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Culture, The Exhibitionist Could the Seven-Person Bike Save Us All? No, But It's Awesome

Could the Seven-Person Bike Save Us All? No, But It's Awesome

Welcome to The Spokesman, our bi-monthly bicycle column written by French Clements, a San Francisco resident and distance cyclist who considers it pretty routine to ride his bike to Marin County or San Jose and back. He belongs to a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Report: More People Biking than Ever, but S.F.'s Infrastructure Lags

Report: More People Biking than Ever, but S.F.'s Infrastructure Lags

Two years ago, after a fact-finding trip to a few bike-friendly cities in Europe, some S.F. heavy hitters came home glowing with good ideas. Forthwith, the Board of Supervisors approved legislation laying out a goal for the year 2020: that…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>We're Getting On</em>: The Triumphs and Perils of a 2,000-Mile Bike Book Tour

We're Getting On: The Triumphs and Perils of a 2,000-Mile Bike Book Tour

Welcome to The Spokesman, our bi-monthly bicycle column written by French Clements, a San Francisco resident and distance cyclist who considers it pretty routine to ride his bike to Marin County or San Jose and back. He belongs to a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tips for Bringing Your Bike on BART at Rush Hour

Tips for Bringing Your Bike on BART at Rush Hour

Welcome to The Spokesman, our bi-monthly bicycle column written by French Clements, a San Francisco resident and distance cyclist who considers it pretty routine to ride his bike to Marin County or San Jose and back. He belongs to a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Dying on a Bike Not All that Popular, Despite Recent Report

Dying on a Bike Not All that Popular, Despite Recent Report

Welcome to The Spokesman, our bi-monthly bicycle column written by French Clements, a San Francisco resident and distance cyclist who considers it pretty routine to ride his bike to Marin County or San Jose and back. He belongs to a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Day Tripping Across the Bay by Bike: A Starter Course

Day Tripping Across the Bay by Bike: A Starter Course

Welcome to The Spokesman, our bi-monthly bicycle column written by French Clements, a San Francisco resident and distance cyclist who considers it pretty routine to ride his bike to Marin County or San Jose and back. He belongs to a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Bicycle Music Festival: A Convincing Argument Against Roller Skates

The Bicycle Music Festival: A Convincing Argument Against Roller Skates

Welcome to The Spokesman, our bi-monthly bicycle column written by French Clements, a San Francisco resident and distance cyclist who considers it pretty routine to ride his bike to Marin County or San Jose and back. He belongs to a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tell Me About Your Bike: Street Interviews with Cyclists

Tell Me About Your Bike: Street Interviews with Cyclists

Welcome to The Spokesman, our weekly bicycle column written by French Clements, a San Francisco resident and distance cyclist who considers it pretty routine to ride his bike to Marin County or San Jose and back. He belongs to a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Opinions Clash on the Surprisingly not-Simple Topic of Bicycle Helmets

Opinions Clash on the Surprisingly not-Simple Topic of Bicycle Helmets

When it comes to polarizing social issues, the choice of whether to wear a helmet while biking is midrange. It's below legalizing same-sex marriage, but above, say, the battle to digitize the nation's medical records. In the behelmeted corner, we've…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Recover a Stolen Bicycle? Maybe -- If You Do It Right

Recover a Stolen Bicycle? Maybe -- If You Do It Right

Whether through web-based tracking or old-timey brute force, stealing a bike still seems easy. Far easier than getting the damn thing back. All you bike-theft victims, disregard the recent case of a Washington, D.C., man spotting his stolen ride on…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist How to Prepare for Bike to Work Day

How to Prepare for Bike to Work Day

Even if you're generally allergic to marketing campaigns, Bike to Work Day -- happening tomorrow (Thursday) in San Francisco and beyond -- seems like one of those can't-lose deals. Bicycling in itself isn't that difficult, but if you're going to…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Bicycles Don't Have to Be Deadly to Pedestrians

Bicycles Don't Have to Be Deadly to Pedestrians

Welcome to The Spokesman, our weekly bicycle column written by French Clements, a San Francisco resident and distance cyclist who considers it pretty routine to ride his bike to Marin County or San Jose and back. He belongs to a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Four Tips for Bicyclists at Stop Signs

Four Tips for Bicyclists at Stop Signs

Welcome to The Spokesman, our weekly bicycle column written by French Clements, a San Francisco resident and distance cyclist who considers it pretty routine to ride his bike to Marin County or San Jose and back. He belongs to a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist S.F. Cyclists: If We Don't Communicate Well With Others, We Don't Deserve Respect

S.F. Cyclists: If We Don't Communicate Well With Others, We Don't Deserve Respect

Welcome to The Spokesman, our weekly bicycle column written by French Clements, a San Francisco resident and distance cyclist who considers it pretty routine to ride his bike to Marin County or San Jose and back. He belongs to a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Concept Dance Series Mixes Performance, Socializing -- and Helping Out

Concept Dance Series Mixes Performance, Socializing -- and Helping Out

The Concept dance series is a rare bird hiding in San Francisco's cultural aviary. Put on by RAWdance, it's pay-what-you-can, semi-undiscovered, and there's free food. First-date heaven! Or, for those muddling around sans date, you're practically guaranteed to meet new…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Geek Love, Geek Sex, Geek Worship -- In Other Words, a Typical Writers with Drinks

Geek Love, Geek Sex, Geek Worship -- In Other Words, a Typical Writers with Drinks

The big thing you need to know about the monthly series Writers with Drinks is this: Arrive super early, maybe even an hour before, for your chance at a stool or a booth. The Make Out Room is a pretty…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Jaap Blonk's Vocal/Visual Assault Is Strange, Difficult, Silly -- And Amazing

Jaap Blonk's Vocal/Visual Assault Is Strange, Difficult, Silly -- And Amazing

When idiots talk about wanting to de-fund the arts, Jaap Blonk is the kind of artist that they're angry about. He makes wacky sounds with his mouth and throat and gets paid for it, which could mean that he's…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Israel's Batsheva Dance Co. Is Unpredictably Severe -- Protesters Call for Boycott

Israel's Batsheva Dance Co. Is Unpredictably Severe -- Protesters Call for Boycott

Anytime you see the Batsheva Dance Company in performance, you can pretty fairly expect a gut-wrencher, a blasphemy without words. It's a trademark of the Tel Aviv troupe's leader, Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin. But last Saturday, audience members entering YBCA's…
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Pina 3D Is Stunning, Beautiful -- and Ultimately Vapid

No matter how you feel about about Pina 3D, the feature-length documentary from Wim Wenders on German choreographer Pina Bausch, one thing is indisputable. This 3D thing basically solves the problem of dance on film. What problem? Think on…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist German Modern Dance <em>Danz&oacute;n</em> Is Even Weirder Than You Think It Would Be

German Modern Dance Danzón Is Even Weirder Than You Think It Would Be

Danzón by Tanztheater Wuppertal December 2, 2011 Zellerbach Hall, U.C. Berkeley Better than: A ride in a submarine. A housewife licks the floor clean, an old queen demonstrates her royal curtsy, video clips of tropical fish fill the stage in…
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