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‘Buena Vista’ follow-up for completists only

Buena Vista Social Club: The charming players from the 1999 documentary “Buena Vista Social Club” are included, with new backgrounds, storytelling and context. The Buena Vista Social Club was a group of Cuban [Read entire story]

Carnaval San Francisco returns to Mission District

Carnaval San Francisco is a steady tradition in the city, celebrating 39 years of music, dancing, food, drink and art. Carnaval shuts down several city blocks in the Mission, offering a mostly volunteer-run, [Read entire story]

Comedy pioneer Mort Sahl celebrates with book signing

Modern sociopolitical comedy began in the 1950s with Mort Sahl, who would enter the hungry i and other San Francisco clubs with newspaper in hand and riff on the events of the day. Mort Sahl and the Birth of Modern [Read entire story]

Ex-pitcher Barry Zito brings music to GAMH

Most Bay Area baseball fans didn’t know what to expect when former San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s pitcher Barry Zito released his first music EP, “No Secrets,” last year. There’s a vulnerability in his [Read entire story]

Bathed in 1980s glory, U2 fans find what they’re looking for

The band walked down an aisle one by one on Wednesday night at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara as if they were in a wedding processional, each joining an extended instrumental opening of “Sunday Bloody [Read entire story]

‘Long Haul’ has barf jokes plus a few good laughs

The formula is maybe 70 percent attention to the plot, and 30 percent setup and execution of barf, poop and flatulence jokes. A “Wimpy Kid” movie has about as much chance of enduring cinematic greatness as a Chuck [Read entire story]

Rap legend Too $hort performs hometown show in Oakland

The rapper and do-it-yourself entrepreneurial legend returns home to the Fox Theater on Friday, May 19, for a solo show — no doubt playing some 1980s classics Life is … Too $hort and “The Ghetto” and newer [Read entire story]

Haunted mini-golf course hidden gem in Concord

Daryn Coleman’s dream of building animatronics at Disneyland lasted only a few years in the 1970s — he missed the window for the golden age of theme park robotics. [...] he created his own magic kingdom in an [Read entire story]

Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan plays at Bay Area venues

The Rolling Stones and their 55th anniversary have nothing on the Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan. Throughout that time, with dozens of albums and side projects (Mariachi Vargas worked with Linda Ronstadt on her [Read entire story]

Radiotopia podcast tour arrives in San Francisco

Roman Mars started “99% Invisible” at scrappy San Francisco public radio station KALW, ventured out on his own and his team built a podcasting mini-empire supported in large part by its loyal listeners. Radiotopia [Read entire story]

Comedy Machine comes to Oakland club

The Thursday/Friday/Saturday comedy night upstairs at the Spice Monkey restaurant in Oakland plays to strong crowds who enjoy the professional atmosphere, strong comedians and reasonable $15-$18 cover charge. The 7:30 [Read entire story]

Liman’s ‘The Wall’ is a satisfying minimalist war movie

“The Wall” is the rare war film that could be staged in the most cash-strapped of community theaters. The two-man show — plus one very important vocal performance — defies cinematic labeling. The film begins [Read entire story]

‘Happiest Day’ is for lovers, not fighters

The Finnish boxer in “The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki” is weeks away from the fight of his life — a 1962 world championship bout — when he becomes infatuated with girl-next-door Raina. The Finnish [Read entire story]

W. Kamau Bell book tour swings through Oakland

W. Kamau Bell has a stand-up comedy career, a television show (“United Shades of America” on CNN), a radio show (“Kamau Right Now!” on KALW) and multiple podcasts. [...] yet, somehow the Bay Area comedian found [Read entire story]

Coltrane documentary is a long solo for the fans

The luminaries paying tribute in John Scheinfeld’s film include Bill Clinton, Sonny Rollins, John Densmore from the Doors, Carlos Santana, Cornel West and rapper Common — with Denzel Washington voicing passages from [Read entire story]

Shatner and ‘The Next Generation’ stars join forces at Silicon Valley Comic Con

The Next Generation 30th anniversary panel during the second day of Silicon Valley Comic Con. The actor proved that a little Bill Shatner can improve just about any situation, turning yet-another-“Star Trek”-reunion [Read entire story]

‘Finest’ a charming war movie about making war movies

The characters in the real film often poke fun at the film-within-a-film, a propaganda movie made by the British before the U.S. has entered World War II. The largest asset is a general positive outlook for humanity — [Read entire story]

Clusterfest announces festival schedule, one-day ticket sales

Kevin Hart, Sarah Silverman & Friends and Ice Cube will appear during the Friday opening of Colossal Clusterfest, the three-day comedy festival June 2-4 at the San Francisco Civic Center. Hart, Seinfeld, Silverman, Ice [Read entire story]

Local comic Will Durst returns to Punch Line

Will Durst is a San Francisco comic in the spirit of Mort Sahl and Lenny Bruce, mining political humor from the headlines but remaining embedded in the Bay Area. Durst has been performing at local comedy clubs since the [Read entire story]

Old jokes still have charm in pleasantly amusing ‘Going in Style’

Director Zach Braff runs in the opposite direction of these stereotypes and all other things hackneyed, crafting an enjoyable time at the movies. The steel company gets bought by foreign concerns, and their pension [Read entire story]