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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Dark and The Wounded: Bringing Our Demons Out on Alcatraz

The Dark and The Wounded: Bringing Our Demons Out on Alcatraz

Update: This post initially contained ambiguous language about a Nazi concentration camp in Poland. It has since been corrected.  When a friend of artist James Picard told him that she dreaded going home for the holidays to her father…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Alcatraz Will Become an Art Gallery: Ai Weiwei Exhibit

Alcatraz Will Become an Art Gallery: Ai Weiwei Exhibit

Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has been a vocal critic of his government, particularly the limits placed on free speech and expression. In 2011, the Chinese authorities detained him for 81 days on charges of tax evasion, and…
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News, All Hands: Alcatraz Cruises Goes Radio Silent on Allegations of Discrimination

All Hands: Alcatraz Cruises Goes Radio Silent on Allegations of Discrimination

Last month, as Hornblower Events and Cruises CEO Terry MacRae launched a new tour operation in Niagara Falls, problems with management back in San Francisco rippled through the workplace following an SF Weekly investigation that chronicled an alleged culture of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bay Tribute

Bay Tribute

San Francisco might not be the type of city where you can lounge by the pool during the warm months, but it also isn't the type of city to ignore its gorgeous views of the water. We've all walked…
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News, Feature Loose Lips Sink Ships: Beneath the Surface of Hornblower Cruises, Allegations of Racism and Intimidation Threaten Its Public Image

Loose Lips Sink Ships: Beneath the Surface of Hornblower Cruises, Allegations of Racism and Intimidation Threaten Its Public Image

For the thousands of tourists who streamed past his podium in front of Pier 33, Ayo Jiboku considered himself an ambassador. The broadly smiling face under the security cap could greet visitors in one of the four languages he spoke,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Return to Alcatraz

Return to Alcatraz

Getting to the Indigenous People's Thanksgiving Sunrise Gathering won't be easy. It's held on Alcatraz Island, so making it before the sun comes up will involve a cold and probably fog-shrouded boat ride into the Bay. But for those…
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News, Feature Rock Sweet Rock: A Children's History of Alcatraz

Rock Sweet Rock: A Children's History of Alcatraz

Photo illustration by Audrey Fukuman On Dec. 22, 1946, Samuel Shockley and Miran "Blackie" Thompson, two of the six prisoners involved in the infamous Battle of Alcatraz — which left two men dead and 13 injured — were sentenced…
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Dining, Eat B.street Waffles: Hearty Hand-Held Waffles an S.F. Hit

B.street Waffles: Hearty Hand-Held Waffles an S.F. Hit

Sometimes, it can feel like "street food" is synonymous with "what people are eating in Hanoi." That's not always the case. Gerald Luna's b.street waffles use a Belgian waffle recipe for a yeasted dough not unlike brioche from the city…
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Calendar, Night&Day Be Frank Morris

Be Frank Morris

Popular culture would have you believe that swimming from Alcatraz is a hypothermic journey from which you’re lucky to escape. But the reality is ... exactly that. (As a city, we’re obligated to view Alcatraz swims as one of the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Span of Knowledge

Span of Knowledge

Bridges are among the first things that come to mind when people around the world think of San Francisco, but how many of us know anything about them? Lucky for us, local architect Donald MacDonald is considered one of the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Five Reasons to Be Pissed Off at the <i>Alcatraz</i> Finale

Five Reasons to Be Pissed Off at the Alcatraz Finale

Within the first five minutes of the two-hour Alcatraz finale, I wished I could fast-forward to the end and find a bullet-pointed list enumerating all of the secrets the show has kept from me until now. So for everyone else…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Alcatraz Recap: Violin Savant Is Creepy-Ass Cool, But the Story Still Has a Long Way to Go

Alcatraz Recap: Violin Savant Is Creepy-Ass Cool, But the Story Still Has a Long Way to Go

The creepiest -- and the best -- part of Alcatraz, Episode 11? Webb Porter, this week's time-traveling visitor from The Rock, is a violin savant. But not just any old bow will do. He must string his bows with the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Alcatraz</i> Recap: Bizarre Storyline Sucks Life From Characters

Alcatraz Recap: Bizarre Storyline Sucks Life From Characters

With only three episodes left, little has been revealed about the inner workings of Alcatraz. It still feels like we're looking at one of those super zoomed-in photos and guessing at the bigger picture -- a sidewalk? a bear's foot?…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Alcatraz Recap: Episodes Air Out of Sequence, Feature Hideous Violence, Ugly Haircut

Alcatraz Recap: Episodes Air Out of Sequence, Feature Hideous Violence, Ugly Haircut

Last week's episode of Alcatraz was rescheduled so a bunch of dudes could drive real fast in circles for two hours. I stared at the screen for probably five minutes, hoping Dale Earnhardt Jr. and company would go away, before…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Alcatraz Recap: A Big Ol' Stack of Mysteries With No Explanations

Alcatraz Recap: A Big Ol' Stack of Mysteries With No Explanations

Alcatraz is now more than halfway through its first season, and we still don't know much. Each episode continues to play out like a comic strip: The bad guy wants to destroy the city and/or kill a lot of people,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Alcatraz</i> Recap: Choose Your Own Adventure!

Alcatraz Recap: Choose Your Own Adventure!

Because each episode of Alcatraz has played out a lot like one of Doc Soto's beloved comic books (and we're surprisingly cool with that), it's time to choose your own adventure... episode six style! 1. You are at the park…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Alcatraz Recap: Secrets from The Rock Start to Add Up

Alcatraz Recap: Secrets from The Rock Start to Add Up

Kicking down a door is harder than it looks. Trust me, I've tried, but despite my drunken persistence the most I managed to accomplish was busting a jagged hole through one layer of plywood. Another time I tried to boot…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Alcatraz Recap: My Love Letter to Jorge Garcia's Doc Soto

Alcatraz Recap: My Love Letter to Jorge Garcia's Doc Soto

Dear Doc Soto, Normally I prefer skinny guys, but lately I've had my eye on you. You're the sweet, sensitive type around whom I would feel comfortable whining about my cramps, and I don't know much about comic books, but…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Alcatraz</i> Recap: Strange Story Hitting Its Stride

Alcatraz Recap: Strange Story Hitting Its Stride

When I reread last week's recap of the first two episodes of Alcatraz, I realized that shit sounded wack. But, you guys, we're dealing with a show that, as far as I can tell, is about maybe ghost/zombie/cryogenically frozen/time-traveling inmates…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Alcatraz: Inmates Return from Dead, Start Shit in S.F.

Alcatraz: Inmates Return from Dead, Start Shit in S.F.

Because it became too expensive to house nearly 250 criminals on a rock in the middle of the ocean, Alcatraz officially shut down in 1963... or did it? And after it shut down, all of the inmates were transferred to…
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