Appealing TV: Thanksgiving Day Parades, Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas, and Young Nuns
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Appealing TV: Thanksgiving Day Parades, Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas, and Young Nuns

Whether you celebrate with your nuclear family or friends (which, according to Spaced, is the family of the 21st century) or if you’re just listening…

Weekend Watch: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Foxcatcher, The Better Angels
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Weekend Watch: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Foxcatcher, The Better Angels

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – Everywhere I’ve read all of the Hunger Games books, and thought the first was great, the second was…

Goodies By Anna: Mixed Berry Pavlova
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Goodies By Anna: Mixed Berry Pavlova

Today I am sharing this really simple and delicious recipe for a Mixed Berry Pavlova that I came across in Women’s Health Magazine. This dessert…

Appealing TV: State of Affairs, Lilyhammer, and An En Vogue Christmas
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Appealing TV: State of Affairs, Lilyhammer, and An En Vogue Christmas

In the wake of cancellation news this week (good night sweet princes Franklin and Bash, network TV isn’t ready for an Asian male romantic lead,…

Weekend Watch: Dumb And Dumber To, Rosewater, French Film Noir, The Theory Of Everything
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Weekend Watch: Dumb And Dumber To, Rosewater, French Film Noir, The Theory Of Everything

Dumb and Dumber To – Everywhere Gotta admit, that’s a brilliant title…and the brilliance may just stop right there. Rosewater – Everywhere I’m reading the…

Theatrical Time Travel: I Love Lucy Live On Stage
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Theatrical Time Travel: I Love Lucy Live On Stage

I Love Lucy Live On Stage seems like a weird concept for a theatrical show: recreate two episodes of the classic sitcom with performers imitating…

Appealing Events: Mac DeMarco at the Fillmore
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Appealing Events: Mac DeMarco at the Fillmore

To paraphrase the perpetually poorly constructed Lord of the Rings meme in which Mordor is swapped for damn near anything, one does not simply walk…

Jazz Hands And Hat Tipping: Chicago The Musical
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Jazz Hands And Hat Tipping: Chicago The Musical

Here’s something I didn’t know prior to seeing the San Francisco premiere of Chicago the Musical at the Orpheum Theatre on Friday: it’s a comedy!…

Appealing TV: Storage Wars, Untold Stories of the ER, and Dogs of War
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Appealing TV: Storage Wars, Untold Stories of the ER, and Dogs of War

So, what else is on? Monday, November 10 Growing Up Gotti: 10 Years Later (9pm, A&E) Has it really been ten years since Growing Up…

Weekend Watch: Interstellar, Big Hero 6, SFDFF, SFTFF, French Cinema Now
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Weekend Watch: Interstellar, Big Hero 6, SFDFF, SFTFF, French Cinema Now

Interstellar – Everywhere A LOT of nerds love Christopher Nolan, but I’ve never been as impressed by his movies as most of my fellow nerds…

Appealing TV: The Newsroom, The Game, The Comeback
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Appealing TV: The Newsroom, The Game, The Comeback

November is great because I get to say I have a bounty of television listings for you because get it Thanksgiving. Also, Tuesday is Election…

Monster Mash: Three Halloween Shows to See
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Monster Mash: Three Halloween Shows to See

Happy Halloween, everybody! I’m going as a dying industry on a new platform that further devalues its legitimacy. I mean, I’m in pjs writing this…

Weekend Watch: Nightcrawler, Before I Go To Sleep, Laggies, Horns
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Weekend Watch: Nightcrawler, Before I Go To Sleep, Laggies, Horns

Nightcrawler – Everywhere No, this is not another X-Men spinoff. This is a thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal as an “underground crime journalist” obsessed with getting…

Appealing Events: The Kills at the Fillmore
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Appealing Events: The Kills at the Fillmore

The formidable duo of Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince (aka the Kills) return to SF tonight for an intimate show at the Fillmore. The band…

Appealing TV: Mike Tyson Mysteries, Benched, and The McCarthys
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Appealing TV: Mike Tyson Mysteries, Benched, and The McCarthys

Halloween to me means 24 Hours of Werewolf Bar Mitzvah and hoping nobody notices the glow from the television in my living room and knocks…

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…