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Calendar, Night&Day Iconic Jams

Iconic Jams

Prince might have changed his name to a symbol and sold millions of records, but he never had his own circus. At least not until now. Purple: A Circus Tribute to Prince is a showcase of acrobatics and aerial…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle Prince played a stunning two-hour show at the Fox Theater on Saturday. It was announced only days before, at 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, but the show still sold out in minutes. Those who snagged tickets got treated to a…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows From the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows From the Last Week in S.F. Music

Janelle Monáe blew away a gown-and-tux crowd with the S.F. Symphony, channeling Prince and Michael Jackson and giving the often-staid patrons of Davies a reason to get on their feet. By the time new single "Q.U.E.E.N" arrived in the encore,…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • Black Prairie, the Portland old-timey band that shares members with the Decemberists, gave a helluva music lesson at Bottom of the Hill. Playing accordion, autoharp, marxophone, and a few more conventional instruments, the band aired a gorgeous, largely…
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Culture, Art BOSF 2012: How to Be a TV Dance Star

BOSF 2012: How to Be a TV Dance Star

The '50s had American Bandstand, the '70s and '80s Soul Train, and the '90s had the insufferable crotch shots of MTV's The Grind. Here in the Bay Area, from the '80s through the '90s, we kicked it on the special…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • S.F. postpunk prodigy Weekend played its biggest-ever hometown show at the Independent on Thursday. In the audience: cool kids, club girls, and the bandmembers' moms. It's safe to say the band's all-encompassing blare made everyone proud. • Prince…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • With only a few days' notice, Prince's Welcome 2 America tour showed up in Oakland for three amazing shows last week. He brought Carlos Santana, Sheila E., Larry Graham, and sold-out crowds with him. • Britney Spears plans…
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Calendar, Night&Day Love, Minneapolis Style

Love, Minneapolis Style

Peaches Christ always looks like Joan Crawford. Not too much; not in a tired or obvious way — it's mostly a thing that happens kind of around the eyes — and even when she's in drag/reverse drag as Prince, Peaches…
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Music, BeatBox Soul Slam IV: Prince vs. Michael Jackson

Soul Slam IV: Prince vs. Michael Jackson

So beloved are Prince and Michael Jackson that there are two recurring parties in San Francisco devoted to their funkiness and enduring catalogs. "Prince vs. Michael Jackson," hosted by local label Bomb Records, happens monthly at Madrone Lounge. "Soul Slam,"…
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Music, Lost albums that should remain lost

Lost albums that should remain lost

While Guns N' Roses devotees greeted Chinese Democracy's release with euphoria on Nov. 23, the mood away from party central was bittersweet. After all, it's the end of an era — rock history's most spectacular lost album is now readily…
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Film, The Way You Make Me Feel

The Way You Make Me Feel

A man in a Michael Jackson outfit — red shirt, black jeans, white face mask — rides hunched over the tiny frame of a clown bike. Jutting out to his side, attached by a wire, is a stuffed monkey puppet…
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Calendar, Night&Day Picture Disks

Picture Disks

It's not just the vinyl record and cassette tape that have been dwarfed by the MP3; CDs are looking pretty quaint as well. But as the digital revolution forges on, "Collector" commemorates what is lost: the cover art and special…
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Music, BeatBox All '80s all week: Chromeo and "Prince vs. Michael Jackson"

All '80s all week: Chromeo and "Prince vs. Michael Jackson"

S.F. DJs Dave Paul and Jeff Harris recently received the sincerest form of flattery when their popular monthly "Prince vs. Michael Jackson" party was paid tribute to by East Bay promoters Oakland Reggae. The latter threw a "Prince vs. Too…
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Music, BeatBox Tel Aviv brothers bring the beats

Tel Aviv brothers bring the beats

In a recent Mixtape Schmixtape column, we praised Hayward artist Prince Ali 's Corner Ensemble mix for its spiritual, nonviolent approach to hip hop. This week Ali will perform with several of Corner's collaborators, including Rakaa Iriscience (of Los Angeles'…
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News, Sucka Free City

Get Way Down

It was a textbook-perfect San Francisco spring Saturday, sunny and warm, so it seemed unlikely that toddlers and their parents would forgo outdoor afternoon delights to spend several hours inside in dim light for the first local appearance of Baby…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Daring Truth

Daring Truth

FRI 1/7 Documentaries were once the stodgy old coots of the cinematic world. But with the release of surprise hits like Super Size Me and Fahrenheit 9/11 they're suddenly big business, and the moment is ripe for a reappraisal of…
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News, Dog Bites

Shake It, White Girl

The last time Dog Bites was in charge of nighttime entertainment, we brought seven friends to a new bar we'd read about somewhere. The dance floor was carpeted, the drinks were weak, and the ratty lounge tables sported artichoke dip…
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Calendar, Night&Day Who's Bad?

Who's Bad?

Michael Jackson's Thriller sold more than 50 million copies worldwide, spawned seven Top 10 hits, inspired a dance and fashion craze, and revolutionized MTV with its slick, film-inspired videos. Most incredibly, it convinced my cousin to pry the Prince poster…
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Music,

The House of Tudor

In Scotland, there is no holiday more important, or dire, than Hogmanay. We're talking Scots drunk on glug (an unhealthy combination of fruit, red wine, and vodka), eating haggis (a more unhealthy combination of lung, liver, and heart shoved into…
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Music,

Hear This

Liberty Ellman With a rock-drummer dad and a supergroupie mom, Liberty Ellman was bound to be a guitar star. But Ellman didn't realize his true calling until he saw Purple Rain. As the glitter-sex images of Prince and his adulating,…
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