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Dining, SFoodie Maker's Mark Pilgrimage: 24 Hours in Louisville, Kentucky

Maker's Mark Pilgrimage: 24 Hours in Louisville, Kentucky

The story of how I got into spirits begins with bourbon in the 1990's. I had wanted to learn more about wine, but found the commitment to drink a bottle and the expense a significant barrier for a lone bachelor.…
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Culture, Stagecap

Act a Lady: NCTC's cross-dressing show is a drag

Act a Lady ought to be a great time. Set in the Midwest in 1927, it's a comedy that considers what happens when small-town menfolk begin impersonating womenfolk at the local playhouse. In the show's Bay Area premiere at NCTC,…
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News, Sucka Free City Barry Bonds' Police Bat

Barry Bonds' Police Bat

While everyone has been gasping at the money being offered for Barry Bonds' 756th home run ball, a dejected San Francisco resident is calculating his losses on a signed baseball bat. After Bonds broke Hank Aaron's home run record last…
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Music, Misc. Reviews

Misc. Reviews

The early '90s are often extolled as the golden era of indie rock, when burgeoning scenes in Louisville, Memphis, and other American heartland towns spawned seminal bands like Slint, Rodan, and the Grifters. This was a time before Nick Drake…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Louisville, Ky., quartet VHS or Beta has undergone marked changes in its three years between album releases. Once thought of as an instrumental "jam band" with dance-music leanings (see '02's Daft Punkstyled Le Funk), the group now pledges an undying…
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Music, Coat Tales

Coat Tales

One day in 1998, a small Southern California label called Darla Records got a love letter in the mail. Along with a hand-scrawled note -- written as if intended for a girl named Darla -- came a tape of bizarre,…
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Freakwater Freakwater were one of the bands that made it OK for hipsters to admit they liked country music. Even more than country-influenced bands like Uncle Tupelo, Freakwater, with their deep appreciation of Appalachian music, showed the indie rockers of…
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Built to Spill Perfect From Now On (Warner Bros.) Built to Spill, who are good at many things, seem to be better at nothing than their ability to layer. And by that I don't mean producing some studio-phonic deluge as…
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