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Culture, The Exhibitionist Bohemian Grave: The Montgomery Block

Bohemian Grave: The Montgomery Block

Welcome to Bohemian Grave, a semi-regular feature on the vanished countercultural history of San Francisco, from long before anyone started lamenting the impending demise of Lucky 13. When the Transamerica Pyramid was completed in 1972, the 853-foot tower was…
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Culture, Books

October Book Events: Literary Happenings in San Francisco

Sunday, Oct. 9 This year's Litquake has possibly more author events per capita than any other literary festival ever. Here's one: Chris Adrian, who once re-imagined A Midsummer Night's Dream as a novel set in Buena Vista Park, reading from…
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Calendar, Night&Day Right in the Kisser

Right in the Kisser

In the world of noir, geography holds sway: Alleyways and archways surpass the curve of a femme fatale’s neck, street names carry more weight than guns. Driven by mood, creators and followers of noir fall in love with landscape. Since…
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Calendar, Night&Day Doo Ron Ron

Doo Ron Ron

He's sort of the Ambrose Bierce of surf photographers: At "The Ron Stoner Show," the star surf photographer of the 1960s California scene is on display at his artistic acme. But ten years later, after making Blacks Beach, Hollister Ranch,…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Best Minds

The Best Minds

Allen Ginsberg's 1956 poem "Howl" is immediately recognizable to readers the world over. Emblematic of San Francisco, it's a poem for the ages and deserves all the hoopla. But honestly, sometimes I'm over it. Having heard about Ginsberg's brilliance more…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Place to Walk Your Dog

When you want to give Cujo (and yourself) a canine-worthy workout, head for this little bit of Alpine greensward smack in the middle of the Haight. Rising 569 feet above sea level, the park offers a pleasant sense of…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Street Name

Ambrose Bierce arrived in San Francisco after a stint in the Union Army, and before long his stiletto wit, usually employed at the expense of organized religion and the mendacity of public life, was gracing the pages of The Argonaut…
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Culture, Books The Long  Way Home

The Long Way Home

Everything that's good and bad about West Coast literature is stuffed into the consignment rack of City Lights Bookstore. From hand-stapled zines to perfect-bound poetry collections to puckish comic books, these shelves are teeming with hundreds, if not thousands, of…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Strangest Little Bar

Heinold's First and Last Chance was originally built in 1880 from the belly of a whaling ship. After several years as a bunkhouse for local oyster fishermen, the tiny one-story building was bought and renovated by former deckhand John Heinold.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Crossroads


It's been a big year for ACT, what with the introduction of a new core acting troupe and the celebration of its 35th anniversary. But the company's most daring artistic endeavor of the season may be The Difficulty of Crossing…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Man Out of Time

A Man Out of Time

It would be remiss to consider poet Donald Sidney-Fryer without first exploring his literary lineage: As one of the last living West Coast romantic poets, his connection to belletristic history is nearly as vital as his own work, which has…
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REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): So Aries, what are you going to be when you grow up, anyway? The best damn rodeo clown who ever lived? A wisecracking astronaut with odd metaphysical notions that make NASA nervous? An almost overly charismatic…
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