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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tales from the 2016 J-POP SUMMIT Festival: Space Toilets, Zombie Kitties, and the New Vocaloid in Town

Tales from the 2016 J-POP SUMMIT Festival: Space Toilets, Zombie Kitties, and the New Vocaloid in Town

The J-POP SUMMIT Festival is a celebration of all things related to Japanese pop culture – music, food, art, film, and many points between – and it's always my favorite weekend of the year. Held on July 23-24, this…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Within Our Gates</i>: Classic Silent Film Comes to the Castro with a New Score

Within Our Gates: Classic Silent Film Comes to the Castro with a New Score

Oakland Symphony conductor Michael Morgan has done many of Adolphus Hailstork’s pieces, and he calls him the most accomplished African American composer alive today. “The most impressive thing about them is how well written they always are,” Morgan said. “There’s…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Contemporary Jewish Museum Recalls Bill Graham and The Summer of Love

Contemporary Jewish Museum Recalls Bill Graham and The Summer of Love

Bill Graham (1931-1991) was an impresario like no other.  Graham was the genius behind the legendary Fillmore, the venue that still operates at the corner of Fillmore Street and Geary Boulevard. Graham's work as a concert promoter at The Fillmore was pivotal in…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Bowie Tributes at the Castro Theatre and Oasis Proved What We Already Knew All Along

Bowie Tributes at the Castro Theatre and Oasis Proved What We Already Knew All Along

In the weeks since David Bowie’s death, the world has been in mourning. Losing Bowie was a shock, because if Marvel movies have taught us anything, it’s that heroes cannot die. His fans — a dazzlingly eclectic group of every…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Bebe Sweetbriar Dances To A New Beat: Drag Diva Releases "Dontcha"

Bebe Sweetbriar Dances To A New Beat: Drag Diva Releases "Dontcha"

Bebe Sweetbriar is one of the hardest working drag queens in San Francisco. The gorgeous and glamorous diva is a singer, talk show hostess, party promoter, and activist — she's a busy girl.  Sweetbriar is now preparing to tour…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist J-POP Update: Vast Volumes of Vocaloids in <i>Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai Complete</i>

J-POP Update: Vast Volumes of Vocaloids in Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai Complete

Every genre or franchise in pop culture is a rabbit hole, and one that I’ve been enjoying falling into these past few years is that of Hatsune Miku, the Vocaloid icon. A Vocaloid is the avatar of a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Oddville, An Art Show Celebrating All Things Bizarre, Is Accepting Submissions

Oddville, An Art Show Celebrating All Things Bizarre, Is Accepting Submissions

Ezra Croft aims to challenge your conception of art shows. For many people, the words “art show” conjure up an image a bunch of people in formalwear walking around drinking white wine and making snooty comments about $800 paintings. Brought…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Chatting With Tony Danza About His New Act, the Ukulele, and Certain Elton John Lyrics

Chatting With Tony Danza About His New Act, the Ukulele, and Certain Elton John Lyrics

For the first time in his life, Tony Danza has a mustache. “I’m actually doing an episode of Broad City, playing Abby’s father,” he told SF Weekly. “I have a mustache, cause I wanted to look like my father.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist THURSDAY: The Quieter Side of Drag, at TenderBears

THURSDAY: The Quieter Side of Drag, at TenderBears

Miley Cyrus’ VMA set showed drag at its most bombastic, there is another dimension to gender performance that doesn’t necessarily involve confetti cannons and several seasons’ worth of Drag Race contestants. It involves poetry, acoustic guitars, and bearded ladies…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Treasure Island Follows Outside Lands Down the Comedy Rabbit-Hole

Treasure Island Follows Outside Lands Down the Comedy Rabbit-Hole

It’s official: All the cool kids are doing it. Following in the footsteps of Outside Lands and early adopters like Bumbershoot and Bonaroo, the 2015 Treasure Island Musical Festival will debut its first comedy tent in October. In partnership…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tales from the 2015 J-POP SUMMIT Festival: Eyenoise, Uchizono-san's Pick, and Very Few Mikus

Tales from the 2015 J-POP SUMMIT Festival: Eyenoise, Uchizono-san's Pick, and Very Few Mikus

The J-POP SUMMIT Festival is a celebration of all things related to Japanese pop culture, and as I lamented in my preview of the Japan Film Festival, this year's shindig moved from its native Japantown to Fort Mason,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Take Note: Minnie Driver Can Really Sing

Take Note: Minnie Driver Can Really Sing

Minnie Driver can really sing. In fact, the British actress, best known for her Academy Award-nominated performance in 1997's Good Will Hunting, proved her vocal prowess even before landing her first on-camera role. With the Milo Roth Band,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Outsound New Music Summit: Gongs Are the "Original Heavy Metal"

Outsound New Music Summit: Gongs Are the "Original Heavy Metal"

For 13 years, the Outsound New Music Summit has brought together musical pioneers to share sounds from the outermost reaches of human artistic possibility. This year they’ve got something for everyone, from gear heads to Druids looking to celebrate…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Outsound New Music Summit: Lx Rudis and the Serge Surge

Outsound New Music Summit: Lx Rudis and the Serge Surge

For 13 years, the Outsound New Music Summit has brought together musical pioneers to share sounds from the outermost reaches of human artistic possibility. This year, they've got something for everyone, from gear heads to Druids looking to celebrate…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Sunday's Finest: A Church Service for the Non-Religious

Sunday's Finest: A Church Service for the Non-Religious

If you love the idea of going to church for some fellowship and music, but aren’t necessarily super-jazzed on the whole organized religion aspect, then break out your Sunday finest on August 2 for San Francisco’s newest non-religious church…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist New on Video: Decades of Despair & Decadence in <i>The Decline Of Western Civilization Collection</i>

New on Video: Decades of Despair & Decadence in The Decline Of Western Civilization Collection

I'm not a big punk rock fan. I like it on a song-by-song basis, and I respect the original punk scene for having birthed the goth aesthetic which informs my sartorial elegance to this day — that is,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist OutofFocus.TV Presents First Annual Music Video Fest at The New Parkway

OutofFocus.TV Presents First Annual Music Video Fest at The New Parkway

The MTV-fueled glory days of the music video have long since passed, but videos remain a crucial part of any band's ascent, helping it bring its songs to life, develop its aesthetic, and demonstrate its personality. But where can…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist John Cage's <i>Renga</i> Brought Thoreau to Life

John Cage's Renga Brought Thoreau to Life

There’s a popular complaint among people who feel like they don’t understand contemporary art, and that is the idea that because a piece might not look technically demanding, it doesn't hold the same merit of its meticulously planned counterparts.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Wyatt Act: Poetry Style SlamRock at a Dictionary Dance Party

The Wyatt Act: Poetry Style SlamRock at a Dictionary Dance Party

Guinevere Q has long been known 'round these parts to be a fast-talking, no-nonsense, down-to-party mo-fo with no worry of running out of things to say. Anyone involved with the 16th and Mission scene or any of the circles…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Making Sense Out of the Noise: Dance Accompanists Speak of Beauty and Truth

Making Sense Out of the Noise: Dance Accompanists Speak of Beauty and Truth

An atmospheric ooze overlaid with an intricate rhythm and the vivid interjection of a West African kora. A baroque ornament nestled within a dubstep pulse. Ambient haze cut through by the bright hue of a Japanese shō. Dancers getting…
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