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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Travis Barker Confesses, TI Fucks Up, and Taylor Swift's Lady Obsession

This Week: Travis Barker Confesses, TI Fucks Up, and Taylor Swift's Lady Obsession

How can we sum up this week? Let's just say it wasn't stellar for hip-hop artists talking about women, and that Lady Gaga and Travis Barker have very different ideas about waste receptacles. We'll let the quotes of the week…
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Dining, Bouncer Bouncer Encounters a Pit Bull at Dinosaur BBQ

Bouncer Encounters a Pit Bull at Dinosaur BBQ

There are regulars at the bar at T-Rex, which seems odd at first when you consider that it's a BBQ joint, but not so odd when you remember that the only other bars in the area are Pyramid Alehouse and…
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Calendar, Night&Day No Place Like Om

No Place Like Om

Here in San Francisco, it seems you can't throw a bong out of a window without it landing on a yoga studio. The ancient practice is so popular, there's even a dedicated yoga room SFO. Most of us are already…
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Calendar, Night&Day Strayed but Not Lost

Strayed but Not Lost

Cheryl Strayed is a motherfucking heart surgeon. Few who have read her can claim they haven’t been touched by her writ-ing in some profound, life-altering way. From her frank, evocative Dear Sugar advice column on the literary website The Rumpus…
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Film, "Decoding Deepak": Son Sees Right Through His Guru Father

"Decoding Deepak": Son Sees Right Through His Guru Father

Made and narrated by a son in an attempt to reconcile his own perception of his father with that of the public at large, Gotham Chopra's Decoding Deepak is as much an exercise in self-help as it is a demystification…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Author Cheryl Strayed: on Dear Sugar, Keeping the Faith, and Palling around with Oprah

Author Cheryl Strayed: on Dear Sugar, Keeping the Faith, and Palling around with Oprah

By Byard DuncanLast Valentine's Day, author Cheryl Strayed stood onstage at the Verdi Club in the Mission and told hundreds of strangers the biggest secret she's ever kept.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The 84th Academy Awards: a Timeline

The 84th Academy Awards: a Timeline

People plan parties around this stuff, so we assume you probably watched too. But just in case you didn't, here's a timeline of the 84th Academy Awards ceremony. They make it this long just to mess with us all,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Prophet of Circumstance

Prophet of Circumstance

A mellow doc that seems all set to cash in on the "spirituality" market, Jennifer Fox's new film My Reincarnation was actually in production for more than 20 years, beginning when Yeshi Silvano Namkhai was a half-Italian acne-victim teen just…
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Calendar, Night&Day Engaging Gotham

Engaging Gotham

No passion for fashion is required to enjoy Bill Cunningham New York, an absorbing portrait of legendary New York Times "On the Street" photographer Bill Cunningham, but a sense of history and tragedy might help. Director Richard Press doggedly shadows…
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Calendar, Night&Day Photographer Engages Gotham

Photographer Engages Gotham

No passion for fashion is required to enjoy Bill Cunningham New York, an absorbing portrait of legendary New York Times "On the Street" photographer Bill Cunningham, but a sense of history and tragedy might help. Director Richard Press doggedly shadows…
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Music, All Shook Down Funny Pic: Meet 50 Winfrey, a Mutant Cross Between Oprah and 50 Cent

Funny Pic: Meet 50 Winfrey, a Mutant Cross Between Oprah and 50 Cent

Now this is just wrong -- but it's so, so right. Here are four reasons why:1. This is a great photoshop job, duh. Love that they kept Fitty's 'stache.2. Back in '06, if you're old enough to remember, 50 Cent…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dog Day Afternoon

Dog Day Afternoon

It's always hard to share the holidays with someone of different politics — even the politics of dog training. Put Cesar Millan and the SF SPCA in a room together and watch out! Here's the story: A few years ago,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Power Plants

Power Plants

There are people who’ll tell you that medicinal plants exist all over: in public parks, along roadsides, and some even in your own backyard. There are people who will lead you on journeys to gather such species and show you…
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Calendar, Night&Day Shop at Barney's

Shop at Barney's

The Cremaster Cycle films are either your thing, or they're not. If you like lush, shocking, obliquely allegorical art films, none is finer. Matthew Barney's Vaseline sculptures, deep-background testicular structure, and gorgeous image-construction are famous, and justly so. The seven…
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Dining, SFoodie DVR Alert: Michael Pollan Chats Up Food on <em>Oprah</em>

DVR Alert: Michael Pollan Chats Up Food on Oprah

Tomorrow at 4 p.m., in a food-themed episode of her show, Oprah Winfrey will host Michael Pollan, the Berkeley-based swami of sustainability, along with actress and vegan-ista Alicia Silverstone and Chipotle Mexican Grill founder Steve Ells. They will discuss ―…
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Film, <i>Precious</i> locates the heart &#151; and hell &#151; of its heroine's struggle

Precious locates the heart — and hell — of its heroine's struggle

In her broad outlines, Claireece Precious Jones risks sounding like the epitome of ghetto cliché: an obese, illiterate 16-year-old; mother to a four-year-old Down syndrome daughter and now pregnant again; physically and psychologically abused by her mother; repeatedly raped by…
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Culture, Stage Three Little Pigs

Three Little Pigs

Everyone loves a good rags-to-riches story. The idea of a downtrodden person overcoming the odds to rise to the heights of success has been a narrative archetype since classical times. Tales about Aladdin and Cinderella continue to delight children, while…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Franz

The Franz

Love him, hate him, Oprah outcast Jonathan Franzen has a place on bookshelves across the country. His 2001 novel The Corrections provided fodder for cocktail gossip while simultaneously managing to penetrate gnarled Gen-X hearts with its story of aging parents…
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Calendar, Night&Day Spanglish Probably Won't Cut It

Spanglish Probably Won't Cut It

For eight years, native speakers and other people who can hold up their end of a literary conversation in Spanish have gathered at the end of every month, in the back room of the Mission District's famous workers-collective bookstore. Does…
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Dining, SFoodie Sunday Smorgasbord: Chocolate Salon at Fort Mason

Sunday Smorgasbord: Chocolate Salon at Fort Mason

Click here for more photos. All snaps by Janine Kahn. Chocoholics stormed Fort Mason Sunday for a slice of the San Francisco International Chocolate Salon. Smart parents bought their wee ones (kids under 6 got in free), but everyone…
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