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News, Your Humble Narrator Migratory Patterns: The Warriors' Proposed Stadium Is a Reminder of How Deep and Weird San Francisco History Is

Migratory Patterns: The Warriors' Proposed Stadium Is a Reminder of How Deep and Weird San Francisco History Is

It would be misleading to describe this swath of Mission Bay as ugly. It's transcendently ugly. Hulking towers resembling Stalinist Lego structures protrude from the earth; the streets are wide and unpopulated, giving the enclave the feel of a backlot…
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Calendar, Night&Day Last Chance!

Last Chance!

The Embarcadero has seen a fair bit of controversy in recent years. There were tense negotiations over how much leeway the city would give the America’s Cup race, a downright nasty political fight over the 8 Washington project, and now…
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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 • Honey Soundsystem paid tribute to under-appreciated S.F. DJ Patrick Cowley with a special party at Holy Cow. The producer of Sylvester's "You Make Me Feel Mighty Real" was honored in a headlining set by DJ Daniel Wang, who…
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Film, "The Other Dream Team": A Classic, Feel-Good Sports Doc

"The Other Dream Team": A Classic, Feel-Good Sports Doc

Shining a light on one corner of the former Soviet empire is The Other Dream Team, the story of the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic basketball squad. The Lithuanians were inevitably overshadowed by the U.S. team, which for the first time included…
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Music, mr. Gnome brings surreal sounds from Josh Homme's studio

mr. Gnome brings surreal sounds from Josh Homme's studio

The new album by Cleveland duo mr. Gnome, Heave Yer Skeleton, is a surreal rock listen. Largely recorded at the Los Angeles studio of Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, the band's sophomore full-length contains layers of echoey,…
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News, Sucka Free City

Gavin Goes Hollywood

With polling figures showing Gavin Newsom trailing badly in his bid for governor, pundits say he will have to spend more time wooing voters in Southern California. How can he appeal to people in L.A.? • Sleep with a Univision…
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News, The Snitch S.F. Impresario Claims Partner In Exhibiting Pro Basketball Games Ripped Him Off for $124K. NBA Action -- It's Faaaantastic!

S.F. Impresario Claims Partner In Exhibiting Pro Basketball Games Ripped Him Off for $124K. NBA Action -- It's Faaaantastic!

In a case that we will refrain from spicing up with any references to whistles for hard fouls, the Palace at Auburn Hills Melee, or any other NBA basketball arcana, a local man has filed suit in San Francisco superior…
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Film, Personal Foul

Personal Foul

Semi-Pro is much better than Blades of Glory, which wasn't nearly as good as Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, which was a little better than Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, which was almost as funny as Old…
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News, Feature My Tunes: Kelenna Azubuike

My Tunes: Kelenna Azubuike

In his spare time, Kelenna Azubuike has a hobby: He makes beats. "Yeah, I make music just for fun on my computer. I've been doing it for a while and I've gotten pretty good at it," he says with a…
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News, Feature Full Nelson

Full Nelson

The office of the coach with the second-most wins in NBA history smells like dog. The musky bouquet rises off Lucky, a Jack Russell terrier mix that, at the moment, lies curled on his owner's black leather desk chair. Lifting…
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Calendar, Night&Day Learn the Hardaway

Learn the Hardaway

What with Indiana Pacer Tim Hardaway's declaration that he hates gay people (and recently out former NBA player John Amaechi's level-headed and articulate response), gay basketball has been on everyone's mind. No doubt you've been wondering where you could get…
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Culture, Stage Hoop Dreaming

Hoop Dreaming

Sports and theater have a great deal in common: They're both grounded in conflict and the struggle to achieve a goal, involve participants and spectators in a ritualistic event, and are geared toward catharsis. Yet despite a rich shared history…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Posterizing EA

Posterizing EA

Aside from that new ball, NBA Live 07 may be the worst product to bear the league's name this year. The new basketball game from Electronic Arts is so glitchy that scores of buyers launched an online petition demanding a…
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Music, BeatBox Dan the Automator's video addictions

Dan the Automator's video addictions

S.F. has a virtuosic hip-hop superproducer in Dan The Automator , a position he's recently solidified, strangely enough, through the soundtrack for NBA videogame 2K7. Rather than licensed tracks, it's an original album that finds a perfect beat for the…
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News, Feature Hustle & Flow

Hustle & Flow

Seven seconds remain in the second quarter of a game against Portland when Golden State guard Derek Fisher clanks a three-pointer. A Trail Blazers forward snags the rebound and passes to teammate Juan Dixon, who dribbles downcourt toward the Warriors…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Full Court Pressure

Full Court Pressure

Pity the college basketball coach. He toils endlessly to explain the vagaries of offensive sets and defensive zones. He frets over lineups, injuries, and scouting reports. His job is never safe -- one losing season, and it's back to teaching…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Supersize Me

Supersize Me

If Hollywood wants to learn from the videogame industry -- which outgrossed the box office last year -- it should pay careful attention to Shadow of the Colossus, a game with the epic scale of a summer blockbuster but the…
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Best of San Francisco, Sports & Recreation

Best Reason to Go to a Warriors Game

The Margaritas Near the Cabo Wabo Stage Oakland Arena, 7000 Coliseum (at 66th Avenue), Oakland, (510) 569-2121, www.coliseum.com This season's trade for guard Baron Davis from the New Orleans Hornets makes the team at least watchable, but it's still the…
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Best of San Francisco, Sports & Recreation

Best Serious Pickup Basketball Game

Contra Costa College 2600 Mission Bell (at El Portal), San Pablo During the summer, from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, Contra Costa College hosts a pickup basketball game that's a cut above a street game but not…
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Best of San Francisco, Sports & Recreation

Best Reason for Warriors Fans to Have Hope

Fresh Talent An infusion of new names -- many of them unpronounceable -- combined with the aggressive approach of head suit Chris Mullin has the Bay Area buzzing about its hoops team. The Warriors of old would have let the…
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