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Book Review: Altamont by Joel Selvin

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Nearly half a century has passed since the 1969 disaster that was California’s riotous Altamont Speedway Free Festival, the bizarro-world Woodstock that claimed the lives of four of its attendees.  The racetrack where five of the world’s most notable rock bands played to an audience of delirious acid trippers and rowdy biker gangs now sits…

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Obsessive Bad Thoughts: The Theater of Young Jean Lee

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Production of Young Jean Lee’s The Shipment – through October 15 – by Crowded Fire Theater at Potrero Hill’s Thick House marks only the third Bay Area staging of the work of the Brooklyn-based experimental dramatist the New York Times called “the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation.”  It was here, however, that Lee—a…

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Cork Marcheschi and the Fifty Foot Hose

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The electronic rock band Fifty Foot Hose emerged from San Francisco’s iconic 1960s music scene. Its music, including its sole album, Cauldron, issued in 1967, was influenced by a mixture of jazz, rhythm and blues, rock, and electronic music. The latter genre’s current popularity was sparked by pioneers such as Cork Marcheschi, a Bay Area…

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Film Review: The Diary of a Teenage Girl

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The Diary of a Teenage Girl, which opens in Los Angeles and New York on August 7, is about sex.  More specifically, it’s about a feverish waking sex dream:  that riptide of deep physical and emotional longing that washes over adolescents cum teenagers just when they’re painfully piecing their identity together.  Something like it happens…

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