Posts by: Melissa Tan

The NYT Offends with its Sunday Book Review of Zone One

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A literary novelist writing a genre novel is like an intellectual dating a porn star, right?  Well that’s what New York Times book reviewer Glen Duncan thinks. In his Sunday Book Review of Colson Whitehead’s complex new zombie novel, Zone One, Duncan sets the parallel between dating porn stars and what he initially perceives as […]

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Notable San Francisco, This Week: 3/28-4/3

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This week in San Francisco, VIDA at the Makeout Room, Poetry at the Randall Museum, the April Fool’s Lower Haight Art Walk, and the Switchboard Music Festival. Monday 3/28: Grab a bite and catch Bait & Switch tonight at Yoshi’s San Francisco. Bassist Lisa Mezzacappa plays original music inspired by adventurous jazz masters like Ornette […]

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Notable San Francisco, This Week: 3/21-3/27

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This week in San Francisco, Lit&Lunch, a book club meeting with Intersection for the Arts, radio magazine, The [Un]observed, launches at OHIO Studio, and the Portuguese Artists Colony celebrates its first birthday at Fivepoints Arthouse. Monday 3/21: Ever wondered about the work of a Broadway set and costume designer?  Head to the Museum of Performance […]

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Notable San Francisco, This Week: 3/14-3/20

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This week in San Francisco, The Monthly Rumpus puts on its best pasties, the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival is on, and food culture rocks SFMoMA with Sidebar: Wine! at How Wine Became Modern. Monday 3/14: Catch some titillating literature — and, oh, Lady Monster: Queen of the Fire Tassels — at March’s […]

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The Rumpus Album Review: White Wilderness

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John Vanderslice knows how to make music. He has been recording bands for over a decade at his San Francisco studio, Tiny Telephone. John Congleton knows how to produce music.  He has mixed and mastered the likes of The Walkmen, Modest Mouse, Okkervil River, and The Mountain Goats. Both are established indie rock musicians in […]

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Notable San Francisco, This Week: 3/7-3/13

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This week in San Francisco, Quiet Lightning moves to North Beach, Janine Brito and Emily Heller get hilarious at the Punchline, Andrew Sean Greer’s The Islanders takes to the stage, and Rumpus Managing Editor, Isaac Fitzgerald, gets his literary Casanova on at Fivepoints Arthouse’s Tales of Tail. Monday 3/7: Catch Quiet Lightning in North Beach!  […]

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Notable San Francisco, This Week: 2/28-3/6

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This week in San Francisco, Feast of Words, film night at the San Francisco Buddhist Center, Babylon Salon at Cantina, and raise money for public health with your mouth full at Cupcakes for Choice! Monday 2/28: Catch Stone Fox & Bangs at Cat’s Pajamas’ last show at the Makeout Room. The 1960’s Motown-inspired band will […]

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Notable San Francisco, This Week: 2/21-2/27

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This week in San Francisco, RADAR at The Luggage Store, Noise Pop loves Litquake, and John Wesley Harding performs at the launch of Wesley Stace’s new novel. Monday 2/21: Support San Francisco State University’s College of Creative Arts at One Act Fringe. See plays by Daniel Roche and Jeremy Forbing Childbirth, Marilyn Kriegel and Bryce […]

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Notable San Francisco, This Week: 2/14-2/20

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This week, Do You Love Me Now? (The Rumpus does), 826 Valencia’s Spelling Bee for Cheaters, all you can eat pancakes, and Will Franken hosts The Grand Opening of a New Baby. Monday 2/14: Spend Valentine’s Day with your beloved Rumpus-folk at Do You Love Me Now? the February Monthly Rumpus. See readings by Deb […]

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Notable San Francisco, This Week: 2/7-2/13

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This week in San Francisco, get in bed with Quiet Lightning, Microscopic Giant at Space Gallery, Laughter Against The Machine, Andrew Foster Altschul’s book launch, Literary Death Match, Stephen Elliott reads at BANG OUT X: Tough Love, and the Anger Management Reading Series presents Hostile Takeover. Monday 2/7: Put it to Bed, literally, at Quiet […]

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Notable San Francisco, This Week: 1/31-2/6

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This week in San Francisco, Airplane! takes over the Castro Theater, Feast of Words: Sensory Feast, a free Valentine’s Day Etsy Labs Craft Bar, Mirah & Thao, and The Dude abides at the 8th Annual Lebowski Party. Monday 1/31: As another SF Sketchfest draws to a close, catch a special screening + Q&A with the […]

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Notable San Francisco, This Week: 1/24-1/30

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This week in San Francisco: Clown Burlesque, stories about food, art shows, magazine readings, and Cyclops Wearing Flip Flops. Monday 1/24: This month at Cat’s Pajamas, get your regular dose of burlesque with a side of clown as Dottie Lux co-hosts the monthly show of music and steamy performances.  $5, 21+, 8pm @ 3225 22nd […]

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Notable San Francisco, This Week: 1/17-1/23

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This week in San Francisco, Sketchfest continues, find out what happens when we become Overconnected, pitch your epic sci-fi murder-mystery memoir poem at Booksmith’s Pitchapalooza, and get de-virginized at Cell Space’s Rocky Horror Live! Monday 1/17: See the comics that kicked off Sketchfest a decade ago at their 10 Year Reunion Show. See Colin Mahan […]

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Notable San Francisco, This Week: 1/10-1/16

