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Friday, July 17, 2015

San Francisco Symphony Performs Back to the Future Score This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 9:29 AM


Great Scott! It's been 30 years since the characters of Marty McFly and Emmett “Doc” Brown first thrilled audiences on the silver screen in the beloved sci-fi flick Back to the Future — and local fans can celebrate the anniversary with two very special events this weekend in the city. The San Francisco Symphony continues its highly successful film and concert series, where a movie is shown using a unique technology that removes the music soundtrack (leaving the dialogue and other sound) so that the orchestra can perform the score live, all synced up perfectly with the action on screen.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

San Francisco Arts Commission Wants to Hear From Displaced Artists

Posted By on Tue, Jul 7, 2015 at 11:52 AM

According to the SFADC, 2,120 eviction notices were filed with the rent board during the year ending Feb. 28, 2015.
  • According to the SFADC, 2,120 eviction notices were filed with the rent board during the year ending Feb. 28, 2015.

The San Francisco Arts Commission is looking to gather information on the displacement of artists (including musicians) in the city. If you're a San Francisco artist facing displacement from your home, studio, or both, the SFAC wants to hear from you.

The survey, which takes about 5 minutes to fill out (depending on the length of your answers), is 20 questions long and asks questions like "How much did your rent increase?", "Approximately, how many other artists share your workspace or building where you work? (Please respond with just a number, example 75, etc.)", and "Are you considering moving to another city like Thee Oh Sees did?"

OK fine, I added that part about Thee Oh Sees — but you should still take the time to fill out this survey. It might help.
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Friday, February 13, 2015

Go Do This Thing Tonight: Watch Margaret Cho Cover Prince With the Purple Ones

Posted By on Fri, Feb 13, 2015 at 1:41 PM

One of our favorite locals: Miz Cho. - MISS MISSY PHOTOGRAPHY
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  • One of our favorite locals: Miz Cho.

What's better than Oakland's favorite 10-piece Prince cover band helping you make the transition from Friday the 13th into Valentine's Day at Slim's? Why, Margaret Cho joining said cover band onstage, of course.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Meet Muñecas, the Brains (and Lipliner) Behind Lilith Bear

Posted By on Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 4:26 PM

From left: Horchata La Shy Girl, Tamale Ringwald, Cholula Caliente. - SCOTT IVERSON PHOTOGRAPHY
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  • From left: Horchata La Shy Girl, Tamale Ringwald, Cholula Caliente.

This weekend is San Francisco Bear Pride, a four-day celebration of girth, body hair, and, weather permitting, cargo shorts. While most of the events (beer busts, brunches and underwear parties) will be familiar to dudes who follow the bear circuit, and easily deduced by San Francisco's non-bear population, there is one event that sticks out: Lilith Bear, this Saturday, Nov. 8 at Truck.

Now in its fifth go-round, Lilith Bear stretches the definitions of bear-hood. DJs, drag queens, and bands with real, live gender deviants in them will take over for a refreshing break from all the fur and flannel. We spoke with two of the three musicians from drag-punk band Muñecas — Danyol Leon (aka Tamale Ringwald) and James Rouse Iñiguéz (aka Cholula Caliente) — about how this alternative-to-the-alternative event came around, what its future might be, and who from Lilith Fair they'd love to book the most.

Tell me about Lilith Bear.

Danyol Leon/Tamale Ringwald: Lilith Bear started because I used to go to clubs and bars, mostly bear-oriented, and didn’t feel really included. So I wanted to come up with a party that celebrated women and drag, and try to bring more women and more drag into the bear community. Because the reason I started going to the bear events was that anybody could go. All shapes, all sizes. And then it became, “Well, you’ve got to be this shape and this size and have this much hair on your body and not have a vagina.”

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

35 Years Ago Today, Jello Biafra Came In Fourth In the S.F. Mayoral Race

Posted By on Tue, Nov 4, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Punks go to the polls, November 1979. - VIA ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES
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  • Punks go to the polls, November 1979.

