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Calendar, Night&Day Collision Course

Collision Course

Stock car racing has broad appeal, from applied physics converting raw power into mechanical poetry in motion, to the thrill of knowing that at any moment something could go horribly wrong. In "Crash," Hilary Pecis deconstructs stock photos of…
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News, With All Due Respect: The Risk of Marketing Yachting as "NASCAR on Water" is That You're Creating NASCAR on Water

With All Due Respect: The Risk of Marketing Yachting as "NASCAR on Water" is That You're Creating NASCAR on Water

In the NASCAR-themed epic Talladega Nights, Will Ferrell's character explains that prefacing his statements with "With all due respect" allows him to subsequently say whatever he wants (in this specific case, telling his boss "With all due respect, I didn't…
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Calendar, Night&Day If I Laugh at That, Am I Going to Hell?

If I Laugh at That, Am I Going to Hell?

Disabilities aren't funny. Except when they are. “I use the term 'wheelchair comedian' because I'm tired of hearing the giggles when I tell people I do standup,” Michael O'Connell says. Eric Mee, who lost his sight at age 19, says…
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News, The Snitch Fiona Ma Loves Her Some Johnson, NASCAR

Fiona Ma Loves Her Some Johnson, NASCAR

The first Asian-American woman to be speaker pro tempore of the state Assembly, San Francisco westside rep Fiona Ma is also a NASCAR fan.…
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News, The Snitch Can You Tell a Daytona 500 Winner from a Country Music Star?

Can You Tell a Daytona 500 Winner from a Country Music Star?

Jamie McMurray, who won NASCAR's Daytona 500 on Sunday, did a victory lap around San Francisco this morning (via, um, motorized cable car) ending with a 1 p.m. press conference at AT&T Park's Willie Mays Plaza. Only about 90 people…
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News, Sucka Free City

List: Checkout time

Hotel workers are picketing all over Union Square, staging multiday strikes and disrupting the delicate spirit of holiday commerce like so many hairs on a bedspread. Eww. What are their demands? • One night in Paris • Chocolates placed on…
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Calendar, Night&Day Wine Elites?

Wine Elites?

SF Wine Week takes place in a clutch of glittery bars, a Mercedes-Benz showroom, and the ground floor of The Hayes luxury condos. Organizers are clearly banking on a certain breed of attendee (young, sophisticated, great FICOs) but they’re also…
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News, The Snitch R2D2 -- It IS You!

R2D2 -- It IS You!

(Photo by Joe Eskenazi; cable car was coincidental) When I finally stumbled upon an R2D2 mailbox in San Francisco, I thought of the praise Obi-Won Kenobi bestowed upon a whiny Luke Skywalker: "You have taken your first step into…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Road Rage

Road Rage

Have you ever looked into onrushing traffic and imagined how much damage you would cause with a simple crank of the steering wheel? If so, FlatOut 2 is the racing game for you. The latest entry in a genre best…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Cowboy Up

Cowboy Up

With scrappy warblers like Kellie Pickler and Bucky Covington trying to out-twang each other on American Idol, country music is hotter than a corn dog at a county fair. One reason is that almost anybody can sing it. Even mopes…
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Film, Catching Air

Catching Air

Surfers, skateboarders, and desert racers have all had their moment at the movies recently. Now the motocross crowd gets its turn. Supercross, which provides a glimpse at what its makers call "the second-fastest-growing motorsport in the U.S., behind only NASCAR,"…
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Best of San Francisco, Sports & Recreation

Best Way to Tear Up Golden Gate Park

Wheel Fun Rentals 50 Stow Lake (at MLK), 668-6699, www.wheelfunrentals.com Everyone knows about the bicycle carriage-y looking contraptions you can rent at the Stow Lake boathouse. They're called surreys, and if you're in a "pip-pip, tallyho" kind of mood, they're…
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