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Music, All Shook Down Ten of Prince's Most Memorable Bay Area Shows

Ten of Prince's Most Memorable Bay Area Shows

Though Prince started touring in 1979, it wasn’t until 1981 that the Purple Rain artist played his first show in the Bay Area at a now-defunct nightclub in S.F. called The Stone. From 1981 to 2016, he played a…
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Dining, SFoodie Eating Your Way Through the Victorian Era at the Dickens Fair

Eating Your Way Through the Victorian Era at the Dickens Fair

Victorian London was a magical era, with orphans cementing their pickpocketing skills while Jack the Ripper eviscerated prostitutes. Despite this, San Francisco’s own annual Dickens Christmas Fair celebrates all the things that made it a great time to be…
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News, Sucka Free City Chapped Asses: The San Francisco Bulls Are Gone. Their Debts Linger.

Chapped Asses: The San Francisco Bulls Are Gone. Their Debts Linger.

Operating a minor-league franchise in a major-league city is tough. On Jan. 27, the not-quite-2-year-old San Francisco Bulls abruptly folded midseason, disbursing players and team officials hither and yon throughout the world of small-time hockey. Also scattered into the winds:…
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SF Weekly Letters February 5-12, 2014

Kinky Article Gets Some Love Reader is grateful for writer's honesty: Fantastic article! As someone who loves a sex worker and who has nearly been arrested for being a "pimp" because…
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News, Sucka Free City The Ruining of the Bulls: San Francisco's Latest Experiment with Minor League Hockey Abruptly Fails

The Ruining of the Bulls: San Francisco's Latest Experiment with Minor League Hockey Abruptly Fails

In late 2011, Pat Curcio ambled through the unlit, pungent repository of dust, filth, and flattened beer cases that is the Cow Palace. The arena was as battered as it was archaic, but the coach and president of the nascent…
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News, Tiers of a Clown: Witness the Next Level of Mixed Success for Professional Smile-Jockeys

Tiers of a Clown: Witness the Next Level of Mixed Success for Professional Smile-Jockeys

At a recent Ringling Bros. clown-casting call, the applicants, counterintuitively, did not arrive in one small car. Quite the opposite: A metallic Chrysler minivan from the airport Radisson screeches to a halt in the parking lot and Remy Davis hurriedly…
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News, Feature Puck Yeah: Taking the Ice with the S.F. Bulls

Puck Yeah: Taking the Ice with the S.F. Bulls

Design by Andrew J. Nilsen. In October of last year, large trucks rumbled up to Pat Curcio's office and dumped several tons of dirt and manure on his doorstep. Not long before, the Ontario-born hockey coach had announced the…
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News, The Snitch San Francisco Bulls: Pancakes and Skating at the Cow Palace!

San Francisco Bulls: Pancakes and Skating at the Cow Palace!

In some parts of the world, the notion of wolfing down a stack of pancakes before lacing up a pair of skates and hitting the ice sounds like business as usual for a Monday morning. Not here. But, for fans…
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Calendar, Night&Day Great Expectations of Indulgence

Great Expectations of Indulgence

Many are having a rough go of it this year -- foreclosed upon, unemployed, tear-gassed. We recommend a hot meat pie, plum pudding if you must, followed by a stroll through a perfectly romanticized Victorian London, free of all the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist When Andre the Giant Crushed San Francisco: <i>California Action Wrestling Magazine</i>

When Andre the Giant Crushed San Francisco: California Action Wrestling Magazine

At an estate sale last week, I found the January, 1976, issue of Action Wrestling, California's "Official Wrestling Magazine." It's stuffed with asskick the way a cornucopia's stuffed with gourds. Most notable is its reminder that Andre the Giant…
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News, The Snitch Cattle Stampede Planned for San Francisco Streets Tonight

Cattle Stampede Planned for San Francisco Streets Tonight

Stop! You're violating the city charter! ​Here's the difference between Daly City and San Francisco: In the former, they'll have cows on the streets. Here we have people who think they're cows. Actually, tonight San Francisco will have cows trotting…
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News, Sucka Free City The Exotic Erotic Ball ditched the Cow Palace over ticket fraud

The Exotic Erotic Ball ditched the Cow Palace over ticket fraud

Every October, thousands of men and women with bad spray-tans and skimpy clothes descend on the Bay Area for a signal event in San Francisco's culture of sexual exhibitionism: Perry Mann's Exotic Erotic Ball & Expo. A multiday confab of…
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News, The Snitch Exotic Erotic Ball Heads to Richmond, Abandoning Cow Palace

Exotic Erotic Ball Heads to Richmond, Abandoning Cow Palace

The San Francisco peninsula might be home to some of the world's most avid sexual recreation, but this year it will be bidding a fond adieu to one of its kinkiest confabs. The 31st annual Exotic Erotic Ball & Expo…
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Dining, SFoodie Cow Palace Farmers' Market Starts Quietly

Cow Palace Farmers' Market Starts Quietly

What would happen if there was a farmers' market and nobody showed up? That's sort of what happened last Saturday, when a first-ever market debuted at the Cow Palace, with just about zero fanfare. Organizer Ron Pardini, executive director of…
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News, The Snitch Anthony Mata Dead, Five Others Critical From Possible Tainted Drugs at Cow Palace Rave

Anthony Mata Dead, Five Others Critical From Possible Tainted Drugs at Cow Palace Rave

The San Mateo County coroner confirmed to SF Weekly that 23-year-old Anthony Mata of Santa Clara is dead following a very bad trip at the weekend's Pop 2010 music festival at the Cow Palace. Along with Mata's death, a handful…
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News, The Snitch High Times at International Pot Expo

High Times at International Pot Expo

VIEW OUR POT EXPO SLIDESHOW HERE California is pot-friendly, but public mass consumption of cannabis is still a feat -- especially when it's on state property. That is partially why it took years for the International Hemp & Cannabis Exposition…
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News, The Snitch Tattoo Tuesday: Blood- and Ink-Soaked Photos of This Year's Tat Expo

Tattoo Tuesday: Blood- and Ink-Soaked Photos of This Year's Tat Expo

Blood. Tattoos. Parking Lot. Cow Palace. It's a combination that's been golden for decades, and when there's a massive Tattoo Expo at the stadium -- so much the better. Photographer Daniel C. Britt hoped to document "some tat artists mopping…
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News, The Snitch Engineers&rsquo; Roundup: Thousands of Scientists Descend Upon Cow Palace for Grueling Exam

Engineers’ Roundup: Thousands of Scientists Descend Upon Cow Palace for Grueling Exam

Notions of engineering a brawl quelled by CHP officers along with test proctors. By Joe Eskenazi Any engineer can tell you that pressure is a function of temperature and mass. That’s how it is in the laboratory, at least.…
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Music, All Shook Down LastNight: The Exotic Erotic (Sucked) Ball at the Cow Palace

LastNight: The Exotic Erotic (Sucked) Ball at the Cow Palace

Peep the slideshow from last night's tame genital party by clicking on the photo. Then wash your eyeballs out with soap, you perv. -- David Downs…
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Music, All Shook Down Sleaze Extravaganza This Weekend at Exotic Erotic Ball

Sleaze Extravaganza This Weekend at Exotic Erotic Ball

Get ready for a weekend-long boner at this year's Exotic Erotic Ball. Y'know, any hardie lasting longer than a few hours and lil' homie could literally have to go. I mean amputated, son! So you best take care of…
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