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Dining, SFoodie Cafe Eugene: Oregon is closer than you think

Cafe Eugene: Oregon is closer than you think

When partners Jon Guhl and Ryan Murff (of Albany’s Little Star Pizza and Boss Burger, respectively) were searching for a restaurant concept that would be equal parts homey and interesting, they turned to Murff’s home state of Oregon for a little…
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News, Feature Spy Kids: We're Snooping on Students to Stop Them From Snooping on Each Other

Spy Kids: We're Snooping on Students to Stop Them From Snooping on Each Other

In fall 2012, a rattled ninth-grade girl came into the assistant principal's office at Albany High — a small public school in an East Bay suburb near Berkeley — with the type of complaint that ninth-grade girls have voiced…
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News, Sucka Free City

Down and Dirty: Activists Occupy Hayes Valley Farm to Keep Developers Out

With a gender-neutral identification here and a tree platform there, a group of Occupiers has moved into the tract of land formerly known as Hayes Valley Farm and renamed it Gezi Gardens, in solidarity with recent Turkish protests. The farm…
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Dining, Eat Fresh Eats: Polata Organic: Chef Tenzin's Fare Passes the Vegan Taste Test

Fresh Eats: Polata Organic: Chef Tenzin's Fare Passes the Vegan Taste Test

Polata Organic is a new East Bay restaurant with roots going back over 15 years to the old Organic Cafe in Oakland. A macrobiotic institution, the Organic Cafe changed names over the years to Manzanita and then to Shangri-La Vegan,…
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Music, All Shook Down An Albany Kid Reflects on Hometown Punks Rancid: "That's My America"

An Albany Kid Reflects on Hometown Punks Rancid: "That's My America"

It's probably no coincidence that it began two years ago, when I was living in New York and constantly homesick for the West Coast. Someone would put a Rancid song, generally "Roots Radicals" or "Time Bomb," on the odd…
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Culture, Encore

More Theater Reviews

Compulsion. In this world premiere, playwright Rinne Groff does a masterful job of dramatizing the life of author and playwright Meyer Levin, who obsessed over bringing The Diary of Anne Frank to the stage. Levin secured, and then lost, an…
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News, Letters

SF Weekly Letters

Wine (Whine?) Time Bo-vine Frankenstein: Joe Eskenazi's cover story on Biodynamics adopts the tone of hard-hitting exposé, but what exactly is the sinister plot he's hinting at? That Biodynamic wine growers are freaky medicine-show…
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Dining, Eat I'll Have What She's Having

I'll Have What She's Having

Often, when I go with a group to an Asian restaurant, especially if it's one I've written about, I end up doing the bulk of the ordering. I'm happy, in fact happier, if everybody has a hand in choosing, but…
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Music, Hot Diggity Dog

Hot Diggity Dog

Some musicians carry the weight of the world on their guitar strings. What with this war and that relationship problem, there are plenty of wordsmiths channeling misery into hook-ready melodramas. And then there are the bands that'd rather heat up…
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Music, BeatBox Slap that ass at Donkey Punch

Slap that ass at Donkey Punch

Thanks to a much-needed revamping and re-branding of its space, the slightly loungy Shine (formerly the Red Eye Lounge) now plays host to some of the city's more popular club nights. Surely to be added to that list is Juan…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Chinese (Sichuan)

Best Chinese (Sichuan) Get the three-page, densely printed menu listing the spicy Sichuan dishes (happily, in English) at this brightly lit, sparkling white restaurant on Albany's restaurant row, rather than the generic Chinese laminated menu, and you'll be rewarded with…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

Lame I dunno about your writer, but Blow Buddies makes me weak in the knees: Brock Keeling's Dog Bites column could win a literary contest in the lame category . His superficial descriptions of the sex…
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News, Night Crawler Toy Boy

Toy Boy

Trumpet-nosed fish and mustache bugs, maniacal monkeys and sneezing slugs, snaggletoothed cats and worried turtles, skull-faced birds and candy girdles, moping vultures and bunny-dogs, burp-filled balloons and smiling globs, hovering heads and toy-crazed kings ... these are a few of…
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Dining, The Mix

Electric Avenue

If you like bars where people curse freely and drink during the middle of the day, the Albany stretch of San Pablo Avenue may be your dream come true. A good place to start: Gino and Bear's, a homey little…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

Size Matters Hey, we don't write 'em, we just print 'em. Up front. Where everyone can see.: Each week I pick up copies of both SF Weekly and the Bay Guardian and immediately turn to the back to see how…
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News, Letters

Letters

Bluesman's Tribute Your Paul Pena cover blew my f'ing mind ("Bluesman's Blues," April 21). In 1969, I was a college dropout living with my girlfriend in Worcester, Mass., hanging out with students at Clark U. Some friends of friends knew…
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News, Feature

Pleasantville

The steady rumble of Interstate 80 falls behind as you walk out onto the Albany Landfill, until the cars seem to float silently in the distance like ghosts. Half a mile out into the bay, the man-made peninsula flares at…
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Film,

Zoom Lens

Tango Director Carlos Saura approaches movement with a painterly eye, composing breathtaking scenes that fix themselves like still lifes on the viewer's retina. His flamenco movies (the Carmen, Blood Wedding, and Love the Magician trilogy especially) were dramatic, passionate pictures,…
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News,

Mosquito Coast

A green Alameda County pickup truck stops outside Urban Ore, the gentrified junkyard in the Berkeley flats, on a recent weekday afternoon. The driver, a 30-ish woman in white work coveralls and brown work boots, hops out. She makes her…
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Film,

Zoom Lens

Films by Les and Harrod Blank Albany artist Gerald Gaxiola, aka "The Maestro," is a fascinating anomaly -- a wildly imaginative painter, sculptor, performance artist, singer, and self-styled "cowboy" in elaborate jeweled chaps and fringe who refuses to commercialize his…
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