Live Shots

Live Shots: SF Bay Area Labor Heritage Rockin' Solidarity Chorus, City College, 5/27/2010

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My auntie Yam is the ultimate SF activist, along with my mom, a.k.a. Snorkel Mom. The two of them are always out together, advocating for single-payer health care, participating in anti-war rallies, sharing new organic gardening techniques with each other, and attending all day lectures on Earth Day. I've learned so much from both of them, and I'm always awed by their commitment to change and their strong visions for a better world. So when auntie Yam invited me to go see her Labor Chorus perform at City College, I knew I was in for an uplifting and exciting show.

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Live Shots: Diane Birch, The Independent, 5/13/2010

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I've never been brought to tears listening to Haddaway's "What is love," but when Diane Birch sang it at the Independent this past Thursday, the waterworks erupted.

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Live Shots: Fact/SF presents "The Consumption Series," Mama Calizo's Voice Factory, 5/6/2010

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Intimacy and personal space play a large role in Charles Slender's new dance-theater production entitled The Consumption Series from dance company Fact/SF. (The show continues through Sat/15.) As my girl date for the night, Suzy Q, put it: "I've never been that close to live dancers in my whole life!"

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Live Shots: Julieta Venegas, Fox Theater, 5/5/2010

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Julieta Venegas is a sparkling bubble of cuteness, with maybe just a hint of Amy Sedaris and Frida Kahlo mixed in.

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Live Shots: How Weird Street Faire, 05/09/10

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When it comes down to it, we're all a bit weird. At the back of every person's drawer there's at least one pair of sparkle-farkle leggings and a purple wig. (Weird!) After a long winter, the annual, music-filled How Weird Street Faire came at just the right time for everyone to go wacko and let loose for some spring silliness. Check out some of the looks.

Live Shots: Dance Mob Kick-Off for Bay Area National Dance Week, Union Square, 4/23/10

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Don't be alarmed if you happen to feel the floors shaking throughout the next week. It's not an earthquake, it's the Bay Area National Dance Week , an amazing event offering tons of free dance through May 2nd.

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Live Shots: Atoms for Peace, Fox Theater, 04/14/2010

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Another band of wayfarers headed for Coachella last week, Thom Yorke's supergroup Atoms for Peace (yep, that's Flea on bass) stopped by SF to funk up the Radiohead singer's cerebral solo material.

Live Shots: The Dead Weather, The Fillmore, 04/15/2010

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SFBG photog Charles Russo caught moddy rockers the Dead Weather at one of their two atmospherically stompy Fillmore performances on the way to Coachella.

Live Shots: Passion Pit, The Warfield, 04/15/2010

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Immediately as Passion Pit took the stage, I felt like I stepped into hipster church for the masses. The synths hummed as the band members took their places, the electronic buzz replacing a pipe organ's call before mass. The over-produced stage lighting blinded my retinas like a messiah's second coming and shone a halo of white above front-man Michael Angelakos (even his name sounds heavenly). The kids roared with excitement, shouting hallelujahs in the form of song titles, all hands in the air, praising the dance party to rain down the beats.Read more »

Live Shots: The xx and Hot Chip, Fox Theater, 04/16/2010

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Cooler than their cucumber sound, The xx took a laid-back approach to their Friday night performance, showing little, if any, enthusiasm. The British three-piece is chill, totally sexy and anything but poppy on their recorded work; no one expected a party and yet fans were left with much to desire come the end of the show.Read more »