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Dining, SFoodie Oakland's Haven Has a New Chef, But It's as Delicious as Ever

Oakland's Haven Has a New Chef, But It's as Delicious as Ever

Since opening at the end of 2011, Oakland’s Haven, in Jack London Square, has cycled through several executive chefs. Charlie Parker is the latest to move on, to San Francisco’s Alfred’s Steakhouse — which was recently sold to the Daniel…
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News, Sucka Free City Time Warp: Exploring the Hipster City in 1972

Time Warp: Exploring the Hipster City in 1972

When you're offered advice like the following, you'd best take it: "The majority of people here are hip. Straights who want to fit in might do well to don an Indian corn necklace and bell bottoms." Behold the wonder of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Jazz for Kids

Jazz for Kids

Marcus Shelby is a great composer. He's a heavy-duty jazz bass player, a music historian, and an engaged political thinker; he's a sharp-dressed handsome bandleader who's held many a San Francisco audience rapt and happy. You probably already know all…
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Dining, SFoodie Cellar Door Cafe's Star Is Gone, but the Glow Remains

Cellar Door Cafe's Star Is Gone, but the Glow Remains

I was tasked with finding a good restaurant in Santa Cruz last weekend, and the stakes were high. It was for an anniversary, and I had blown it before. After one uniquely scarring experience using Yelp to choose a romantic…
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Dining, SFoodie Interview with Plum's Charlie Parker

Interview with Plum's Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker, who took over the kitchen at Daniel Patterson's Plum on Dec. 15, is a veteran of Manresa and Ubuntu who has also done a stage at Noma in Copenhagen. Before moving up to Oakland, he was the chef…
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Dining, SFoodie This Week's Review: Plum, Where Devices and Ideals Go Hand in Hand

This Week's Review: Plum, Where Devices and Ideals Go Hand in Hand

I had a funny little off-the-record exchange with Daniel Patterson a few weeks ago, in which I asked him if he wanted to update his 2005 essay on how straightjacket California cuisine had become. His response was, essentially, that he'd…
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Dining, Eat Plum: Daniel Patterson's intricate and affordable cuisine

Plum: Daniel Patterson's intricate and affordable cuisine

Sustainable-food types wary of phrases like "immersion circulator" and "Pacojet" should dine at the counter of the open kitchen at Plum. There, the stoves are bookended by immersion circulators — those are the plastic water baths with digital thermometers —…
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Music, Mingus Amungus keeps the jazz great's wild tendencies alive

Mingus Amungus keeps the jazz great's wild tendencies alive

There are few dead jazz players who have managed to transcend the obscurity that comes with dedicating one's life to an art form that will never command a pop audience. Those who have crossed over — Miles Davis, John Coltrane,…
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Dining, Eat Coda gives us all that jazz, and food too

Coda gives us all that jazz, and food too

The local jazz scene hasn't really thrived since the days when the Fillmore played host to Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, and John Coltrane, while Miles Davis held court at the Blackhawk in the Tenderloin and Duke Ellington premiered his Concert…
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Music, Singer-Songwriter Joe Henry Captures <i>Civilians</i> at GAMH

Singer-Songwriter Joe Henry Captures Civilians at GAMH

Singer-songwriter Joe Henry — the literate purveyor of a kind of folk-imbued, smokily jazzified, contemporary "adult music" that in a far better world would reside at the top of the pop charts — has been making solo albums since the…
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Music, Reviewed Uncle Jim

Uncle Jim

Uncle Jim is a spoken-word persona of Alan Bishop of the Sun City Girls, based on his real relative; the original Uncle Jim lived in Virginia, and passed away in 2002. Bishop's takes on his uncle's idiosyncratic musings have appeared…
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Music, Reviewed Ivo Papasov and Yuri Yunakov

Ivo Papasov and Yuri Yunakov

The reunion of world-renowned Romani (Gypsy) instrumentalists Ivo Papasov (clarinet), Yuri Yunakov (saxophone), Neshko Neshev (accordion), and Salif Ali (drums) after more than a decade apart is being target-marketed in the States as "Bulgarian Bebop," which is just plain wrong.…
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Dining, Eat The Egg and I

The Egg and I

"'When you wake in the morning, Pooh,' said Piglet at last, 'what's the first thing you say to yourself?' 'What's for breakfast?' said Pooh. 'What do you say, Piglet?' 'I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?' said…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Despite its ubiquitous use of all kinds of improv strategies, which carry the hope of fire and surprise, jazz is a dogmatic genre with its own brand of partisan restrictions. Mainstream players are expected to stick conservatively with the conventions…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

In his early years, the young altoist Jackie McLean copied Charlie Parker perfectly -- right down to the heroin addiction -- before extending the bebop vocabulary on a series of stunning Blue Note albums in the late '50s and early…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Irony in Urban Redevelopment

The story of redevelopment in the Fillmore District has been told enough times that it has become our own cautionary tale about the evils of urban renewal. Reduced to its essence, the story goes something like this: Vibrant African-American neighborhood…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Known variously as "Swing Street," "Bebop Alley," or simply "The Street," a storied stretch of New York's 52nd Street once teemed with the nation's premier jazz hot spots. During the 1930s and '40s, legendary nightclubs like the Onyx, the Famous…
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Music, Cannonball

Cannonball

When bebop revolutionaries challenged the jazz status quo in the '40s, their melodic and harmonic ideas were considered musical anarchy. Despite being denounced by many critics, musicians, and listeners, players like Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Bud Powell eventually prevailed…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Max Roach is known for being the leading drummer of the bebop movement, and justifiably so. He was the first to fully grasp the implications of the new style developed by Kenny Clarke, which drove the beat with the cymbal…
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Best of San Francisco, Shopping & Services

Best Barber

It isn't listed in the Yellow Pages and there's no sign over the door, but drop by this singular establishment on your way to a Swensen's double dip and you'll find yourself sporting one admirable haircut. There's more to the…
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