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Dining, Distillations Distillations: Green Fairy Tales at Absinthe

Distillations: Green Fairy Tales at Absinthe

I haven't seen Eric for months — maybe half a year. He looks just the same, making me wonder if I've changed at all. He's found the last free table at Absinthe, in Hayes Valley. Absinthe harkens back to a…
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Culture, Kill Your Television Veterans of Foreign Game Shows: The Allure of Noel Fielding

Veterans of Foreign Game Shows: The Allure of Noel Fielding

Noel Fielding is deliciously bizarre. He's also hot. This combination makes him the Lord Byron of the absurd. He is one of the two stars of The Mighty Boosh, a British sketch comedy show that involves two weirdos who leave…
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Culture, The Whore Next Door Stadium Affair: Polyamory and Professional Sports

Stadium Affair: Polyamory and Professional Sports

I fell in love with the San Francisco Giants in 2009. I had grown up an Orioles fan, so I already had a proclivity for orange and black-clad underdogs that kept me on the edge of my seat. Being a…
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Culture, The Week in Cheap

The Week in Cheap: Free & Cheap Things to Do In and Around S.F. This Week

The Lunchbox Project Silly performance art and propaganda join forces for the "The Lunchbox Project" at the Bites Off Broadway food truck event. You'll be asked to choose sides as the evil, landfill-loving plastic bag monsters get in a tug-of-war…
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Culture, Kill Your Television Missing Persons Report: Fewer People, More Subplots

Missing Persons Report: Fewer People, More Subplots

It's really hard to tell what HBO show will survive and which one won't, which, I suppose, is a good metaphor for the plot of its newest show, The Leftovers. Based on a novel by Tom Perrotta (Little Children), the…
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Culture, The Whore Next Door The Whore Next Door: Femme Defense

The Whore Next Door: Femme Defense

San Francisco has a reputation for being one of the most gay-friendly cities in America, but this year's Pride festivities were marred by two attacks on members of the queer community that are being investigated as hate crimes by San…
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Dining, Distillations Distillations: Exploring the Transitory Nature of Life at The Interval

Distillations: Exploring the Transitory Nature of Life at The Interval

A recluse named Noah bumped into me at a party. "You must really love nightlife, right?" he said. "Parties, bars?" "Well ... sure," I said, desperately hoping he wasn't going to ask me what my "favorite bar" is, or to…
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Culture, The Week in Cheap

The Week in Cheap: Free & Cheap Things to Do in and Around S.F. This Week

18th Annual Urban Youth Arts Festival Was there really any question that graffiti can be "art?" Watch hundreds of talented street artists turn blank canvases into murals during an afternoon of live painting at the park — all set to…
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Dining, Distillations Distillations: Steak Out at Ruth's Chris

Distillations: Steak Out at Ruth's Chris

I was never planning to review the bar in Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. But I needed a fancy celebratory dinner on short notice, the local restaurants I tried were booked, and I've always liked Ruth's Chris's ungainly name and New Orleans…
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Culture, Kill Your Television Daddy Issues: The Only Law Is Sperm Law

Daddy Issues: The Only Law Is Sperm Law

Halfway through a marathon viewing of the worst show on TV, Paternity Court, I realized that the smug superiority I felt toward everyone on the show was hypocrisy. No, I've never been pregnant and not known who the father was.…
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Culture, The Week in Cheap

The Week in Cheap: Free & Cheap Things to Do in and Around S.F. This Week

17th Annual Mongolian Naadam Festival Explore the culture and heritage of Mongolia at this annual folk music, dance, and food celebration. Most people come to see the traditional Mongolian wrestling, along with demonstrations of archery and tug-of-war. Saturday, July 12,…
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Culture, The Whore Next Door Red Alert: The Feds Shut Down an Escort Site

Red Alert: The Feds Shut Down an Escort Site

Last month, thousands of Californians lost their jobs overnight. On June 25, I began getting frantic phone calls from friends and colleagues about the shutdown of the sex work advertising platform, MyRedbook.com. By the afternoon, I had reporters calling me…
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Music, Hidden Agenda Slight Return: Legs' Indie Pop and the Dead Kennedys' Visuals

Slight Return: Legs' Indie Pop and the Dead Kennedys' Visuals

Legs' debut, Pass the Ringo, earned its place on SF Weekly's list of 2013's best local albums by deftly executing minimalist pop. On it, a lush bedrock of guitar mingles with saturated analog production as the band strolls behind the…
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Culture, Kill Your Television Family Values: Corn Syrup for the Mind

Family Values: Corn Syrup for the Mind

When I was a kid I was not allowed to have sugared cereal. (That didn't mean I couldn't secretly pile C&H on my Grape-Nuts, mind you.) One day my mom brought home Quaker Corn Bran cereal. Ugh, I said, reaching…
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Culture, The Whore Next Door This One Time, at Bondage Camp...: Earning Your Naked Crucifiction Merit Badge

This One Time, at Bondage Camp...: Earning Your Naked Crucifiction Merit Badge

"There's no lightning in the forecast, right?" I asked the grizzled man with tattooed fingers who was shackling my naked body to a crucifix. It was beginning to drizzle slightly, and while I'm usually ecstatic to experience a summer thunderstorm,…
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Dining, Distillations Distillations: Powered by Passion at Jamber Wine Pub

Distillations: Powered by Passion at Jamber Wine Pub

The Jamber Wine Pub, on Folsom, was virtually empty when I arrived ­— but, to be fair, I'd come much too early in the afternoon for drinking. Honestly, what the hell was I doing there at all? I was in…
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Music, Hidden Agenda Nick Cave's Fictional Day: Plus, Certain Death with Olympia's Gag, and a Sort-of-Classic Punk Film

Nick Cave's Fictional Day: Plus, Certain Death with Olympia's Gag, and a Sort-of-Classic Punk Film

The phrase "20,000 Days on Earth" evokes a Biblical scale. For that reason, it's a fitting title for a film about Nick Cave, a faux documentary chronicling the 20,000th day in the life of the revered Australian bandleader, composer, screenwriter,…
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Dining, Distillations Distillations: The Cure for the Summertime Blues at Elixir

Distillations: The Cure for the Summertime Blues at Elixir

There are four TVs at Elixir, one in each corner, and as I looked around from my solitary perch on the bar, trying to take everything in, the bartender asked me if there was a specific game I'm looking for.…
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Culture, Kill Your Television Hot Months: An Apocalyptic Summer on the Small Screen

Hot Months: An Apocalyptic Summer on the Small Screen

Now that Game of Thrones is over and Mad Men is nearing its end, the television landscape is about to be shaken clean like an Etch-A-Sketch. If you, like me, sat there frozen in dread with the idea that you…
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Culture, The Whore Next Door The Rainbow Connection: Your Guide to Hooking Up at Pride

The Rainbow Connection: Your Guide to Hooking Up at Pride

It's shocking to realize that an entire decade has passed since my first San Francisco Pride celebration in 2004. I was just barely legal and back at home for the summer after my first year of college. Elyse, the first…
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