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San Mateo the new Chinatown? Everyday Beijing slings a mean stir-fried pancake strip

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Biscuits and gravy: Stir-fried wheat and corn meal biscuit, left, and stir-fried strips of pancakes are a few "hometown specials from old Beijing," as EBR puts it. Photo by Kimberly Chun.

By Kimberly Chun

Note to self: forget Grant, Clement, and even Irving Street - I'm beginning to believe that San Mateo is the real Chinatown. Read more »

Show Diary: Neko Case/Jason Lytle, Peaches, Juan McLean/the Field, Telepathe, Handsome Furs, Au Revoir Simone

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Juan, two, three: the Juan Maclean. Photo by Troy Bayless.

By Kimberly Chun

Impressionistic sketches, hazy watercolor memories of the way I listened last week, before the veil of forgetfulness falls.

Dang, I wish I had a proper camera in hand to get my shutterbug on at Peaches. Read more »

Not lost: More from Jason Lytle, uncovered in Montana

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By Kimberly Chun

Modesto, your Jason Lytle is truly a pleasure to chat with. Read more »

Underground fire shuts down Bowie Ball at Great American Music Hall

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By Kimberly Chun

This in from the folks at Great American Music Hall - so put those "Jean Genie" moves in the hopper till August. (And boy, I'm curious about how often these underground electrical vault fires happen! The answer: The last one was in 2005, according to the local CBS affiliate.)

"Unfortunately, tonight's BOWIE BALL at GAMH has been CANCELLED due to an underground electrical vault fire on Polk & O'Farrell St. Read more »

Sonic Reducer Overage: BFD, Wale, Handsome Furs, Holy Fuck, and more

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The grey can stay – it is, after all, summer in fog city – but you know you gotta get out. Read more »

'Nero' sandwich

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Danny Scheie, from left, and Kasey Mahaffy appear in the world premiere of You, Nero. Photo by Henry DiRocco.

By Kimberly Chun

After its extended production of The Lieutenant of Inishmore and now You, Nero, Berkeley Rep is starting to feel like your one-stop spot for chuckle-inducing high jinks. Read more »

Sonic Reducer Overage: St. Vincent, Thermals, Tiga, Sun Kil Moon, Jens Lekman, and more

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The sun is out - and so are you, capering and carousing at these musical shindigs, all so worthy yet unable to make it to print.Read more »

Carnaval snaps: booty calls, capoeira falls at the annual Mission getdown

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Bump 'n' shine. All photos by Kimberly Chun.

By Kimberly Chun

Yeah, we were chillin' at Carnaval Sunday, May 24 - so much so this little lady almost got a bad case of hypothermia. Overcast skies and cold winds - nothing could keep Carnaval SF's booty-jiggling, thong-busting, synchronized-dancing, capoeira-kicking crews from taking to the streets. Read more »

Night moves: Banging 'Glorious Gongs'

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HARAPPIAN NIGHT RECORDINGS
The Glorious Gongs of Hainuwele
(Bo Weavil)

By Kimberly Chun

Who is this mysterion going by the name of Dr. Syed Kamran Ali and generating generous swathes of sample-dappled, diseased-transmission psychedelia behind the shadowy guise of Harappian Night Recordings? A mild-mannered, 20-something Chicago software engineer? Read more »