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…

Appealing TV: The Primetime Emmys! BoJack Horseman! Falling Skies!
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Appealing TV: The Primetime Emmys! BoJack Horseman! Falling Skies!

As yesterday’s earthquake shows, the awfulness of August is starting to resemble the preamble montage of a dystopian YA novel movie adaptation. In the meantime,…

Completely Believable Barbra: Buyer & Cellar
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Completely Believable Barbra: Buyer & Cellar

Barbra Streisand has a basement full of crap she’s collected over the years. Really, who doesn’t, in some form or another? But Barbra’s basement is…

Weekend Watch: Frank, Sin City: A Dame To Die For, To Be Takei, If I Stay, When The Game Stands Tall, The One I Love
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Weekend Watch: Frank, Sin City: A Dame To Die For, To Be Takei, If I Stay, When The Game Stands Tall, The One I Love

Frank – Embarcadero When I first heard of the movie Frank, back when it played the SFIFF, I thought it was a pretty insane concept…

Entertaining And Slightly Exhausting: Motown: The Musical
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Entertaining And Slightly Exhausting: Motown: The Musical

It’s too bad Berry Gordy can’t make an on-stage appearance at the end of every performance of Motown: The Musical, as he did at San…

Marvel’s Ant-Man Begins Filming in SF
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Marvel’s Ant-Man Begins Filming in SF

The next member of Marvel Comics’ comic book characters to get his own movie will spend at least part of it in San Francisco as…

Appealing TV: Doctor Who, Rectify, Happy Valley, and Every Simpsons Ever
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Appealing TV: Doctor Who, Rectify, Happy Valley, and Every Simpsons Ever

So, what else is on? Monday, August 18 America’s Next Top Model (9pm, CW season premiere) Boys are against girls in cycle 21 of the…

Out There in Style: Paul McCartney Closes Out Candlestick Park
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Out There in Style: Paul McCartney Closes Out Candlestick Park

The city of San Francisco had failed to prepare its public transit behemoth for a capacity crowd at Candlestick’s final night. At its peak, getting…

Weekend Watch: The Expendables 3, The Giver, Let’s Be Cops, Kink, Sketchfest
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Weekend Watch: The Expendables 3, The Giver, Let’s Be Cops, Kink, Sketchfest

The Expendables 3 – Everywhere Redefining the term “expendable”! Basically, every famous tough guy who’s still able to walk, (and even one who maybe can’t–how’s…

Sir Paul McCartney Will Close Candlestick Tonight
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Sir Paul McCartney Will Close Candlestick Tonight

Candlestick Park is closing its doors for good but not before one last hoorah. Sir Paul McCartney will perform at the San Francisco stadium tonight…

Unified Disruption: the International Pop Overthrow Festival Returns to SF
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Unified Disruption: the International Pop Overthrow Festival Returns to SF

It can be difficult to properly rage against the machine, especially when you’re going it alone. The power pop genre can be a very isolating…

(Slideshow) Outside Lands 2014 Day 3: Are We Human Or Are We Dancer?
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(Slideshow) Outside Lands 2014 Day 3: Are We Human Or Are We Dancer?

All photos by April Siese See our day one coverage here, day two here. Holy shit, people actually go to music festivals for fun. The…

Appealing TV: Shark Week = The High Holy Days Of  The Easily Amused
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Appealing TV: Shark Week = The High Holy Days Of The Easily Amused

Shark Week is here! Discovery Channel’s Shark Week is here! I am only a little embarrassed I had to Google when Shark Week was happening…

(Slideshow) Outside Lands 2014 Day 2: A Study In Contrasts
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(Slideshow) Outside Lands 2014 Day 2: A Study In Contrasts

All photos: April Siese We got one more day left in us at Outside Lands 2014! Be sure to follow us on Twitter @SFAppealOL for…

(Slideshow) Outside Lands 2014 Day 1: “I’m Kanye and I can do whatever the f*ck I want”
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(Slideshow) Outside Lands 2014 Day 1: “I’m Kanye and I can do whatever the f*ck I want”

All photos: April Siese Be sure to follow the San Francisco Appeal live at Outside Lands on Twitter @SFAppealOL as we’ll be tweeting from the…

Weekend Watch: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Step Up: All In, Into The Storm, The Hundred Foot Journey, Alive Inside, What If
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Weekend Watch: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Step Up: All In, Into The Storm, The Hundred Foot Journey, Alive Inside, What If

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Everywhere I went to see the first live action TMNT movie in a theater back in 1990 because a high…

Outside Lands Brings Major Musicians to Golden Gate Park
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Outside Lands Brings Major Musicians to Golden Gate Park

Three days packed with music, food, art and likely some fog are set to begin in the far reaches of Golden Gate Park Friday afternoon…

Unified: RX Bandits Play the Fillmore
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Unified: RX Bandits Play the Fillmore

The storied music history of the Bay Area has brought bands together and brought about their demise but rarely has it signaled success as much…

What to Eat and Drink at Outside Lands
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What to Eat and Drink at Outside Lands

If you thought we’d stop at bands to see and comedians to laugh with (or at) in terms of recommendations, then clearly you didn’t realize…