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06
Mar
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Got Game? Inner Sunset Trivia Night Roundup

Mad Dog in the Fog was the favorite trivia night spot of Team Synapse. Photo by Paul Hind.

By Angela Castanieto
Associate Editor

After a long day of running experiments and sitting in on lab meetings, it’s tempting to mindlessly drown your stress in a beer or two at the local pub.  While I wholeheartedly condone this practice, there are also many options to keep your bar-going mind at least somewhat active, at one of the many pub trivia nights held throughout San Francisco. 

I gathered a team of Synapse writers and friends to try out a handful of weekly (or bi-weekly) trivia nights located near UCSF’s Parnassus campus.  Ranging from relatively easy to mind-blowingly difficult, these competitions tested our knowledge of random subjects, ranging from current events and science to obscure, not-quite-classic songs. 

While our success at these events varied depending on the setting, we still had a ton of fun at each one. 

Patxi’s on Irving (Inner Sunset)
511 Hayes St.
(415) 558-9991

Thu
27
Feb
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Shedding Light on Grief and Healing

BOOK REVIEW: Tell Me Again (Poetry and Prose from The Healing Art of Writing, 2012)

By Jenny Qi
Executive Editor

What do you get when you invite a group of like-minded writers to spend a week on an idyllic campus, immersed in creative writing and focused on the subject of healing? A powerful collection of poetry and prose that springs from the deepest black wells of human experience.

Tell Me Again, published by UC Medical Humanities Press this month, is the result of the weeklong Healing Art of Writing Conference that took place at Dominican University in July 2012.

Thu
20
Feb
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Interplanetary Playground: Nightlife at The Cal Academy

Full moon above the living roof.  Photo by Iris Yee

By T. Booth Haley
Staff Writer

Where can you go dancing to a funk-soul DJ under a giant glass aquarium of a Philippine coral reef? Where can you stroll through a jungle and travel through the cosmos in the same night, all while sipping a cool cocktail? Where can you have the greatest adventure on a midweek night in the Inner Sunset?  The answer: Nightlife at The California Academy of Science, every Thursday.

Thu
20
Feb
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A Finger Lickin’ Good Time

By Chris Foo
Staff Writer

This past Sunday marked the latest electronic music event in San Francisco, Finger Lickin’.

The event — the first joint party between LED and Goldenvoice — proved to be a finger lickin’ good time. For six hours, world-class DJs took over the stage at Fort Mason while hundreds of dance beat addicts gathered to party, immersed in a barrage of lights, creative costumes and, of course, amazing music.

The lineup boasted big names that fans of the genre would certainly know. Green Lantern, TJR, Adventure Club, DJ Snake and the charismatic Laidback Luke were given the privilege to rock the turntables. The venue itself was a sight to see — an old military hanger was transformed into a giant rave fully equipped with state of the art lighting and sound systems.

Thu
30
Jan
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Chinese Culture Night: Year of the Horse

By Tiffany Hsu
Contributing Writer

The Chinese Health Professional Student Association (CHPSA) is excited to celebrate the Year of the Horse with the UCSF community. Its annual Chinese Culture Night on Thursday, January 30 will offer a special evening of performances, fun activities, Chinese cuisine and boba.  

This event, thanks to the generous support of the ASUC Culture Enrichment Fund, has been a long-standing tradition at UCSF that adds to the richness and diversity of the campus. It is also one of the largest cultural events on campus.

Last year’s celebration drew hundreds of UCSF students, faculty and staff from all professional schools.  Don’t miss out on this exciting event, which will be even bigger and better!

This year’s event will take place from 6-8 p.m., in N-225.  Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

Thu
30
Jan
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KAHPSA to Host a New Year Celebration

Pat-bing-su, Korean shaved ice, will be served at KAHPSA's new year celebration

By Sarah Gim
Contributing Writer

The Korean American Health Professional Student Association (KAHPSA) will hold a Korean New Year Celebration on Wednesday, February 5. The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. (Nursing Building, third floor, mezzanine) and everyone is welcome.