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This week in San Francisco: Finally muster the courage to hit on that one cute chick/dude at this month’s Monthly Rumpus, decorate your pad like it’s 1982 and you just got Walk Among Us at Pops’ Cheap Art Show: Skull Edition, get your nerd on at Techshop’s Open House, and check out SF Sketchfest. Monday […]

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Notable San Francisco, This Week: 1/3-1/9

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This week in San Francisco, catch a variety of monthly events in the new year: Feast of Words, Craft Bar with Etsy Labs, and San Francisco Bike Party. Monday 1/3: See some funny queers at QComedy‘s first show of the month.  Marie Lake, Kurt Weitzmann, Nick Leonard, and “FemCee” drag queen Cookie Dough take the […]

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Notable San Francisco, This Week: 12/27-1/2

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This week in San Francisco: Whether this is your adopted home or you’ve lived here all your life, re-discover the city as you begin another year of living here.  Let’s face it, you’re still tired from the holidays and you’re probably saving up your energy for New Year’s Eve, so why waste your time at […]

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Notable San Francisco, This Week: 12/20-12/26

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This week in San Francisco, eat for a cause with Food Not Bombs, open mics at Amnesia and Kaleidoscope, Post-Impressionists at the De Young, and volunteer work gets fun at City Impact’s Christmas Block Party. Monday 12/20: Joint Food Not Bombs in Union Square for a Sit/Eat against Sit/Lie. Eaters will meet outside Macy’s Union […]

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Notable San Francisco, This Week: 12/13-12/19

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This week in San Francisco, it’s Ladies Night at The Rumpus!  Also, Dave Eggers plays ping pong, art for the blind, sitting and lying in protest of the Sit/Lie law, and crafty alternatives to traditional holiday shopping. Monday 12/13: What do the Jackson Arms Shooting Range and The Rumpus have in common today?  It’s Ladies […]

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Notable San Francisco, This Week: 12/6-12/12

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This week in San Francisco, Granta at City Lights, literature meets food at Feast of Words and to-the-death battle at Literary Death Match, and Believer Magazine hangs out at Electric Works. Monday 12/6: Celebrate issue 113 of Granta magazine at City Lights with readings by Daniel Alarcón, Carlos Labbé, Andrés Felipe Solano, and Carlos Yushimito. […]

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Notable San Francisco, This Week: 11/29-12/5

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This week in San Francisco, booze for a cause at Drink Good Do Good, come hang out with me at this month’s Quiet Lightning, two words: Cinema Orgy, Booksmith’s first Literary Clown Foolery, Babylon Salon, and fund raise San Francisco style (aka. naked) at the Santa Skivvies Run. Monday 11/29: Indie spirits meet social consciousness […]

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Notable San Francisco, This Week: 11/22-11/28

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This week, art porn at 111 Minna, a list of the best Mission bars to spend Thanksgiving at, do good this Black Friday at Creative Housing Liberation’s Housing Harvest, and a Murder Mystery Dinner! Monday 11/22: Attend an extra-festive Cat’s Pajamas at the Makeout Room and see performers Eggplant Casino, Naima Shalhoub, Sanxe Loveji, and […]

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Notable San Francisco, This Week: 11/15-11/21

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This week in San Francisco: readings, readings, readings!  Porchlight, Tenderloin #7, and Naked Minds will keep your craving for words at bay, Nato Green hosts Iron Comic at the Punchline, and Fifty24SF brings science-y new art to the Lower Haight with The Undivided Mind. Monday 11/15: This month’s Porchlight reading features conversations with members of […]

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Notable San Francisco, This Week: 11/8-11/14

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This week in San Francisco, The November Monthly Rumpus, art openings at City Hall and White Walls, indie circus goodness and a musical orgy(!) at the Bohemian Carnival, and kinetic visual sculptures meet improvised electroacoustic shamanic noise jazz (don’t worry, I’m confused, too) at Artists’ Television Access. Monday 11/8: Wake Up, It’s Late! The November […]

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Notable San Francisco, This Week: 11/1-11/7

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This week in San Francisco, the Booksmith hosts some radical readings, Last Gasp teams up with 111 Minna for a showing of legendary Japanese erotica, SoEx’s Cinema by The Bay, and the Day of the Dead! Monday 11/1: A struggling artist mother, Bolshevik assassinations in the family, and enduring the pre-swan years of her ugly […]

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Notable San Francisco, This Week: 10/25-10/31

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This week: How Language Shapes Thought, the final Kaliedoscope Reading Series of the year, Muni Diaries Live! at the Makeout Room, and San Francisco’s favorite holiday (after Folsom Street Fair and LoveFest) — Halloween! Monday 10/25: While The Rumpus’ book club is an international endeavor, our monthly In-Person Discussions at the infamous Booksmith give Bay […]

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Notable San Francisco, This Week: 10/18-10/24

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This week, the Porchlight Reading Series, Poetry and Jazz at Viracocha, yacht rock + psychedelia at the Blue Macaw, and Uberpup! Monday 10/18: Head over to the Verdi Club for the latest Porchlight Reading: The Animal Show, featuring Matt Baume, Dr. Jeff Boehm, Dr. Alex Herman, Chicken John, Wendy Newman, Leslie Schwerin. Tickets $15, 21+, […]

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Notable San Francisco, This Week: 10/11-10/17

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This week in San Francisco, Twitter IRL, SOMArts asks How Do You Value Art?, more art at Hotel Biron, and even more art (and readings!) at Sub-Mission’s Skate This Art. Monday 10/11: Celebrate your inner nerd at the Commonwealth Club’s fireside chat with the founders of Twitter. Four years and 160 million users after launching, […]

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