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News, Feature Desperately Seeking Hammer

Desperately Seeking Hammer

The first time I ever came to California, I landed in San Francisco. I was 19; I was traveling with my best friend, Millie, to visit our mutual pen-pal/zine friend (remember zines?) Heather, and to see a band called The…
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Music, Hear This Janelle Monae: Show Preview

Janelle Monae: Show Preview

With its Prince and Erykah Badu collaborations, Janelle Monáe's second album, The Electric Lady, solidified the singer's reputation for breaking boundaries within music. Her last appearance in San Francisco was earlier this year at Davies Hall, where she fronted the…
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Dining, Eat

Ghirardelli Square: The Next Ferry Building?

If the last time you were in Ghirardelli Square was to escort a visiting elderly relative who wanted to buy fudge with traveler's cheques, that's because it kind of sucks. But as a historic pod of 12 buildings dating as…
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Music, How El-P and Killer Mike's "Run the Jewels" Stole the Rap Duo Throne

How El-P and Killer Mike's "Run the Jewels" Stole the Rap Duo Throne

Listening to Run the Jewels, I keep seeing my 12-year-old self at the piano, crying. Let me explain. One hundred and fifty years ago there was a French dude named Charles-Louis Hanon, who came up with a leviathan collection of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Ballet-Shoe Season

Ballet-Shoe Season

Spring is special in San Francisco. In a city where we spend most of the year wrapped up in sweaters and scarves to fend off the harsh ocean winds, the sun peaking out from behind a perpetual fog bank is…
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Dining, Eat American Bao Bar: Pop-Up Combines Asian and Southern Cuisines

American Bao Bar: Pop-Up Combines Asian and Southern Cuisines

Blair Warsham, a white boy originally from Atlanta who has French training and has been cooking underground in San Francisco via his "guerilla dining" company graffEats, channels his passion for Asian cooking into American Bao Bar. He began the pilot…
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Music, All Shook Down Premiere: Shady Blaze and Young Gully's Breezy, SMKA-Produced "Greatness"

Premiere: Shady Blaze and Young Gully's Breezy, SMKA-Produced "Greatness"

Dropping in October, new mixtape Darkest Before Dawn will see a fresh line-up of Bay Area rappers hopping on tracks crafted by Atlanta production unit S.M.K.A. As a teaser for the project, which will include input from Roach Gigz, Mistah…
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Film, "Madea's Witness Protection": Tyler Perry's Done Worse

"Madea's Witness Protection": Tyler Perry's Done Worse

With his creation Mabel "Madea" Simmons, here starring in her seventh film, Tyler Perry has built a franchise around barking disciplinarian, commonsense solutions to societal ills — and being that Madea looks like a linebacker in a circus-tent housedress, she…
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Music, Pump It Like the Future: El-P and Killer Mike Bust Hip-Hop's Boundaries

Pump It Like the Future: El-P and Killer Mike Bust Hip-Hop's Boundaries

"Someone took his artificial leg off and handed it to me to sign at a show," says El-P, recalling the strangest thing he's ever seen on tour. The Brooklyn-based rapper and producer, born Jaime Meline, is looking back as he…
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Calendar, Night&Day Physics, Engineering, and Laughter

Physics, Engineering, and Laughter

There might be funnier comedians in the world, but none who has been written up in Chemical & Engineering News. By day, Pete Ludovice is a professor at the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech. By night,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Future Breed Machine

Future Breed Machine

Extreme Swedish quintet Meshuggah has been destroying the boundaries of metal with its quantum-physics complexity and brutal precision for a quarter century. Founded by singer Jens Kidman and guitarist Fredrik Thordendal in 1987, the band rose to international acclaim in…
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Film, "Wanderlust": Hollywood Menagerie Keeps Film Fresh

"Wanderlust": Hollywood Menagerie Keeps Film Fresh

"There's no one way to live our lives," hopes the displaced, adrift couple at the center of Wanderlust. Shopping between the prefab identity options available to them—stressed urban professionalism; suburban McMansion soul death; rural counterculture—George and Linda (Paul Rudd and…
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News, Letters

SF Weekly Letters

New Artist, New Sound Unconventional has a place in music's timeline: "If there's a genius behind that cold stare, it's yet to be realized by Maura Johnston," should be the photo caption ["No Pleasure in the Harsh Light," Maura Johnston,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist S.F. Fat Activists Oppose Atlanta's Anti-Obesity Campaign

S.F. Fat Activists Oppose Atlanta's Anti-Obesity Campaign

A San Francisco fat activist has helped raise more than $12,000 to launch a campaign to counter the public shaming of obese children. What set all this off: Currently in Atlanta, the second most obese city in the nation, Strong…
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News, Feature Lost Boys: New Research Demolishes the Stereotype of the Underage Sex Worker

Lost Boys: New Research Demolishes the Stereotype of the Underage Sex Worker

EDITOR'S NOTE: Village Voice Media, which owns this publication, owns the classified site Backpage.com. In addition to used cars, jobs and couches, readers can also find adult ads on Backpage; for this reason, certain activists and clergy members have called…
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Music, Killer Mike's Fury Blends Southern and Conscious Rap

Killer Mike's Fury Blends Southern and Conscious Rap

Over the past decade, fairly or unfairly, Southern rap has become known as carefree party music, content to ignore social issues while shooting Patron and dancing the "Stanky Legg" and the "Laffy Taffy." But Atlanta MC Killer Mike is an…
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Calendar, Night&Day They Don't Look the Part

They Don't Look the Part

Improvisational sketch comedy is supposed to be about the unexpected, the unscripted. Yet there are certain things that an audience does, in fact, expect from an improv theater crew: youth, a somewhat manic approach, and clothes that can kindly be…
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Music, BeatBox Le Castle Vania: Show Preview

Le Castle Vania: Show Preview

Atlanta's Le Castle Vania (born Dylan Eiland and also known as DJ Dylan) is often pegged as an electrohead. But he recently offered one of the more memorable retools of Cee-Lo's "Fuck You," hotwired with a hallucinatory new disco-funk string…
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Film, "For Colored Girls": Tyler Perry mangles Ntozake Shange's play

"For Colored Girls": Tyler Perry mangles Ntozake Shange's play

It's a long, long way from the women's bar outside Berkeley, where Ntozake Shange first presented her combustible choreopoem For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf, in December 1974, to Atlanta's Tyler Perry Studios, where the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Make It Funky

Make It Funky

James Brown earned his title of the Godfather of Soul via his other title, the Hardest-Working Man in Show Business, and he ruled his funk empire like a Mafia don, exuding both discipline and generosity. In his five-decade career, Brown…
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