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Music, All Shook Down See This Tomorrow: "Sound and Chaos," Documentary on '80s NYC Downtown Music Scene, With Afterparty Featuring Film's Stars

See This Tomorrow: "Sound and Chaos," Documentary on '80s NYC Downtown Music Scene, With Afterparty Featuring Film's Stars

Calling all art-rock geeks, original B-boys and MCs, fans of experimental and industrial music, and generally anyone who cares to learn more about the rich history of American music: For one night only (Tuesday night, Oct. 21), a new documentary…
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Calendar, Night&Day A novel with Potential

A novel with Potential

"The sexual revolution is finally over, and Ariel Schrag has won." Or so says Alison Bechdel about Schrag's scathingly funny new novel, Adam. Schrag reads from her new book in an unforgettable evening with the Eisner-nominated cartoonist behind the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Kids with Cameras

Kids with Cameras

A celebrated abstract sculptor who came to prominence in the 1950s, Ruth Asawa risked being known forever as the "fountain lady" because, after creating Ghirardelli Square's mermaids, she was awarded other public commissions involving water. She was also a…
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Dining, Eat

Drink 2014: Wine Listings

Bin 38: A wine bar that also features a solid beer list and full food menu, Bin 38 is a good place to bring a date or just catch up with friends. There's plenty of outdoor seating for warm evenings,…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Laughter, the Best Medicine

Beloved Austin raconteur Owen Egerton has been wooed by big players in Los Angeles: He's done screenplays for Fox, Warner, and Disney; the WB is currently developing his novel The Book of Harold into a show about a suburban…
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Culture, Art The Glow of Celebrity: Diane Arbus Caught Every Uncomfortable Moment of Life Until Her Last

The Glow of Celebrity: Diane Arbus Caught Every Uncomfortable Moment of Life Until Her Last

Four decades after Diane Arbus was found dead in a New York bathtub with both of her wrists slit, the art world is still analyzing her life and her artwork for fresh clues, hoping to reveal new insight into a…
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Music, Hear This Kaki King: Show Preview

Kaki King: Show Preview

Kaki King is the best new guitar player to come along in a generation. She started her musical life as a drummer and her percussive training carried over to her guitar-picking. She has a unique percussive style that blends finger-picking…
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Calendar, Night&Day Mature Monsters

Mature Monsters

Don't be fooled by the cute and colorful puppets. With profanity-laced songs such as "It Sucks to Be Me" and "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist," Avenue Q is best for a night when the kids are with a babysitter.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Experimental Intimacy

Experimental Intimacy

Expect a blend of shrewd concepts and innovative, improvised movement in the metrics of intimacy, a collaboration between choreographers Christian Burns and Hope Mohr. If this sounds like some stuffy, high-art performance piece, think again. Burns' work is intelligent,…
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Music, Her Mother's Songs: Martha Wainwright Prepares a Salute to Kate McGarrigle

Her Mother's Songs: Martha Wainwright Prepares a Salute to Kate McGarrigle

Martha Wainwright is the daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle (of the McGarrigle Sisters) and the sister of Rufus Wainwright. While her music is often called "folk," she's not a folk traditionalist, but more of a folk/pop performer.…
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Film, Film Feature March Proudly or Scuttle Guiltily into Theaters this Season, Depending

March Proudly or Scuttle Guiltily into Theaters this Season, Depending

9/4 Highbrow: Salinger If you want to know the truth, this documentary about reclusive author J.D. Salinger should be seen by both fans and phonies alike. Lowbrow: Riddick Vin Diesel finally gives up and just remakes Pitch Black. 9/13 Highbrow:…
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Calendar, Night&Day still an inconvenient truth

still an inconvenient truth

Most of us rarely venture out of cellphone range. Our idea of a nature walk is Golden Gate Park, and our idea of a far-flung adventure is New York City. We wouldn't last a minute in the places that…
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Dining, Recent Openings

Recent Openers

Dante's Table: This spinoff of Poesia has a Dante's Inferno theme, including a large mural and quotes from the books on the walls. The food is Italian wines and small bites, including pizza and large antipasti platters made for sharing.…
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Music, Hear This Justin Townes Earle: Show Preview

Justin Townes Earle: Show Preview

When you're a son or daughter of someone famous, you're often expected to live up to a parent's achievements. For Justin Townes Earle, son of country maverick Steve (and named for folk icon Townes Van Zandt), that's not a big…
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Calendar, Night&Day Go the F**k to This

Go the F**k to This

Love it or hate it, graffiti is here to stay. In recent years, graffiti artists such as Shepard Fairey and S.F. locals Barry McGee and Mike Giant have found acceptance in the contemporary art world, shaking off the popular assumption…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Lavish Display

A Lavish Display

Maybe you can beat your niece and nephew at Just Dance 4 on the Wii. Maybe you’re a So You Think You Can Dance junkie and host viewing parties at your place. Or maybe you’ve made up your own routine…
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Music, Hear This Reel Big Fish: Show Preview

Reel Big Fish: Show Preview

Third-wave ska was last in vogue when people still thought Y2K was a threat, but the passage of a decade hasn't changed the fact that many of these bands still make an awfully accessible and enjoyable racket onstage. See: well…
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News, Sucka Free City Pedicabs: A Highly Regulated Industry -- in One Neighborhood

Pedicabs: A Highly Regulated Industry -- in One Neighborhood

For a pedicab operator, hauling tourists along the Embarcadero takes more than shapely thighs; it also requires a run through the gauntlet of city policy. Jeffrey Larson — who hopped coasts from Brooklyn last May — is a six-year veteran…
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Music, Hear This Tamaryn: Show Preview

Tamaryn: Show Preview

Tamaryn's roster of residences includes New Zealand, New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles (the latter her current home), but the way she sings makes you think she's forever trapped on some galactic strata between heaven and Earth, with…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Amazing Murals Honoring Departed Musicians

Five Amazing Murals Honoring Departed Musicians

The Los Angeles mural that has served as a site for Elliot Smith fans to pay tribute to the much beloved singer-songwriter has just been given a revamp, by Punk Rock Marthas -- an art-minded group of charitable folk…
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