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Dining, SFoodie Drink of the Week: Nek Minnit at Waiheke Island Yacht Club

Drink of the Week: Nek Minnit at Waiheke Island Yacht Club

I'll admit that I had flashbacks of my younger days when I was walking into Waiheke Island Yacht Club, the temporary New Zealand restaurant inside Pier 29. The restaurant occupies a small corner of the cavernous space that once…
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Calendar, Night&Day Tribal Politics

Tribal Politics

Atamira Dance Company of New Zealand arrives on the shores of the continental U.S. for the first time on July 27 for the San Francisco International Arts Festival. The company combines urban technique and indigenous Maori tradition to create…
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Dining, Eat

Summer Guide 2013: Summer Beer & Wine Festivals

Pinot Days More than 140 wineries from Oregon to New Zealand will be offering their diverse takes on the popular grape at this largest gathering of pinot noir producers in the world. Sunday, June 30, 2 to 5 p.m. $60.…
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Music, Hear This Tamaryn: Show Preview

Tamaryn: Show Preview

Tamaryn's roster of residences includes New Zealand, New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles (the latter her current home), but the way she sings makes you think she's forever trapped on some galactic strata between heaven and Earth, with…
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Music, Hear This Phono Del Sol: Show Preview

Phono Del Sol: Show Preview

If you want to know what a perfect small-scale music festival looks like, look no further than Phono Del Sol, presented by local music site The Bay Bridged. This daytime gathering in Potrero Hill is affordable, all ages, and comes…
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Calendar, Night&Day Revel in the Pre-Postmodern

Revel in the Pre-Postmodern

For rubberneckers who nearly run off the road at the sight of a Streamline trailer, or folks who dream of Napier, New Zealand, because it was flattened by an earthquake and rebuilt during art deco’s glory days, the joys of…
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Film, "Boy": Underestimates Young Talent

"Boy": Underestimates Young Talent

The abundant charm of first-time actor James Rolleston, playing the 11-year-old of the title in Boy, doesn't quite save the aimless, nostalgia-woozy second feature from Taika Waititi (2007s Eagle vs. Shark). Set in 1984 in a Maori community in eastern…
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Music, BeatBox Soul Shakedown: Show Preview

Soul Shakedown: Show Preview

David "DeeCee" Corran has done his best to shake up the local live music and club scene since he started his original Soul Shakedown party at Club Six in 2003. He has presented reggae bands from Chile, Hawaii, New Zealand,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Over-the-Top from Down Under

Over-the-Top from Down Under

Those who recognize Rhys Darby only from his first and breakout television role as dry cultural attaché and band manager Murray Hewitt in the HBO series Flight of the Conchords have yet to see the New Zealand actor’s full comedic…
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Dining, SFoodie Oyster Bay 2010 Sauvignon Blanc

Oyster Bay 2010 Sauvignon Blanc

I love the fact that most stores have delegated separate areas for wines from different countries of origin. There are French, Californian, Spanish, and Italian sections, and it's funny how if there's an Australian section, wines from New Zealand are…
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Music, BeatBox Concert preview: Fat Freddy's Drop

Concert preview: Fat Freddy's Drop

Fat Freddy's Drop, a band from New Zealand named after a lysergic cartoon cat, made its live debut in San Francisco last November with two sold-out shows and an in-store performance at Amoeba. After that warm reception, the band is…
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Music, All Shook Down

Track of the Day: Surf City, A Post-SXSW Favorite

Now that I'm back in San Francisco, thinking about just one band at a time, I plan on spending the week re-highlighting my favorite acts from the big SXSW weekend. I heard some truly awesome music that I'd hate…
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Music, Beaches break into Australia's heavy psych scene

Beaches break into Australia's heavy psych scene

The Australian band Beaches isn't an all-woman supergroup, although its five members play in other bands and a few perceptive fans might recognize guitarist Antonia Sellbach from the trio Love of Diagrams, which was briefly signed to Matador. Considering the…
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Music, BeatBox Fat Freddy's Drop

Fat Freddy's Drop

New Zealand septet Fat Freddy's Drop occupies the soulful end of the digital spectrum, cranking out electronic dub music with the spirit of a much older sound. The band's sophomore album, Dr Boondigga and the Big BW, reached the top…
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Dining, SFoodie Around the World with Luke Mangan: Now That's Budget Travel

Around the World with Luke Mangan: Now That's Budget Travel

The Aussies and Kiwis over at SoMa's South Food + Wine Bar (330 Townsend at Fourth St.) are gearing up for another one of their excellent dinner events -- this time it's an international tour of owner Luke Mangan's…
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Calendar, Night&Day Music from Big Pink

Music from Big Pink

You can choose to see the wine industry as a soulless, disease-inducing, water-table–decimating scourge, or you can look on the bright side, and agree that it also brings us many delicious treats. And it can be an intelligent endeavor, what…
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Calendar, Night&Day Spit or Swallow

Spit or Swallow

Wine snobs are different than you and me -- they have more money. At Pinot Days Grand Festival, $65 allows you to pick the brains of the industries biggest players and get drunk enough to forget everything, should you decide…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Encounters at the End of the World</i>

Encounters at the End of the World

Werner Herzog has made a career documenting extreme landscapes and courting danger. Encounters at the End of the World chronicles his trip to Antarctica, and, perhaps because the director is approaching old-master status, skews toward the observational. Taking a military…
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Dining, Eat South Food & Wine Bar's Australian Food Overthought, Overwrought

South Food & Wine Bar's Australian Food Overthought, Overwrought

Working on my piece on the best dishes of 2007 made me pleased (remembering just how much excellent food I consumed over the course of 12 months), chastened (remembering just how much excellent food I consumed over the course of…
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Music, Young Love

Young Love

By now, it's almost impossible to avoid "Young Folks," the breakout single by Swedish trio Peter Bjorn and John. Coffee shops, dance clubs, college campus bookstores, hipster clothing boutiques — the tune is everywhere. Considering its whistled hook, desultory female/male…
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