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Dining, SFoodie A Dive That's Also a Garage: Ernie's Tin Bar in Petaluma

A Dive That's Also a Garage: Ernie's Tin Bar in Petaluma

If you’ve ever gone a-wine tasting north of here and quickly reached your fill of unctuous recitations of obscure tasting notes or replica chateaus, consider driving a little out of the  way for a bracing dose of reality at…
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Dining, SFoodie Slow, Local Food at Petaluma's Bistro 100

Slow, Local Food at Petaluma's Bistro 100

Petaluma is having its 15 minutes of fame — if being the star of a McDonald's TV spot counts as fame. And with fame often comes controversy. In this case Mickey D's shows the surrounding organic farmland and downtown area,…
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Dining, SFoodie Native Kitchen and Kombucha Bar Opens in Petaluma

Native Kitchen and Kombucha Bar Opens in Petaluma

Sonoma County’s Petaluma has been quietly reinventing itself from cow town to North Bay jewel. It was recently named number one in Harpers Bazaar’s best places to visit, home to new foodie havens, and there's a Highway 101 widening…
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Music, Hear This Panda Bear: Show Preview

Panda Bear: Show Preview

It's generally understood that the Bay Area is a forceful creative cultivator, but when, in 2011, Baltimore's Animal Collective blocked out three rehearsal days at the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma to write new material following up its hugely successful album…
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Calendar, Night&Day Legendary Language

Legendary Language

Across from the Transamerica Pyramid, where Montgomery Street meets Columbus Avenue, sits the historic Canessa Building, a brick landmark built in the late 1800s. Canessa Gallery, inside, has hosted countless artists and writers and is an enchanting place to attend…
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Dining, Eat The Mill: Josey Baker Expands to Fresh Flours

The Mill: Josey Baker Expands to Fresh Flours

Josey Baker has been playing with milling his own flour for a while now, and we finally get to taste it. Earlier this month, Baker switched to using fresh-milled rye flour in his much-loved rye loaves at The Mill on…
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Culture, Stage Underbelly Laughs: With Two S.F. Companies, You Can Never Be Sure that the Fellatio Isn't Real

Underbelly Laughs: With Two S.F. Companies, You Can Never Be Sure that the Fellatio Isn't Real

Many theater companies say that making "provocative" art is part of their mission. The Thrillpeddlers is one such company – depending on what you mean by "provocative." Founded in 1991, the Thrillpeddlers pay homage to two gratuitously sexy theater companies…
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News, The Snitch Driver Crashes While "Fooling Around " with Girlfriend

Driver Crashes While "Fooling Around " with Girlfriend

Here's an unfortunate incident of being forced to kiss and tell.California Highway Patrol officers were called to the scene of a car accident on Highway 101 in the North Bay at about 11:45 p.m. Friday where a male driver crashed…
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Music, Rocky's Swag: Roach Gigz Rides His Cocky Charm Toward Rap's Big Ring

Rocky's Swag: Roach Gigz Rides His Cocky Charm Toward Rap's Big Ring

In 2008, the San-Francisco–born rapper Roach Gigz visited New York City. He went out to Southside Jamaica, Queens, the area 50 Cent and his G-Unit crew mythologized in rhyme. He visited Harlem, where he bought two small pet turtles for…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Other White Milk

The Other White Milk

We’re readily amenable to the notion that goats' milk is healthier than cows' milk. Cows are okay, but goats are adorable. The “Goat Girls” even call it a superfood. We’ll rally around that, too, along with anything else that comes…
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News, Letters

SF Weekly Letters

Landlord Dispute Just trying to make an honest living: Thanks for a very interesting story about serial evictees. The first thing that comes to mind is that there should be a name and picture…
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Calendar, Night&Day Squeezing Beasts

Squeezing Beasts

Volpi's Ristorante, in the heart of Petaluma and therefore a farmers' joint, has a small, taxidermy-filled back room. The walls are both greasy and fuzzy, and the color scheme is somewhere between fish tank and meat locker. This haven is…
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News, The Snitch

SFWeekly's Noon (or so) Unusual News Roundup -- Sex, AIDS, Gunfire, and Why Barry Bonds Matters

Why Barry Bonds Still Matters -- And Why Performance-Enhancing Drugs Shouldn't (PopPolitics) "It is fascinating that in a country where there are drugs for all ailments, real and imagined, and the sale of these drugs is in the billions of…
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Music, Reviewed The Velvet Teen

The Velvet Teen

Cum Laude finds Petaluma trio the Velvet Teen attempting the same stylistic 180 it pulled by following up serrated pop stunner Out of the Fierce Parade (2002) with the completely guitarless, piano-driven concept record Elysium (2004). The Iron Chef surprise…
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News, Sucka Free City


It was a noble plan, if fatally flawed from the outset — load up a truck with El Salvadoran fire-lesbians on Pride Sunday and head up to the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma. Drink beer. Eat corn dogs. Check out the…
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Music, OK Then

Northern California Dreamin'

I'm fascinated by the Sonoma County indie rock scene. Bet you didn't even know such a thing existed, huh? Well, it does. It has nurtured great bands like the Velvet Teen and the Rum Diary, both of which practice in…
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Calendar, Night&Day

This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, June 15, 2005 It's time to bust this thing wide open: Shannon Ferguson is from Petaluma. Sure, he's the guitar player for "NYC's" glamorous Longwave, an exploding rock band on the rebound from opening for the Strokes. But usually,…
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News, Feature Image Consciousness

Image Consciousness

Mike Garlington, up-and-coming art photographer, calls. His cell phone isn't working so well. Apparently, he stepped on it while having sex. "You're coming…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

Unnatural Union No, thank you for your brilliant, perceptive letter: As a person with a disability who has worked in conjunction with SEIU on home-care issues since 1993, I have to say I am not too surprised by the relationship…
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Dining, Eat The Best of the Wurst

The Best of the Wurst

I love hot dogs. Ballpark franks, garlicky kosher dogs, even the pale, lukewarm, dubious ones you get at movie theater snack counters -- I eat them all, with mustard and chopped raw onion, if not with equal pleasure. (I've lived…
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