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Culture, Art Highwire Act: Mural by Day, Light Show by Night

Highwire Act: Mural by Day, Light Show by Night

It's one of the Bayview District's biggest structures — ­as tall as the Statue of Liberty and as long as a football field. Located at Pier 92, the former industrial complex — comprised of two connected grain silos — has…
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News, Sucka Free City Another Day in Paradise: Palm Trees on the Bridge? What Could Go Wrong?

Another Day in Paradise: Palm Trees on the Bridge? What Could Go Wrong?

What do you get for the billions-over-budget, years-behind-schedule bridge that has everything? Palm trees, naturally. A phalanx of hulking Canary Island Date Palms was last month installed on the eastern portion of the new Bay Bridge. These run $15,000 a…
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News, Letters

SF Weekly Letters September 18-24, 2013

Editor's Note You know the story of Lincoln's ax? Over years of mythic, presidential use, first the head and then the handle were replaced, which begs the question: Is it the same ax anymore? The question can be extended 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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News,

The Snatch: The Snack Pack of News

The Bridge is Out, Then In The great news is that the new Bay Bridge will open on time. The bad news is that the Bay Bridge will be closed for five days over Labor Day weekend while crews finish…
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News, Sucka Free City Pedicabs: A Highly Regulated Industry -- in One Neighborhood

Pedicabs: A Highly Regulated Industry -- in One Neighborhood

For a pedicab operator, hauling tourists along the Embarcadero takes more than shapely thighs; it also requires a run through the gauntlet of city policy. Jeffrey Larson — who hopped coasts from Brooklyn last May — is a six-year veteran…
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Calendar, Night&Day Span of Knowledge

Span of Knowledge

Bridges are among the first things that come to mind when people around the world think of San Francisco, but how many of us know anything about them? Lucky for us, local architect Donald MacDonald is considered one of the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Fire in the Sky

Fire in the Sky

Call us old-world traditionalists, but we believe New Year's Eve should be about romance. There are packs of people in this big small town who think it's All That to visit the desert around Labor Day, drop acid, and fall…
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News, Sucka Free City The Old Gray Mare: At 75, the Bay Bridge Remains Hardworking and Overlooked

The Old Gray Mare: At 75, the Bay Bridge Remains Hardworking and Overlooked

On Nov. 10, a group of Caltrans officials gathered on Treasure Island to give a few speeches and cut some cake. A modest gathering by any standards, for the 75th anniversary of the Bay Area's hardest working bridge, this was…
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Calendar, Night&Day Love Letter to a Big Metal Workhorse

Love Letter to a Big Metal Workhorse

The Golden Gate Bridge might be the more iconic span, but there’s a special place in our jaded hearts for its argent-hued counterpart to the east. That said, the Bay Bridge isn’t widely considered a fount of artistic inspiration. In…
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News, Matt Smith Erosion at Ocean Beach could send sewage into the sea

Erosion at Ocean Beach could send sewage into the sea

San Francisco is renowned for bad public infrastructure pro-jects such as the $1 billion Central Subway to Nowhere, or the overdue, overbudget, and untested $7 billion eastern Bay Bridge rebuild. But no local facility seems quite so shitty nowadays as…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Kev Choice’s song a day series gives Bay Area concerns a beat

Kev Choice’s song a day series gives Bay Area concerns a beat

Bay Area rappers spent 2009 responding to current events and social memes with memorable singles. Two prime examples: Mistah F.A.B.'s nod to trendy chatter, "Hit Me on Twitter," or Paris' late-November track, "Side Effect," which entered the health care debate…
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News, Sucka Free City

List: Bridging the safety gap

In light of the recent structural failures on the Bay Bridge — even after repairs — how is Caltrans planning to ensure that the bridge remains safe in the future? • Next time, use double-sided tape • Positive thinking •…
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Dining, Eat Local Kitchen & Wine Merchant: Bland Name for Bomb Food

Local Kitchen & Wine Merchant: Bland Name for Bomb Food

Expectations were high for the first meal at Local Kitchen & Wine Merchant. For one thing, I thought I knew what to expect. I'm a big fan of chef Ola Fendert's other S.F. restaurant, Oola, and not just for its…
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Summer Guide, Summer

Picnic in the City

This is San Francisco, celebrated more for fog and damp than al fresco dining. While our true summerlike heat never really blooms until calendars have already declared the season kaput, the next few months promise to be a great time…
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Dining, Eat Omnivorous

Omnivorous

When choosing a restaurant to please a mixed group of both carnivores and shunners of red meat, one's first choice would not usually be a steakhouse. But when faced with such an assignment for a recent dinner, I decided to…
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