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    Night+Day

    wednesday april 17 Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot Cafe Du Nord hosts "Towering Inferno," a costume party and dance to benefit the LAB, an alternative art venue. Latin rhythms and disco funk serve as the soundtrack and fiery film projections provide…
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    Culture, Stage

    Stage

    Liking Lumpiness The Aesthetics of Awkwardness. Choreography by Bill Shannon. Performed by Shannon and members of Axis Dance Company. At Yerba Buena Center for the Arts' Forum, 701 Mission (at Third Street), March 17. Call 978-2787. Awkwardness and the mundane…
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    Love, Undying and Otherwise

    Spring has just begun to tease us with sunny interludes and the pink froth of cherry blossoms dotting the landscape. Maybe it's the rebirth metaphors that have begun sprouting as well, but right around now, even the most resolutely single…
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    Black Beauty

    Call it a re-rebirth: A dazzling artistic legacy shines a second time this century with "Rhapsodies in Black: Art of the Harlem Renaissance," an international touring collection of painting, sculpture, writing, photography, and archival film and sound recordings from the…
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    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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    Southern Stew Roux. By Samantha King. Directed by Gary Graves. Starring Deborah Fink and Jan Zvaifler. Presented by Central Works at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant (at Dana), Berkeley, through Sept. 14. Call (510) 558-1381. From Flannery O'Connor to…
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    Music,

    Riff Raff

    A Fair Excuse If they stay in the business long enough, every promoter faces a disaster of a show. But promoters don't usually face catastrophes twice in a row. That's exactly what happened to Karin Conn and Steve Ringow two…
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    Calendar, Kid Stuff Time Out for Mime

    Time Out for Mime

    Marcel Marceau takes his bow SUN 4/13 Children are among the few who can enjoy French mime Marcel Marceau unironically: The rest of us have been ruined by mimecidal pop culture (think Shakes the Clown) and by the American boycott…
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    Night+Day

    wednesday january 22 Bloomin' Thespian Claire Bloom has been in Charlie Chaplin's Limelight, and was an accomplice to Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors. But the longtime film and television actress has trod the boards, too, as Hamlet's Ophelia, A Streetcar…
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    Check, Please

    If you've ever spent a few sodden early morning hours in the International House of Pancakes peering into a chipped mug of weak coffee, you may warm to Lanford Wilson's Balm in Gilead, a tale of outcasts who frequent an…
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    Night & Day

    Wednesday June 16 Beau Brummel, Baby! Novelist Radcliffe Hall? A dandy. Saturday Night Live character Pat? Not a dandy. The jazz musician Billy Tipton, a dapper gent who was posthumously revealed to be a woman? Well .... Alice Jurow's lecture…
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    wednesday may 15 All Hail the Chief Former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation Wilma Mankiller joins author Michael Dorris (A Yellow Raft in Blue Water) in an onstage conversation as part of the City Arts & Lecture series "On…
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    Riff Raff

    Working on the Bomb Six weeks ago, the time it takes for some spring flowers to grow from seed to bloom, three members of the Gun & Doll Show -- who headline the Fillmore on Saturday -- made an illegal…
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    Night + Day

    Wednesday March 17 Erin Go Bragh-Less This isn't Boston, where you could get clobbered for less than the "Trailer Trash Twisted St. Patrick's Bash." This is the Bay Area, where any holiday is a good excuse for performance-art hijinks --…
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    Wednesday January 21 Legs to Stand On The black lacquer stand inlaid with mother-of-pearl, on exhibit in "Essence of Style: Chinese Furniture of the Late Ming and Early Qing Dynasties," is one of many 16th- to 18th-century pieces deviating from…
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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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    Music,

    Riff Raff

    Punk Politesse With any luck, old punks will never end up like the rather depressing ex-hippies -- San Francisco can't afford the detritus of two dead subcultures reminiscing about bygone eras. Stop me if you've heard this one before: A…
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    Riff Raff

    Under and Over On April 11, Police and Fire Department officials raided and shut down San Francisco's most important underground music spot. In four years of operation, Starcleaners offered an extraordinary mix of punk and metal bands, performance art, a…
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    Calendar, Night&Day And All That Jazz

    And All That Jazz

    Since its 1975 creation, Kander and Ebb's musical Chicago has beguiled us with sex, violence, and sleaze, its conspiratorial whispers about celebrity lust and media manipulation fueled from the beginning by the real-life details of its story. Choreographer Bob Fosse's…
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    Night+Day

    wednesday february 19 Maybe She's Born With It ... Maybe It's Snap-On Gender, beauty, power, and place are considered in the Davies Forum lecture series and the exhibit "Big Tools and the Women Who Use Them." The lectures begin tonight…
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    Night + Day

    wednesday april 24 The Writing on the Wall How people remember activist/actor/poet John Trudell depends in part on their age. Baby boomers (particularly longtime locals) might recall his participation in the Indians of All Tribes Occupation of Alcatraz in the…
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    Night & Day

    Wednesday June 30 Arrivederci, Roma Who's covering the pope while NPR foreign correspondent Sylvia Poggioli's in town? While many of her dispatches have come from Rome, with church bells pealing in the distance, Poggioli was most recently assigned to Eastern…
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    Film,

    Elementary, My Dear Children

    When filmmaker Debra Chasnoff takes a phone call on a recent morning, she sounds harried. "There's a glitch in the master," she explains, referring to her new film, It's Elementary. "We're trying to do the tape-to-film transfer, and the engineer…
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    Music,

    Riff Raff

    Trouble in Clubland It's too early to put nails in the coffin, but it looks like V/SF, the dance club at the corner of 11th Street and Folsom, is about ready to get buried -- just as the Trocadero was.…
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    Striking Chords

    Not since the '80s, when toy instrument purveyors Pianosaurus reduced Chuck Berry's "Memphis" to a precious symphony of pint-sized pianos, tiny snare drums, and children's guitars, has toy instrument potential been tapped the way Margaret Leng Tan has tapped it.…
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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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