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Music, Shabazz Palaces Lets Its Hip-Hop Do the Talking

Shabazz Palaces Lets Its Hip-Hop Do the Talking

If there's one thing we're supposed to know about Shabazz Palaces, it's that we're not supposed to know shit. In the two years since recordings by the Seattle-based hip-hop act of that name have surfaced to effusive praise, Palaces' MC,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Five Rules of How to Be A Stand-Up Comedy Audience

The Five Rules of How to Be A Stand-Up Comedy Audience

Yes, there are rules. There have always been rules. The problem is most of you don't know them and for the most part the clubs won't tell them to you, because they don't want to alienate you from taking full…
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Calendar, Night&Day Diz and the Gang

Diz and the Gang

In 1965, the year of the Watts riots and the murder of Malcolm X, and goaded by Charles Schulz, Oakland’s Morrie Turner unveiled Wee Pals, the first fully integrated comic strip. (Turner had asked Schulz why nobody put minorities in…
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Calendar, Night&Day In <i>Vogue</i>

In Vogue

Richard Avedon made his rep as a fashion photographer, then segued naturally into a parallel career taking celebrity snaps. His palpably alive portraits comprise a big chunk of the stylish retrospective currently on display at the big house on Third…
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Calendar, Night&Day You Can Too

You Can Too

“I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” the prescient speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the eve of his assassination in 1968, was like an oratory bookend to his history-making “I Have a Dream” address. Responding to death threats,…
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Culture, Stagecap

Moky's Life 101

The shy guy in the hall hands me photos from his L.A. performance at Starbucks, introduces me to his dad (who's doing lights), and then jumps onstage at the Exit Theater's small cafe like a preacher on a pulpit, preening…
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Music, Bouncer

Pucker Up

A little-known movie was released this year and then moved quietly yet quickly to DVD, Jenny McCarthy's Dirty Love. The nutty pinup wrote and starred in the thing, and her (now ex-) husband directed it. My dear friends, this is…
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Music, BeatBox BeatBox


As a vital part of the internationally syndicated hip hop radio program The Wake-Up Show (airing on KMEL-FM on Saturday nights from 10 to midnight), DJ Revolution is one of an elite group of radio mix DJs with global…
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Culture, Stage

AfroSolo Arts Festival

The 11th annual AfroSolo had a small but vocal peanut gallery on opening weekend. A few audience members hooted when something was funny, sighed or blew their noses when it was boring, made wise remarks, and got up to walk…
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Calendar, Night&Day Yes, Mr. President

Yes, Mr. President

The subject of the sprawling exhibit about to open at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is just one person. But it's one person who made a hell of a lot of noise. Fela Anikulapo-Kuti only lived to be 58,…
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Film, The Negro Problem

The Negro Problem

Let's be honest: As much as people may complain about Spike Lee's public pontifications on race, or his controversial stances, or his being a rabble-rouser, that's the way we like him. What first comes to mind when you hear his…
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Calendar, Halloween


Peace Through Credit In 1994, San Francisco State University erupted over a mural named for Malcolm X, unveiled in the campus quad. The mural -- which incorporated six-pointed stars amid dollar signs and the words "African blood" -- was interpreted…
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Dog Bites

Inspection Indigestion Forks fell early this month when word got out that Antipasti, a Cow Hollow eatery on tony Union Street, was cited by the city's Bureau of Environmental Health for "improper food protection." Rats and roaches at large in…
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