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Culture, Know Your Street Art All You See Is Beauty: 4801 Third St.

All You See Is Beauty: 4801 Third St.

The Bayview is rich in street art that's political, historical, and altogether radical. And then there's Shawn Bullen's All You See Is Beauty, a frolicking work that went up in November at the corner of Oakdale Avenue and Third Street,…
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News, Chem Tales Your Money or Your Livelihood: Pot Dispensaries Decide to See How Serious the Justice Department Is

Your Money or Your Livelihood: Pot Dispensaries Decide to See How Serious the Justice Department Is

In the drug war, San Francisco is more like no man's land than it is a combat zone. Or it could be territory already lost to the enemy, if you're a prohibitionist or a drug warrior. In 2011, the federal…
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Calendar, Night&Day ART Everywhere

ART Everywhere

Art collectors, enthusiasts, and zealots are freaking out in preparation for the fourth iteration of Art Market San Francisco, the Bay Area's largest contemporary and modern art fair. The four-day event features drool-worthy pieces to purchase from over 70…
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Calendar, Night&Day Belle of the Ball

Belle of the Ball

For some Bay Area dwellers, this is about as religious as it gets. Carnaval San Francisco has, for the past 36 years, showcased amazing global cuisine, arts and crafts, about a million scantily-clad women, and a massive parade down…
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Music, Hidden Agenda When Metal Isn't Metal

When Metal Isn't Metal

Given that the band came out of the Bay Area metal scene, it's not surprising Worm Ouroboros doesn't play metal. San Francisco metal bands tend to venture from common roots to disparate ends. In interviews, the members of Worm Ouroboros…
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Calendar, Night&Day Anarchist Literature

Anarchist Literature

You've just finished writing your short story, "My Landlord is an Algorithm," about futuristic Bay Area gentrification. And you said a lot of the things you wanted to say, but you feel like there's something more you could do.…
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Culture, The Whore Next Door Traffic Jam: Sex Workers Take Sides in the Sex Trafficking Debate

Traffic Jam: Sex Workers Take Sides in the Sex Trafficking Debate

"Teens sold for sex aren't prostitutes, they're rape victims." That's what the billboard just a few blocks from my house reads. I live in West Oakland near San Pablo Avenue, where the reality of minors in the sex industry is…
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News, #Takingupspace: A Queer Dance Party Changes Its Tune by Asking Straights to Stay Away

#Takingupspace: A Queer Dance Party Changes Its Tune by Asking Straights to Stay Away

On Feb. 15, Oakland-based queer dance party, Ships in the Night, posted this on its Facebook page: "if you are *cis* straight & thinking of coming to Ships In The Night, please consider that you are taking the place of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Street All-Stars

Street All-Stars

Each is a standout Bay Area artist. Each is as comfortable in the street doing public work as he is painting and exhibiting inside a gallery. Eddie Colla, Hugh Leeman, and D Young V share an aesthetic vision that is…
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Dining, Distillations Surveying the Haight Street Playa at Noc Noc

Surveying the Haight Street Playa at Noc Noc

My friends were so late it looked like I'd been stood up. Normally this would trigger my extremely tedious abandonment issues (thanks, junior high), but there is no bar I'd rather be stood up in. Noc Noc is a world…
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News, Sucka Free City Techno Neanderthalensis: The Browser Continues to Haunt Programmers

Techno Neanderthalensis: The Browser Continues to Haunt Programmers

It's no secret that many web developers wish Internet Explorer would go the way of VHS. It's clunky, it's slow, it's several iterations behind current browsers-of-choice like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. It's the province of Microsoft PC owners who…
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News, Sit on It: After a Strike and a Shutdown, Things Are Running Again, but They're Still Filthy

Sit on It: After a Strike and a Shutdown, Things Are Running Again, but They're Still Filthy

The decision to do up BART trains with carpeting and luxuriantly padded seats has been a generational head-scratcher. But, last week, we learned it's working for someone. On Monday, Oct. 21, the Public Defender's office trumpeted a favorable verdict for…
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Music, Dark Progress: Local Label Flenser Is Helping Black Metal Evolve

Dark Progress: Local Label Flenser Is Helping Black Metal Evolve

Mission District venue The Lab is intentionally blank. With no signage out front, no decorations on the white walls and no stage in the main room, the unadorned space funnels all attention to the performance inside. This August, a large…
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Music, Michael Franti's <i>All People</i>: Blasting Good Vibes, But Provoking Bad Ones

Michael Franti's All People: Blasting Good Vibes, But Provoking Bad Ones

Unequivocated, unself- conscious, uncynical positivity is the prevailing theme of All People, the latest album from San Francisco pop-reggae singer Michael Franti, and the result is 40 minutes of music that will make you loathe the idea of happiness. At…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Loud Kind of Quiet

The Loud Kind of Quiet

In dance, the body is substituted for the voice, the urgency of muscle and bone taken as universal, various languages codified in the form of techniques. All this replaces the dominance of the mouth and makes the lungs more…
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Music, Sound Cities: New Bay Area Music Festivals

Sound Cities: New Bay Area Music Festivals

Major music events define the places that host them — think of the way Outside Lands or Hardly Strictly Bluegrass are now inseparable parts of San Francisco's cultural identity, even in a crowded city with dozens of annual festivals. This…
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News, Sucka Free City Cremains of the Day: Good News: You Won. Bad News: You&rsquo;re Still Alive

Cremains of the Day: Good News: You Won. Bad News: You’re Still Alive

Many contests elicit entries by promising the chance of a lifetime. This one can truly deliver. Bay Area residents of a certain age have, for years, been receiving cards of a most peculiar sort from the Trident Society. Next to…
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Music, Hieroglyphics Holiday: Indie Hip-Hop Ringleaders Throw a Free Party

Hieroglyphics Holiday: Indie Hip-Hop Ringleaders Throw a Free Party

Start looking and you'll see the logo everywhere, especially here in the Bay Area. It's one thick circle, a short straight line, and three dots, which together form an abstract face with a third eye. In total the image is…
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Calendar, Night&Day Don't Panic

Don't Panic

Global sea levels are expected to rise dramatically over the next 100 years, a scary prospect for residents of a city surrounded by water. But beyond signing up for swimming lessons, what can we do to prepare? The Commonwealth…
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Music, Hear This Jel: Show Preview

Jel: Show Preview

It's been nearly seven years since Oakland producer and rapper Jeffrey Logan, better known as Jel, released his last album — but you can't accuse the guy of being lazy. This co-founder of Anticon Records has been waving the Bay…
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