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Calendar, Night&Day Maker's Mark

Maker's Mark

As home to Maker Faire, not to mention a lot of counterculture and counterintuitive invention, the Bay Area is no stranger to D.I.Y., but it usually takes the rest of the country a while to catch on. For years, Chris…
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Film, "Magic Trip": Doc Follows the '64 Adventures of Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters

"Magic Trip": Doc Follows the '64 Adventures of Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters

The subject of Magic Trip is the LSD-powered, cross-country road movie orchestrated by novelist Ken Kesey in the summer of '64. More than a footnote but less than a chapter in American cultural history, the voyage taken by a psychedelic…
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Culture, Stage S.F. Playhouse's <i>One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest</i> crams too many actors onto a small stage

S.F. Playhouse's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest crams too many actors onto a small stage

One of the most powerful aspects of live theater is its ability to make us sit through abnormal human behavior. When the recipe is right, the discomfort we feel while experiencing people behaving strangely or even psychotically onstage (like Shakespeare's…
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Music, Let's Get Killed The Units punked the system, played JC Penney

The Units punked the system, played JC Penney

"I don't think you can underestimate the influence Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters had on the antiestablishment, prank-driven, California punk and performance art scene in the '70s." — The Units San Francisco's cultural revolutions of the '50s and '60s…
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Music, Never Say Goodbye

Never Say Goodbye

Roky Erickson wakes up at the crack of dusk — a creature of the night or maybe just a creature of habit, but either way he's cheerful and sharp during an early-evening wake-up call. One of the great lost singers…
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Culture, Stage

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Playing a convincing nut is one of the biggest challenges facing an actor. Like being drunk onstage without falling over, the thespian wishing to personify madness in a persuasive way must avoid clichés such as clucking like a chicken or…
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Music, Road Scholars

Road Scholars

Step right up -- here you are! You may not have cinderella but if you haven't it's a cinch you've got something else and no matter what it is this little box will save your life one dose alone irrevocably…
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Calendar, Night&Day

This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, November 19, 2003 The Ken Kesey the world knows is the Kesey of counterculture hijinks, the guy who made a name for himself writing the best anti-conformity screed ever (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) and then gallivanted around…
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Pre-Multimedia: The Light Show

The first glimmer of multimedia spectacle was the light show, which originated in San Francisco during the early and mid-'60s hippie scene. As LSD was abundant and still legal in California in 1966, Ken Kesey and his followers took full…
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Culture, Stage

Bumpy Flight

Portraying an archetypal character as anything other than a cliche is no small feat. Imagine the difficulty of playing in a carnival of archetypes and you have an idea of the challenges facing the cast of the Marin Theatre Company's…
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Culture, Stage

Aisle Seat

Reynolds Rap Rick Reynolds hits town this week with All Grown Up and No Place to Go, a chronicle of the trials of adulthood (marriage and parenting, for example). It's his first time back to the boards since he performed…
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