The event is intended to highlight the diversity, flexibility and caring in Korean culture and to celebrate Korean New Year.

Students will be treated to pat-bing-su, Korean shaved ice, which originated in a 15th-century battle between Korea and China. The battle took place in the summer, and all the soldiers were exhausted from fighting in the intense heat and humidity.

A Korean general ordered the Korean housewives to bring ice from the mountains and mix it with honey and milk and serve it to the Korean soldiers to refresh them. This is symbolic of Korea's culture of caring.

Thu
12
Dec
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Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna is Other Worldly

Cirque du Soleil’s dynamic and impeccable performers execute thrilling acrobatic feats in Amaluna. Photo courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

By Joy Chang
Staff Writer

Amaluna is the fusion of the words ama, meaning mother, and luna, which means moon. The story unfolds on a mysterious island that is governed by goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon.

Prospera, the queen of the island, orchestrates her daughter Miranda’s coming-of-age ceremony with a rite that upholds femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance.

In the wake of a storm called up by Prospera, a group of young men lands on the island, initiating an epic, emotional story of love between Prospera’s daughter and a brave young suitor. The couple face numerous demanding trials and overcome daunting challenges before they can achieve mutual trust, faith and harmony.

Cirque du Soleil is presenting Amaluna, directed by the Tony Award-winning Broadway director Diane Paulus at AT&T Park, through January 12, and audiences should prepare to be amazed under the blue-and-yellow Big Top.

Thu
05
Dec
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New Chamber Music Society Teams Up with Vocal Chords for Winter Concerts

Musicians from the Chamber Music Society perform at the Family House Thanksgiving Dinner. (Left to right) Hanna Retallack (MS1), Sherman Jia (R2), Catherine Chiu (MS2), Arnold Kim and Russell Coh.

By Sherman Jia and Jamie Wong
Contributing Writers

Music has an extraordinary ability to heal — it enriches the lives of both physicians and their patients. There is a large community of musicians at UCSF, but the opportunity to share their talents and love for music has been limited.

To remedy this, students and residents have established the Chamber Music Society at UCSF, an organization that provides opportunities for UCSF musicians to deliver chamber music performances, and to provide outreach concerts at local health care-related facilities.

The Society holds several sight-reading sessions each semester for musicians to meet one another and to form longitudinal chamber music groups. In just three months, the Society has created a network of over 50 musicians, composed of UCSF students, residents and staff.

Thu
05
Dec
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A Physician Reclaims His Own Joy in Medicine

Book Review: Nobody’s Boy: An Old Doctor and a New Science    
by Mike Denney

By Shieva Khayam-Bashi
Contributing Writer

By the age of 70, most physicians, surgeons and psychologists would be well into their retirement.  Not Mike Denney. 

At the age of 71, Dr. Denney — a physician and surgeon — received his doctorate in depth psychology, with a passion for integrating the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of healing in his continuing work.  

For many years since then, he has been inspiring others by teaching, writing and practicing mind-body-spirit counseling, and steadfastly advocating for the integration of spirit and science in medicine. Now, Dr. Denney has written a mesmerizing account of his personal and professional journey, a medical memoir:  Nobody’s Boy — An Old Doctor and a New Science.

Wed
20
Nov
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Vienna Teng Continues to ‘Level Up’

By Jenny Qi
Executive Editor

Words escape me as I try to express how impressed I am with Vienna Teng, who performed two back-to-back concerts with multi-instrumentalists Alex Wong and Jordan Hamlin at The Independent on November 16. 

Vienna Teng’s musical style may be described loosely as folk or indie pop, but these labels aren’t quite adequate for her unique fusion of folk, pop, electronica, classical piano and a cappella.  More impressively, her lyrics are sincere and intelligent, covering diverse social and philosophical issues in addition to the earnest ballads typical of her music. 

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