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Tuesday, March 8, 2005
We saw Bucky Sinister open for Jello Biafra not too long ago. When he first appeared onstage, we inadvertently thought, "Wow, Jello's looking really good." Immediately realizing our mistake, we took up our customary, if idiotic, resentful attitude toward performers we've never seen before. "We don't know you. Why are you in our space?" we pouted internally. But while Biafra promised to tell us how to survive the next four years -- and then delivered only bellyaching Nixon administration anecdotes (we love you, Jello, but we left when you started making fun of Rush Limbaugh for being fat) -- Sinister tore his way right into our hardened heart. With his huge vocabulary, rough-edged sense of humor, and endless supply of wry stories culled from a misspent youth, the opener upstaged the hell out of his main act. We suggest you see Sinister tonight (with Colin Mahan and Kamau Bell) at 9 at the Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk (at Post), S.F. Admission is free; call 923-0923 or visit

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