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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: The Wolfman of El Camino

Yesterday's Crimes: The Wolfman of El Camino

Ed Barbara of Furniture USA was the Bay Area's undisputed king of commercial interruptions in the 1970s and 80s. No commercial break during my childhood was safe from his rapidfire promises of easy credit, all delivered as he floated…
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News, The Snitch Will Judge Judy Watchers Sink Proposition F?

Will Judge Judy Watchers Sink Proposition F?

If you've been anywhere near a television in the past several months, chances are you've been subjected to a No on Prop. F campaign ad. Airbnb's $8.3 million is paying for a lot of things, but the big ticket…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist New Developments for Three of the Best-Ever TV Shows With (Tenuous) SF Connections

New Developments for Three of the Best-Ever TV Shows With (Tenuous) SF Connections

I’ve been reluctant to write about the Golden Girls LEGO project, as, in spite of my personal obsession with the show, it has little to nothing to do with San Francisco. However, four of SF’s drag queens staged line-by-line…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist In the pit for Game Of Thrones premiere at S.F. Opera House

In the pit for Game Of Thrones premiere at S.F. Opera House

Very few famous people look like you expect them to in real life. The exception, however, has to be George R.R. Martin, who seemed to leap off the page and land right in front of me, all tweed suit,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism for Locals: Tuning into San Francisco's T.V. History

Tourism for Locals: Tuning into San Francisco's T.V. History

While you've been spotting what San Francisco sites were featured on the season premiere of HBO's Looking this past Sunday, we were checking out a local landmark that will probably never be featured on the show, but nonetheless, is…
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Music, All Shook Down The Powers of Television: What to Expect When the Veteran Art-Punks Play S.F.

The Powers of Television: What to Expect When the Veteran Art-Punks Play S.F.

Thinking about Television's upcoming performance at the Independent this Tuesday (Nov. 5), the legendary New York rock quartet's very first Bay Area appearance comes to mind. It's documented on the 1978 album Live at the Old Waldorf, a recording of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Former Homeless Man Seeks to Fix S.F.'s Homeless Problems through a TV Series

Former Homeless Man Seeks to Fix S.F.'s Homeless Problems through a TV Series

Sebastian Hughes believes homelessness is a solvable problem, and he's got anecdotal evidence to prove it: He once called San Jose's Salvation Army Hospitality home. Hughes went on to become a local access television and film producer, vowing to…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic</i>, Season 2, Episodes 24 & 25

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Season 2, Episodes 24 & 25

The second season enters the home stretch with two different kinds of mysteries.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Betty White's "Tired Blood" and John Wayne's Plea in <i>Incredibly Strange Television</i>

Betty White's "Tired Blood" and John Wayne's Plea in Incredibly Strange Television

When I got promoted to "person in charge of the categories" at The Video Zone in Fresno in the early 1990s, I went mad with my newfound power and created a new section: Cult. (I'd actually wanted to call it…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist We Love You Too, Lee: Liberace Salutes San Francisco on His TV Show in 1956

We Love You Too, Lee: Liberace Salutes San Francisco on His TV Show in 1956

Steven Soderbergh is directing a biopic of Liberace for HBO, and pictures have started to emerge of its stars more or less in character: Michael Douglas as Wladziu Valentino Liberace ("Lee" to his friends), and Matt Damon as Liberace's lover,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Things That Really Existed: <i>Starcade</i>, TV's First Video Arcade Game Show

Things That Really Existed: Starcade, TV's First Video Arcade Game Show

The game show Starcade, in which contestants competed on video arcade games, was doomed from the start. It ran from 1982-84, when the industry was in a serious decline, a period now generally referred to as the Video Game Crash.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Game of Thrones</i> Awards: Cersei Lannister Might Be Human After All

Game of Thrones Awards: Cersei Lannister Might Be Human After All

When I was 17, my then-boyfriend's little brother threatened to kill me. The family's apartment was small, so his brother's desktop computer sat directly beside the television. From where I usually sat on the couch, I could see everything…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist HBO's <i>Girls</i>: Startling, Uncomfortable ... and Incredibly Accurate

HBO's Girls: Startling, Uncomfortable ... and Incredibly Accurate

The second episode of Girls aired on HBO Sunday night (we wanted to wait for the second one before we gave a verdict) and, frankly? We freakin' love this thing! Whole-heartedly! Lots of other critics have also received the show…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Five Reasons to Be Pissed Off at the <i>Alcatraz</i> Finale

Five Reasons to Be Pissed Off at the Alcatraz Finale

Within the first five minutes of the two-hour Alcatraz finale, I wished I could fast-forward to the end and find a bullet-pointed list enumerating all of the secrets the show has kept from me until now. So for everyone else…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Alcatraz Recap: Violin Savant Is Creepy-Ass Cool, But the Story Still Has a Long Way to Go

Alcatraz Recap: Violin Savant Is Creepy-Ass Cool, But the Story Still Has a Long Way to Go

The creepiest -- and the best -- part of Alcatraz, Episode 11? Webb Porter, this week's time-traveling visitor from The Rock, is a violin savant. But not just any old bow will do. He must string his bows with the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Aziz Ansari Plans July S.F. Visit on Buried Alive Tour

Aziz Ansari Plans July S.F. Visit on Buried Alive Tour

Comedian and actor Aziz Ansari promises "an evening of bewilderment and disillusion" in his Buried Alive Tour, which plans a stop at San Francisco's Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium on July 20. Ticket sales officially start at 10 a.m. Friday…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Downton Abbey</i> Recap: Season 2, Episode 1

Downton Abbey Recap: Season 2, Episode 1

Welcome back to Downton Abbey. We hope we gave you enough time to read Friday's long-ass preview. The episode starts with a bang! Literally. It was crammed full of plot and we don't want to overwhelm you, so let's break…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Hey, You: Watch <em>Downton Abbey</em> with Us!

Hey, You: Watch Downton Abbey with Us!

Amazing news, everyone! Downton Abbey, the only watchable best show on public television is back for its second season starting Sunday on PBS. The show follows the trials and tribulations of the lords, ladies, and servants of a fictional English…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Bad Sex Jokes of <i>2 Broke Girls</i>

The Bad Sex Jokes of 2 Broke Girls

The surprising CBS hit (surprising because it sucks) 2 Broke Girls has a lot of sex jokes. The show makes fun of Brooklyn hipsters and rich people and is ultimately about cupcakes. It was filmed in 1982. Players: Max (hipster…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Mortified Returns to S.F. Stage, Premieres Interview Show This Week on Sundance Channel

Mortified Returns to S.F. Stage, Premieres Interview Show This Week on Sundance Channel

Recognizing that the artifacts left behind from growing up offer fertile ground for mining comedic gold, David Nadelberg has parlayed his concept of a teen angst-exposing stage show from an event called Mortified with 10 chapters around the world into…
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