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Calendar, Night&Day Slim and the Family Stone

Slim and the Family Stone

Now in its 15th year, the San Francisco Black Film Festival offers a globe-spanning selection of movies either by filmmakers of African descent or which feature actors or subjects representing the African diaspora. Over four days and about 70…
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Calendar, Night&Day Prequel With Party

Prequel With Party

Don Reed's new solo theater show takes us back to the days before his father became a pimp, before his stepfather forced him into an uncomfortable religious faith, and before his struggles as a live-in waiter studying at UCLA.…
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Music, Hear This Naytronix: Show Preview

Naytronix: Show Preview

Oakland's tUnE-yArDs have become a critical favorite and an international sensation, but the group's bassist (and band leader Merrill Garbus' boyfriend) Nate Brenner isn't stopping there. In addition to Beep, his avant-jazz outfit, Brenner leads Naytronix, which describes itself as…
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Music, Sly Stone is lured from hiding once again

Sly Stone is lured from hiding once again

Sly Stone "performed" at the Grammys in 2006 with a garish, taped-on blond Mohawk. He left after singing a couple of verses with a ragtag collection of pop all-stars. For a man who has appeared in public only a handful…
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Music, All Shook Down Rare Sly Stone, Soul Music Film Clips at SF Public Library

Rare Sly Stone, Soul Music Film Clips at SF Public Library

Everybody is a star, but not quite like Sly Stone, Curtis and the Funky President. Get up offa that thang and check out some rare footage of said soul legends and plenty more: To coincide with Black History Month,…
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News, Sucka Free City

The Quiet Storm

It's been a little while, but Sly is back in business on the radio. Not Sly Stone, who was a DJ for the Bay Area station KSOL in the '60s, but Anthony "Sly" Ramirez, who has recently resurrected his popular…
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Music, Reviewed Jamie Lidell

Jamie Lidell

This straightforward homage to Stax/Volt-era soul is a serious departure for Jamie Lidell, a genre-stretching British knob-twiddler whose previous solo work consisted of shadowy, artfully damaged downtempo and who's best known as one-half of the millennial cyberfunk duo Super_Collider. Older…
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Music, Redemption Song

Redemption Song

Shuggie Otis started banging around on the drums back in 1957 when he was 4 years old. His dad, blues legend and KPFA DJ Johnny Otis, bought him the small professional kit. Soon after, however, Otis began eyeing other instruments.…
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Riff Raff

Selvin Watch: We Meet at Last Joel Selvin and Dave Marsh -- longtime friends, colleagues, and even bandmates in the rock-crit group called the Rock Bottom Remainders -- had a slight rift in their relationship recently. As Riff Raff mentioned…
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