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DIIV brings integrity to pop lineup at Rickshaw Stop

In this day and age, it’s easy to become cynical about music. With all the speed technology has granted us, our attention spans have consequently shortened, our patience dwindling to mere nothings. To cater to these allegedly short attention spans, it doesn’t seem like such a stretch to argue that
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Outside Lands 2012: Interview with Alaina Moore of Tennis

On Wednesday afternoon, I spoke with Alaina Moore of the band Tennis. Originally from Denver, Moore and her husband Patrick Riley started the band after they met each other at college. Now, with two albums (Cape Dory and Young & Old) out, the band will be playing San Francisco’s annual
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Outside Lands 2012 Preview

Our arts staff brings the bands, acts and events to look forward to this weekend (August 10-12) at the 5th annual Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival. Reggie Watts There isn’t an easy way to introduce the wildly enigmatic comedian/musician Reggie Watts. He’s a strange act, a dabbler in the
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‘Bourne’ franchise reboot bores

If a man fights off a hungry wolf with his bare hands in a movie, is there any possible way that movie could be boring? Before this, I would have voiced a strong “Hell no!,” but today I am a changed person. I have seen “The Bourne Legacy” and have
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In an old episode of the NBC sitcom “30 Rock,” Jack Donaghy, an ambitious TV exec, informs the writers of the fictional show-within-a-show that they will be forced to incorporate products from the NBC-Universal’s portable microwave division into their sketches. Liz Lemon, the head writer, refuses to stoop so low
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Shakespeare update wows in SF

There’s something automatically intriguing about a production of “The Merchant of Venice,” Shakespeare’s most controversial play. Yes, even for San Francisco.  Though the city rarely shies away from addressing contentious subjects, something about “Merchant” raises brows. San Francisco is progressive, certainly, but progressive stops where political correctness begins. Fortunately for
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Custom Screening: Front page problems

Some years ago, The New York Times published an anthology of its front pages on the days of important historical events. Though the book’s ‘best-of’ style of selection made for good reading, the real fun was to be had with the accompanying CD-ROM which included every front page of the
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New BAM exhibits offer intriguing variety

  “At the Edge: Recent Acquisitions” Perception can often lead to deception, but in “At the Edge: Recent Acquisitions,” art’s impression leaves the viewer impressed. The Berkeley Art Museum’s exhibition presents new works, some by local artists and others not, with a title well-suited to the plays on perception in
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