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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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News, The Snitch Kink Considers Moving to Nevada to Avoid Condom Legislation, Is Hit With New Complaint

Kink Considers Moving to Nevada to Avoid Condom Legislation, Is Hit With New Complaint

The legal battle between local porn company Kink.com and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation over whether porn performers should be required to use condoms on-set has dragged on since January, when complaints filed by AHF with California's workplace safety agency, Cal/OSHA,…
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Music, All Shook Down San Leandro Man's Death at Electric Daisy Carnival Still Unexplained

San Leandro Man's Death at Electric Daisy Carnival Still Unexplained

Like hundreds of thousands of EDM fans, 24-year-old Montgomery Tsang went to the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas this past weekend. Unlike the rest of them, however, Tsang didn't come back. The San Leandro resident collapsed outside the Las…
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Film, "Watermark": We Have Problems with a Certain 70 Percent of the Planet

"Watermark": We Have Problems with a Certain 70 Percent of the Planet

Human-water relations are the subject of this spartan, well-traveled documentary by filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal and photographer Edward Burtynsky, whose takeaway is that relations aren't great. Actually, they knew that going in. Baichwal and Burtynsky make the most of big-screen proportions,…
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News, Sucka Free City Drink Up: S.F. Water Customers Are Incentivized to Waste

Drink Up: S.F. Water Customers Are Incentivized to Waste

San Francisco and its denizens exist within a bubble, and that extends beyond the realm of strained allegories regarding $4 toast. This city remains verdant while the rest of the state is drying up. Pretty soon, all the toast may…
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Culture, Stage A Bird's-Eye View: Drone Pilots and Pie-Makers Look for Deeper Meaning in the Domestic

A Bird's-Eye View: Drone Pilots and Pie-Makers Look for Deeper Meaning in the Domestic

Much of the way through Grounded, a stunning new play by George Brant at SF Playhouse, presented as part of its Sandbox Series, the unnamed young woman who is its sole character (Lauren English) says, "I see myself from above,"…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sawing your Brain in half

Sawing your Brain in half

So get this: It's not just the magician who's fooling you. Your brain is in on the trick too. After all, your brain is the jerk that makes you believe that the old dish towel "magically" turned into the…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Finds a Fishy Paradise at Pacific Catch

Bouncer Finds a Fishy Paradise at Pacific Catch

Pacific Catch, I'm sorry I ever doubted ye. I would see you from afar whenever I emerged from Golden Gate Park, a Frisbee in my mouth and throat dry, yet I always gravitated further down the street to less cheesy-looking…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • Lost in the Night returned to the newly renovated 222 Hyde and found a dazzling party, thanks to both local hero DJ Mark. E Quark and the club's amazing new ceiling light array. Located in the middle of…
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Music, All Shook Down

Top Five Reasons Electric Daisy Carnival Rules

Christopher VictorioSure, we have our issues with the predictability of Electric Daisy Carnival's lineup this year: With the likes of Tiesto, David Guetta and Afrojack on the bill, it was about as surprising as taxes. The talent seemed to reflect…
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The Night After Cancellation, EDC Closes Fest With Massive Turnout

Christopher VictorioSee also: EDC Vegas Pulls Plug on Music Due to High Winds Organizers of the second annual Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas declared the three-day party a success , despite high-winds that cut its marquee night short on…
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EDC 2012: The Underground Has Left The Building

Christopher VictorioEDC girls give PLUR.Twenty years after rave culture first entered the American mainstream, the success of a festival like Electric Daisy Carnival begs the question: Can electronic dance music retain its authenticity, warehouse roots and peace, love, unity and…
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EDC Vegas Pulls Plug on Music Due to High Winds

Christopher VictorioEDC ravers: EDC is over for the night. Organizers are waiting for crowds to thin out before making an official announcement. More details and older updates at the bottom.Electric Daisy Carnval in Las Vegas tonight was…
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EDC 2012: Calvin Harris Plays CDs of Himself Singing

Calivn Harris.Dance music is fighting for its soul. The charts are filled with tracks (Rihanna, Flo Rida) that borrow from the ecstatic trance and pulsing grooves of electronic dance music. The last time pop was so infatuated with the dance…
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Film, "Last Call at the Oasis": Predicting the Coming Water Crisis

"Last Call at the Oasis": Predicting the Coming Water Crisis

"We're screwed" is the overbearing subtext of so many environmental documentaries that it's a relief to hear someone just come out and say it in Last Call at the Oasis, a many-lensed look at the coming water-supply crisis. The problem…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hit Me, Lord

Hit Me, Lord

In simpler times, a crew calling itself the Church Team might have been found weeknights at the local bowling alley, wearing monogrammed shirts and knocking down a few pins, although assuredly not knocking back a few. Tonight, the Church Team…
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Calendar, Night&Day Detour to Nowhere

Detour to Nowhere

It’s an unlikely — but nonetheless possible — scenario to wake up in a low-rent motel on the dusty outskirts of Las Vegas with a hangover and a hot partner you don’t recall marrying (or screwing, presumably) the night before.…
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Music, BeatBox Z-Trip: Show Preview

Z-Trip: Show Preview

If you had any doubt that DJs have become rock stars, witness this current concert tour with L.A.-based DJ Z-Trip (Zach Sciacca), fresh off a residency of spinning at a high-profile Las Vegas nightclub, headlining over venerable New York rap…
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Dining, Eat Terminal 2: Foodie Culture Hits SFO Airport

Terminal 2: Foodie Culture Hits SFO Airport

"Attention on the concourse," said the polite voice on the loudspeaker. "Paging William, Howell? William, Howell? Maybe you're at the bar? Or perhaps Pinkberry,? If you don't report to the gate in one minute, your flight may leave without you."…
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Dining, SFoodie Smuggler's Cove Named Cocktail Bar of the Year

Smuggler's Cove Named Cocktail Bar of the Year

Martin Cate, Grand Poobah of San Francisco's rum and tiki culture, came home from Vegas last week with big winnings. Nope, not in casino chips: Cate's bar, Smuggler's Cove, won the most coveted prize ― Cocktail Bar of the Year…
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