academy…
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Music, Reviewed J.C. Hopkins Biggish Band

J.C. Hopkins Biggish Band

Don't assume from his spiffy 1940s cover-art attire that ex-S.F. folk-rocker J.C. Hopkins (Flophouse) is going all Cocktail Nation on us. Where most exponents of the '90s lounge/neo-swing wave were style-over-substance acts, Hopkins wisely circumvents any pseudo-hepcat kitsch, preferring instead…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Jazz Joint

Savanna Jazz 2937 Mission (at 25th Street), 285-3369, www.savannajazz.com Today's local jazz scene isn't nearly so prosperous as when the Blackhawk, El Matador, and Jimbo's Bop City kept the town swingin', but down in the Mission an elegant new…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Swing Dance Party

Most San Franciscans went through a swing-dancing phase with those kids in the Gap khaki commercials -- and then moved on. But the craze left in its wake a small but intensely loyal population of hard-core swing-dance hobbyists who couldn't…
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Culture, Stage

Joe Louis Blues

The mottled, brown wall of a nightclub office in 1930s Harlem looks solid enough, but a sharp spotlight reveals it to be a scrim, which lets us see what the characters only hear on an old-fashioned radio -- Joe Louis…
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Hear This

A History of Jazz Piano on Film The film clips in A History of Jazz Piano on Film are arranged into four categories: swing, bop, modern, and early piano -- whatever that last one means. But in the end, the…
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Joe Williams Jazz singer Joe Williams, who will be 80 in December, has been famous since the mid-'50s, when, after a decade as a local Chicago celebrity, he sang with Count Basie. Williams was a godsend. His booming baritone voice…
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The House of Tudor

Remember Geekfest '96? It was a full summer day of hurtful adolescent monikers, the celebration of the beauty of puke-green polyester, and dancing poorly to some gloriously geeky bands. Sounds like fun, huh? Well, too bad, this will be nothing…
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