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News, The Snitch Obama to Give Oakland Some Lovin'

Obama to Give Oakland Some Lovin'

Oakland has long been considered San Francisco's dumpy stepsister. No, the city doesn't have a kick-ass ballpark on the waterfront, but Oakland does have the East Bay Rats fight night, an evening filled with blood, babes, and booze. President Barack Obama's recent trips…
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"Casa de mi Padre": Making the Will Ferrell-in-Spanish Movie

Casa de Mi Padre is a Spanish-language comedy starring Will Ferrell as a simpleminded, asexual Mexican cowboy who welcomes the return of his prodigal brother Raul (Diego Luna) to the family ranch but eyes Raul's beautiful fiancée with suspicion. The…
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Music, Hear This Show preview: Carolina Chocolate Drops

Show preview: Carolina Chocolate Drops

Most people can't help but associate the banjo with "Dueling Banjos" from the backwoods nightmare film Deliverance. But the Durham, N.C.–based old-time string band Carolina Chocolate Drops trace the instrument's history from Gambia to the 1830s, when whites in America…
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Music, Clipd Beaks soar to new heights with <i>To Realize</i>

Clipd Beaks soar to new heights with To Realize

With an aesthetic that ranges all over the sonic map, hitting rhythmic postpunk and layered psychedelic drone, Oakland trio Clipd Beaks can be difficult to pigeonhole. Not that journalists haven't tried, sometimes with rather inaccurate results — giving the band…
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Dining, SFoodie Drinking off the Beaten Path at Ottimista Enoteca-Cafe

Drinking off the Beaten Path at Ottimista Enoteca-Cafe

Northern Italy's Piedmont region is known as one of the country's greatest winegrowing areas, and local purveyors Ottimista Enoteca-Cafe (1838 Union at Octavia) want to take a virtual detour from the beaten path of classic wines like Barolo and…
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Music, Home studio inspection with Dominique Leone

Home studio inspection with Dominique Leone

Dominique Leone is a recovering music critic. His writing has appeared everywhere from Pitchfork to Paste. It's easy to take this fact and run with it, as his piecemeal grabs from rock history could easily come from academically ingesting truckloads…
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Summer Guide, Summer

Yes, It's Still the Haight

You may not be able to find Janis herself roaming the Haight these days, but you can find: Solar-Powered Bobble Heads (by Tomy) Where: Giant Robot How much: $16-$18 Camouflage Padded Bra (by Rosa) Where: New York Apparel How much:…
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Summer Guide, Summer Music Highlights

Music Highlights

JUNE 30-JULY 1 Michael Feinstein at Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness (at Grove), S.F., 864-6000, JULY 1 Zepparella and Tom Jonesing at Slim's, 333 11th St. (at Folsom), S.F., 255-0333, JULY 2 Vans Warped Tour '05 with…
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Calendar, Kid Stuff Gone With the Wind

Gone With the Wind

SAT 5/24 At "Whoosh," Zeum's new exhibit about wind, curious minds can explore what role the powerful force plays in flight. Better yet, they can find out for themselves. The show features two interactive installations -- Bird's Eye View and…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Great Escapes for Lovers

Love in the Bay Area can be expensive. Fancy dinners out, weekend getaways, private investigators -- these things usually don't come cheap. But there are a few odd gems that couples can enjoy together for not a lot of money.…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Panna Cotta

Panna cotta is one of the simplest and most transcendent of desserts. Although its name means "cooked cream" in Italian, this rich, feathery union of sugar, vanilla, gelatin, and (lots of) cream is barely simmered, and only for a couple…
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Night Crawler

Given the relentless summer heat of Pleasanton, the newly cropped grass outside the Alameda County Fairgrounds seems an unlikely shade of green -- that is, until a few hundred well-placed cars transform the grassy area into a rural parking lot.…
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News, Letters


Piedmont Rhapsody The recent "Ultimate Guide to Bay Area Filmgoing" (Nov. 6) describes our theater as "typically efficient" and concludes with a "Yawn." Such remarks grossly underestimate the uniqueness of the Piedmont Cinemas, where I am chief of staff and…
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Reel World

My Brilliant Career The gawky S.F. State grad, proud of his new degree in film production, couldn't help overhearing the United Artists Theaters exec huddling with his minions. "Don't go hire some film buff," one staffer cautioned the boss. "That's…
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