Weekend Watch: Ouija, Listen Up Philip, Birdman, John Wick, Dear White People
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Weekend Watch: Ouija, Listen Up Philip, Birdman, John Wick, Dear White People

Ouija – Everywhere When I was a kid, I had a Ouija board, and I was an eager “player,” because it is, as the box…

The Comedown Day: Sunday at Treasure Island Music Festival 2014

“Actually, you have too much weed in your bag.” I could’ve sworn a security guard had uttered those bizarre and entirely Californian words to the…

Appealing TV: The World Series, The Millers, and Constantine
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Appealing TV: The World Series, The Millers, and Constantine

Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants for making it to the World Series (more on that in a bit). But if you’re the type that…

Observations on the Meta: Saturday at Treasure Island Music Festival 2014

I planned on attending TIMF because I wanted to see what a small festival with no stage conflict would feel like in a FOMO-centric world….

Weekend Watch: Fury, The Best Of Me, The Book Of Life, St. Vincent
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Weekend Watch: Fury, The Best Of Me, The Book Of Life, St. Vincent

Fury – Everywhere Brad Pitt is back fighting Nazis in another World War II movie that is just as preposterous as Inglourious Basterds, but not…

Artists to Watch at Treasure Island Music Festival 2014
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Artists to Watch at Treasure Island Music Festival 2014

It can be difficult to choose a list of must-sees at a festival that certainly caters to the FOMO-infected audiophile. With no real chance of…

Teatro ZinZanni Planning Return to Waterfront
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Teatro ZinZanni Planning Return to Waterfront

A cultural attraction that left San Francisco nearly three years ago because of the America’s Cup yacht race may be reopening soon along the city’s…

Appealing Events: Richard Cheese at Bimbo’s 365 Club
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Appealing Events: Richard Cheese at Bimbo’s 365 Club

Everyone’s favorite raunchy lounge lizard is headed to the legendary Bimbo’s 365 Club. Crooner Richard Cheese and his Lounge Against the Machine backing band mix…

Bridging the Gap: Culture Collide in SF
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Bridging the Gap: Culture Collide in SF

Los Angeles’ flagship international festival has made its way up the coast. SF is hosting its first-ever Culture Collide today and tomorrow, which includes a…

Appealing TV: Jane the Virgin, Marry Me, and Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways
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Appealing TV: Jane the Virgin, Marry Me, and Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways

So, what else is on? Monday, October 13 Jane the Virgin (9pm, The CW, series premiere) Despite the batshit crazy premise of a virgin accidentally…

Weekend Watch: The Two Faces Of January, The Judge, Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Dracula Untold, Advanced Style
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Weekend Watch: The Two Faces Of January, The Judge, Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Dracula Untold, Advanced Style

The Two Faces of January – Embarcadero This is being dubbed “The Talented Mr. Ripley, but in Greece,” and that’s not too far off. After…

Positive Motion: Imelda May Plays the Fillmore
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Positive Motion: Imelda May Plays the Fillmore

Imelda May is a fresh face to US listeners. Her showstopping performance at August’s Outside Lands helped rouse angry Chvrches fans, many of whom had…

Consistency: Blitzen Trapper Plays the Independent
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Consistency: Blitzen Trapper Plays the Independent

Blitzen Trapper is coming back to one of their favorite venues. The Portland quintet has spent many a nights entertaining the masses all around SF…

Appealing TV: The Flash, The Affair and The Walking Dead
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Appealing TV: The Flash, The Affair and The Walking Dead

This week I’m bringing you up to speed on the the tail end of the deluge of premieres for this TV season! So, what else…

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014: Our Picks for Your Free Weekend of Music
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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014: Our Picks for Your Free Weekend of Music

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is celebrating its 15th year of free music in Golden Gate Park. You may already be there with your middle schooler watching…

Weekend Watch: Gone Girl, Annabelle, Men, Women & Children, Left Behind
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Weekend Watch: Gone Girl, Annabelle, Men, Women & Children, Left Behind

Gone Girl – Everywhere I started casting the movie version of Gone Girl in my head the moment I started reading the book back in…

750,000 Festival Attendees Expected at Golden Gate Park for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
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750,000 Festival Attendees Expected at Golden Gate Park for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

More than 100 musical artists are scheduled to perform across seven stages at San Francisco’s annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in the city’s Golden Gate…

Contrast in Concert: The Lone Bellow Plays the Fillmore
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Contrast in Concert: The Lone Bellow Plays the Fillmore

The Lone Bellow is leading a revival. What they’re attempting to revive is the type of Americana vignettes that make songwriting a particularly colorful, textured…

Appealing Events: Brother Ali at Bottom of the Hill
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Appealing Events: Brother Ali at Bottom of the Hill

Activist and rapper Brother Ali is headed to SF’s Bottom of the Hill on his Home Away From Home tour. Inspired by legendary NYC acts…

Appealing TV: Selfie, Gracepoint, and Stalker
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Appealing TV: Selfie, Gracepoint, and Stalker

More new TV rolls in this week! Let me introduce you to it, right here. So, what else is on? Monday, September 29 Castle (10pm,…

For The Fans: Pippin
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For The Fans: Pippin

I’ve gone to a lot of musicals in the past year or so, but the majority of them have had pretty simple stories, and songs…

Far-Reaching: Wand Plays the Rickshaw Stop
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Far-Reaching: Wand Plays the Rickshaw Stop

