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News, Your Humble Narrator Sellout Crowds: The Transformation of Our Ballparks Mirrors the Transformation of Our City

Sellout Crowds: The Transformation of Our Ballparks Mirrors the Transformation of Our City

In 1992, Tony Buhner became an honest man. And it was almost a shame, really. Before he broke down and bought San Francisco Giants season tickets, he'd enjoyed a three-decade run of attending baseball games for little or no money.…
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News, Your Humble Narrator Freak Occurrences: We Can't Understand Tim Lincecum. But We Can Appreciate Him

Freak Occurrences: We Can't Understand Tim Lincecum. But We Can Appreciate Him

Baseball is a funny game. More than any American sport, it can be distilled into statistics and utterly divorced from flesh, blood, chin music, white home uniforms, road grays, grass, dirt, or clandestine beers smuggled into the ballpark in knee-high…
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News, Feature Pride of Place: As the Nation's Gay Districts Grow More Affluent, Lesbians Are Migrating to the 'Burbs

Pride of Place: As the Nation's Gay Districts Grow More Affluent, Lesbians Are Migrating to the 'Burbs

When Harry Dodge moved to San Francisco in 1985, he was what you might call a typical Midwestern transplant: Nineteen years old, footloose, gay, and ready for a change — a biological woman who would eventually take testosterone, grow a…
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Dining, Distillations Distillations: The Cure for the Summertime Blues at Elixir

Distillations: The Cure for the Summertime Blues at Elixir

There are four TVs at Elixir, one in each corner, and as I looked around from my solitary perch on the bar, trying to take everything in, the bartender asked me if there was a specific game I'm looking for.…
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News, The Giants Show: As One Team Takes the Field at AT&T Park, Another Turns the Game Into a Story

The Giants Show: As One Team Takes the Field at AT&T Park, Another Turns the Game Into a Story

What does it take to produce a San Francisco Giants major league baseball game? The same thing it takes to play it: nimble, fleet-footed professionals working as a team, expert handlers, access to top-tier equipment, and a certain, "let's play…
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News, Feature Why Is This Man Cooking?: How Michael Mina Said No to Fame and Built a Restaurant Empire

Why Is This Man Cooking?: How Michael Mina Said No to Fame and Built a Restaurant Empire

It took chef and restauranteur Michael Mina three months to decide on a ramen bowl for his new Embarcadero restaurant, The Ramen Bar. He and his partners tried dozens of different kinds; none provided the ramen-eating experience that Mina was…
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News, Sucka Free City

Brandon3: The Spectacular Odds Against the Giants' Double-Play Combo

One-fifth of the way through the nascent baseball season, the San Francisco Giants find themselves near the top of a competitive division. It's a dogged start to what promises to be a dogfight of a season. There is one category,…
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News, Chem Tales My Place or Yours?: Pot Smokers Have No Real Home Away From Home

My Place or Yours?: Pot Smokers Have No Real Home Away From Home

There is a reason behind that ever-present stink of marijuana from street corners, bus stops, and places unknown in San Francisco. There is nowhere to smoke. This is hard to believe. And, particularly in the days and weeks after 4/20,…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse Movie Listings April 30-May 6, 2013

Artists' Television Access. Other Cinema: (In)Visible War: Short films provide an independent, non-MSM perspective on the war in Afghanistan. Sat., May 3, 8:30 p.m. $6. othercinema.com. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 824-3890, www.atasite.org. Balboa Theater. Super Duper Alice Cooper: Amoeba Music…
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News, Sucka Free City

Swing for the Fences: The Giants' Odd Pitch for Their Waterfront Lawsuit

In the realm of baseball, a man can be a success even if he fails twice as often as he prevails. In related news — we promise — proponents of an initiative that would mandate a vote of the people…
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Film,

Arthouse Movie Listings March 19-25, 2014

Artists' Television Access. Periwinkle Cinema: Screening of Hans Scheirl's wildly bizarre, colorful, campy, and queer sci-fi feature, Dandy Dust. Wed., March 19, 8 p.m. $7. facebook.com/PeriwinkleCinema. Sistah Sinema: The queer women of color film series presents the documentary Thick Relations.…
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News, Sucka Free City All Rise: The Lawsuit Challenging Waterfront Height Limits Reaches Strange Heights of Its Own

All Rise: The Lawsuit Challenging Waterfront Height Limits Reaches Strange Heights of Its Own

Big-time land use and litigation go together like daytime baseball and hot dogs. So, it's little surprise that a lawsuit underwritten by the San Francisco Giants — a baseball franchise and aspiring waterfront high-rise developer — is aiming to knock…
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News, The Snatch

Respecting the Deities in Our Midst

Barbarians at the Gates In Major League Baseball's ongoing effort to make the entire ballpark experience as maddeningly slow and repetitious as possible, the league has announced mandatory metal detectors at the entrance gates of all stadiums by next year.…
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News, Feature The Next Big Thing: Should the People Control the Fate of the Waterfront?

The Next Big Thing: Should the People Control the Fate of the Waterfront?

Red wine, cookies, and a former mayor were the featured spread for a recent gathering of the Upper Noe Neighbors Association. The two dozen attendees shifted uncomfortably in folding chairs arranged awkwardly in a circle. They managed to drain only…
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News, Feature Confessions of an American Whore: Sex Work Holds a Mirror Up to S.F.'s Hidden Kinks and Communities

Confessions of an American Whore: Sex Work Holds a Mirror Up to S.F.'s Hidden Kinks and Communities

During Game Five of the 2010 World Series, my dad and I sat side by side at a sushi bar in my Central Coast hometown. We ordered two scallop hand rolls and two sake bombs. The head rush of the…
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Film,

Arthouse Movie Listings January 22-28, 2014

Artists' Television Access. Screaming Queens: Documentary about the 1966 Compton's Cafeteria riot directed by Susan Stryker and Victor Silverman. Sat., Jan. 25, 8 p.m. $7. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 824-3890, www.atasite.org. The Castro Theatre. Napoleon Dynamite 10th Anniversary: All-star film…
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News, Sucka Free City Driven to Drive: How "Sunk Costs" Can Sink Our Traffic Plans

Driven to Drive: How "Sunk Costs" Can Sink Our Traffic Plans

Economists like to talk about "rational actors." But, in reality, it's hard to find many people who behave truly rationally. Let alone many actors. It's just not a part that's easy to play. We're impulsive, irrational, and awfully prone to…
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News, Sucka Free City Fifth Base: Autograph-Seekers Outside AT&T Park Try to Tag Players Going Home

Fifth Base: Autograph-Seekers Outside AT&T Park Try to Tag Players Going Home

At the corner of Townsend and The Embarcadero, outside AT&T Park, an unusual sort of panhandler has appeared. They don't seek handouts; they seek autographs. Dylan Courier, 18, is on the hunt for Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow's signature, the missing…
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Calendar, Night&Day Getting Roofied

Getting Roofied

Remember that episode of Freaks and Geeks where they go to the Pink Floyd laser light show that's essentially just a bunch of squiggly lights on the ceiling and a crappy sound system? We've still always dug the idea,…
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Culture, Art Fan Favorites: Street Artists the Ex-Vandals Are Still Tagging Buildings, But Now People Love It

Fan Favorites: Street Artists the Ex-Vandals Are Still Tagging Buildings, But Now People Love It

They are veteran street artists who call themselves the "Ex-Vandals" — a name that suggests they once vandalized private property with tags and unsightly graffiti. Maybe they did. And maybe they were chased by police with guns. But that's all…
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