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News, Sucka Free City Getting Trashed: A Trailer Trash Party Stirs Up Controversy in the BDSM Community

Getting Trashed: A Trailer Trash Party Stirs Up Controversy in the BDSM Community

Domina, a Sonoma-based event planner, advice-dispenser, and proprietor of the chatty BDSM website The Frugal Domme, has hosted trailer trash parties at local bondage club The San Francisco Citadel for about a decade. According to club owners Phil Derby and…
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News, Sucka Free City Breast Practices: Shirtless Dad Barry Zito Is Poised to Inspire an Obstetric Trend

Breast Practices: Shirtless Dad Barry Zito Is Poised to Inspire an Obstetric Trend

Shirtless photos of Barry Zito abound on the internet. That's a shade counterintuitive, because the extraordinarily well-compensated former San Francisco Giants pitcher, of all people, ought to be able to afford a shirt. But no one has ever seen fit…
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News, Sucka Free City Station Sanitation: The Commodes Stay Closed at BART, Whether You Like It or Not

Station Sanitation: The Commodes Stay Closed at BART, Whether You Like It or Not

A blind person wandering from the Westfield Mall into BART's Powell Street Station realizes when he's crossed the threshold from one to the other. The overwhelming odor of Wetzel's Pretzels gives way to the overwhelming odor of urine. BART this…
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Dining, Recent Openings

Recent Openers July 23-29, 2014

Causwells: The Marina bistro's New American menu includes popcorn, baby kale Caesar salad with polenta croutons, doughnut bread pudding, and a hefty wine and craft beer list. 2346 Chestnut, 447-6081, causwells.com. Loló Chevichería: Alberto Pitman, chef of Loló's offshoot in…
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News, Chem Tales Hooked on Legalization: Marijuana Is Addictive, Whether Legalization Backers Admit It or Not

Hooked on Legalization: Marijuana Is Addictive, Whether Legalization Backers Admit It or Not

Three or four nights a week in San Francisco, a group of people shuffle into an anonymous meeting hall. The bitter scent of freshly stamped-out cigarettes follows them inside where, sitting on function-hall furniture with cups of cheap coffee in…
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News, Your Humble Narrator A Faux-Hawk By Any Other Name: An <i>SF Weekly</i> Writer's Gift to the English Language Predicted the City's Transformation

A Faux-Hawk By Any Other Name: An SF Weekly Writer's Gift to the English Language Predicted the City's Transformation

The storage facility is vast and labyrinthine; it lacks only a minotaur. The odors of mildew and sweaty gym shorts pervade its endless supply of identical corridors; it's just not an entirely fantastic place to be. But what treasures beckon…
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News, The Snatch

The Snatch: Always Wearing Proper Attire When Dissecting the State of Things

Amateur Sleuthing A man pretending to be an airport security guard was luring two women into a "private booth" for pat-downs when real security guards caught him. The man — who police identified as 53-year-old Eric Slighton — was arrested…
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News, Letters

SF Weekly Letters July 23-29, 2014

The Marina Shore This isn't New Jersey: The food critic writes: "To get away from the tanned, waxed, toned Marina crowd..." This statement makes it sounds like the Marina is the Jersey Shore while somehow making herself sound jealous since…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse listings for July 16-22, 2014

518 Valencia. Black & White and Dead All Over: LaborFest and FilmWorks United present a documentary about the declining economic fortunes of the newspaper industry and its effect on investigative journalism's ability to expose injustice and corruption. Thu., July…
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News, Sucka Free City Crazy Train: There'll Be No Boozing on the 49ers' Gameday Train. Right?

Crazy Train: There'll Be No Boozing on the 49ers' Gameday Train. Right?

No sport caters to American passions for drama, hard-hitting action, and daytime drinking like football. Any gathering of like-minded football fans becomes an impromptu tailgate party; reminiscences of past gridiron glory blend well with the beer-soaked present. San Francisco 49ers…
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News, Sucka Free City Edge of Darkness: The Dark Room Closes, for Now

Edge of Darkness: The Dark Room Closes, for Now

The Dark Room, a black-box theater on Mission, went dark in June, but only temporarily, according to owner Jim Fourniadis. "We just had a run of bad luck," he says, recounting various misfortunes that befell the theater in May. Fourniadis…
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News, Sucka Free City

Truck Stop: SFO's Solution for Runaway Planes Is a Familiar One for Long-Haulers

A year ago this month, Asiana Flight 214 undershot the runway at San Francisco International Airport, clipped a seawall, and came to rest in several charred pieces. Three young passengers died and 181 more were injured. There are two impediments…
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News, Chem Tales Charity Case: Berkeley Is Mandating That Poor People Can Get Free Medical Marijuana. S.F. Is Not on Board.

Charity Case: Berkeley Is Mandating That Poor People Can Get Free Medical Marijuana. S.F. Is Not on Board.

Before there was medical marijuana, before there was legalization talk, there was free weed. It began here, and it began with AIDS. There are a few happy stories to come out of the dark days of AIDS in the 1980s.…
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Dining, Recent Openings

Recent Openers July 16-22, 2014

ANAR Restaurant: The Mohammadi family brings authentic Persian cuisine to SOMA. With a restaurant back in Iran, you can expect their chicken with pomegranate sauce, herbed feta cheese with bread, kebabs, and doogh to be nothing but traditional. 937 Harrison,…
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News, Your Humble Narrator Without Feathers: The Flap Over Native American Regalia at the Ballpark Reveals a Deeper Hypocrisy

Without Feathers: The Flap Over Native American Regalia at the Ballpark Reveals a Deeper Hypocrisy

At your humble narrator's first baseball game, Dwayne Murphy made three scintillating outfield catches, each more breathtaking than the last. But, these 30 years later, the score — or any trappings of athletic competition — has been long forgotten. The…
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News, The Snatch

The Snatch: Still Mourning the Slide-Rule

Summer Vacation Could you quit Facebook for 99 days — and still be happy? A new online experiment has riled hardcore social media users by asking anyone and everyone to dump Facebook cold turkey for the next three-plus months. The…
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News, Letters

SF Weekly Letters July 16-22, 2014

Tick Tick Boom Making bombs and Facebook posts: Huh, well, if the meandering Facebook messages quoted throughout are any indication, I think I might know why nobody wanted to work with Ryan Chamberlain: He's a whiner ["The Enforcer," Joe Eskenazi,…
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News, Sucka Free City Imports & Domestics: San Francisco Might Have to Kill Its 1971 Ban on Car-Dwelling

Imports & Domestics: San Francisco Might Have to Kill Its 1971 Ban on Car-Dwelling

Utah-born entrepreneur Austen Allred became something of a local folk hero last summer, after living for three months in a two-door Honda Civic while launching his startup in Silicon Valley. "Very few people there knew I lived in the car,"…
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News, Sucka Free City Schrodinger's Dump: A Jury Verdict Reveals That Garbage Can Be Simultaneously in and Not in a Landfill

Schrodinger's Dump: A Jury Verdict Reveals That Garbage Can Be Simultaneously in and Not in a Landfill

Waste-collection is a dirty racket. As Rodney Dangerfield's character puts it in Back to School, "I don't know if you're familiar with who runs that business. But I can assure you it's not the Boy Scouts!" Per a whistleblower suit…
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News, Sucka Free City Cultureball: The Problem with Heritage Nights

Cultureball: The Problem with Heritage Nights

The Giants' "Native American Heritage Night" June 23 certainly came with the best intentions: a pre-game ceremony, traditional dances, and a special-edition Native American-themed Giants T-shirt. But when two Native American fans were forcibly ejected for protesting a fake headdress,…
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