Appealing TV: The Killing, Gravity Falls, and Sharknado 2: The Second One
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Appealing TV: The Killing, Gravity Falls, and Sharknado 2: The Second One

The yearly pop culture feed dump from our corporate overlords known as Comic-Con (Sundance, but for people who wear Doctor Who t-shirts where The Doctor…

Relative Distance: Andrew Jackson Jihad Plays Slim’s
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Relative Distance: Andrew Jackson Jihad Plays Slim’s

There’s a musical trope of sorts, that the vulnerable lyricist will inevitably open himself to an eager audience armed with empathy and the type of…

Weekend Watch:  Lucy, Hercules, And So It Goes, Magic In the Moonlight
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Weekend Watch: Lucy, Hercules, And So It Goes, Magic In the Moonlight

I’m back from vacation, a vacation that prevented me from recommending, with the highest praise, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood. So, I’ll start this by saying, that’s…

Appealing TV: UFC, Food Fighters, and Manhattan
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Appealing TV: UFC, Food Fighters, and Manhattan

Hospitality, food, and face punching, that’s what I got for you this week. So, what else is on? Monday, July 21 Hotel Hell (9pm, FOX,…

Annual AIDS Walk To Close Golden Gate Park Entrances Sunday

The annual AIDS Walk will take place this Sunday in Golden Gate Park, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency said in a statement. The 6.2…

Meet The SF Zoo’s Visiting Wolverines This Weekend
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Meet The SF Zoo’s Visiting Wolverines This Weekend

The San Francisco Zoo is welcoming two new wolverines to its collection of animals with a family-friendly weekend of events this Saturday and Sunday. The…

Homecoming: Craft Spells Plays the Chapel
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Homecoming: Craft Spells Plays the Chapel

It’s been two months since Craft Spells‘ Justin Paul Vallesteros left for Seattle, WA and already he’s thrown himself into a place that feels more…

Appealing TV: Matador, The ESPYs, and You’re the Worst
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Appealing TV: Matador, The ESPYs, and You’re the Worst

This week the 2014 Primetime Emmy nominations were released! After after the outcry on Twitter (snubs! snubs! snubs! EVERY-BODY), I have come to the conclusion…

Appealing Events: Cloud Nothings at the Great American Music Hall
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Appealing Events: Cloud Nothings at the Great American Music Hall

Cleveland rockers Cloud Nothings are at the top of their game with a critically acclaimed new album and a tour that’s taken them to Bonnaroo…

Appealing TV: Extant, The Strain, and Masters of Sex
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Appealing TV: Extant, The Strain, and Masters of Sex

The television faithful continue to play the waiting game during the summer season for news to trickle down. From the release of the trailer for…

Summer Songs: La Sera Plays the Burger Boogaloo
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Summer Songs: La Sera Plays the Burger Boogaloo

Summer is here and with that comes road trip after road trip to either explore the rest of the country, find some shade in the…

Pyrotechnician Promises Spectacular Fourth Of July Fireworks Show At Pier 39
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Pyrotechnician Promises Spectacular Fourth Of July Fireworks Show At Pier 39

In preparation for a massive Fourth of July fireworks display at San Francisco’s Pier 39 Friday night, crews today are busy setting up for the…

Week(end) Watch: Begin Again, Tammy, Earth To Echo, Deliver Us From Evil
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Week(end) Watch: Begin Again, Tammy, Earth To Echo, Deliver Us From Evil

Begin Again – Embarcadero A few weeks back, I reviewed the stage musical version of director John Carney’s movie, Once. There were some aspects I…

California Love: Be Calm Honcho Plays The Rickshaw Stop
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California Love: Be Calm Honcho Plays The Rickshaw Stop

It’s rare that just one song can grab someone anymore and leave them legitimately waiting for more material to surface. In a society hellbent on…

Goodies By Anna: Melty Salted Nutella Chocolate Chunk Cookies
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Goodies By Anna: Melty Salted Nutella Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Using large chocolate wafers coupled with the hefty scoop of Nutella makes for one gooey, melty chocolate lovers’ dream cookie! The addition of a sprinkle…

Appealing TV: Under the Dome, Nathan For You, and Fireworks, Fireworks, Fireworks!
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Appealing TV: Under the Dome, Nathan For You, and Fireworks, Fireworks, Fireworks!

While our televisions may be empty this week, our hearts should be full of patriotism and a bunch of quotes from Independence Day! Even in…

San Francisco’s Ready For A Packed Weekend Of LGBTQ Pride
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San Francisco’s Ready For A Packed Weekend Of LGBTQ Pride

Pride Weekend is gearing up to be a packed two days with some events starting today to celebrate the LGBT community in the Bay Area…

Weekend Watch: Transformers, Third Person, Citizen Koch
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Weekend Watch: Transformers, Third Person, Citizen Koch

Transformers: Age of Extinction – Everywhere Extinction, huh? Does that mean after this one, (the fourth!) there will be no more? Please? Mark Wahlberg is…

George Lucas Chooses Chicago Instead of SF For His New Museum
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George Lucas Chooses Chicago Instead of SF For His New Museum

San Francisco lost its bid today to be the home of the new Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. The museum, founded by Bay Area resident…

Hillary Clinton to Speak Wednesday on SF Book Tour Stop
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Hillary Clinton to Speak Wednesday on SF Book Tour Stop

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be speaking Wednesday evening at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco as part of a nationwide tour…

Appealing TV: The Leftovers, Tyrant, and Girl Meets World
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Appealing TV: The Leftovers, Tyrant, and Girl Meets World

A couple of weeks removed, sure, but shoutouts to the ATX Television Festival in Austin, TX for putting on a wonderful event and shoutouts to…

