City Hearing on Improving Late Night Transit Today at 1:30 P.M.

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Complaining about the difficulty of catching Muni late at night, or the fact that BART doesn't run later on the weekends, is about as treasured a pastime around here as the post-party taco stop. But though we love to complain, there may be something we can actually do about it. Today at 1:30 p.m., a cadre of city officials and transit experts will discuss ways to improve late-night transportation, including such topics as:


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Reminder: Our Music Scene Panel Tonight Is About Improvements, Not Complaints

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Tonight, together with local music nonprofit the Root and the Chapel, we're hosting a free panel discussion about San Francisco's music scene. This follows a big story we ran a few weeks ago exploring how the city's music culture is changing in the midst of the current economic boom.

Obviously, this is a hot topic in the city today. Depending on what circles you run in, you may hear a lot of talk about how the "techies are killing music" or how the music scene is all going to L.A., Oakland, New York, or Portland. And it is true that artists are leaving. But merely complaining about that will not be the focus of our panel discussion tonight. No: tonight, after a brief exploration of where things stand -- and how different that may be from how they once were -- we want to talk about how to improve things.


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How Do We Keep the S.F. Music Scene Alive? Come Discuss With Us at the Chapel

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Maybe you saw our cover story last week on how San Francisco's music scene is weathering this massive economic boom. We spoke with two dozen musicians, club bookers, promoters, and tech employees to get a broad perspective on some of the paradoxes of the moment -- like the fact that while musicians are leaving for Oakland, L.A., and other places, this city's clubs and studios are doing well.

The news can be saddening, but it isn't all bad. Artists and others are working hard to try to keep a vibrant music scene here in San Francisco -- and many of those we spoke with are convinced that more can be done. On Tuesday, April 1, SF Weekly, The Root (a nonprofit dedicated to the music community in the Bay Area), and the Chapel are hosting a free panel discussion to talk about these issues: why musicians are leaving San Francisco, and what can be done to keep them here -- along with the other pillars of a vibrant scene, such as clubs and studios.


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Tonight: Free Discussion of the State of the S.F. Music Scene at The Chapel

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A quick reminder: Tonight at the Chapel, a few people who may know something about the San Francisco music scene -- including yours truly -- will take part in a panel discussion on that very subject. "Nightlife & New Tech: The State of the SF Music Scene" will feature Patrick Brown of Different Fur Studios, Alexis Giles of Mox.TV, Julie Schuchard of Mezzanine and Tricycle Records, and me, your SF Weekly/All Shook Down music editor, all presented by a few city offices and concert app startup WillCall. WillCall founder Donnie Dinch will moderate.


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Hella Hack Oakland Brings Overnight Tech Development to the Other Side of the Bay

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Don't get complacent, San Francisco -- your younger cousin across the Bay is on your trail. Especially when that trail is music technology: Later this month, major Oakland music-tech firms Pandora and Gracenote (which maintains digital song information, among other things) are hosting Hella Hack Oakland, where up to 150 coders, music nerds, and other visionary types will gather to design and build what their hosts hope will be the next big thing in music technology. [Insert obligatory complaint about the overuse of the word "hack" here, and ... okay, we're over it.]


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Don't You Forget About Molly Ringwald at Yoshi's on Tuesday

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No need to remind anyone who Molly Ringwald is -- teenagers (and the rest of us) are still watching those movies, and it's fair to assume they will for another generation or two, at a minimum. But it might come as a surprise to some who adore her 1980s work with John Hughes that she has been a lifelong singer as well as an actress. The daughter of a professional jazz musician, Ringwald has now come full-circle, returning to her first experiences in the creative arts with the release of Except Sometimes from Concord Records, a lush, polished album of standards. She will appear at Yoshi's SF on Tuesday, performing as part of a CD release party. Ahead of the show, Ringwald spoke to us by phone about her early experiences with music and the evolution of her multifaceted career.

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2 Chainz's 10 Best Song-Stealing Guest Verses

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2 Chainz: Upstager.
Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz (aka Tauheed Epps, 35) is no one's sidekick. He sold out his first night as a solo artist at The Warfield on Dec. 15 (tickets are still available for the Dec. 16 show) and has a Gold-certified single ("No Lie" featuring Drake) and a Grammy nomination (Best Rap Album for Based on a T.R.U. Story).

But put 2 Chainz on someone else's song and he's likely to steal the show. He started upstaging people back in the mid-Aughts, when he was known as Tity Boi, and he's still at it today. Here are his Top 10 best song-stealing guest verses:

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S.F. Symphony's Dia de los Muertos Concert: A Perfect Corrective to a Week of Debauchery

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Considerations of more a more noble nature aside, it may be that this coming weekend, you'll simply be looking for a little culture in the wake of Halloween (or post-World Series) debauchery. Whatever the case, you'll find it at Davies Symphony Hall on Saturday, where the San Francisco Symphony will host its fifth annual Dia de los Muertos Community Concert.

Yeah, sure, it's "family friendly." Yeah, sure, it takes place during the daytime. But unlike other celebrations of this morbidly joyous Mexican/Catholic holiday, the Symphony offers a concert program of real breadth, featuring collaborations with performing arts institutions from across the Bay Area.


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Watch: Zion I Travel Full Circle in 'Human Being'

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Zion I's Zumbi: Only human.
In the video for "Human Being," the criminally catchy lead single off of Zion I's new ShadowBoxing album (which dropped October 2), MC Zumbi and producer AmpLive kick it on a stoop and then throw a warehouse party. For those who have followed the Oakland duo since its inception and acceptance in the party scene more than a dozen years ago, it's a reassuring vision of a group doing what it does best.

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- Watch: Zion I and the Grouch Become One with Nature in "Rockit Man" Video

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Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon Is Selling Her Clothes at an Oakland Boutique

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Ladies: Have you ever wanted to own a piece of clothing formerly worn by Sonic Youth bassist, style queen, and art-punk figurehead Kim Gordon?

Here's your chance: For the week or so, Mercy Vintage Now, a boutique on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland, will be selling 146 pieces of designer and vintage clothing owned and worn by Gordon herself. There's the teal dress she wore in the 1996 video for "Incinerate." There's the purple and orange dress Gordon wore onstage at ArthurFest in 2005. There's a black leather trench jacket she may have worn in the "Kool Thing" video -- or maybe not. And there are many other items of designer and vintage clothing Gordon wants to get rid of.


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