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Best Band Gaucho Best Blog Beast in the Jungle Best Comedy Club Cobb's Comedy Club Best Dance Company ODC Best Dance Party Fringe Best Gallery Sucession Art & Design Best Gaming Site Zynga Best Live Theater Z Space Best Movie…
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Best Musician to Listen to While Studying or Doing Homework

There's no secret to helping you focus better — unless you count Adderall — but studies have shown that listening to music before or while performing a task can improve attention, memory, and even your ability to perform mental math.…
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Best Musician to Listen to When You're Missing Summer

Day Wave, Marin native Jackson Phillips' lo-fi, indie-pop band, sounds like a red popsicle that melts between your fingers as you lick it while sitting Indian-style on a patch of grass. It's the leaves rustling in the trees holding up…
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Best Visual Representation of S.F.

Kendrick Lamar is from Compton, but Colin Tilley, the director of the music video for Lamar's song "Alright" — which was nominated for four MTV Video Music Awards and was performed by the artist at the 2016 Grammy Awards —…
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Best Date With Built-In Conversation Starters

Let's face it: Grabbing a drink is the least exciting first date imaginable. It's boring, and it makes you seem boring, too. Instead, bring your companion to Oddball Films, an aptly named DIY cinema in the heart of the Mission.…
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Best Place for Free Art

In the last year alone, the San Francisco Art Institute's Walter and McBean Galleries have taken quite a beating. They've had a ton of concrete poured down the steps, left to harden, and they've supported a multi-ton pool dedicated to…
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Best Venue to See an Artist Up Close and Personal

There are a lot of risks involved with seeing a show. The sound could suck. The artist could be battling a sore throat. The guy standing next to you could accidentally spill his beer all over you. Anything could happen.…
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Best Venue to See a Show If You're a Lazy Motherfucker and Love Sitting

There are a number of reasons why you should see a show at The Regency Ballroom — its ornate, turn-of-the-century architecture and eclectic lineup of performers, to name a few — but no reason is more compelling than the venue's…
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Best New Art Space

The night Minnesota Street Project opened its doors, a round-the-block line celebrated this much-needed new space. This sleek-yet-massive (35,000 square feet!) warehouse in the Dogpatch offers a crucial lifeline to the arts in a city that is increasingly inhospitable to…
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Best Live Venue

From tiny hole-in-the-wall clubs to historic performing halls, San Francisco boasts one of the nation's best live music scenes. (Yeah, that's right, Bold Italic 2.0.) Within the cozy confines of Potrero Hill's Bottom of the Hill, you'll find cheap beer,…
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Best Place to Hear Music, See Art, and Eat Food (All At Once)

Savvy San Franciscans already know this, but the Dogpatch is the place to be right now. The neighborhood's industrial roots means it has space to play with, and several new, artistically minded projects are doing very exciting things with that…
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Best Random Jazz Quartet at a Bar

Inhabitants of San Francisco's Barbary Coast were a rugged lot, but boy did those folks know how to drink. Cocktails and tinctures from the 1900s are the beverages of choice at The Devil's Acre, one of the newer ventures from…
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Best Place to Outfox Your Friends

Perhaps you've tired of walloping your friends at Halo, or the appeal of spending every Saturday night calling Lyfts outside of DNA Lounge at 2:30 a.m. is rapidly diminishing. If so, why not get 10 of your besties together and…
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Best Way to Get Cultured Without a Tie

If finding your way to the War Memorial Opera House for a performance of Carmen or The Magic Flute isn't in the cards, SF Opera Lab is here to bring the experience to you. Conceived as a pop-up show, SF…
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Best Dance Party

The monthly phenomenon formerly known as Trannyshack may have undergone a name change — and become a weekly event — but it hasn't stopped the party from raging full force. Hosted by Oasis denizen and local drag legend Heklina, Mother…
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Best Place to See Fine Art Inspired by Wes Anderson

Once a year, the popular art gallery known as Spoke Art transforms into a landscape of Wes Anderson wonder. "Bad Dads" is an Anderson-inspired show that owner Ken Harman has mounted since 2011, a group outing that features everything from…
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Best Thing to Help You Love the Mission Again

OMG, the Mission is so over. It's like the worst. The last time we ventured over there, we were run down by a Tesla, and some Dropbox bros stole our jump rope. If you're feeling similarly Mission-averse these days, you…
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Best Worst S.F. Spinoff

San Francisco's favorite (fictional) family made its return this spring with Netfix's Fuller House. While this Full House spin-off offers a new take on a '90s favorite, the jokes just never seem to land and the plot lines feel like…
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Most S.F.-Obsessed Artist

If San Francisco is full of microclimates, it's also full of microcultures. These are the cultures that Wendy MacNaughton inhabits, like the area around Sixth and Mission streets, whose daily scenes of transience and permanence come alive in MacNaughton's drawings…
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Best Civic-Minded Artist

When the San Francisco Arts Commission wanted someone to dress up City Hall for the building's 100th anniversary last year, and become the structure's first artist-in-residence, it took a leap of faith by choosing Jeremy Fish. The leap paid off…