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Dining, Fresh Eats Choose Your Own Arepa at The Palace

Choose Your Own Arepa at The Palace

Chef Manny Torres Giminez celebrated his one-year anniversary at The Palace just last month. Giminez, whose restaurant resume includes A16, SPQR, Quince, and Coi, became well-known for his affordably priced tasting menus at his prior stints at Mr. Pollo and…
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Dining, Fresh Eats Minas Brazilian Restaurant & Cachaceria: Your New Caipirinha HQ

Minas Brazilian Restaurant & Cachaceria: Your New Caipirinha HQ

In the space formerly home to Canto Do Brasil comes Minas Brazilian Restaurant and Cachaçeria, an equally vivacious pre-opera or post-World Cup match Brazilian restaurant painted the colors of a macaw's feathers. If it sounds like it might be part…
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Music, Hear This Quantic: Show Preview

Quantic: Show Preview

The English producer, DJ, composer, and musician Will Holland spent the past seven years writing, performing, and recording music largely in Cali, Colombia, surrounded by local and regional artists, designed mostly for home listening. But Holland, aka Quantic, was itching…
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Music, Hear This Maximo Park: Show Preview

Maximo Park: Show Preview

Never doubt the allure of a mystery concocted by Maxïmo Park. "I visit South America via a dead man's words/Undercover priests and barren parks/I visit through a different man's images/Exercising in his underwear, laminating the past," Paul Smith sings to…
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Calendar, Night&Day Jump!

Jump!

Few sports lend themselves to the cinema as well as the ones featured in the Nor Cal Free Flight Film Festival. Now in its fifth year, the festival is an annual screening of all things "free flight." That's skydiving,…
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Dining, Eat Cholo Soy: The Best Damn Ceviche You've Ever Had in a Mini-Mall

Cholo Soy: The Best Damn Ceviche You've Ever Had in a Mini-Mall

Cholo Soy is an education in the simple pleasures of Peruvian food. Unlike more upscale Peruvian restaurants in town like La Mar, at Cholo Soy there's no printed menu, everything is $10, and the basic lunch counter offers the kind…
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Calendar, Night&Day Theatrical Report

Theatrical Report

Daniel Alarcón spent a lot of time in Peru's most notorious prison, gathering the history of the place as well as of the residents, during the writing of his second novel, At Night We Walk in Circles. The book…
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Calendar, Night&Day Road Trip to the Colony

Road Trip to the Colony

Forging ahead while founder Caitlin Myer rewrites one of her two in-progress novels from Uruguay, The Portuguese Artists Colony returns to the Hotel Rex for the latest in their semi-monthly series with the theme “Road Trip.” In town from Chicago…
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Dining, Eat Roxy's Cafe: Overreaching Tasting Menus Still Hold Promise

Roxy's Cafe: Overreaching Tasting Menus Still Hold Promise

There's been a lot of chatter on the Internet lately about the so-called "tyranny of tasting menus," and whether the elaborate multi-course meals are a pleasure or a burden for the diner. I'm of the opinion that it largely depends…
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Film, "No": Out-Advertising a Dictatorship

"No": Out-Advertising a Dictatorship

Like baseball movies, election movies tend to get binary and boring. Here comes that final pitch, and it'll be a grand slam or a strikeout, and either way our hearts will ache, right? Not always, thankfully. Revisiting the 1988 plebiscite…
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Film, "Bel Borba Aqui": Cool Art, Nasty Arthropods

"Bel Borba Aqui": Cool Art, Nasty Arthropods

The demolished buildings of Salvador, Brazil, are substrates for public art to one native son. Bel Borba, a mixed-media artist with a huge personality, just rents a cherry picker and paints the exteriors with humble tools — primarily paint rollers…
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Culture, Art Animal Matter: Get Close to ROA and Chinese Calligraphy

Animal Matter: Get Close to ROA and Chinese Calligraphy

In this golden age of street art, where JR and Banksy are embraced from the slums of Brazil to the Hollywood Hills, we've gotten spoiled by the sheer volume of indelible imagery that's popped up on buildings, sidewalks, and other…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Photo of the Day: Coit Tower Parrots

Photo of the Day: Coit Tower Parrots

Iconic San Francisco Animals: Coit Tower Parrots These red-masked parakeets have made San Francisco their home for almost 20 years. See them prominently hanging around Telegraph Hill and Coit Tower.…
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Dining, Eat Pop-Up Arepas: Maite Catering Expands Its Reach

Pop-Up Arepas: Maite Catering Expands Its Reach

Constanza Ortiz of Maite Catering pretended to glare at me when I liken arepas to pupusas. She is quick to distinguish between the arepas of her home country, Colombia, and the similar Salvadorean snack, which she assures me are heavier…
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Dining, Eat Drink of the Week: La Mar's Vamos Pa' Chicha

Drink of the Week: La Mar's Vamos Pa' Chicha

When you've been to enough bars and had enough cocktails, you learn to glean information from the contents of a drink. Tease through the evidence in the ingredients like a CSI (Cocktail Special Investigation) detective and you can find the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Big Race

Big Race

One of the biggest names in Formula 1 racing, Ayrton Senna was 34 years old when a well-placed blow from a suspension shaft ended his life at the San Marino Grand Prix in Imola, Italy. Overcast with foreboding, Asif Kapadia's…
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Dining, Eat Pamonha's Brazilian Cuisine: Sweet Corn Delight Justifies a Drive to Daly City

Pamonha's Brazilian Cuisine: Sweet Corn Delight Justifies a Drive to Daly City

You have to give the smiling corn-cob sign above Pamonha's Brazilian Cuisine credit for truth in advertising. The cafe specializes in corn, or more specifically, a type of sweet-corn tamal (called pamonha) that's hard to find in the United States.…
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Film, "Senna": Doc Looks at Fast Life and Early Death of Formula 1 Martyr

"Senna": Doc Looks at Fast Life and Early Death of Formula 1 Martyr

One of the biggest names in Formula 1 racing, Ayrton Senna was 34 when a well-placed blow from a suspension shaft ended his life on Tamburello curve at the San Marino Grand Prix in Italy. Overcast with foreboding even for…
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News, The Snitch Environmental Fanatic Runs from South America to Alaska ... Barefoot

Environmental Fanatic Runs from South America to Alaska ... Barefoot

Considering some of the insane stories we read in the news these days -- like "Kerry Campbell" saying she gave her 8-year-old daughter Botox -- Henry Sanchez's tale about running barefoot from Argentina to Alaska isn't that hard to believe. …
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Dining, Eat Arepas on the Run

Arepas on the Run

In the taxonomy of sandwiches — the grinders and the pita pockets, the panini and the smørrebrød — there is one commonality that separates the sandwich from all other classes in the handheld food phylum: the bread. The Venezuelan arepa…
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