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Dining, SFoodie Monday Seven: SPiN Opens Tonight

Monday Seven: SPiN Opens Tonight

SPiN Opens Tonight Susan Sarandon's been on a tear. She's a…
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Culture, Stage I Do: New Conservatory and the Thrillpeddlers Put Fresh Spins on the Nuptial Tradition

I Do: New Conservatory and the Thrillpeddlers Put Fresh Spins on the Nuptial Tradition

If you attempt to resist the steamrolling charm of New Conservatory Theatre Center's Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays, you're not just hardening your heart — you're missing out on the way tenderness can work as activism, on the…
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Culture, Art Makeup, Sex: A  Drag Queen  Considers the Importance of  Makeup on the Occasion of a  New Cosmetics  Counter

Makeup, Sex: A Drag Queen Considers the Importance of Makeup on the Occasion of a New Cosmetics Counter

"Hey Gurl, did you hear M•A•C just opened a new shop?" "Yeah? No (giggles)." "Yeah it's a "pro-fusion store" (hair toss) like airbrush makeup 'n' stuff, but they have regular shit too." "Oh, that sounds cyute." It was cyute. When…
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Dining, Eat 7 Places to Eat After Hardly Strictly

7 Places to Eat After Hardly Strictly

It's getting dark and cold, you've been drinking all day (especially if you followed our bartender-written punch recipes in our pull-out feature) and you've had your fill of music and festival food. Here's where to head while you wait for…
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Dining, Eat Make Way for Dumplings: Shanghai Dumpling King's Still on Top of the Scene

Make Way for Dumplings: Shanghai Dumpling King's Still on Top of the Scene

Just to reveal my bias upfront: Few things on earth bring me more pleasure than a plate of juicy pork dumplings straight from the steamer, something to keep in mind during my assessment of Shanghai Dumpling King's specialty. The Outer…
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Film, "Shanghai Calling": Golly, Isn't Shanghai Terrific?

"Shanghai Calling": Golly, Isn't Shanghai Terrific?

Shanghai is like a beautiful woman. Shanghai and construction go hand in hand. Shanghai is the new land of opportunity. Shanghai isn't a hardship post for outcasts anymore; it's a gold star on your résumé and it's attracting the best…
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Dining, Eat M.Y. China: S.F.'s Most Expensive Dim Sum

M.Y. China: S.F.'s Most Expensive Dim Sum

We live in a magical land called the Sunset, where delicious dim sum dumplings can be had for 50 cents apiece, so paying $18 for five is definitely a seismic shift. That's the price of the pork and black truffle…
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Dining, Recent Openings

Recent Openers

A weekly listing of new dining spots around town. To recommend a spot, e-mail fresheats. Beacon Coffee & Pantry: 805 Columbus (at Mason), 814-2551, beacon-sf.com. North Beach. Coffee and tea. Coast: 3815 Noriega (at 45th Ave.). Outer Sunset. Coffee and…
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Dining, SFoodie Shanghai Tries to Break a Restaurant Curse

Shanghai Tries to Break a Restaurant Curse

Shanghai opened on August 22 on Market and Dolores, and although the large space is in what many might consider to be a prime location, others have deemed it something of a cursed location. The building has been home to…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sweet, Merciful Zeus

Sweet, Merciful Zeus

During the last Summer Olympics, nearly 70 million Americans watched Shanghai’s opening ceremony -- it was an impressive if somewhat eerie phantasm (a gymnast ran on air, the weather was controlled by scientists, and a little girl was given a…
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Culture, Stage "Hot Greeks": Thrillpeddlers and Cockettes Revive Drag Pleasures

"Hot Greeks": Thrillpeddlers and Cockettes Revive Drag Pleasures

A few years ago, the Thrillpeddlers, San Francisco's theater of the gaudy, gory, and grotesque, embarked on a collaboration that could hardly have been more successful: teaming up with the surviving members of the Cockettes, the gender-bending troupe whose weekly…
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Calendar, Night&Day Debauchery Good Enough for a Second Look

Debauchery Good Enough for a Second Look

Combine Poe's The Masque of the Red Death with Fellini's La Dolce Vita, persuade most of your actors to show off their peens, then stage the whole thing as a '30s musical revue. You might end up with something like…
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Calendar, Night&Day ‘Out There’ Is Here

‘Out There’ Is Here

Buried deep in everyone’s heart is the passion to perform. Don’t you secretly want to dress in 1960s getup, strap on a ukulele, and do Tiny Tim covers? No? Maybe that’s just us. Regardless, the hard part (besides mustering up…
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Culture, Stagecap

"Vice Palace": Theater Review

Combine Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death" with Fellini's La Dolce Vita, persuade most of your actors to show off their peens, then stage the whole thing as a '30s musical revue. You might end up with something like…
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Calendar, Night&Day Vintage Debauchery

Vintage Debauchery

Combine Poe's The Masque of the Red Death with Fellini's La Dolce Vita, persuade most of your actors to show off their peens, then stage the whole thing as a '30s musical revue. You might end up with something like…
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Dining, Eat Fresh Eats

Fresh Eats

The New Lumpia Lumpia Shanghai are the Pringles of the Filipino-American buffet table. No Filipino party would be complete without somebody's tita (auntie) having made hundreds of the pork-filled, deep fried mini spring rolls — so many that you eat…
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Calendar, Night&Day Happy Ending

Happy Ending

Thrillpeddlers, well-known for blowing dust and gristle off Grand Guignol plays from early-20th-century Paris, have set their sights a bit closer to home for their Theatre of the Ridiculous Revival. Forty years ago, the Cockettes — a lurid, shimmering, acid-soaked…
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Dining, Eat Fresh Eats

Fresh Eats

Ten Restaurants We're Still Mourning By Jonathan Kauffman With the great scything-down of 2008 well past us, San Francisco's restaurant industry sent up hundreds of new blooms in 2010, some of them quite brilliant. Yet competition, normal restaurant-world pressures, and…
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Dining, SFoodie Dumpling Kitchen, a New Contender in the Soup Dumpling Contest

Dumpling Kitchen, a New Contender in the Soup Dumpling Contest

You might think the contest the title of this post refers to is about the quality of the xiaolongbao, or Shanghai-style soup dumpling, but the contest is really which foodista can convince rivals that he or she has eaten the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Taking a Shine to It

Taking a Shine to It

The Great Wall of China is made of glass. It glows like mother-of-pearl, and you can see right through it, to figures of people moving on the other side. It was all made by hand, by one woman, and as…
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