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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism for Locals: Mission Dolores is a Shrine of Early S.F. History

Tourism for Locals: Mission Dolores is a Shrine of Early S.F. History

When any local from San Francisco utters the word "Dolores," one immediately conjures up the image of the sacred gathering place of all San Franciscans and not the building that gave the park its namesake. Dolores Park may be…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Traditional Church Architecture

Although Dolores Park may be the site for those wishing to indulge in human banality, next door to S.F.'s favorite gathering place is the city's oldest building and best example of early and traditional religious architecture. Founded in 1776, Mission…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Mission Dolores Acquires ... a Human

Mission Dolores Acquires ... a Human

Cultural institutions in San Francisco continually search for new acquisitions. Alexis Coe brings you the most important, often wondrous, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally downright vexing finds each week. Can cultural institutions acquire people? According to Andrew Galvan, the only mission…
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News, The Snitch James Olds Identified as Man Who Shot Himself at Mission Dolores

James Olds Identified as Man Who Shot Himself at Mission Dolores

The Medical Examiner's Office has identified the man who shot himself outside the Mission Dolores chapel on Thursday morning as 85-year-old James Olds of San Francisco. As Mission Local reported last week, Olds was sleeping on the steps in front…
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News, The Snitch Man Kills Himself at Mission Dolores This Morning

Man Kills Himself at Mission Dolores This Morning

An unidentified man reportedly shot himself outside a local church this morning in a quiet part of the city's Mission District. We contacted police to confirm that the shooting, which occurred outside Mission Dolores, was indeed a suicide, but we have…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist 200-Year-Old Mission Dolores Mural Will Be Brought Back to Life on a Market Wall

200-Year-Old Mission Dolores Mural Will Be Brought Back to Life on a Market Wall

The Mission District's murals are, by definition, the most public of art, cheering up the urban landscape and deterring graffiti to boot. Yet the barrio's oldest mural -- we're talking by hundreds of years -- remains largely a secret. In…
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Music, All Shook Down El Rio's Birthday Party, Moon Duo, Autobahn, Mission Dolores Fiesta and More

El Rio's Birthday Party, Moon Duo, Autobahn, Mission Dolores Fiesta and More

If you don't have tickets to Giants playoffs games this weekend, didn't want to pay the jacked-up prices, or simply do not care about baseball, check out every other cheap event in the city. There are many. Here's our list…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Cemetery

In a city famously (and intentionally) lacking in graveyards, this lovely little "cemetery garden" at the city's oldest landmark is a hands-down winner. The gravestones date to the 1830s, but they don't begin to tell the whole story. There are…
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Calendar, Sports/Outdoors Visiting <i>Vertigo</i>

Visiting Vertigo

SUN 8/21 I must pass Jimmy Stewart's Vertigo apartment on Russian Hill 20 times a month, but it's wholly rare when I'll pause and think: "Vertigo apartment." Like city dwellers everywhere, we become immune to tourist delights the moment our…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Shameless Display

Shameless Display

FRI-MON 1/16-19 Ours is not a town hurting for galleries. Scores of spaces around the city display everything from the kitschiest folk art to the highest-rent masterworks, and are patronized by socialites and plebeians alike. But this week, S.F. explodes…
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News, Dog Bites

Raiders of the Lost Key

In 1973 the Rev. Sun Myung Moon got one. The Dalai Lama received his in 1979. Placido Domingo's was bestowed in 1983. We're talking, of course, about the Key to San Francisco. You know, the oversize faux door opener the…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Out and About

Out and About

FRI-SUN 6/27-29 Pride time has rolled around once more, and the crowds of trannies, dykes, and leatherfolk thronging S.F.'s streets need something to keep them busy. Though the month of June's practically stuffed with queer events, things really get going…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Graveyard

In 1900 the Board of Supervisors declared cemeteries illegal within San Francisco's city limits (with the hallowed exceptions of Mission Dolores and the Presidio), resulting in wholesale excavations of city graveyards at Geary and Masonic, Powell and Lombard, 19th and…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Vertigo Tour

Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958) offers us a dazzlingly beautiful, dangerously precipitous San Francisco obsessed with its own memories and prevalent phantoms. Much of it was filmed at actual locations across the city, lending the film the cachet of authenticity and…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Vertigo Tour

Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958) offers us a dazzlingly beautiful, dangerously precipitous San Francisco obsessed with its own memories and prevalent phantoms. Much of it was filmed at actual locations across the city, lending the film the cachet of authenticity and…
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