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Film, "For No Good Reason": A Celebration of Ralph Steadman, Friend of Gonzo

"For No Good Reason": A Celebration of Ralph Steadman, Friend of Gonzo

For this reverential documentary portrait of the British artist Ralph Steadman, best known as Hunter S. Thompson's illustrator, director Charlie Paul overloads the screen with visual flair. Paul's frenetic assemblage strives in vain for the cinematic equivalent of Steadman's splotchy…
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Calendar, Night&Day O'Farrell Girl

O'Farrell Girl

Liberty Bradford Mitchell grew up in the shadows of the adult entertainment industry. Her father was Artie Mitchell, who, along with his brother Jim, opened the San Francisco strip club Mitchell Brothers O'Farrell Theatre in 1969. The club was praised…
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News, Your Humble Narrator Surge City: It's Uber's City, and the Rest of Us Are Just Paying (Exorbitant) Rent

Surge City: It's Uber's City, and the Rest of Us Are Just Paying (Exorbitant) Rent

When the world grew too strange and terrible for even Hunter S. Thompson, he found solace by thumbing through the Book of Revelation. Thompson, however, existed in a very different San Francisco than our 140-character iteration of the place; Gog…
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Music, Hear This Bill Frisell: Show Preview

Bill Frisell: Show Preview

It's one of the most famous magazine stories ever published, and one of the most hilarious and penetrating pieces of gonzo journalism — and now, Hunter S. Thompson's The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved is coming to life off…
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Calendar, Night&Day Whiskey Gentry

Whiskey Gentry

While we don’t typically recommend a rainbowed handful of uppers, downers, laughers, and screamers, you might want to consider it for Bill Frisell’s musical adaptation of Hunter Thompson’s infamous story, The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved, the article which…
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News, Feature Fear and Loathing in Tampa: A Guide to the Republican National Convention

Fear and Loathing in Tampa: A Guide to the Republican National Convention

Illustration by Rick Sealock As Republicans prepared to renominate Richard Nixon for president, gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson had a crank-fueled moment of clarity inside his Miami Beach hotel room. "This may be the year when we finally come…
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Film, "The Rum Diary": Giddy, High-Speed Tale Never Hits Full Velocity

"The Rum Diary": Giddy, High-Speed Tale Never Hits Full Velocity

Written and directed by Bruce Robinson, The Rum Diary adapts a novel Hunter S. Thompson began in the early '60s and published, under Johnny Depp's auspices, more than three decades later. A first-person account of the drinking life on a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Reading S.F. the Riot Act

Reading S.F. the Riot Act

San Francisco culture, the theory goes, has been wild and innovative from the beginning, from Joshua Norton and Lillie Coit to the Beat poets and hippies to the Mitchell Brothers and Hunter S. Thompson. But free love, free thought, and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hallucinations Made Clear

Hallucinations Made Clear

Don Lattin deals in deconstruction. Part detective, part historian, he uses interviews, documents, the public record, and his own experience to connect disparate events and trends to wrestle a sense of order — not to mention a gripping tale —…
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News, Feature Ibogaine has helped addicts kick meth and heroin. Is it the trip that does the trick?

Ibogaine has helped addicts kick meth and heroin. Is it the trip that does the trick?

Ron Price needs his milkshake. It's 10 o'clock on a Monday morning, and the bald-headed, barrel-chested former bodybuilder is shuffling around the kitchen of a posh rehab clinic in Tijuana, wearing slippers and a blue Gold's Gym T-shirt. Price had…
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Calendar, Night&Day Do You Feel Drained?

Do You Feel Drained?

Rolling Stone political journalist Matt Taibbi has won many admirers (and plenty of enemies) with his take-no-prisoners reportage on the crooks responsible for the financial collapse. His approach is questionable — it resides somewhere between the foul-mouthed gonzo journalism of…
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Calendar, Night&Day One of Us. One of Us.

One of Us. One of Us.

Running into a friend outside the 49 Geary building during First Thursday, we felt compelled to utter a stupidity: "Diane Arbus is a genius." Our friend, Traci Vogel, is SF Weekly's art writer -- of all people to make an…
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Compiled by Michael Leaverton, Hiya Swanhuyser, and Traci Vogel. To submit a listing, e-mail film@sfweekly.com. Alliance Française. La Haine: Wed., Sept. 24, 7 p.m. 1345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. Artists' Television Access. "How We Fight": Iraqi Short Films is…
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Film, Beyond Gonzo

Beyond Gonzo

"In a nation of frightened dullards, there is always a sorry shortage of outlaws, and those few who make the grade are always welcome." So wrote Hunter S. Thompson of the Hells Angels after riding with California's motorpsycho Mongol hordes…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson</i>

Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

A tightly wound bundle of everything and its opposite—an anti-authoritarian who ran for sheriff of Aspen, a peace-loving gun nut, an iconoclast who relished winners as much as any football coach—the late Hunter S. Thompson pioneered what might be called…
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Calendar, Night&Day Find Out What's Behind It

Find Out What's Behind It

You've probably imagined her in your Hunter S. Thompson dreams: A sexy, unpredictable, brainy absurdist able to keep up with the drug-fueled antics of pornographers while also maintaining a serene humanity. Simone Corday is this woman. In her memoir 9…
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Culture, Books <i>Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson</i> Proves Good Bathroom Reading

Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson Proves Good Bathroom Reading

Hunter S. Thompson's suicide probably shocked no one. He certainly didn't hide his intentions. A few days before he died on February 20, 2005, he sent a note to his second wife, Anita, in which he implied that suicide was…
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News, Sucka Free City Burning Man Arsonist Paul Addis' Backstory -- Murder Threats, Arrests

Burning Man Arsonist Paul Addis' Backstory -- Murder Threats, Arrests

With his jovial face smeared in red, black, and silver paint befitting a Power Ranger, Paul Addis posed for one of the all-time great mug shots. After he was charged with prematurely incinerating the eponymous Burning Man mascot in August,…
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Calendar, Night&Day You Are Here

You Are Here

Psychogeography is defined by Guy Debord, founding member of Situationist International, as the study of the specific effects of geography on the emotions and behavior of individuals. Formal groups like the London Psychogeographical Association and our own BART Psychogeographical Association…
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Gonzo: A Brutal Chrysalis

If you're looking for the fun-loving and hilariously drug-addled Hunter S. Thompson portrayed on-screen by Johnny Depp and Bill Murray, you'll be surprised and uncomfortably mystified by this one-man performance about the founder of gonzo journalism. On a marvelously trashy…
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