Fall Arts 2011

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Movies, concerts, festivals, games, plays, nightlife, dance ... get a good jump on the awesome season ahead with our full Fall Arts Preview here.  

Sequel smackdown

FALL ARTS PREVIEW: Eagerly, and maybe not so eagerly, awaited upcoming video game releases

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GAMER Though video game sequels abound every season, fall 2011 plays host to an unusual profusion. Three is indisputably the magic number, though five and a pair of un-numbered twos make a strong case. Decide for yourself which game deserves your dollars by delving into the details below.Read more »

For the fall of it

FALL ARTS PREVIEW: Autumn's most intriguing theatrical events

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arts@sfbg.com

FALL ARTS Puppets, fanciful forms of democracy, and disfigured villains are leitmotifs beyond the Beltway this season, as the following theater and performance highlights suggest.Read more »

The big ones

FALL ARTS PREVIEW: A concert for (nearly) every day of the year

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SEPTEMBER

Handsome Furs Sept. 3, Slim's

Mi Ami Sept. 3, Public Works

Mummies Sept. 6, Knockout

Givers Sept. 7, Rickshaw Stop

Kills Sept. 9, Fox Theater

Rancid Sept. 10, Warfield

Iggy Pop and the Stooges Sept. 12-13, Warfield

Kylesa Sept. 14, Great American Music Hall

Religious Girls Sept. 15, Hemlock Tavern

Album Leaf Sept. 16, New ParishRead more »

Never out of mind

FALL ARTS PREVIEW: Deathstock reunites San Francisco's long-lost bands

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emilysavage@sfbg.com

FALL ARTS The Bay Area has been through so many musical waves, it's hard to remember what was cool five years ago, let alone three decades back. Former San Francisco resident and band manager Christel Sweet Burris came up with a creative solution: Deathstock, a fest of bands from the '80s San Francisco underground reunited for a two-day festival at Red Devil Lounge and Slim's. Fittingly, partial proceeds go to Save KUSF.Read more »

Vision statement

FALL ARTS PREVIEW: Our visual arts column Hairy Eyeball sizes up fall's gallery and museum shows

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arts@sfbg.com

FALL ARTS You better start doing your stretches and invest in a good pair of walking shoes. There's as much ground to cover as there is art to see this fall, and if you get to every gallery, studio, and museum on this far-from-comprehensive list your eyes will probably be as sore as your feet. But as any seasoned hiker will tell you, the views are well worth any aches incurred along the way.Read more »

Open mouth, insert popcorn

FALL ARTS PREVIEW: Hollywood's big movies are big

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FALL ARTS Supporters of the cinema-industrial complex know that fall is, arguably, the primo time to catch a flick. As the days get shorter, the award hopefuls roll out faster. Of course, there's some non-Oscar contenders worth noting as well, and I don't just mean A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas (pass the dutchie Nov. 9). Here's a sprinkling of high- and lowlights to look forward to. All dates are subject to change. Read more »

Reps rule

FALL ARTS PREVIEW: What's not coming to a megaplex near you

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FALL ARTS In 2010, I wrote a long piece on what Hollywood had in store for fall, and relegated rep houses to a shorter sidebar. But after a summer which produced exactly one truly great wide release (that'd be Attack the Block), and eye-bleeding amounts of unnecessary 3D, a switcheroo seemed only fair.Read more »

Bestivals

FALL ARTS PREVIEW: Hip-hop, J-pop, green tech, veggie treats — fall fairs and festivals won't be pigeonholed. Here's our guide

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caitlin@sfbg.com

FALL ARTS Now that even the quaintest neighborhood block parties publish music lineups in advance and big beat fests give as much shine to snack vendors as secondary stages, it's becoming clear that the events on our fall fair and festival listings are all just part of one big movement. Leading to what, you might ask? Leading to you having a celebrate-good-times kind of autumn in the Bay Area. Seize the day, pack your sunscreen, bring cash: from film to activism to chocolate, here comes the sun.

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Fiery jack

FALL ARTS PREVIEW: Nightlife wobbles, glows, and explodes in the fall

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marke@sfbg.com

FALL ARTS PREVIEW Don't leaf me alone, pumpkin, let's get equinoxious. When it comes to dancefloor domination in the fall (or, as we San Franciscans call it, "actual summer"), I'm totally an autumn bottom. Meet me at the following harvest balls or come a cropper. Puns! (And click here for even more great parties happening this weekend, yikes.)Read more »