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News, The Snatch

The Snatch: The Week the City Peed on Itself

Some Kind of Champion Sunday's Bay to Breakers footrace brought out the usual miscreants — drunks, public urinators, and of course drug users. And then there was the drunken partially naked guy who was busted taunting the city's bison. According…
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News, Feature Spy Kids: We're Snooping on Students to Stop Them From Snooping on Each Other

Spy Kids: We're Snooping on Students to Stop Them From Snooping on Each Other

In fall 2012, a rattled ninth-grade girl came into the assistant principal's office at Albany High — a small public school in an East Bay suburb near Berkeley — with the type of complaint that ninth-grade girls have voiced…
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News, Feature The Year in Review: Nudity! Yachting! Marmots! And BART Sex!

The Year in Review: Nudity! Yachting! Marmots! And BART Sex!

This is the year of ... what? No one event is adequate to explain it. When you study all the events of 2013 with a deep enough focus, the image becomes noise. You're staring at pixels. How to pull meaning…
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Dining, Distillations Surveying the Haight Street Playa at Noc Noc

Surveying the Haight Street Playa at Noc Noc

My friends were so late it looked like I'd been stood up. Normally this would trigger my extremely tedious abandonment issues (thanks, junior high), but there is no bar I'd rather be stood up in. Noc Noc is a world…
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News, Feature The Show Must Go On: Will Mid-Market's Dramatic Development Attract an Audience?

The Show Must Go On: Will Mid-Market's Dramatic Development Attract an Audience?

Through its many incarnations, the Strand Theatre has become a near-perfect symbol of transitions on Market Street. It hosted stage productions from 1917 until 1977, first as part of a chain run by vaudeville showman Sidney Grauman, and later under…
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News, Spake Your Money-Maker: How Tech Companies Turned Gibberish into a Brand Identity

Spake Your Money-Maker: How Tech Companies Turned Gibberish into a Brand Identity

If the goal of a name is economy — meaning a single word that speaks volumes — then no name in the world is more effective than "Google." A misspelling of the mathematical term "googol," it nonetheless has similar connotations.…
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Dining, Recent Openings

Recent Openers August 28-September 3, 2013

The Beer Hall: This mid-Market bar and bottle shop is certainly poised to get traffic from the nearby Twitter headquarters. 20 California beers tap, a few wines, and a cool-looking wall plastered in bottle caps. 1 Polk, 800-7416. thebeerhallsf.com. The…
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Music, The "Michelle Shocked Thing": How SF Weekly Got Swept Up Into a Media Maelstrom

The "Michelle Shocked Thing": How SF Weekly Got Swept Up Into a Media Maelstrom

It began as no other story in this newspaper: With Todd Vogt, the publisher and president of SF Weekly's parent company, walking into the office SF Weekly shares with the San Francisco Examiner and the San Francisco Bay Guardian and…
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Dining, Bouncer Bouncer Indulges Her Love of "The Bachelorette" at the Horseshoe Tavern

Bouncer Indulges Her Love of "The Bachelorette" at the Horseshoe Tavern

I usually kick off each new season of The Bachelorette by hitting a Marina bar, and this year was no different. Trouble is, this season sucks really bad so far due to the absence of complete and total assholes and…
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News, Feature

The Most Popular Incarnations of S.F. on Twitter

1. San Francisco Fog @KarlTheFogFollowers: 17,626 Started Aug. 5, 2010 Quite possibly the most famous account, @Karlthefog talks weather patterns and posts photographs via Instagram of the Bay Area. The success of this account is such that "Karl" has been…
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News,

Dr. Twitter: The Masses Turn to Social Media for Healthcare Advice

Perhaps social media — or rather, certain forms of social media — aren't overrun by crackpots and conspiracy theorists, after all. Or maybe they just reside in some far off hinterland of the Internet. The point being, Twitter has become…
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News, Feature iHustle: S.F. Tech at South by Southwest

iHustle: S.F. Tech at South by Southwest

It's a warm day in Austin and people are wearing T-shirts. Some, like Drew Sechrist, CEO and founder of San Francisco-based Koozoo, wear brightly colored tees sporting the logo of their own company. This sort of plumage is standard…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bee There

Bee There

Footloose Artistic Director Mary Alice Fry has done the conventional theater thing before, where you “sit there and wait for people to come in and be polite.” But she “just gets really tired of it!” Her new show, Honeycomb Zone,…
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News, Sucka Free City

Barbieri v. KNBR: Fired DJ Discusses Lawsuit with Competitor

When Bay Area fixture Ralph Barbieri sat down for a radio interview in the wake of filing a $10 million age and disability discrimination suit against his longtime former employer KNBR, it could have been interpreted as the normal rollout…
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Music, Best Coast Finds Its Right Place, the Second Time Around

Best Coast Finds Its Right Place, the Second Time Around

Back in 2010, Bethany Cosentino demonstrated that even as a member of the aw-shucks indie rock club, it was possible to become a near-cultural icon with just a few addictive songs, some raw personality, and an active Twitter feed. As…
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Calendar, Night&Day In Her Right Place

In Her Right Place

Back in 2010, Bethany Cosentino demonstrated that even as a member of the aw-shucks indie rock club, it was possible to become a near-cultural icon with just a few addictive songs, some raw personality, and an active Twitter feed. As…
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News, Letters

SF Weekly Letters

Tamales Are Hot Now History in S.F. should include current times: Thanks for a fun article that's quite different from SF Weekly's normal articles . As an "old time" San Franciscan and…
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Dining, Eat Fresh Eats: Belly Burgers: Tom Pizzica Graduates to Pop-Ups

Fresh Eats: Belly Burgers: Tom Pizzica Graduates to Pop-Ups

Perched in a corner of the minuscule kitchen at Clooney's Pub in the Mission, Tom Pizzica doesn't pull any punches when discussing his new pop-up, Belly Burgers. "I want my burger to be the cheapest, fastest, best gourmet burger in…
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Calendar, Night&Day What a Pushover

What a Pushover

How tempting would this be? You see a Big Important County Supervisor standing near the edge of a hotel swimming pool. Or maybe it’s the head of a Big Important Investment Firm — or a group of high-profile people from,…
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Music, Hear This Mummies: Show Preview

Mummies: Show Preview

In the long, loud, freak-studded history of Bay Area garage rock, the Mummies have hollowed out a special place. Founded in S.F. in 1988, this four-piece took stripped-down, amped-up guitar pop to heights of volume, satire, and obnoxiousness, coining the…
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