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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Gets Fancy at the Redwood Room

Bouncer Gets Fancy at the Redwood Room

If I had some serious money and was visiting this city, I would stay at the Clift Hotel. As soon as you walk into the place you just want to say, "Ooh la la, Sassoon!" It's classy, and not in…
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Calendar, Night&Day Calmly Manic

Calmly Manic

English actor and comedian Russell Brand has described himself “an S&M Willy Wonka,” except that instead of sweetmeats, Brand has surrounded himself with other tasty treats, including heroin, cocaine, and Katy Perry. Flamboyant in his dress, in his public statements,…
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Music, All Shook Down Evolution's Nuts: Darwin Deez Drops Rap Mixtape, Plays Hemlock on Friday

Evolution's Nuts: Darwin Deez Drops Rap Mixtape, Plays Hemlock on Friday

Maybe my bullshit detector has plutonium batteries, but I'm not so sure I trust Darwin Deez. I've read a lot about how he's the new hotness, a genius of musical invention, number ten on the NME's Top 50 Cool…
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Music, All Shook Down Ghosts On Tape Comes Out Creepy

Ghosts On Tape Comes Out Creepy

Tropical plants and girls with the daisy dukes on." "The future and the dirty south." "Brain sandwich." These are a few of the phrases used by Ryan Merry, the DJ behind Ghosts On Tape, to describe the sounds he makes…
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Calendar, Night&Day A World of Pure Imagination

A World of Pure Imagination

We can recall, years ago, being grouped around the TV at some mind-altering hour and obsessively replaying Gene Wilder emerging from the Wonka castle as a hobbled old man. He gets his cane stuck in a brick, falling so far…
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Music, Reviewed The Go! Team

The Go! Team

Proof of Youth is the best record of the year. First there's the grabby opener, "Grip Like a Vice," that takes this Brit band's J.J. Fad fixation and explodes it with massive multi­tracked drum bashing, a '74 cop-show credit roll,…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Mustache Ride

Mustache Ride

Explaining the appeal of the WarioWare series is like trying to describe a fever dream: It doesn't make sense unless experienced. Nevertheless, here goes: Mario's bizarro-universe twin, the greedy Wario, has invented over 200 absurd microgames in a scheme to…
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News, Sucka Free City

Chuck and the Chocolate Factory

Last year was a dark one for chocolate lovers. In July 2005 the Hershey Co. acquired Berkeley's Scharffen Berger; in August, it gobbled up San Francisco's Joseph Schmidt. Sweet-toothed locals were certain this development would be the death knell for…
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Film, Chocolate Kisses

Chocolate Kisses

Roald Dahl's inner child was evidently a contrary lad -- precocious, dark-minded, contemptuous of adult supervision, and fueled by a sense of justice that often proceeded via cruel whim. In Dahl's twisty children's stories, villains throw kids out of windows,…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Hot Chocolate

Giacomo Coffee Bar 120 Stockton (at O'Farrell), 296-4907 "Charlie put the mug to his lips, and as the rich warm creamy chocolate ran down his throat into his empty tummy, his whole body from head to toe began to…
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Best of San Francisco, Sports & Recreation

Best Playground

The pull of the rich over our public realm has downsides. Disproportionate city resources go to yachting and golf. Cops concentrate in tony neighborhoods like the Marina. And, with the election of our Getty-backed mayor, the rich now apparently don't…
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News, Night Crawler The Slime of Their Lives

The Slime of Their Lives

In the early 1990s, there was a very nervous little man, with eyeglasses and a baby-bald head, who used to troll South of Market nightclubs armed with a suitcase of pies and a somewhat tentative request. "Excuse me," he'd murmur,…
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Dining, Eat

Cocoa Nuts

Our weekend visitor was an unrepentant chocoholic, and when we stepped into Alfred Schilling at noon on a warm weekday, she paused at the glass cases in the front to stare at their wealth of obelisk-shaped truffles, filled with such…
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