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Dining, SFoodie Thursday Ten: Smitten Opens Saturday in the Marina

Thursday Ten: Smitten Opens Saturday in the Marina

Smitten Opens in the Marina Housed in the former Judy's Cafe — and in a building that…
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Music, Hidden Agenda Hidden Agenda: Landfill Experimentalists

Hidden Agenda: Landfill Experimentalists

Concertgoers already know Mark Treise as the bassist of CCR Headcleaner. Live, he's bedazzled, bedecked with charms, and somewhat bedraggled, churning out the thick low-end beneath CCR Headcleaner's woozy riffs. He's graceful within the tempest of a rock group —…
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News, Sucka Free City

Extracurricular Activities: Public Servant Misconduct in 2012

This year, employees of the Department of the Environment were not nabbed running a Styrofoam ring. The Historic Preservation Commission didn't raze any historic buildings, and the Board of Supervisors Public Safety Committee failed to gather in neutral zones wearing…
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Dining, SFoodie Will California Join San Francisco in Banning Styrofoam Takeout Containers?

Will California Join San Francisco in Banning Styrofoam Takeout Containers?

According to an AP story published in the SF Chronicle today, state senator Alan Lowenthal has just introduced a bill that would ban polystyrene takeout containers -- aka Styrofoam -- in California state. SB 568, which passed the Senate in…
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Dining, Eat Down-home goes upscale at Wexler's

Down-home goes upscale at Wexler's

It's easy to imagine the earliest form of cooking — throwing meat onto a wood fire, from which it emerges smoky and charred — evolving into what we now celebrate as barbecue, with all its attendant rituals. Despite our love…
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News, Sucka Free City

Free at Last

Blogger Josh Wolf has earned status as a living First Amendment martyr by cooling his sideburns in a federal prison for the past six months. His "crime": He refuses to give authorities the unedited version of the video he shot…
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Culture, Artbeat

Our critics weigh in on local exhibits

"Beaut Brute." Al Pacino's Scarface would approve. Taro Hattori's latest installation is a gangster's dream décor. The walls are lined with a row of assault rifles painstakingly constructed out of see-through plastic. In the center, two more rifles, of…
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Culture, Art

Our critics weigh in on local exhibits

"Beaut Brute." Al Pacino's Scarface would approve. Taro Hattori's latest installation is a gangster's dream décor. The walls are lined with a row of assault rifles painstakingly constructed out of see-through plastic. In the center, two more rifles, of…
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Culture, Art

Artbeat

"Ab Ovo." Like an art-world version of Telephone -- the game in which a message gets garbled through repeated transmission -- Steven Hull's project is designed to take us somewhere unexpected. Hull administered the MMPI-2TM (a psychological test that measures…
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Calendar, Night&Day Art Bandits

Art Bandits

The word "pirate" conjures up a caricature of a one-earringed buccaneer who sails the high seas, plundering others' treasures and burying the loot in a far-off Shangri-La. But in recent years, "piracy" has come to refer to the misuse of…
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Listen Up, Listen Up Feature The Good Deed

The Good Deed

The late-winter rain is my worst enemy. Dreary afternoons transform me into a hibernating bear hungry only for sleep. In these uninspired moments, I take the 71 bus from Chinatown to Amoeba Records for the purpose of finding uplifting new…
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News, Night Crawler Normal Weekend

Normal Weekend

"Do you think things are finally getting back to normal?" The question is posed by a longtime acquaintance as I am standing on an elevated concrete walkway, surveying a balcony outside the Berkeley Art Museum where more than 100 museum…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

For years, techno culture ran counter to pop music. Instrumental, synthetic, and largely devoid of melody, electronica's output was anything but radio-ready. Recently, however, the artists on Germany's Morr Music label have embraced more tuneful dictates, adopting lyrics, live instruments,…
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Dining, Eat New Life

New Life

I cursed whoever firebombed Tong Palace back in January 2001. I'd just discovered the place a week earlier and decided it would make a fabulous addition to my dining repertoire. The old Tong Palace was a few cuts above the…
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Music, Reviewed Why? / Odd Nosdam

Why? / Odd Nosdam

Putatively, this CD contains two different EPs -- Why?'s You'll Know Where Your Plane Is ... and Odd Nosdam's EAT. But when listening to them collectively, you can easily forget the release is made up of two movements, since the…
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