Live Shots

Live Shots: World Cup Final watching party, Civic Center, 07/11/2010

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Paul was right! Will Spaniards give up eating octopus? Will the Dutch avenge their loss with grimmer graphic design and tinier eyewear? In any case, yesterday's Civic Center scene was one of friendly competition and colorful exuberance. (Check out the entire ON SIDES: San Francisco Watches the World Cup photo series here.)

Live Shots: Goldfrapp, Fox Theater, 06/26/2010

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Shiny, sparkling, blinged-out: Slick electro-pop and disco revivalists Goldfrapp absolutely bedazzled us on Saturday. Talk about the perfect mix of wind machines and '70s sexiness. With new album Head First, the duo clearly hasn't lost its melodic luster or surreal grooves. The packed Fox was ready to dance, and Goldfrapp delivered. Did I mention the high levels of shiny spandex? Yea, that was hella hot.

Live Shots: San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration, 06/27/2010

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Who could have asked for a more delicious day than this Sunday to celebrate Pride? The amazing weather was perfect for parasols, skimpy speedos, and a few buckets of body glitter. The parade, celebrating it's 40th year, drew hordes of spectators who sandwiched themselves up and down Market Street for miles. It was exciting to see such a diverse audience and also a variety of groups participating in the parade, from politicians and coalitions to drag queens and gigantic human cupcakes.

Live Shots: 54th Annual North Beach Festival, 6/20/10

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You know it's summer time in the City when the smell of smoky meat wafts up your nostrils and jazzy tunes wind their way down the streets. As the marathon of fairs and festivals continues, where better to spend this weekend than at the North Beach Festival?Read more »

Live Shots: Air Guitar Championships, Fillmore, 06/05/2010

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I've been to plenty of concerts in my life, and I've seen some pretty wild shows in various states of consciousness. That being said, nothing could have prepared me for this year’s Air Guitar Regional Championships at the Fillmore.Read more »

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.