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News, Your Humble Narrator Plight of the Valkyries: The San Francisco Opera, Like So Many Others, Fights to Keep the Fat Lady Quiet

Plight of the Valkyries: The San Francisco Opera, Like So Many Others, Fights to Keep the Fat Lady Quiet

It's early Saturday morning, and the gathered throng patiently waits, five abreast, in a line snaking around three lengthy blocks of a neighborhood that hasn't quite figured out what costume to wear. Body and fender shops and storage facilities abut…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Finds Intrigue on the 39th Floor at the View

Bouncer Finds Intrigue on the 39th Floor at the View

San Francisco has its fair share of sky lounges, those hotel bars that offer a panoramic view of the city. I'm not sure why the View is my favorite one, but there's something snuggly about the place. It just trumps…
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Calendar, Night&Day Good Luck is Hard Work

Good Luck is Hard Work

For many of us, familiarity with mochi is limited to ice-cream pockets sold at Trader Joe’s. Yet within Japanese culture, the soft rice cake is essential for a happy new year. These days, most folks settle for store-bought varieties because…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Steps into the Twilight Zone at the Saloon

Bouncer Steps into the Twilight Zone at the Saloon

I have a few personal earworms that periodically run through my head. Every time I turn on the furnace at home, for example, I sing Glenn Frey's "The Heat Is On." When I go to the Pet Club to buy…
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Calendar, Night&Day What a Dish

What a Dish

Zahra Noorbakhsh has a thing about curry. Which is to say, a lot of people ask her about curry. She's of Middle Eastern descent, you see, and such people must eat curry, like, a couple of times a day, right?…
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Calendar, Night&Day What a Dish

What a Dish

Zahra Noorbakhsh has a thing about curry. Which is to say, a lot of people ask her about curry. She's of Middle Eastern descent, you see, and such people must eat curry, like, a couple of times a day, right?…
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Calendar, Night&Day Art Crawl

Art Crawl

S.F Open Studios is the largest program of its kind. Launched 32 years ago, it's been ushering looky-loos into workspaces since first-responders moved into the Mission and SOMA and began laying the groundwork for art scenes, warehouse conversions, and, ultimately,…
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Music, Bouncer

Barstool poetry 101: Parting words for 2006

The end is nigh. The year is fading. This was a great one for me, all told. I saw the grave of Andy Gibb, my guinea pigs had babies, Trader Joe's brought back its great deal on uncooked jumbo shrimp,…
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News, Sucka Free City Welcome to the Neighborhood

Welcome to the Neighborhood

The nightclub Mighty is billing itself as "a hidden gem in the emerging So-MissPo district" — "SoMiss-Po" being a contraction of SOMA, Mission, and Potrero that has "emerged" as a district only in Mighty's PR fluff. The club's location, in…
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Dining, Eat Din With Dinner

Din With Dinner

When I called the new North Beach Mexican restaurant Impala to inquire if I needed a dinner reservation that night at 9, the quick response was, "No, no problem," followed by an odd, slightly plaintive plea, uttered just as I…
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Dining, Eat Chocolate U

Chocolate U

My name is Meredith, and I am not a chocoholic. Oh, it's not that I don't enjoy the confection. In fact, at any one time, there may be as many as half a dozen items containing chocolate inhabiting my kitchen.…
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Dining, Dish Enchanted

Pasta Perfect

Look back through the soup cans and frozen Trader Joe's pot stickers of your life and there's always "the dish" -- the one that started it all, the one that began in obscurity, rose to enjoy a brief period of…
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Best of San Francisco, Shopping & Services

Best Chance for a Decent Date

The Internet Looking for love in the big city can be a big, honkin' pain in the ass. You've encountered one too many half-drunk idiots at your neighborhood bar (and after one too many happy-hour margaritas, you've found them interesting).…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Place to Stock Up on Party Basics

Yeah, you can buy anything under the damn sun at TJ's and buy it by the truckload. And yeah, the prices are rock bottom and sometimes even ridiculously low. But the quality ain't bad and the selection is out of…
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Best of San Francisco, Shopping & Services

Best Thing That Ever Happened to a City With Too Many Cars

Owning a car in San Francisco is a terrible bargain. Beyond the expense of buying the vehicle and paying insurance, traffic and parking are such deterrents that many car owners drive only often enough to avoid street-cleaning tickets. City CarShare…
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Dining, Eat Middling Italy

Middling Italy

There's a restaurant in the town I grew up in that's been serving the same fair-to-middling Italian food for decades. Everyone goes there for lunch or dinner or a cocktail, and on any given Saturday night the din is stratospheric.…
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Calendar, Halloween

Night Crawler

As a warm, summer dusk settles over SOMA, hints of ukulele and roast pig waft through the intersection of Harrison and Eighth Street. Trader Joe's shoppers looking for parking in the lot nearby subconsciously yearn for the sound and scent,…
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