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News, Sucka Free City Dream On

Dream On

Though delightful to us terminally single folk, the depressing television dating-game genre has gotten unsightly over the years. From its halcyon days of The Dating Game (on which mustached gentlemen asked quaint questions of shy contestants, like, "What would you…
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Best of San Francisco, Shopping & Services

Best Magic Shop

Misdirections 1236 Ninth Ave. (at Lincoln), 566-2180, www.misdirections.com When you have a hankering to divine the thoughts of others, escape from a straitjacket, saw a lady in half, or confound your friends and neighbors in general, head to this Inner…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

Ad Nauseam Actually, we prefer the Hicks bit about a masturbating woman in a Coke ad: I'm not sure what the point of the recent puff piece on "commercial ethnography" was ("Real to Reel," March 16), except perhaps to make…
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Music, Bouncer

Bouncer

So my day job is working with developmentally disabled adults, getting them out into the community, getting them jobs, getting them some self-esteem, getting them drunk. OK, not that last part. Well, kind of that last part. You see, my…
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Best of San Francisco, Sports & Recreation

Best Baseball Field

The aesthetic form of Jackson Playground's back-to-back baseball diamonds flows purely from function. The flat, treeless field does not evoke Pacific Bell Park. You won't find a giant Coke bottle or Blue Angel jet fighters screaming overhead or garlic fries…
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News, Feature Crushed

Crushed

Maurice Kanbar -- multimillionaire, film buff, scooter rider, owner of 32 patents, inventor of (among other things) the D-Fuzz-It sweater comb, the ROLLOcane, Skyy Vodka, 80/20 Cola, a game called Tangoes, and one of the world's first multiplex movie theaters…
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Dining, The Man Who Came to Dinner The Man Who Came to Dinner

The Man Who Came to Dinner

Like any sensible, self-respecting Californian, I decided to cautiously usher in year 2000 from the sober vantage point of my backyard bomb shelter. Nah, actually I was in Times Square. Well, not right in the middle of it, but…
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Music, Magic and Loss

Magic and Loss

Bourbonitis Blues, Alejandro Escovedo's sixth and latest solo album, is the culmination of a life spent growing up in public. It wasn't an easy growth -- his path has been pockmarked with deaths, births, and changes in musical styles to…
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Film,

Zoom Lens

Junk Food Masashi Yamamoto's Junk Food opens at dawn and ends as the sun rises again the following day. During that 24-hour stretch, the film prowls the mean streets of a Tokyo that feels like a dozen different cities all…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): Although you'll never find an advertisement for Coke or Nike within the hallowed confines of this column, you will find lots of hype for more spiritual commodities, like freedom, psychosexual satisfaction, and creativity. I'm just as…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): I dreamt that money suddenly sprouted on a tree outside your home. Large-denomination leaves were swaying there in the breeze, ripe and ready to pick. Only trouble was, you were nowhere in the vicinity. You'd gone…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): In the magazine Stone Shoes, novelist William Vollman suggests that just about the most important and enjoyable thing in life is "doing something that's a complicated, tricky problem for you that you don't know how to…
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Dining, Eat

Dish

Hot Today, Chili Tomorrow A sure sign of autumn is the smell of roasting peppers at the Ferry Plaza farmers market. But this year's pepper crop, like so many others, is "late," says co-owner Dale Coke of Coke Farms in…
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