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Dining, SFoodie Wednesday Six: Sababa Opens Downtown

Wednesday Six: Sababa Opens Downtown

Agave Uptown Opens in Uptown Oakland June 13 Octavio Diaz's Oaxacan restaurant Agave Uptown will open at 2135 Franklin in…
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News, The Snitch Jury Finds Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow Guilty

Jury Finds Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow Guilty

On Tuesday, after a sometimes flamboyant two-month trial in a U.S. District Court, jurors were asked to decide the fate of Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, the alleged Chinatown mobster charged with ordering two murders, money laundering, extortion, and trafficking in…
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News, The Snitch San Francisco Art Dealer Sentenced for Trying to Sell Black Rhino Horns

San Francisco Art Dealer Sentenced for Trying to Sell Black Rhino Horns

Last year, in a Las Vegas hotel room, a San Francisco art dealer named Lumsden Quan met with a wildlife collector from Colorado. The meeting was supposed to be brief and lucrative: Quan was looking to offload a pair of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Elderly Asian Hipsters of Chinatown Pretty Come to 41 Ross Gallery

The Elderly Asian Hipsters of Chinatown Pretty Come to 41 Ross Gallery

Few things warm our hearts more than the sight of Senior Hipsters. Whether they're impeccably attired riding the 45-Stockton or just looking good while pushing a grocery cart up a steep street, older San Franciscans who take time to…
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News, The Snitch Rose Pak: Ed Lee is a Puppet, Commanded By His Own Cronies

Rose Pak: Ed Lee is a Puppet, Commanded By His Own Cronies

Despite Mayor Ed Lee's constant reminders to Chinatown that Supervisor Julie Christensen was his choice, voters on Tuesday booted the mayoral appointee out and replaced her with a familiar face: Aaron Peskin. As Peskin, who served on the Board of…
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Dining, SFoodie 30 S.F. Restaurants Win 2016 Bib Gourmands

30 S.F. Restaurants Win 2016 Bib Gourmands

The 2016 Bib Gourmands are out, and some 74 Bay Area restaurants made the list, a smidge fewer than last year. The full Michelin Guide, with its one-, two-, and three-starred reviews, comes out next week. Most notable absences…
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News, The Snitch Feds Say They Have Evidence Linking Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow to Murder

Feds Say They Have Evidence Linking Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow to Murder

Federal prosecutors in the racketeering case against Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow say they have evidence linking the Chinatown gangster to two murders, including the still unsolved killing of Allen Leung, who preceded Chow as “dragon head” of the Ghee Tung…
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News, The Snitch Board of Supervisors Says Petty Nuisances Shouldn't be Grounds for Eviction

Board of Supervisors Says Petty Nuisances Shouldn't be Grounds for Eviction

Six months ago, tenants in a 32-unit Chinatown SRO were served eviction notices, ostensibly for hanging laundry from their windows — a common sight in a neighborhood where multi-generational families often live together in shoebox-sized apartments, and space is…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: The Jazz Baby Mother Slayer

Yesterday's Crimes: The Jazz Baby Mother Slayer

Dorothy Ellingson was off to an early start. By age 12, she was already knocking back gin and running with jazz musicians at the New Shanghai Café in Prohibition-era Chinatown. After four years of this, her mother, Anna Ellingson,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Watch This Video of 1955 San Francisco (Including the Cliff House Sky Tram)

Watch This Video of 1955 San Francisco (Including the Cliff House Sky Tram)

Here’s a fun, 21-minute-long, 1955 Cinemascope presentation that explains San Francisco to people who’ve never heard of it — and without showing the Tenderloin, the Mission, or a single moment of fog. Beautifully oversaturated and overwritten in that ‘50s…
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Dining, Recent Openings

Recent Openers June 18-24, 2014

Aveline: Casey Thompson's (Top Chef) new spot in the Warwick hotel features an open kitchen where all the new Californian cooking happens. Expect dishes like succulents, pepperoni, and fried chicken; kimchi powder with pickled vegetables; and abalone with wood ear…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Human and Superhuman: Circus Automatic at the Great Star Theatre

Human and Superhuman: Circus Automatic at the Great Star Theatre

Gone are the days when a mere trick would satisfy -- a peep for a penny oddity at a sideshow. People want whole worlds, the genesis of which Cirque du Soleil has made into an industry, something fantastic and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Big Top of Possibility

Big Top of Possibility

Everything seems possible at the circus: The bones of the body are replaced by springs and levers that arch the toes incomprehensibly close to the lips, the air thins so a person can fly through it or spin gyroscopically…
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Film, "Chinese Puzzle": Attractive French People Have Better-Looking Problems

"Chinese Puzzle": Attractive French People Have Better-Looking Problems

Cédric Klapisch's romantic comedy continues the transcontinental adventures of the beautiful French people chronicled in his previous films, Russian Dolls and L'auberge Espagnole, though Puzzle provides enough backstory for newbies to the series. When his ex-wife Wendy (Kelly Reilly) relocates…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism For Locals: The Bells of (Old) St. Mary's

Tourism For Locals: The Bells of (Old) St. Mary's

I once tried to crack a joke with a church lady that if the Old St. Mary's Cathedral wanted to attract more potential Catholics, then maybe it could reference the classic 1945 Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman classic The…
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News, Sucka Free City Petty Cash: The Cost of the Feds' Case Against Leland Yee and Shrimp Boy Remains to Be Seen

Petty Cash: The Cost of the Feds' Case Against Leland Yee and Shrimp Boy Remains to Be Seen

The voluminous federal complaint underpinning the cases against Sen. Leland Yee, gangster Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, former School Board president Keith Jackson, and more than two dozen others has, ad nauseum, been likened to a movie script. If so, the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Legal Legacy

Legal Legacy

Since WWII, only a handful of war tax resistors have been jailed; one of them is civil rights lawyer Tony Serra. After one of his several stints, Serra filed a class-action suit demanding minimum wage for convict labor; he…
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Culture, Art

Hanging Out With Strangers: Wendy MacNaughton Is S.F.'s Cultural Anthropologist

Meanwhile in San Francisco: The City in Its Own Words by Wendy MacNaughton features whimsical drawings of different parts of the city alongside quotes from S.F. citizens describing each area. The detailed illustrations are paired with a firsthand perspective on…
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News, Chem Tales Matters of Convenience: Leland Yee, the Feds, and a Complicated Relationship to Pot

Matters of Convenience: Leland Yee, the Feds, and a Complicated Relationship to Pot

Now is not a fun time to work in Sacramento. Everyone ­— staffers, lobbyists, even the electeds themselves ­— acts as if everyone else is wearing a wire, one Capitol worker told me. That's what happens during hunting season. Once…
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Calendar, Night&Day Historic Horse Hunt

Historic Horse Hunt

The annual Chinese New Year parade is tonight, and will take over large swaths of downtown. But scattered among the lion dancers and red sweatshirts will be another great San Francisco tradition, the Chinese New Year Treasure Hunt. It's…
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