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Bar: Whiskey Tasting at Seven Stills

Three years ago, Clint Potter was storing dozens of bottles of homemade whiskey in his bedroom. Now, the cofounder of San Francisco distillery Seven Stills has opened a dedicated tasting room in the Bayview — the first hard alcohol tasting…
News, Feature Rape Survivors' Waiting Game

Rape Survivors' Waiting Game

In the spring of 2010, 27-year-old writer and performer Heather Marlowe moved to San Francisco from Olympia, Wash. with big dreams. She’d landed a role singing in a feminist performance of The Little Mermaid and joined a bhangra dance troupe…
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Music, All Shook Down Oakland Metro Operahouse Is Raising Soundproofing Funds to Silence A Noisy Neighbor

Oakland Metro Operahouse Is Raising Soundproofing Funds to Silence A Noisy Neighbor

As Bay Area housing developers look for ways to capitalize on the region’s sky-high rents, music venues are feeling the squeeze. Now, one of Oakland’s few dedicated spots for heavy metal and cabaret says a neighboring property owner —…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Women in the Bay Area Metal Scene That You Need to Know About

Five Women in the Bay Area Metal Scene That You Need to Know About

The Bay Area’s heavy metal scene is known around the world, particularly for being the fertile ground where thrash bloomed. But the region’s metal community is much richer and more varied than that. Its male musicians often get the…
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News, Sucka Free City Remake Way For Tech Buses

Remake Way For Tech Buses

After 31 traffic-related deaths on San Francisco's streets in 2014, Mayor Ed Lee set an ambitious goal of reducing traffic fatalities to zero by 2020. To do that, city transit planners are reducing the width of streets, widening sidewalks, and…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist S.F. Poet Justin Chin Taken Off Life Support After a Stroke

S.F. Poet Justin Chin Taken Off Life Support After a Stroke

San Francisco poet and writer Justin Chin is being taken off life support today after suffering a massive stroke last week, according to friends. Fellow writer Kirk Read, who called Chin “the Kurt Cobain of our writing scene,” reported…
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Dining, SFoodie In Defense of Asking if a Restaurant Can Make Gluten-Free Food

In Defense of Asking if a Restaurant Can Make Gluten-Free Food

A few weeks ago, a pair of San Francisco restaurants posted window signs that have stirred up a hornet’s nest of anti-gluten sentiment. The first to make news was SO’s “We don’t give a shit about gluten-free” tirade; the second…
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Music, From Bauhaus to Funhouse: David J Will Play an Intimate Show in a Historic Hayes Valley Mansion

From Bauhaus to Funhouse: David J Will Play an Intimate Show in a Historic Hayes Valley Mansion

As a member of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets, and later as a solo musician, David J has haunted many of San Francisco's historic venues, from the Old Waldorf to the Cafe du Nord. But when he returns to San…
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Music, Alone No More: Will New Neighbors Tolerate Bottom of the Hill?

Alone No More: Will New Neighbors Tolerate Bottom of the Hill?

Nearly 150 years ago, the corner of 17th and Mississippi in Potrero Hill was home to the Pacific Rolling Mill Co., the largest steel producer on the West Coast. But in the 22 years since Bottom of the Hill opened…
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News, Sucka Free City Could Google's New Mobile Game Make the City Safer?

Could Google's New Mobile Game Make the City Safer?

On any given night, Golden Gate Park's Music Concourse is bustling with smartphone-wielding gamers, battling over virtual energy-spewing "portals" on the park's landmarks. Unlike the park's usual complement of crazies, these gamers are playing Google's new mobile augmented-reality game, Ingress.…
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Music, All Shook Down Pallbearer on the Appeal of Doom Metal and Being Unafraid of Classic Rock

Pallbearer on the Appeal of Doom Metal and Being Unafraid of Classic Rock

When Little Rock's Pallbearer released its debut full-length, Sorrow and Extinction, last February, the band had little idea how special this particular slab of doom metal would become. But listeners and critics showed the group otherwise: they latched onto the…
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Music, Hear This Enslaved: Show Preview

Enslaved: Show Preview

As a landmark in black metal's blasted wasteland, Enslaved stands out for its willingness to brave such non-kvlt musical outings as prog, clean singing, and castanets. The band's Winter Rite tour churns into town with no less than funeral-doom darlings…
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Music, All Shook Down Patrick Wolf: An English (Were)Wolf in San Francisco

Patrick Wolf: An English (Were)Wolf in San Francisco

For a non-native, San Francisco looms large in Patrick Wolf's world. A two-day tryst at the Phoenix Motel during Wolf's Magic Position tour laid the foundation for his song "The Future." But it was a recent October show at the…
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News, The Snitch Even Violent Video Games Are a Healthy Outlet for Teens

Even Violent Video Games Are a Healthy Outlet for Teens

Seventy-nine years ago, Germans gathered in Berlin's Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Platz one May evening. They piled the books of Karl Marx, Bertolt Brecht and August Bebel (for whom the plaza would later be renamed), and burned them in the name of eliminating "un-German"…
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News, Feature A More Perfect Union: Prop. 8 May Lead to Gay-Marriage Rights

A More Perfect Union: Prop. 8 May Lead to Gay-Marriage Rights

Illustration by Andrew J. Nilsen It was by computer-assigned chance that Hank Donat and Jeffrey Halpern became the first gay grooms of San Francisco. When the news broke in May 2008 that same-sex marriage was legal in California, Donat…
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News, Sucka Free City Glen Canyon Park: Tree-Lovers Fight for Non-Native Species

Glen Canyon Park: Tree-Lovers Fight for Non-Native Species

If a tree falls in Glen Canyon Park, does anyone hear it? Yes — but what they make of it depends entirely on personal politics. A long-awaited $5.8 million renovation of Glen Canyon's aging playground, tennis courts, and restrooms this…
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News, Sucka Free City BART Art: Agency Bypasses Locals in Renovation Plans

BART Art: Agency Bypasses Locals in Renovation Plans

Imagine you're a regional transit agency hunting for a piece of art to display outside one of your busiest stations. Do you go with a sculpture of an Aztec serpent god — already built, paid for, and embraced by your…
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News, Sucka Free City Infested BART: Inspection Reports Reveal Serious Pest Problems

Infested BART: Inspection Reports Reveal Serious Pest Problems

Trying to keep BART stations clean is akin to bailing out the Titanic with a shot glass. For starters, you've got folks using elevators and escalators as their own personal toilets. Then there are the rats and the pigeons, skittering…
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iPads for School Lunches: SFUSD Woos Applicants with Prizes

In public schools, there is such a thing as a free lunch. In San Francisco, it might even come with a free iPad. Roughly 62 percent of local public-school students qualify for meal subsidies, but their parents have to file…
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Music, Judgement Day Cleans Up Its String Metal

Judgement Day Cleans Up Its String Metal

Lately, you can't swing a metronome without hitting a local alt-string band. Cellos have cropped up in Giant Squid and Tornado Rider; the latter's Graham Terry plays his while hanging upside down, like some kind of baroque Evel Knievel. Oakland's…
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