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    Calendar, Night&Day

    Night + Day

    Wednesday December 30 Sing Sing Sing Like the Whos in Whoville, participants in the 24-hour concert "Singing for Your Life" will celebrate the holidays by raising their voices in song. Bobby McFerrin started the concert tradition nearly 10 years ago…
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    Noisemakers

    Champagne corks will be popping across town 'round midnight this Thursday, but the sound of a man being shot from a cannon at the Circus Redickuless New Year's Eve Slumber Party will make a louder bang than any bottle of…
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    Music,

    Riff Raff

    Comeback of the Year We don't mean comeback in the "returning a career to its past glories" sense. After all, the person in question here is John Wesley Harding, the British expatriate folk singer (and now San Francisco resident) who…
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    Another Day in the Life

    Monologuist Spalding Gray, once astutely dubbed the WASP Woody Allen, has cobbled together a remarkably long-lived career from his own neuroses. Filmmaker Jonathan Demme made an engrossing film from Swimming to Cambodia, Gray's Obie-winning account of the minor role he…
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    Night + Day

    Wednesday December 23 Hip Christmas What can you do with a master's degree in English? Teach, for one thing (see Sunday listing), or become a hip hop MC, like 75 Degrees' Rick Bond. The lyrical wordsmith trades musical duties during…
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    Riff Raff

    Spin Off Over the past four weeks, former Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell has spun a few sets at various underground warehouse parties here in the Bay Area under the moniker DJ Peretz (his real last name). It seems the…
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    Night + Day

    Wednesday December 16 Toy Soldiers Something about singer/songwriter Victoria Williams rallies people together. Maybe it's her girlish voice, which listeners loved on the Lilith Tour. Or maybe it's the homespun melodies she performed on banjo, Wurlitzer, dulcimer, and harmonica on…
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    Sharin' and Karen

    Considering the awfully tempting material Tom Ross and Morey Goldstein had to work with, their parody of the Carpenters could have been ruthless. They had a goofy drummer in an evening gown, after all; a brother-sister duo whose wholesome image…
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    Local Rites for Universal Rights

    Miya Masaoka's performance piece Dark Passages should serve as a kind of prelude to the local celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The historic United Nations document, promoted by Eleanor Roosevelt and officially adopted…
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    Night + Day

    Wednesday December 9 Marky's Mark Once you're a Ramone, you're a Ramone for life, as Marky Ramone will tell you. In his pre-Ramones drumming days, he was known as Marc Bell, founder of the power trio Dust and a collaborator…
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    Music,

    Riff Raff

    Bent, But Not Broken Beanbender's, the esteemed Berkeley jazz and experimental music space, has had something of an identity crisis in recent months. Changes in ownership and rising rents at the downtown Berkeley building it calls home have thrown its…
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    Culture, Stage

    Stage

    Consider the Possibilities The Possibilities. By Howard Barker. Directed by Ben Yalom. Starring Linda Ayres-Frederick, Janis DeLucia, Timothy Hull, and Tessa Zugmeyer. At the Next Stage, in the Trinity Episcopal Church at the corner of Gough and Bush, through Dec.…
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    NIGHT & DAY

    Wednesday December 2 Oh, You Beautiful Doll! Cartoon characters, chinoiserie, celebrities, and popular entertainments like Ballet Russe and Comedie Française influenced the Italian doll-making company LENCI, which did brisk business in the toy trade from the 1920s to the 1940s,…
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    Mazel Tov!

    Any schmuck can toss off a few words of Yiddish (Al D'Amato, are you listening?) but it takes a 2-decades-old company like A Traveling Jewish Theater to mine the true beauty of the language. ATJT's premiere of Diamonds in the…
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    Long Lost, Late Won

    Loss and anger, grief and retrospection take a variety of guises in local observances of World AIDS Day/Day Without Art, Tuesday, Dec. 1. Performance artist Denise Uyehara, a former Sacred Naked Nature Girl, contributes her storytelling and ritual piece Maps…
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    Culture, Stage

    Stage

    Three Women Orgasmo Adulto Escapes From the Zoo. By Dario Fo and Franca Rame. Directed by Cris Cassell. Performed by Shelley Mitchell. At the Exit Theater, 156 Eddy (at Mason), through Nov. 21. Call 673-3847. Last year's Nobel Prize in…
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    Night + Day

    Wednesday November 18 Sociable Darwinists Comic actor John Cleese ponders the meaning of life yet again when he and British biologist Richard Dawkins satirize the interview process during a City Arts & Lectures onstage conversation. So far, Cleese's best-known contribution…
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    Music,

    Riff Raff

    The Check -- and the Fragile Master Tape -- Is in the Mail On Nov. 9, the Kingsmen, authors of the mush-mouthed party classic "Louie, Louie," scored a victory for composers' rights. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld an earlier decision…
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    Culture, Stage

    Stage

    Subterranean Homeless Blues The Lower Depths. By Maxim Gorky. Directed by Dennis Moyer. Starring Robert Elross, John Nolan, Joan Mankin, Oonagh Kavanagh, Johnny McMorrough, Da'Mon Vann, and John Robb. At Dance Mission, 3316 24th St. (at Mission), through Dec. 20.…
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    Night +Day

    Wednesday November 11 Memento Mori Those red paper poppies people wear and sell in honor of this century's veterans began as a symbol of World War I vets, after the vivid flowers bloomed across the desecrated fields of the Western…
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    A Tree Grows in Tennessee

    There are no tremulous, wasp-waisted heroines or wisecracking sidekicks in the family film The Education of Little Tree, and frankly, that's refreshing. Forrest Carter's Depression-era tale, filmed in some of North America's most stunningly beautiful wilderness, concerns a half-Cherokee orphan…
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    Music,

    Riff Raff

    Hanson, Disco Drag, and Other Literary Endeavors True, the New Main Library isn't the hippest of places to go swimming in the pop music media pool, but Riff Raff found itself wading in the deep end of Bay Area radio…
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    Night + Day

    Wednesday November 4 High Voltage Uncle Tupelo's debut album No Depression was auspicious in more ways than one: Not only was the title later borrowed to describe rootsy country rock outside the Nashville "new country" marketplace, but the band itself…
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    Words' Worth

    Patti Smith helped kick-start punk in the '70s with the seminal albums Easter and Horses, but the music's revivalist fervor and Smith's distinctive voice, alternately impassioned and sorrow-shot, were only half the appeal. Smith is a poet whose way with…
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    Riff Raff

    Suckers Normally we don't fall for cheap publicity stunts. But every once in a while some band -- well, it's usually the Gun & Doll Show -- manages to impress us with clever, if sometimes poorly executed, promotional gimmicks. (They…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    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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