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News, The Snitch White Smoke for Pope of Punk -- Dirk Dirksen Place Is a Reality

White Smoke for Pope of Punk -- Dirk Dirksen Place Is a Reality

After years of procedural wrangling more difficult than Dirk Dirksen's personality when faced with a particularly moronic concert audience, a San Francisco street has finally been named after the city's "Pope of Punk." Along with a street sign reading "Dirk…
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Music, All Shook Down SF Punk/Metal Legacy Venue Mabuhay Gardens Dies a Second Death

SF Punk/Metal Legacy Venue Mabuhay Gardens Dies a Second Death

Once upon a time there was an SF venue named Mabuhay Gardens, where many a crappy and a few fine punk and metal bands played. Like all such venues, it closed and was forgotten to time. The bands and…
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Music, Punk Rock's Nine Lives

Punk Rock's Nine Lives

On Friday, Sept. 7, the space at 443 Broadway, once known as the Fab Mab (Mabuhay Gardens), and more recently the Velvet Lounge, reopened its doors to live music as Club 443. The place drew an almost-capacity crowd for a…
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Music, Golden Garden

Golden Garden

Much like Hilly Kristal, the CBGB founder whose legendary haunt once provided a sufficiently grungy home to punk and New Wave icons, acid-tongued impresario Dirk Dirksen was a musical pioneer and a notorious hard-ass. Since the German-born promoter stumbled onto…
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Music, Dirk Dirksen — Godfather of S.F. Punk Scene

Dirk Dirksen — Godfather of S.F. Punk Scene

Dirk Dirksen, whose abrasive stage presence was the trademark of San Francisco's punk mecca the Mabuhay Gardens, died suddenly in his sleep on Monday, Nov. 20. Dirksen was a television pioneer who produced the legendary live 12-hour-long variety show Rocket…
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Music, OK Then

OK Then

Last week some of you may have noticed fliers circulating around town announcing the reopening this Thursday of the one-and-only Mabuhay Gardens, aka the Fab Mab. I know I saw them, and when I did my ears, eyes, and nose…
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News, Night Crawler Night Crawler

Night Crawler

Top Ten Weird and Wonderful Things That Happened at SF Weekly Wammies 2000: 10) Members of 401K accepted their Hard Rock award wearing matching white coveralls bearing the words, "Willie Is a Wiener," and shouting, "Support local music!" 9) After…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

Been wanting a little Rocky Horror Picture Show fix, but feel too old to sit in a movie theater filled with pimple-faced middle school kids? How 'bout a live re-enactment of the cult classic that made us wanna feel dirty?…
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Riff Raff

Punk Politesse With any luck, old punks will never end up like the rather depressing ex-hippies -- San Francisco can't afford the detritus of two dead subcultures reminiscing about bygone eras. Stop me if you've heard this one before: A…
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