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Calendar, Night&Day The Great Escape

The Great Escape

“You awaken, and find yourself locked inside a room. It has a desk, chairs, a carpet — everything seems normal. But on closer inspection you find a series of mysterious codes ...” If that sounds like the opening to a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Experimenting with Mind-Altering Dance

Experimenting with Mind-Altering Dance

Urban Japan is a culture in love with the cutting edge, and in this it shares a singular, pulsating passion with the world of contemporary dance. Where better then to immerse yourself in experimental ecstasy than "Japan Dance Now," a…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

The beauty of Boredoms is that they're anything but. This 20-year-old experimental brainchild of madcap Japanese vocalist Yamatsuka Eye -- who earned considerable avant-garde cred early on from his work with John Zorn's Naked City -- is a veritable freak…
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Dining, Eat Kobe Seekers

Kobe Seekers

The Osaka Grill is a Japanese restaurant in Polk Gulch just down the block from the Galaxy Theater. It's a high-ceilinged, white-on-white, starkly hip establishment where skilled chefs practice the dazzling art of teppanyaki, the slicing and grilling of food.…
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wednesday july 2 Burning Rubber Americans are still unclear on how to negotiate traffic circles (and around these parts, red lights mean nothing so much as full-speed ahead), but we love the open road, damn it, and few cinematic series…
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Dead Sea Scrolls

This weekend, two Pacific Rim bands with markedly different takes on the U.S. play San Francisco: Japan's Angel'in Heavy Syrup, who affectionately reprocess Western psychedelic sounds of the '60s and '70s, and the quasi-legendary Dead C, an obstreperous New Zealand…
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