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News, Sucka Free City A Small World Cup, After All: A Tinier Version of World Cup Fever

A Small World Cup, After All: A Tinier Version of World Cup Fever

The ongoing World Cup has united legions of soccer fans in bars, public squares, or gathered around an iPad on the park bench — a scene both high-tech and straight out of Norman Rockwell. A small coterie of fans of…
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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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Film, "Tasting Menu": A Food-as-Life Metaphor That Never Leaves the Table

"Tasting Menu": A Food-as-Life Metaphor That Never Leaves the Table

It's closing night at a fancy restaurant on the coast of Spain. A genial celebrity chef (Vicenta N'Dongo), whose movie this seems to be until it abandons her, has decided to step back and survey her life. First she'll oversee…
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Film, "Breathe In": Never Let Classical Musicians Into Your Home

"Breathe In": Never Let Classical Musicians Into Your Home

Director Drake Doremus once again casts Felicity Jones as an exchange student from England, romancing an American in a thwarted love story. And why not? The formula worked very well in Doremus' 2011 feature Like Crazy. This time, the American…
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Dining, Eat Impure Thoughts: Drinking "Kitchen Sink Blends" is Not Palate Suicide

Impure Thoughts: Drinking "Kitchen Sink Blends" is Not Palate Suicide

Chardonnay may still be rocking the national bestseller lists, but here in the Bay Area we've evolved more sophisticated tastes. Wines known as "kitchen sink blends" are hot now around town, and a good way to discover and enjoy new…
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News, Chem Tales Ex-Pats: The Migration to Pot-Friendly States, for Health Reasons

Ex-Pats: The Migration to Pot-Friendly States, for Health Reasons

Before returning home to England, Clark French — a charming 27-year-old with the accent and turns-of-phrase irresistible to the kind of Americans for whom public television is a ritual — capped off a December visit to San Francisco in typical…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows From the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows From the Last Week in S.F. Music

sizzle You know what's awesome? Underground parties. Especially ones thrown by the aces behind As You Like It, who packed Berlin DJ Prosumer and a mishmash of house bros and trenchcoated trend-surfers into a cement environs for a less-than-legal party…
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News, Your Humble Narrator You Can't Go Home Again: A Strange Offer of Spanish Citizenship Brings the Past into the Present

You Can't Go Home Again: A Strange Offer of Spanish Citizenship Brings the Past into the Present

Perched on a far western scrap of this far western city, it's easy to forget about the vast continent sprawling behind. This is where the journey ends. You've gone as far as you can go. Ours is a city nourished…
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Music, Hear This Primal Scream: Show Preview

Primal Scream: Show Preview

Primal Scream might not be the U.K.'s best rock band, but it's certainly the country's most innovative. That's because of the group's willingness to augment its '70s-era rock 'n' roll with wildly divergent influences pulled from the '90s rave scene:…
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Music, Hear This Saxon: Show Preview

Saxon: Show Preview

It may not have reached the global audience of fellow New Wave of British Heavy Metal bands like Iron Maiden and Def Leppard, but veteran U.K. group Saxon has definitely earned its place in headbanging history. Led by charismatic singer…
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News, Ask Me Anything: Having a Forced Conversation with an Artificial Intelligence

Ask Me Anything: Having a Forced Conversation with an Artificial Intelligence

In the early 1960s, Hanna-Barbera conceived an animated TV sitcom that imagined a typical American family in 2062: Dad commutes to work in a flying saucer; young Elroy putters to school by pushing buttons on his jet-pack; the women (ahem)…
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Dining, Eat The Cavalier: A Posh British-Themed Restaurant Rides Into Union Square

The Cavalier: A Posh British-Themed Restaurant Rides Into Union Square

Theme restaurants are tricky things to pull off. Go too far, and you've got an overblown headache like the Rainforest Cafe. Don't push far enough, and the place feels half-done and hollow, like circus-ish Straw. But done just right —…
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Dining, Recent Openings

Recent Openers July 3-9, 2013

Aquitaine: French chef Laurent Manrique's wine bar is inspired by his home region in southwestern France, and will heavily feature wines from that area. In addition to the vin, there is a food menu that includes duck confit and oysters…
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SF Weekly Letters

Flipside of Little Spain Reader tastes something different at Coqueta: Did Anna Roth and I eat at the same restaurant ? I've been to Coqueta three times and each time enjoyed everything I ate…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sing, Sip, and slap

Sing, Sip, and slap

Musical chairs, ping-pong, and a karaoke DJ walk into a theater together — no, it’s not the setup for a bad joke — it’s the hilarious event concept from American Tripps, Singin’ and Pingin’. A semi-regular occurrence, tonight’s Pingin’ will…
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Dining, Eat B. Patisserie: New French Bakery in Pacific Heights Traffics in Everything Nice

B. Patisserie: New French Bakery in Pacific Heights Traffics in Everything Nice

The father of modern French pastry is often considered Marie-Antoine Carême, a chef in the early 19th century who baked Napoleon's wedding cake, pioneered vibrant window displays in the patisseries of Paris, and is widely credited with inventing nougat and…
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Music, Hear This Savages: Show Preview

Savages: Show Preview

Savages' sudden blast upward proves that you should never underestimate the value of mystique. The London post-punk outfit has only been active since October 2011, but it's already amassed a substantial following among music journalists based on the electricity of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Family History

Family History

Flamenco, dance of passion and resistance, has its origins in southern Spain, blending Andalusian and Romani dance with the Spanish seguidilla, emerging at about the same time as the Spanish settlement of California. Celebrated dancer Carolina Lugo, who has performed…
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Music, Hear This The Specials: Show Preview

The Specials: Show Preview

If you're married with a kid but you should be having fun, there are worse things you could do this weekend than go skank your brains out to The Specials. This legendary U.K. ska crew created some of the most…
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Dining, Eat Biergarten: Now with 100 Percent More Burgers

Biergarten: Now with 100 Percent More Burgers

Parker Vaughan was flipping his signature patties at the company picnic when his employees decided to give it a whirl back at work. After all, hamburgers find their origins in Hamburg, Germany. Now, Biergarten brings burgers alongside beer and brats…
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