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Culture, The Exhibitionist A.C.T.'s <i>Satchmo at the Waldorf</i> Aint Got that Swing

A.C.T.'s Satchmo at the Waldorf Aint Got that Swing

A.C.T.’s one-man play, Satchmo at the Waldorf, is set in Louis Armstrong spacious dressing room, post-performance, at the ritzy Waldorf-Astoria hotel. Why does it matter that the name of the hotel is in the title of the play? Was…
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Music, All Shook Down Louis Armstrong Tribute at SFJAZZ

Louis Armstrong Tribute at SFJAZZ

In a thousand years, people will still be listening to the music of jazz artist Louis Armstrong. At least, so says singer and bandleader Catherine Russell, who will perform Armstrong's music with her band for four nights at the SFJAZZ…
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Dining, Distillations Distillations: Bohemianland at The Social Study

Distillations: Bohemianland at The Social Study

There are few things in this world more interesting than watching someone hit on a bartender. At least the liquor distributor in a suit sitting next to me at the Social Study knew her. There was a poignant quality to…
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Music, Herbal Melodies

Herbal Melodies

Medical marijuana. What is it? Is it legal? Will it turn me into a raging sex fiend, or make me as cool and suave as Robert Mitchum? Is it a gateway to medicinal Fritos? How will it influence my already…
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Calendar, Night&Day Everybody Dance Now

Everybody Dance Now

You know what happens when you make an assumption? That's right: You make an ass out of you and umption. You've probably made a lot of assumptions about homeless people; it's hard not to, but just think of how umption…
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Music, The Man in Black on the Boob Tube: <i>The Johnny Cash TV Show</i> by Mark Keresman

The Man in Black on the Boob Tube: The Johnny Cash TV Show by Mark Keresman

Country singer Johnny Cash was a performer whose appeal transcended social barriers. His history of defying categorization is apparent in the newly released The Best of the Johnny Cash TV Show 1969-1971, a two-DVD compilation pulled from the prime-time variety…
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Music, It Happened in Monterey

It Happened in Monterey

In 1958, jazz promoter Jimmy Lyons worked with legendary San Francisco music writer Ralph J. Gleason to organize a jazz festival, the first of its kind on the West Coast. Gleason and Lyons (not to be confused with the late…
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Culture, Stage Cracked Crystal

Cracked Crystal

There comes a point in many a celebrity's career when he or she feels compelled to get out of the fast lane for a while and concentrate on something more wholesome. Some, like Paul Newman, make salad dressing; others, such…
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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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