Falling Slowly: Once, the Musical
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Falling Slowly: Once, the Musical

I liked the 2006 film Once well enough, but didn’t fall madly in love with it as many of its fans did. I certainly understood…

Weekend Watch: Jersey Boys, Think Like A Man Too, Borgman, Ivory Tower, Ping Pong Summer
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Weekend Watch: Jersey Boys, Think Like A Man Too, Borgman, Ivory Tower, Ping Pong Summer

Jersey Boys – Everywhere Last year, I reviewed a local run of the decade-old musical, and found it pleasant enough, if pretty predictable. I’m surprised…

World’s Ugliest Dog Contest Kicks Off Friday
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World’s Ugliest Dog Contest Kicks Off Friday

The 75th Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma that starts today promises pig races and smiling faces, ugly dogs and corn dogs and “Two Tickets to Paradise.”…

Treasure Island Line-up Announced: OutKast is Headlining (Eat That, Kanye)
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Treasure Island Line-up Announced: OutKast is Headlining (Eat That, Kanye)

Kanye West may have signed his life away to the behemoth that put on Bonnaroo and Outside Lands, but the hip-hop legends to watch will…

Constant Innovation: Metronomy Plays the Fillmore
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Constant Innovation: Metronomy Plays the Fillmore

If you’ve been keeping up with the weird news of the world, (read: Texas) you’ve probably seen the live footage of a $700,000 mansion overlooking…

Weekend Watch: 22 Jump Street, How To Train Your Dragon 2, The Signal, Obvious Child, DocFest
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Weekend Watch: 22 Jump Street, How To Train Your Dragon 2, The Signal, Obvious Child, DocFest

22 Jump Street – Everywhere As far as unnecessary movie reboots of TV shows go, 2012′s 21 Jump Street was one of the less egregious…

Forward Motion: Electric Six Plays the Independent
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Forward Motion: Electric Six Plays the Independent

Congratulations, SF: you helped keep Electric Six from calling it quits some eight years ago. Metropolis label head Dave Heckman saw the band when they…

Road Test: Rocky Votolato Plays Bottom of the Hill
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Road Test: Rocky Votolato Plays Bottom of the Hill

The contemporary music scene tends to thrive on exclusivity, world premieres, and the type of loosely-marketed events that make graffiti a la Arcade Fire a…

Appealing TV: Suits, Pretty Little Liars, Murder In The First, And Big Smo
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Appealing TV: Suits, Pretty Little Liars, Murder In The First, And Big Smo

While the networks are away the cable channels will play. So, what else is on? Monday, June 9 Major Crimes (9pm, TNT, season premiere) The…

Weekend Watch: The Edge Of Tomorrow, The Fault In Our Stars, Night Moves
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Weekend Watch: The Edge Of Tomorrow, The Fault In Our Stars, Night Moves

The Edge of Tomorrow – Everywhere Terrible title for a movie; it sounds like a 1960′s soap opera, not another Tom Cruise action film. Speaking…

Appealing TV: Orange Is The New Black, Longmire, and Power
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Appealing TV: Orange Is The New Black, Longmire, and Power

This week, I’ll be in Austin, TX for the third annual (or third season if you nasty) Austin Television Festival! Among a packed schedule of…

Weekend Watch: Maleficent, A Million Ways To Die In The West, Cold In July, The Dance Of Reality
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Weekend Watch: Maleficent, A Million Ways To Die In The West, Cold In July, The Dance Of Reality

Maleficent – Everywhere Angelina Jolie is getting praise for her role as the classic Sleeping Beauty villainess,  but I can’t get past her crappy English…

Appealing Events: Die Antwoord at the Fillmore
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Appealing Events: Die Antwoord at the Fillmore

South African outfit Die Antwoord are just one week away from unleashing their third album upon the world. Donker Mag follows 2012′s Ten$Ion, an album…

Appealing TV: Summer Season Heats Up, Other Awful Puns, and Halt And Catch Fire
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Appealing TV: Summer Season Heats Up, Other Awful Puns, and Halt And Catch Fire

It’s Memorial Day! So aside for remembering to thank someone for serving in the military, applying direct heat to food in an outside setting, summer…

Weekend Watch: X-Men: Days of Future Past, Blended, Breastmilk, Fed Up
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Weekend Watch: X-Men: Days of Future Past, Blended, Breastmilk, Fed Up

X-Men: Days of Future Past – Everywhere My biggest complaint about 2011′s X-Men: First Class was that the early 1960′s costumes were just ALL WRONG….

Appealing Events: Brody Dalle at Slim’s
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Appealing Events: Brody Dalle at Slim’s

Just three years ago, independent documentary “The Other F Word” was released, detailing punk rock dads. Around the same time, punk queen Brody Dalle was…

Appealing TV: Upfronts, Hannibal, and I Wanna Marry “Harry”
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Appealing TV: Upfronts, Hannibal, and I Wanna Marry “Harry”

This week the annual network upfronts were held, where the networks woo Johnson or Johnson or Taco Bell so they can inject secret Illuminati iconography…

Weekend Watch: Godzilla, Chef, Million Dollar Arm, God’s Pocket, The Double
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Weekend Watch: Godzilla, Chef, Million Dollar Arm, God’s Pocket, The Double

Godzilla – Everywhere Godzilla destroys San Francisco! And yes, San Francisco has been the setting of many a movie filled with destruction. But I wonder…

Appealing Events: Yoni Wolf at Bottom of the Hill
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Appealing Events: Yoni Wolf at Bottom of the Hill

East Bay hero and rap rocker Yoni Wolf is headed across the Bay for a solo show at Bottom of the Hill. The Why? frontman’s…