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    Night + Day

    Wednesday December 31 Auld Lanxiety Last year around this time, after the free-flowing bubbly and the hallful of enthusiastic strangers trashed your shoes, and the torrential rains soaked your velvet party dress as you and your date tried and failed…
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    Music,

    Words + Guitar (+ Beats + Skronk)

    Jeff Stark's Top 10 Records Released in 1997 1) (tie) Spiritualized, Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space The Perfect Prescription, Spacemen 3's finest record, actualized the peaks and comedowns of an LSD trip; in his spin-out band Spiritualized,…
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    Surfin' Turf

    Otto Von Stroheim will be glad to demonstrate the finer points of tiki culture at "Jungle Thunder-a-Go-Go," a musical benefit for the San Francisco Food Bank. Von Stroheim publishes Tiki News, a zine-type affair devoted to all things tiki: the…
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    Wicked Flicks

    Sexism, racism, plagiarism, Mormonism: The mostly animated mini-film festival curated by film archivist and historian Dennis Nyback has 'em all. This three-day screening spree features rare works in six programs shown in nightly double features, beginning with "F#!k Mickey Mouse,"…
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    Night + Day

    wednesday december 24 Sweet Dreams Are Made of This 'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house/ All the children were flipping out from the sugar high they got at the third annual Gingerbread Architecture Extravaganza. Junior architects…
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    Riff Raff

    Welcome to the Majors On Saturday, Dec. 6, Creeper Lagoon drummer Patrick Mangan took a day off from recording songs for a new album at Sony Studios in Santa Monica to headline a show at the Bottom of the Hill…
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    wednesday december 17 Spin Cycle Over 70 whirling dervishes and musicians from the United States, Canada, and Turkey will step to Allah and surrender themselves to divine love when the Mevlevi Order of America, a spiritual group dedicated to the…
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    Riff Raff

    A Musician's Life Thursday evening, Dec. 4, jazzman Calder Spanier played a show at 330 Ritch with the swing band Jellyroll. He was returning home to Berkeley when his Ford Falcon ran out of gas on the Bay Bridge. According…
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    wednesday december 10 Space Cowboys In the four years since experimental jazz guru Sun Ra officially left this planet -- he always said he was just visiting from Saturn anyway -- members of his band, the 20-piece ever-evolving Arkestra, have…
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    Riff Raff

    INXS Frontman Michael Hutchence Did Not Die of Autoerotic Asphyxiation But police sources insisted that the singer with the Australian band INXS had killed himself and was not the victim of an auto-erotic sex game that went wrong. His naked…
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    Riff Raff

    Back to Mono! A couple of weeks ago in Los Angeles, San Francisco Neil Diamond cover group Super Diamond played their third sold-out House of Blues show this year. Reason for frontman Randy Cordeiro's tight black satin pants to fill…
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    wednesday december 3 Hazmat Alert Nine artists examine how we continue to suffer from technology we originally created to help ourselves in the group show "Biohazard." Results include Stomach Acid Dream, painter Mia Brownell's series on synthetic food production and…
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    wednesday november 26 The Santa Cause Are you known for your big beer gut and your hearty chuckle? Call the Cross Cultural Family Center, quick: They've got empty red Santa suits they'd like to fill. Perhaps you're a struggling actor/dancer/musician?…
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    Riff Raff

    Are You Sure, Keith? Our quote of the week comes from a communique released by the self-hyping Marginal Prophets, the local hip-hop outfit that tries to turn every show into a news item. The Prophets contacted us at least a…
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    wednesday november 19 Night Light Reading Walt Curtis' book Mala Noche & Other "Illegal" Adventures is like peeking at someone's diary: Its candid narrative is so fascinating you can't put it down, despite a nagging sense that maybe you should.…
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    Riff Raff

    Two Words for All Gen-Xers Attending This Weekend's Jane's Addiction Concert Who Might Think This Reunion Is Somehow Less Embarrassing Than Boomer Revival Pap Like the Eagles or Fleetwood Mac It's not. (J.S.) Roast Beast The sixth annual Thunder Road…
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    Stage

    Deaths in the Family Flesh and Blood. By Elizabeth Dewberry. Directed by Maria Mazer. Starring Ronnie D. Blair, Linda Ayres-Frederick, Molly Goode, and Patricia Silver. At the Phoenix Theater, 301 Eighth St. (at Howard), through Dec. 7. Call 621-4423. The…
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    wednesday november 12 A Piece of the Rock Tourists and actors comprise most of the traffic on Alcatraz these days, but not so long ago the Rock was home to infamous cons like Al Capone and George "Machine Gun" Kelly,…
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    Riff Raff

    Rock 'n' Requiem The Day of the Dead was the appropriate setting for the death of live music at one of the Mission District's most sprightly venues, a place where many of the patron saints of underground rock, pop, and…
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    Riff Raff

    Radio Free Richmond For the last three years, Richard Edmondson has played a cat-and-mouse game with the Federal Communications Commission. Edmondson operates San Francisco Liberation Radio, a tiny 40-watt station that broadcasts on S.F.'s west side. The station airs leftist…
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    Riff Raff

    Ethical Laundry Riff Raff isn't always snotty; sometimes we just sit around and ponder big ethical questions. Here's what we've been chewing on recently. Last week the San Francisco Bay Guardian published a live review of a local band called…
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    wednesday october 22 Comedy Is Not Pretty The term "dysfunctional family" has been bandied about so casually since it entered the lexicon that its basic meaning has been muddied. Comedian Marilyn Pittman helps clear things up in her solo comedy…
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    Riff Raff

    Critic's Corner: The End of a Long, Long Story The Chronicle promised us a horse race but didn't even provide a winner's circle after the handsome steed, bloodied but unbowed, finally made it across the finish line. When the paper…
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    wednesday october 15 Yes, But Is It Art? Nearly two weeks ago, 60 Minutes made the startling discovery that there's some bad modern art out there; between assertions that modern art isn't like classical art and that modern art makes…
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    Riff Raff

    Things We Did on Grass Now we know why Chet Helms and company waited until October to throw a 30-year anniversary celebration of the Summer of Love: harvest. There was so much weed at the Sunday shindig in Golden Gate…
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    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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