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Calendar, Night&Day The Save the Waves Film Festival

The Save the Waves Film Festival

The Save the Waves Film Festival is more than just a night at the movies — it's also a good cause. Proceeds from the festival benefit two different environmental nonprofits, the Save the Waves Coalition and World Surfing Reserves.…
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Film, "No": Out-Advertising a Dictatorship

"No": Out-Advertising a Dictatorship

Like baseball movies, election movies tend to get binary and boring. Here comes that final pitch, and it'll be a grand slam or a strikeout, and either way our hearts will ache, right? Not always, thankfully. Revisiting the 1988 plebiscite…
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Dining, SFoodie Number 17: Z&Y Restaurant's Fish With Flaming Chile Oil

Number 17: Z&Y Restaurant's Fish With Flaming Chile Oil

The next time your best friend pretends she's not dieting but is "cleansing" her body of "toxins" with a little bout of self-starvation, one-up her by embarking…
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Music, BeatBox Soul Shakedown: Show Preview

Soul Shakedown: Show Preview

David "DeeCee" Corran has done his best to shake up the local live music and club scene since he started his original Soul Shakedown party at Club Six in 2003. He has presented reggae bands from Chile, Hawaii, New Zealand,…
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Dining, SFoodie Mama's Empanadas: New Food Truck Has Roots In Chile, Italy

Mama's Empanadas: New Food Truck Has Roots In Chile, Italy

Three things San Francisco loves: 1) empanadas; 2) Mediterranean food; and 3) food trucks. They converged two weeks ago, when Mama's Empanadas made its premiere run on the Peninsula. The food truck has mingled Chilean and Italian roots, says co-owner…
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Calendar, Night&Day Street Work

Street Work

For the world traveler, street vendors sell personalities as much as products: the Chinese shoe-repairman with the treadle sewing machine and tire scraps for soles; the Moroccan poet who slings steamed snails; the Jamaican DVD pirate with a circus-worthy spiel.…
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Dining, Recent Openings

Fresh Eats for the week of April 7-13, 2010

A weekly listing of new restaurants around town. To recommend a spot, e-mail fresheats. Chile Pies (& Ice Cream): 601 Baker (at Fulton), 614-9411. Panhandle. Pie and ice cream. Dagwood and Scoops: 2736 24th St. (at Hampshire), 814-3459. Mission. Ice…
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Dining, Recent Openings

Fresh Eats for the week of March 30-April 6, 2010

A weekly listing of new restaurants around town. To recommend a spot, e-mail fresheats. CafeZazo: 64 14th St. (at Harrison), 626-5555. Mission. Coffee, sandwiches, and pastries. Chile Pies and Ice Cream: 601 Baker (at Fulton). Panhandle. Pie and ice cream.…
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News, The Snitch

Wave Expert Confirms Tsunami-Watching 'Pretty Stupid' Thing to Do

You don't need a doctor to tell you that a night out on the town while suffering from the flu is a bad idea -- but it carries more weight when delivered by an M.D. Well, you don' t…
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Dining, Recent Openings

New Restaurants

A weekly listing of new restaurants around town. To recommend a spot, e-mail fresheats. Bistro 24: 4123 24th St. (at Castro), 285-2400, www.bistrosf.com. Noe Valley. New American and Mediterranean. Caffe Amici: 36 Fifth St. (at Market), 391-3241, www.caffeamiciespresso.com. SOMA. Coffee…
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Dining, Recent Openings

New Restaurants

A weekly listing of new restaurants around town. To recommend a spot, e-mail fresheats. Bistro 24: 4123 24th St. (at Castro), 285-2400, www.bistrosf.com. Noe Valley. New American and Mediterranean. Chile Lindo Empanada: 3283 22nd St. (at Valencia), 850-4778. Mission. Chilean.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Tamales Bay

Tamales Bay

Ah, spring. When flowers bloom, baby deer take their first wobbly steps, and giant squids sail languidly past mountains of delectable tamales. Every year, the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association hosts Opening Day on the Bay. For you regular folks who…
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Dining, Eat By the See

By the See

When I first dined at La Mar Cebicheria for a festive lunch a few months ago, I came away with decidedly mixed impressions. The location is killer — an enormous white room with lofty beamed ceilings, right on the bay,…
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Music, Misc. Reviews

Misc. Reviews

Having recently seen Blue Cheer perform in Detroit, here's some advice (and a couple warnings) I'll throw the way of those considering checking out the seminal San Francisco rockers. For what's essentially an oldies act, Cheer didn't bore the crowd…
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Film, Funny Business

Funny Business

B-Happy (Chile/Spain/Venezuela, 2003) This sad film about a teenage girl in rural Chile who encounters a stream of unearned bad luck is buoyed by an effective nonperformance by Manuela Martelli in the lead role of Katty. As in many post-neorealist…
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News, Feature Obsessive Pursuit

Obsessive Pursuit

Zita Cabello-Barrueto sat in a chilly convent near the bottom of the world, yearning for justice. The only other person in the almost bare room was a nun who wouldn't look her in the eye. From her home in Foster…
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Culture, Books

Caminante

By John Oliver Simon Creative Arts (2002), $15 Berkeley poet, translator, and teacher John Oliver Simon traveled the Gringo Trail from Mexico to Chile, and all we got was this wonderful little volume of poems. A diary of his trip,…
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Film, Latin American Odysseys

Latin American Odysseys

Anyone watching the Latin American offerings at this festival would conclude that our southern neighbors commit acts of harrowing savagery against each other, if they're not themselves being tortured or executed by their own police forces and governments. Or it…
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News, Sidebar

Wives' Tale

When Debra Schmidt met Manuel Saavedra in 1991, he was not yet divorced from his first wife, a woman he regularly described in unflattering terms to the new Mrs. Saavedra, who eagerly adopted her husband's opinion. But a decade later,…
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News, Night Crawler Down to the Pond in Ships

Down to the Pond in Ships

There is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats ... or with boats. ... In or out of 'em, it doesn't matter.-- Kenneth Grahame, author of The Wind in the Willows…
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