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    Culture, Art

    Lens on Life: From Bamako to San Francisco

    "Africa is not a lost continent," says Yoyo Gonthier, one of the 22 African photographers represented in this excellent show. The works exhibited prove that there are as many Africas as there are artistic visions. Mikhael Subotzky spent months in…
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    Calendar, Night&Day Bamako's Beauts

    Bamako's Beauts

    The capital city of Mali is not much like our burg. Besides the obvious (it's in Africa), it's on a river, it's inland, and it's got a famous library. Like San Francisco, though, downtown Bamako is expensive, congested, and sounds…
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    Film, The People's Court

    The People's Court

    Foreign filmmakers with advanced sensibilities are sometimes accused of making "festival films." Esoteric in content and/or experimental in form, these movies are conceived, so it is said, not for the enlightenment of a local film culture — or indeed, of…
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    Music,

    Hear This

    Oumou Sangare Female vocalists have dominated Mali's vibrant music scene ever since the West African country gained independence from France in the late 1950s. However, a strict caste system has traditionally limited performance opportunities in most areas to the jalis…
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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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