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Dining, Distillations Distillations: Going the Distance at The Hidden Vine

Distillations: Going the Distance at The Hidden Vine

"I have this friend, Scott, who just discovered he's a hipster," I tell Janine over a glass of Spanish wine at The Hidden Vine. "He looked up 'hipster' on Urban Dictionary, and there it was." "Oh no!" she says. It's…
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News, The Snatch

The Snatch: Never Mistaking Anything for Anything Else

Safeway to Heaven A taxi driver who mistook a walkway for an auto exit managed to strand his cab on the stairs last week at the Market and Church Safeway. Tom Nguyen, a manager at Vina Cab, told SF Weekly…
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News, Seats of Power: The Strange and Terrible Saga of Moving Bronze Art Chairs Across the Street

Seats of Power: The Strange and Terrible Saga of Moving Bronze Art Chairs Across the Street

Primitivo Suarez-Wolfe is a talented artist. Maybe too talented: Anyone carelessly plopping down upon what appears to be a soft, inviting recliner on a sidewalk at Church and Duboce will receive an impromptu lesson on where his coccyx is. The…
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Culture, Know Your Street Art Know Your Street Art: Untitled Bunnies, Corner of Haight & Laguna

Know Your Street Art: Untitled Bunnies, Corner of Haight & Laguna

Jeremy Fish says his bunny sculpture — the one that's stood for two years at the southwest corner of Haight and Laguna streets — is supposed to be both funny and creepy. The creepiness comes from the skull in the…
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News, Feature Checkmate: Who's Letting Debt Collectors Terrorize Consumers

Checkmate: Who's Letting Debt Collectors Terrorize Consumers

Illustration by Brian Stauffer. Julie Orr has plenty of reasons to bounce a check. In just a few years, she's gone from running a successful advertising business to being a single mom on disability. Hers is a dilemma of…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Makes a Sweet Plea for Forgiveness at Specs'

Bouncer Makes a Sweet Plea for Forgiveness at Specs'

Specs' leaves me with a bad feeling. Not for what it is, but because of my behavior there a few years ago. I was drinking a beer, and the bartender made a martini for someone else, poured it into its…
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News, Sucka Free City How Bay Area Corporations Resemble Their (Human) Neighbors

How Bay Area Corporations Resemble Their (Human) Neighbors

The Supreme Court may have confirmed that corporations are people, but many Americans remain skeptical. These so-called people, after all, avoid the dues our society demands: Chevron has never been to the dentist. Google has never waited in line at…
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News, Sucka Free City

Rant: Entitled Freeloaders Have It Their Way at Safeway

Ranters: Two thirtysomething women buying, respectively, diet soda and laundry detergent; an entitled young man eating cake and leafing through a magazine while sitting cross-legged on the floor in the magazine aisle nearby. Location: Safeway at Market and Church. Time:…
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Dining, Eat State Bird Provisions: Western Dim Sum Constantly Surprises

State Bird Provisions: Western Dim Sum Constantly Surprises

First to come around was a tray of crudités, each of the small plates a minimalist collage: a single baby fennel spear, whirled pyramids of romanesco broccoli, and tiny radishes orbiting a tuft of whipped goat cheese. When we nodded…
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Culture, Stage "The Waiting Period": Brian Copeland Pushes Through Depression

"The Waiting Period": Brian Copeland Pushes Through Depression

You can be forgiven for having great expectations for The Waiting Period, Brian Copeland's new solo show at the Marsh. His last play, 2004's Not a Genuine Black Man, became the longest-running solo show in Bay Area history. A chronicle…
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News, Feature Enter: A Superhero: The Ray Faced Down Cops to Help Occupy, But His True Mission Is Darker

Enter: A Superhero: The Ray Faced Down Cops to Help Occupy, But His True Mission Is Darker

Illustration by Sam Kennedy. Around 11:30 p.m., The Ray stepped onto Broadway in downtown Oakland, certain of what he had to do. The peaceful general strike march of Nov. 2 had ended, and now rioters swarmed, smashing windows and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Rhymes with “Best”

Rhymes with “Best”

In Anytown, U.S.A., being part of a live radio broadcast probably means getting a prank call from some Howard Stern wannabe on an FM morning show who tricks you into thinking you’ve been fired and that your wife is sleeping…
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Dining, Eat Kasumi and Chotto: Predictable Japanese Food Gets Playful

Kasumi and Chotto: Predictable Japanese Food Gets Playful

The all-purpose neighborhood Japanese restaurant — you know, the one that specializes in udon, tempura, and California roll combos, and begins with a free cup of miso soup — is finally on the wane. Or rather, it's evolving: Now that…
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News, Sucka Free City

Sex club spanked with lawsuit from patron injured during bondage play

On the evening of Sept. 8, 2007, Reina Nevraumont was bound by her hands and feet and hanging from the ceiling. So far, so good. A devotee of San Francisco's BDSM scene, Nevraumont was attending the Power Exchange sex club,…
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Music, Bouncer

3300 ways to make friends

It's hard to tell whether bars foster phony relationships. When you feel a certain fealty to your fellow man sitting next to you, is that genuine bonhomie, or just the booze talking? Or how about that cute bartender who always…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

District Champions Balboa on the ropes: The article "A Study in Size" gave an inaccurate picture of the situation regarding small schools in the San Francisco Unified School District. While small schools are a fine setting for some…
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Music, Reviewed Jet Black Crayon

Jet Black Crayon

I love my Safeway Club Card. I use it every day. According to what's on sale, I pick my meals. For instance, if nectarines, frozen pizzas, and deli-sliced mesquite turkey are sale items, guess who's eating mesquite turkey all week?…
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News, Feature Vlad the Mad

Vlad the Mad

Kid walks into a bar, right? It's an open mike at a dive in the Mission, or maybe it's a bar in SOMA or a pub in Palo Alto, but anyway it's always the same -- clinking glasses, clacking billiard…
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Dining, Social Grace

The Misanthrope

Dear Social Grace, I enjoy your column very much, and I pretty much always agree with your advice. I believe in proper etiquette, and I try to be a polite person. The thing is, I fail all too often. I…
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Dining, Social Grace

By Any Other Name

Dear Social Grace, My last name is five syllables long and rather difficult to pronounce. I usually pronounce my name for people as soon as they reach a point where they have to say it (whenever I call a company's…
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