Here's an Election Day tidbit you probably won't see on C-SPAN: Thanks to a post from his nearly 35-year-old record label Alternative Tentacles, we'd like to take this opportunity to remind you youngsters and Bay Area transplants that on this date in 1979, San Francisco residents turned out in relatively high numbers to try to vote Dead Kennedys frontman and general rabble-rouser Jello Biafra into office as mayor of our fair city.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

White Fence Wrote a Song About Getting in a Fight in San Francisco

Posted By on Mon, Apr 8, 2013 at 1:50 PM

White Fence's Tim Presley
  • White Fence's Tim Presley

And, no surprise, it's good. We're basically just assuming that with "To the Boy I Jumped in Hemlock Alley," White Fence's Tim Presley is referring to San Francisco's Hemlock Alley. (Y'know, that sketchy little alley next to Hemlock Tavern?) But since Presley is a Bay Area native who records and performs up here regularly, that's a pretty reasonable assumption. The song, the third track to be released from Presley's upcoming album, Cyclops Reap (out tomorrow), is another wonderfully damaged slab of slow, Lennonesque pop. But as initiates know well, White Fence does this stuff fantastically well. Take a listen:

See also: White Fence: A Bay Area Outpost on the L.A. Garage Rock Scene

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Patrick Wolf: An English (Were)Wolf in San Francisco

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 3:30 AM

Patrick Wolf spent three weeks this month living and writing in San Francisco.
  • Patrick Wolf spent three weeks this month living and writing in San Francisco.

For a non-native, San Francisco looms large in Patrick Wolf's world. A two-day tryst at the Phoenix Motel during Wolf's Magic Position tour laid the foundation for his song "The Future." But it was a recent October show at the Great American Music Hall that drew him back to the City by the Bay for three weeks this January to hunker down in a Hayes Valley Victorian and write material for his next album.

"I was given, like, eight standing ovations. It was mental," the London-born Wolf says, his six-foot-four-inch frame resting at one end of an enveloping red couch. "When a city shows me so much love, I forever have a great adoration for that city. In some way I'm connecting, and I need to go and explore why."

And explore he has: Wolf spent much of his time here haunting bookshops, chatting with locals and quietly writing. He began reading the poetry of San Francisco's Beats, particularly Lawrence Ferlinghetti's A Coney Island of the Mind, and reflecting on the city's potential to let artists reinvent themselves.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Trade Winter-Themed Cassettes With the S.F. Mixtape Society This Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 1:09 PM


We are now three years into the loud history of the S.F Mixtape Society, a quarterly gathering where cassette aficionados trade tapes, sip drinks, and give each other awards for doing things that people who like mixtapes enjoy. The concept is simple: You bring a mixtape to give, and you leave with one that someone else made, all the while drinking and discussing and generally having a good time.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Beach Blanket Babylon Is Not Overrated, Not Even For Locals

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Beach Blanket Babylon's Tammy Nelson as Adele. Photo by Rick Markovich for BBB.

Every San Franciscan has a list of local activities they haven't done that the average visitor to this city probably has. One of those, for us, was Beach Blanket Babylon, the North Beach musical revue famous for its huge hats and culture-skewering whimsy. The show comes recommended by seemingly every travel guide, as well as local newspaper critics. But Beach Blanket Babylon is one of those things, like going to Alcatraz or eating a bowl of clam chowder in a bread bowl, that a self-respecting San Franciscan probably wouldn't be inclined to do on their own. Which, as we found out Saturday, is a big mistake -- especially for fans of pop music.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

An Inside Look at New Mission Live Venue the Chapel

Posted By on Tue, Sep 25, 2012 at 3:30 AM

The live venue inside the Chapel
  • The live venue inside the Chapel

Last Friday, amid an avalanche of accidental entendres (One of these, directed at a female SF Weekly correspondent: "Want to go down and see what happens to you next?"; another, aimed at no one in particular: "I'm really not that into VIP-ness") and crude cultural allusions ("It's like a Shakespearean fuckin' playhouse!"), Bay Area real estate developer and restaurateur Jack Knowles found time to show a small group of local journalists around his promising new venue at 777 Valencia St. in the Mission.

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* Preservation Hall West at The Chapel, New Mission Music Venue, Announces Opening Concerts

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