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Culture, The Exhibitionist Popping, Locking, Grinning at the SF Hip Hop Fest

Popping, Locking, Grinning at the SF Hip Hop Fest

Who among us does not love hip hop dance? If you made it to the 17th Annual San Francisco International Hip Hop Dancefest over the weekend, you were likely popping and locking a big fat grin. Friday night’s 12 acts each…
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News, The Snitch City to Pay Journey Guitarist For Overcharging His "Pornographic" Wedding

City to Pay Journey Guitarist For Overcharging His "Pornographic" Wedding

In 2013, Journey guitarist Neal Schon had an opulent white wedding that turned unexpectedly green. According to Schon, the city “extorted” him and his bride-to-be by charging exorbitant add-ons, including a $100,000 “premium reservation fee” just days before the…
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Dining, SFoodie Monday Six: Tacos Cala Opens Tomorrow, Nomica Takes Over Pesce Space

Monday Six: Tacos Cala Opens Tomorrow, Nomica Takes Over Pesce Space

Tacos Cala Opens Tuesday Gabriela Cámara's Cala, which…
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Culture, Art The Revelations of John: Comedian John Hodgman Figures out What to Do with Himself

The Revelations of John: Comedian John Hodgman Figures out What to Do with Himself

Humorist, satirist, and former physical embodiment of the PC to Justin Long's Mac, John Hodgman is going through a life change. Hodgman, known from his work as the Resident Expert on The Daily Show and as an author — he…
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Calendar, Night&Day Still in the Groove

Still in the Groove

It's hard to imagine now, but 15 years ago, it was a radical idea. When the San Francisco International Hip Hop Dancefest held its first production, almost no one was putting street dance in the theater. Fast forward to…
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Calendar, Night&Day Proper Parody

Proper Parody

Clearly, there is something special about Downton Abbey. The British period drama about the post-Edwardian era has won a Golden Globe, a Primetime Emmy award, and was even recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most…
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Music, Hear This Zola Jesus: Show Preview

Zola Jesus: Show Preview

Fans of Zola Jesus, the crown princess of witch house and its most enduring talent, may not recognize the name of her collaborator, J.G. Thirlwell, at first blush. But if you missed him when he made his mark in the…
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Calendar, Night&Day a different brand of comedy

a different brand of comedy

A night with a good stand-up comedian can be a lot of things: hilarious, disturbing, enlightening, and, sometimes, even educational. But one thing it usually isn't is philosophical. Russell Brand, best known for his portrayal of a spaced-out rock…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hide Your Gay Kids

Hide Your Gay Kids

Tracy Morgan must have something on his mind grapes he needs to talk to you about, because he's coming to San Francisco to perform his comedies at the Palace of Fine Arts. Morgan was known first for being a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Move Tube

Move Tube

In 2012, the Oxygen network premiered the reality show All the Right Moves. It followed Emmy-nominated choreographer Travis Wall as he started his dance company Shaping Sound with three lifelong friends. Could they make it as upstarts in today’s competitive…
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Calendar, Night&Day Voices Carry

Voices Carry

On International Women's Day, the Iranian women's nonprofit organization 30Voices addresses their often complicated, too often oppressed, but defiantly beautiful lives. These women dare to be heard through song, dance, music, poetry, and epic stories, specifically the story of Tahmineh,…
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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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Calendar, Night&Day Last Chance!

Last Chance!

The Embarcadero has seen a fair bit of controversy in recent years. There were tense negotiations over how much leeway the city would give the America’s Cup race, a downright nasty political fight over the 8 Washington project, and now…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Little Bit of (Almost) Everything

A Little Bit of (Almost) Everything

If names are any kind of predictor of one’s fate, you have to sort of boggle at the success of someone like Paula Poundstone. While one might think going through life with a name reminiscent of an exotic dancer on…
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Calendar, Night&Day Go Nuts

Go Nuts

Christmas is nigh! Before the whirlwind begins, take a moment to enjoy a staple of the holiday season: a special performance of The Nutcracker by the Westlake School for the Performing Arts and Artists in Motion. After the decorated Christmas…
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Calendar, Night&Day Indie-Pop Ballet

Indie-Pop Ballet

Returning from sold-out shows and rave reviews in New York, Smuin Ballet brings the inventive, much-lauded, and uncomfortably resonant Oh, Inverted World back home. In this deft collaboration between choreographer Trey McIntyre and indie-pop darlings The Shins, the Smuin dancers…
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Calendar, Night&Day Calmly Manic

Calmly Manic

English actor and comedian Russell Brand has described himself “an S&M Willy Wonka,” except that instead of sweetmeats, Brand has surrounded himself with other tasty treats, including heroin, cocaine, and Katy Perry. Flamboyant in his dress, in his public statements,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Clash of the Traditions

Clash of the Traditions

In 2009, So You Think You Can Dance featured traditional Russian folk dancing (don’t ask us how we know this) and it bombed, spectacularly. Primarily because American audiences have little patience for folk dancing that is not Riverdance, but also…
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Calendar, Night&Day Pirouetting After Midnight

Pirouetting After Midnight

The spirited founder of the Smuin Ballet may have passed away in 2007, but the influence of Michael Smuin’s fierce movements live on — this time to the contralto crooning of Patsy Cline. The choreography in the main work, World…
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Music, All Shook Down Tonight's Pick: Mark Kozelek

Tonight's Pick: Mark Kozelek

​Mark KozelekPalace of Fine Arts8 p.m., $30 - $50For San Franciscans who appreciate artisan singer-songwriters dealing in deeply passionate lyrics and timeless melodies, Mark Kozelek is a source of endless civic pride. The local denizen first showed off his talents…
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