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Culture, Summer Guide Summer Guide: Pioneertown's Faux Frontier Paradise

Summer Guide: Pioneertown's Faux Frontier Paradise

ex•plor•er (ik-splawr-er), noun: a person or thing that explores. trailblazer. pathfinder. pioneer. Stand in front of the Jack Cass Saloon in Pioneertown at high noon under a cloudless sky, and it seems as if at any minute the heavy door…
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Culture, Summer Guide

Summer Guide: How to Get to Pioneertown

Getting there: Pioneertown is east of Palm Springs, about eight hours' drive from San Francisco. From Palm Springs, take Highway 62 east; after 20 miles, turn left onto Pioneertown Road and follow it for four miles until you arrive at…
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News, The Snitch Bevan Dufty Brings in the Big Bucks

Bevan Dufty Brings in the Big Bucks

Earlier this month, SF Weekly first reported that Bevan Dufty was officially rebuilding his beleaguered mayoral campaign. When it came to raising cash, Dufty knew he was in a bad position. At the time, he challenged us to call back…
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News, The Snitch Tide Turns Against Kaushal Niroula in Murder Trial

Tide Turns Against Kaushal Niroula in Murder Trial

Have the old boy's powers failed him?​A Palm Springs judge has refused to dismiss murder conspiracy charges against Kaushal Niroula and Danny Garcia, a rare setback in a pretrial process that seemed to favor the two alleged masterminds of the…
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News, The Snitch County Buys Reputed Hacker Danny Garcia a Laptop for Use in Murder Defense

County Buys Reputed Hacker Danny Garcia a Laptop for Use in Murder Defense

I'm harmless, really...​Danny Garcia, who is facing trial in the killing of Palm Springs retiree Clifford Lambert, will be allowed to use a government-purchased laptop for his jailhouse defense, a judge has decided. A City News Service story on the…
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Culture, Summer Guide


DIRECTIONS: Cross the Golden Gate Bridge and continue on Highway 101 about an hour to the Central Healdsburg exit. RENTAL PROPERTIES: Check the Vacation Rentals section on the Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce's site for leads, some as low as $99…
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News, Sucka Free City

When it comes to S.F. politics, Cleve Jones isn't here to recruit you

In recent days, at least three supervisorial candidates for District 8 reached out to former Mayor Art Agnos, hoping for his political benediction. They were all disappointed. Agnos noted that he couldn't pick a dog in this fight while rumors…
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News, The Snitch Alleged Knife Man Added to Accused Gay Grifter Killers' Lineup

Alleged Knife Man Added to Accused Gay Grifter Killers' Lineup

December's Gay Grifter murder, in which a quartet of sex-partner-swapping purported San Francisco con men allegedly killed a lonely, elderly Palm Springs man had, until this week, seemed to lack a key plot element. How did police think they actually…
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Film, Salt of the Earth

Salt of the Earth

Deep in the Southern California desert, 50 miles south of Palm Springs, lies the Salton Sea. Once a resort paradise for the wealthy, now a decaying haven for eccentrics and retirees, the Salton Sea may soon prove an environmental disaster…
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Dining, Social Grace

Tip Trouble

Dear Social Grace, A friend and I recently had dinner at a small restaurant in our neighborhood. The waiter was a little grumpy and he got one of our soups wrong, but he was by no means awful. My friend…
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Music, BeatBox


It's so easy to scoff at the French these days, n'est-pas? From their holier-than-thou dietary practices to their questionable physical hygiene habits to the whole French/Freedom Fry calamity, we've made it a national pastime to point and laugh at the…
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Music, Pop Philosophy

Women who Love Women; A Guy Who Hates Noise

Wait, does this mean Dinah Shore was gay? You win some, you lose some. It's an age-old saying -- overheard as far back as the Crucifixion -- but now it's taking on new meaning thanks to the recent sale of…
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Music, Pop Philosophy No Sleep Till Indio

No Sleep Till Indio

Road trip I hadn't planned on going to the Coachella Music and Arts Festival. I hate big events, with their heinous lines, horrible sound, and often moronic attendees. The last time I went to a large concert was at New…
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Music, Record Review


Richie Hawtin Decks, EFX & 909 (Novamute) This mix CD from Windsor, Ontario's Richie Hawtin just might inspire club DJs to work a little harder; too many have been getting away with submitting a blend of 14 tracks of current…
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News, Feature

Tales of the Circuit

Kurt thoughtfully smooths his goatee with a forefinger and thumb as he surveys the clothes neatly arranged on his bed. Two weeks ago he planned exactly what he'd wear, right down to his snug, black 2(x)ist and white BodyBody briefs,…
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Dining, Eat

Hats Off to Larry!

Chow 215 Church (at Market), 552-2469. Open 11 a.m. to midnight Wednesday through Saturday, till 10 p.m. Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. Reservations recommended for parties of five or more. Parking very difficult (except for Safeway shoppers, across the street). Served…
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