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Music, All Shook Down R.I.P. Donna Summer, the Queen of Disco, 1948-2012

R.I.P. Donna Summer, the Queen of Disco, 1948-2012

While previous diagnoses of the death of disco have come off as somewhat premature in the wake of countless rivals, it now seems we're a step closer to a definite end. Donna Summer, the vocalist known as the "queen…
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Music, BeatBox The Future of Disco

The Future of Disco

New York–based DJ and producer John MacLean is best known as Juan Mac-Lean — which is also the name of his band. The group has a fascination with the sounds of disco and early Italian house music, releasing two bright…
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Music, Donna Summer relaces her dancing shoes

Donna Summer relaces her dancing shoes

It takes a versatile artist to write a No. 1 country hit (1980's "Starting Over Again," for Dolly Parton), simulate an orgasm on a 17-minute disco record (1976's "Love to Love You Baby"), and win a Grammy for an inspirational…
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Summer Lovin' by the Bay

Despite the missteps on her newest recording, Donna Summer remains a hero in the development of electronica's myriad microgenres. SF Weekly approached some local tastemakers for their feedback on her impact on the dance music styles they play and perform…
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Music, Reviewed Donna Summer

Donna Summer

Donna Summer is special. You are not Donna Summer. All the other divas who flirted with paganism before discovering Jesus are just pretenders: She doesn't even need to mention them by name. As the chant of ever-circling, overdubbed Donnas surrounds…
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Music, Brooklyn's Dynamite 18-Piece Disco Band Emulates the Muppets

Brooklyn's Dynamite 18-Piece Disco Band Emulates the Muppets

"If you wanna sex me, give it up," sings esteemed Muppets bandleader Dr. Teeth in a rare uncouth moment, a plume of smoke billowing behind him as he ribaldly bashes his keyboard. Members of his backing band, the Electric Mayhem,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Mon Stars

Mon Stars

Billing itself as the longest-running drag show in the Castro, The Monster Show may also be thought of as the drag show at the center of the gay universe, because if 18th and Castro isn't that address, what is? Hostess…
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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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Music, BeatBox


!!!, Goldfrapp, Erase Errata, Donna Summer, the Faint, and the Minogue sisters are just a smattering of the brand names you've come to know and love, all of which you might hear at "Vanguard." Billing itself as an electro, disco-punk,…
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Culture, Stage Songs to Die By

Songs to Die By

You may have heard that Sean San José's new solo show, I Feel Love, is about his parents, who died of AIDS. That's not true. The show is about almost everything else. The main character -- a fictional San José,…
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Dining, The Mix

The Mix

The Lower Haight is a come-as-you-are kind of neighborhood, a place where locals play dominoes on foldout tables as young bohemians in faux fur coats or incredibly spacious pants roam the streets in search of adventure. It's a neighborhood of…
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