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News, The Snitch You'll Pay More For Burning Man Tickets if the Festival Doesn't Convince Nevada it's Not an Entertainment Event

You'll Pay More For Burning Man Tickets if the Festival Doesn't Convince Nevada it's Not an Entertainment Event

Burning Man is an experience, not an entertainment event. At least that’s what festival organizers are telling the state of Nevada, which wants to tax the annual blowout in Black Rock City to the tune of $3 million. As…
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News, The Snitch Kink Considers Moving to Nevada to Avoid Condom Legislation, Is Hit With New Complaint

Kink Considers Moving to Nevada to Avoid Condom Legislation, Is Hit With New Complaint

The legal battle between local porn company Kink.com and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation over whether porn performers should be required to use condoms on-set has dragged on since January, when complaints filed by AHF with California's workplace safety agency, Cal/OSHA,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Shake It Out

Shake It Out

Illness gets bused in from Nevada. It rises up between the cracks of the sidewalk. It sleeps in the park and by the fountain at the U.N. Plaza. It's in the stench in the seams of the escalator. It…
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News, Sucka Free City The Plot Thickens: The Beached Burning Man Bus in Nevada has a Cinematic Past

The Plot Thickens: The Beached Burning Man Bus in Nevada has a Cinematic Past

Not quite a year ago, a crippled 60-foot Muni articulated bus was hauled to Smith & Tobey 24-hour Towing. Muni buses break down all the time — but this was different. Smith & Tobey is in Wadsworth, Nev., 250 miles…
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News, Sucka Free City Taking the Bus: Muni Vehicles End Up in the Darndest Places

Taking the Bus: Muni Vehicles End Up in the Darndest Places

Traveling at an average of 8 miles per hour, Muni is the slowest public transit service in North America. But just because Muni vehicles move at a snail's pace doesn't mean they're restricted to a snail's range. A Muni bus…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Ways San Francisco Improves During Burning Man

Five Ways San Francisco Improves During Burning Man

On the surface, San Francisco appears to be a complicated beast of alternative subcultures, underground groups, and distinct communities. Truth is though, there's only one truly definitive divider between all of us -- Burning Man. You either want to pay…
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News, The Snitch Giovanni Ramirez, Man Accused of Beating Bryan Stow, Wanted in Nevada Gang Shooting

Giovanni Ramirez, Man Accused of Beating Bryan Stow, Wanted in Nevada Gang Shooting

Los Angeles police are not the only ones interested in Giovanni Ramirez, the 31-year-old suspect accused of beating Giants fan Bryan Stow in March. Police arrested Ramirez last week after an intense investigation, saying he was the prime aggressor in…
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Music, All Shook Down Sonny Smith Wishes Jonathan Richman a Happy (Belated) 60th Birthday

Sonny Smith Wishes Jonathan Richman a Happy (Belated) 60th Birthday

Yesterday was the 60th Birthday of one Jonathan Richman, protopunk pioneer, genius songwriter, all-around nice guy, and San Francisco resident. In honor of the occasion, we asked another local songwriter -- Sonny Smith of Sonny & the Sunsets -- to…
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News, The Snitch Nevada-Boston College Matchup in San Francisco Bowl Points to Vile State of Pac-10

Nevada-Boston College Matchup in San Francisco Bowl Points to Vile State of Pac-10

In the Pac-10 this year, there was Oregon and Stanford and everybody else. Accordingly, when it comes to stocking football bowl games -- there's nobody else. Case in point: San Francisco's own Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (really, that's what it's…
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News, The Snitch Election Results Show Tea Party Fails to Gain Traction in Western States

Election Results Show Tea Party Fails to Gain Traction in Western States

Some of you might have found it particularly hard to greet the Red Dawn of Nov. 3. We admit that it's difficult to face the idea of Tea Party-propelled candidates marching off to Washington with plans to combat imagined New…
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Culture, Stage Fall Arts: A designer and a diva give flavor to "Aida"

Fall Arts: A designer and a diva give flavor to "Aida"

The production of Verdi's Aida that kicks off San Francisco Opera's fall season on Sept. 10 bears the imprints of two inimitable artists. One has made the craft of operatic singing her life's work. The other found her way into…
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News, The Snitch Bay Area Might Start Outsourcing Its Trash to Cheaper States

Bay Area Might Start Outsourcing Its Trash to Cheaper States

San Francisco's current waste management service, Recology -- formerly known as NorCal -- wants to ship all of the *Bay Area's garbage on a freight train to a proposed landfill near Winnemucca, Nevada. Apparently the Bay Area hasn't quite reached…
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Film, American Pie

American Pie

Watching Marilyn Monroe in Cinemascope, a critic once wrote, is "like being smothered in baked Alaska." Reading that as a teenager raised some thrilling questions: Is that good or bad? What is "baked Alaska"? And then a realization: How singular…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cloud Burst

Cloud Burst

A 300-foot flame rose into Nevada's pre-dawn desert sky on July 16, and 100 onlookers stood transfixed, watching the moonlike landscape brighten under a fiery mushroom cloud. The genesis of this jaw-dropping spectacle? Six large fans rigged with nozzles spraying…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Cocktails

Best Cocktails Henry Wadsworth Longfellow might have considered that time between the daylight and the dark -- when the night begins to lower, heralding a pause in the day's occupations -- as the children's hour, but we prefer to think…
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Best of San Francisco, Sports & Recreation

Best Ski Run

Heavenly may be the most crowded of Tahoe ski resorts, but fewer people bother to make the trek to the other side of the mountain -- the Nevada side -- where the views are more breathtaking and the powder more…
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News, Feature Magnificent Obsession

Magnificent Obsession

More than once, Craig Breedlove's obsession has nearly killed him, and still he can't let go. The last time was four years ago, when he set out once again to break the world land speed record by piloting his supersonic…
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Dining, Eat

Out on Bail

Recently, I spent a week traveling the back roads of rural Nevada, perhaps the 10th time I've done this -- a very long story -- so I'll just touch on the wild mustangs and how you've never smelled anything like…
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Calendar, Halloween

Savage Love

Hey, Faggot: I look for good smut in your column, but lately I find nothing but letters written by angry obese people. Where is the perverse filth I used to enjoy so much? The Fetish Fiend Hey, TFF: Please enjoy…
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News, Letters

Letters

A Good Sport I was disappointed to read the one-sided piece you ran on David Burgin, editor of the Alameda Newspaper Group ("Final Deadline," May 29). Your writers never talked to me, who has known Dave for 13 years and…
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