Cory Thomas Hanson has a ridiculous voicemail. It’s his voice in the standard format of who you’ve reached and what you should say after the…

Weekend Watch: The Boxtrolls, The Equalizer, Hector And His Search For Happiness, Jimi: All Is By My Side
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Weekend Watch: The Boxtrolls, The Equalizer, Hector And His Search For Happiness, Jimi: All Is By My Side

The Boxtrolls – Everywhere Animated movie based on the children’s book Here Be Monsters! about a human boy who is raised by underground trolls and…

Appealing Events: Rocco DeLuca at the Chapel
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Appealing Events: Rocco DeLuca at the Chapel

California native Rocco DeLuca kicks off his one month tour tonight in San Francisco. A month of touring may seem pretty banal to most, but…

Appealing TV: The Great 2014 – 2015 Television Season Kick-Off
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Appealing TV: The Great 2014 – 2015 Television Season Kick-Off

START YOUR DVRS. With the sheer amount of new television premiering this week, today we’re going to focus on series premieres, and stuff I liked…

SF Hangs Out In The Streets For Park(ing) Day
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SF Hangs Out In The Streets For Park(ing) Day

Metered parking spaces around San Francisco, and in cities around the world, were temporarily transformed into public parks and art installations today in observance of…

Weekend Watch: This Is Where I Leave You, The Maze Runner, The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby, A Walk Among The Tombstones, Tusk, The Zero Theorem
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Weekend Watch: This Is Where I Leave You, The Maze Runner, The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby, A Walk Among The Tombstones, Tusk, The Zero Theorem

This Is Where I Leave You – Everywhere I don’t think there’s anyone in this comedy’s huge cast that I DON’T like, and that has…

Appealing Events: The Silent Comedy at Bottom of the Hill
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Appealing Events: The Silent Comedy at Bottom of the Hill

San Diego brother band the Silent Comedy want you to believe in the power of music. Their rollicking “whiskey tent revival” of a live show…

Appealing TV: Play It Again Dick, Red Band Society, And Can She Have It All?
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Appealing TV: Play It Again Dick, Red Band Society, And Can She Have It All?

Fall season is at our doorsteps. I just hope you cleared out your DVRs. So, what else is on? Tuesday, September 16 Play It Again,…

Weekend Watch: No Good Deed, Dolphin Tale 2, Last Weekend, The Drop, The Skeleton Twins
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Weekend Watch: No Good Deed, Dolphin Tale 2, Last Weekend, The Drop, The Skeleton Twins

No Good Deed – Everywhere As much as I love Idris Elba–and believe me: I DO–I’m not sure how much entertainment I can get out…

Goodies By Anna: Vanilla Chai Doughnuts
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Goodies By Anna: Vanilla Chai Doughnuts

These Vanilla Chai Doughnuts are my beginning to the fall baking season. The sweet spicy flavored baked doughnut topped with the creamy glaze is a…

Appealing TV: Sons of Anarchy, The Biggest Loser, Z Nation
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Appealing TV: Sons of Anarchy, The Biggest Loser, Z Nation

So, what else is on? Monday, September 8 Monday Night Football (4pm, ABC, season premiere) ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? Non-sports people, gird your…

Appealing Events: Shock the Party Music Festival at Slim’s
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Appealing Events: Shock the Party Music Festival at Slim’s

Hyphy’s not dead and neither is the Bay Area rap scene. To prove it, 415Hyphy and Insain415 is celebrating all that is awesome in local…

Weekend Watch: The Identical, The Last Of Robin Hood, Innocence, Forest Gump, No No: A Dockumentary
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Weekend Watch: The Identical, The Last Of Robin Hood, Innocence, Forest Gump, No No: A Dockumentary

The Identical – Everywhere Doubles are all the rage! This year we’ve had Enemy, starring two Jake Gyllenhaals, The Double with two Jesse Eisenbergs, and…

Appealing TV: 19 Kids (And Counting), Drunk History, The League, The Brittany Murphy Story
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Appealing TV: 19 Kids (And Counting), Drunk History, The League, The Brittany Murphy Story

So, what else is on? Tuesday, September 2 19 Kids and Counting (9pm, TLC, fall season premiere) Do streaming services just classify this show separately…

World Inspiration: Bombino Plays the Independent
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World Inspiration: Bombino Plays the Independent

Music is still a rebellious act. Its sentiments have had political implications the world over and the sheer act of owning and operating an instrument…

Weekend Watch: The Trip to Italy, Ghostbusters, As Above So Below, The November Man, Love Is Strange
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Weekend Watch: The Trip to Italy, Ghostbusters, As Above So Below, The November Man, Love Is Strange

The Trip to Italy – Embarcadero Sequel to 2010’s The Trip, starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as fictionalized versions of themselves taking a road…

Looking Towards the Future: Dev Plays Mezzanine
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Looking Towards the Future: Dev Plays Mezzanine

It’s not easy moving away from the Bay Area, especially when its melding pot of musical influences not only helped launch a music career but…

Brotherhood Way Peace Sculpture Restored
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Brotherhood Way Peace Sculpture Restored

A 38-foot sculpture that was removed from San Francisco’s Brotherhood Way during construction of new housing has been returned to its home of nearly two…

All But One Napa Valley School to Reopen Wednesday
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All But One Napa Valley School to Reopen Wednesday

All but one of Napa Valley Unified School District’s campuses will reopen for classes Wednesday after being closed for two days while engineers inspected them…