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Calendar, Night&Day Double Dutch

Double Dutch

Sehnsucht. The word translates as "longing," but Germans insist that the real meaning remains elusive to the broad sector of English speakers, falling somewhere between the sweetness of nostalgia and the desperation of lust. The Dutch bring a glimpse…
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Calendar, Night&Day Drunken Orchestra

Drunken Orchestra

Summering in the city is mostly about being extra precious at Dolores Park, and since you're already there every day looking for your friends "by the tennis courts," try enjoying something a little more refined than your PBR this…
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Calendar, Night&Day Old Meets New

Old Meets New

The San Francisco Symphony closes out Fourth of July weekend with a free afternoon concert in Stern Grove’s idyllic outdoor amphitheater. The San Francisco Symphony Concert is part of the Stern Grove Festival, an annual, family-friendly performance series that highlights…
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Calendar, Night&Day Way to Go, Ohio

Way to Go, Ohio

The first performance of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61, in 1806, was a little shaky. Some musicians had to sight-read the hastily finished and unrehearsed final parts. At one point, a violinist is said to have flipped…
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Music, In Defense of the CD: Why We Should Keep Them Around

In Defense of the CD: Why We Should Keep Them Around

No one loves CDs. The cool kids today want to either dig through crates of dusty old vinyl or pay four times too much for the new stuff. The even cooler kids spend actual money on godawful cassette tapes. And…
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Music, Bouncer If Bouncer's Date at Andalu Was an Episode of "The Wire"

If Bouncer's Date at Andalu Was an Episode of "The Wire"

I'm the only person I know who didn't get into The Wire or Treme, shows that have been dubbed "city symphonies." They remind me of donuts, which are my least favorite food, despite their amazing ingredients — bread, sugar, and…
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May's Literary Events

Friday, May 6 At the start of local author Katie Arnold-Ratliff's debut novel, Bright Before Us (Tin House Books, $14), a 25-year-old schoolteacher takes his second-grade class to a San Francisco beach. It's a field trip. With discoveries. "The children…
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Calendar, Night&Day Polanski, Beethoven, and Dingos on Trial

Polanski, Beethoven, and Dingos on Trial

We’ve told you before what a supreme weirdo Will Franken is. Take the whole cast of Monty Python, add the Firesign Theatre, mix in one of those amateur improv shows that defies expectations, and, well, you’d be close to what…
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Calendar, Night&Day It'll Be Just Like <i>Glee</i>

It'll Be Just Like Glee

Brahms' Requiem isn't something you can catch on the radio while you're driving around and just sing along with, really belting it out since no one can hear you. ABBA, sure. Brahms, no. The San Francisco City Chorus, however, offers…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>In Search of Beethoven</i>

In Search of Beethoven

In Search of Beethoven plays like a good, if necessarily condensed critical biography. Drawing from archival letters, interviews with contemporary musicians and historians, and a generous selection of live music, Phil Grabsky’s film takes us through the life and work…
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Calendar, Night&Day Isn&#146;t It Symphonic?

Isn’t It Symphonic?

Lovers of both early- and late-19th-century symphonic drama en plein air, start your picnic blankets. Grassy knolls and tormented classical music being two luxuries that play well together, the San Francisco Symphony Concert descends upon the park, hoping les flâneurs…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hot Bach in the Summertime

Hot Bach in the Summertime

Summer is a quiet time for classical music around here, what with most of the region’s chamber music organizations touring or taking a break. Besides the San Francisco Symphony’s Summer in the City Festival, local fans don’t have many options…
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What Is This, Paris?

A crowd spills onto the sidewalk. People sway, drink, and close their eyes in rapt appreciation as young musicians work up a smirking sweat. It's a familiar enough scene, but at Classical Revolution, the music is three hundred years old.…
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News, Sucka Free City Au Revoir, Addis

Au Revoir, Addis

Is Paul Addis — the man accused of prematurely igniting the Burning Man — a genius, a crazy man, or both? That's what we at the Weekly wanted to know, so we wanted to talk to him. Unfortunately, he has…
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Home Entertainment, What Else Is New?

Our top DVD picks for the week of April 3:

All That Jazz: Special Music Edition (Fox) The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour (Image) Back Stage (Strand) Bong Water (First Look) The Brady Bunch: The Complete Series (Paramount) Charlotte's Web (Paramount) Copying Beethoven (MGM) Dancing With the Stars: Cardio Dance…
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Music, Let's Get Killed

From symphonies to smoke machines: snapshots of three very different shows

Snapshots of fandom from last week's shows: morning, noon, and night. If there's one thing the recent Download festival proved, it's that you can brand, cross-promote, and market indie rock all you like, but the best advertisement of all…
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Home Entertainment, What Else Is New?

Our top DVD picks for the week of Sept. 27

American Pie: 3 Movie Pie Pack (Universal) Beethoven: The Pooch Pack (Universal) Billy Jack: The Ultimate Collection (Ventura) Blind Melon: Live at the Metro (EMI) Bouncing Souls: Live at the Glasshouse (Fontana) Britney & Kevin: Chaotic ... the DVD…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sound Affects

Sound Affects

"We find far more enjoyment in the combination of the noises of trams, backfiring motors, carriages and bawling crowds than in rehearsing, for example, the Eroica or the Pastoral," wrote the Italian futurist Luigi Russolo in his 1913 manifesto L'Arte…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Launched two years ago, the Cypress String Quartet's "Call & Response" concert series cultivates new audiences for classical music by presenting affordable shows with an educational hook. Featuring performances of two standard repertory pieces alongside a specially commissioned contemporary work,…
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The House of Tudor

Feeling the tax crunch? Have no fear. Those sick little fucks over at "Bondage A Go-Go" are ready and willing to supply you with some monetary relief. They ask very little in return, just a bit of self-inflicted humiliation, mutilation,…
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