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News, The Snitch Millennial Problems: Most Pokemon-Obsessed City Is NOT S.F.

Millennial Problems: Most Pokemon-Obsessed City Is NOT S.F.

We stumbled upon something this week that has us utterly flummoxed. How, for the love of all things Squirtle, did San Francisco only register eighth on a list of Top 10 Cities Most Interested in Pokemon Go?! Well, millennial…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Chatting With Lisa L'Amour About Her Latest Play, <i>Detroit</i>

Chatting With Lisa L'Amour About Her Latest Play, Detroit

Lisa D’Amour’s play, Detroit (which has nothing to do with the Motor City, except for the unease about economic instability the word can trigger) began with her wanting to put two very different couples next to each other. There’s…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Lisa D'Amour's Detroit Is Where We Live and What We Are

Lisa D'Amour's Detroit Is Where We Live and What We Are

The play is called Detroit, but the space of the action is as surreal as the Astroturf that furs the floor of the stage in a uniform green. In the Aurora Theatre Company’s production of Lisa D’Amour’s 2010 Pulitzer-finalist…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle We ventured inside the Bayview headquarters of Fat Wreck Chords, a punk label founded by NOFX's Fat Mike that can boast almost total independence from the world of corporate media. The nondescript building hosts parties once a month where…
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Music, All Shook Down Protomartyr on Making Budget Music and Why Detroit Might Be the Next Mecca for Artists

Protomartyr on Making Budget Music and Why Detroit Might Be the Next Mecca for Artists

Joe Casey talks like the smartest guy at happy hour. He watches the news playing above the bar, breaking down the bullshit story by story for other patrons. Casey is the vocalist of Detroit rock act Protomartyr, and a lot…
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Music, Hidden Agenda Dejected Pop and Sopping Shoegaze: Or, Why You Might Try to Hit 10 Shows This Week

Dejected Pop and Sopping Shoegaze: Or, Why You Might Try to Hit 10 Shows This Week

Compiling this show-going advice column requires lots of difficult decisions, like whether to feature the crucial power-violence act's dive bar gig or a free jazz titan at the community center. If a gong ensemble is playing in a cave, that…
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Film, "Only Lovers Left Alive": As Close to What We Imagine a Doc About Tilda Swinton's Life Can Get

"Only Lovers Left Alive": As Close to What We Imagine a Doc About Tilda Swinton's Life Can Get

What a concept: vampire movie, as done by Jim Jarmusch. By turns groovy and morose, Only Lovers Left Alive could so easily be a goof, but for Jarmusch, aging now into an indie-film immortal, it's opportune — a mellow tract…
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News, Dog Enforcement Agency: The Government's Illegal-Food Detectors Sniff Among Us

Dog Enforcement Agency: The Government's Illegal-Food Detectors Sniff Among Us

Peter de Souza presses a keycard against an ivory-hued wall, and a door you'd never notice if you didn't know where to look pops open. As de Souza is a serious federal agent outfitted in a serious blue uniform, there…
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Music, Hear This Human Eye: Show Preview

Human Eye: Show Preview

"Garage rock" is a battered and abused phrase. Applied erroneously to any music featuring a fuzz pedal or poor recording quality, practically every other guitar rock press release boasts the diluted term. But Timmy Vulgar is one of few deserving…
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Music, Mix Prog with Brutal Rock, and You Get Hot Lunch

Mix Prog with Brutal Rock, and You Get Hot Lunch

"We tend to think that a good album always has a couple of really unpredictable moments," says Hot Lunch's Eric Shea. "If we just cranked out a bunch of balls-to-the-wall bangers, it would have been kind of boring." So while…
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Calendar, Night&Day Celebrating Sex

Celebrating Sex

The SF LGBT Center hosts A Celebration of Jack Morin's Life, a memorial service for SF sexologist Jack Morin. In an illustrious career spanning more than 40 years, Morin practiced sex therapy and psychotherapy in the city, authored books…
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Music, Hear This Duke Dumont: Show Preview

Duke Dumont: Show Preview

In 2012, Duke Dumont stepped out from behind the mixing console with two For Club Play EPs, and he's been in the spotlight ever since. Known for emotionally charged remixes, Dumont compiles disco, tech-house, and U.K. garage influences into harmonious,…
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Film, "A Band Called Death": Detroit Punk Rock Comes for Everyone Eventually

"A Band Called Death": Detroit Punk Rock Comes for Everyone Eventually

A Band Called Death They show up early in Jeff Howlett and Mark Covino's film: yet more of the bombed-out-building drive-bys that apparently are de rigueur for documentaries set in Detroit. But as Searching for Sugar Man showed, combing that…
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Calendar, Night&Day 16 Hours of Pure Poetry

16 Hours of Pure Poetry

Last year, Small Press Traffic hosted a 12-hour marathon reading that included more than 70 authors of every imaginable kind of poetics, both as a way to kick off the summer and to raise some funds. The event, which…
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News, Letters

SF Weekly Letters June 25-July 2, 2013

Fixing a Giant Problem Seeing things as a glass half empty: Mike Cheney is quite a remarkable person . It's unfortunate S.F. isn't a city that values improvement nor is California a state that cares…
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Dining, Eat Seeds of Evolution: Hayes Valley Farm Wasn't the End of Urban Agriculture in S.F.

Seeds of Evolution: Hayes Valley Farm Wasn't the End of Urban Agriculture in S.F.

It was about 2 in the morning on June 13 when San Francisco police in riot gear raided the occupier camp in the former Hayes Valley Farm, arrested seven activists, and bulldozed over the newly planted crops. The group had…
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Music, Hear This Insane Clown Posse: Show Preview

Insane Clown Posse: Show Preview

Are you down with the clown? This burning question and more are sure to be answered when Detroit's Insane Clown Posse brings its three-ring circus to the Bay Area this weekend. Like Kiss, the duo's geriatric, clown-like forefathers, ICP has…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • Derrick May proved Detroit techno is still very much alive with a riveting set at Public Works. Putting lots of mileage on the club's EQs, he kept the floor moving past 3 a.m. We thought we might fall…
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Music, All Shook Down Derrick May Proves Detroit Techno Is Still Alive at Public Works

Derrick May Proves Detroit Techno Is Still Alive at Public Works

Deep Blue presents Derrick May Public Works May 11, 2013 The evening began at Terroir, a wine bar in SOMA, drinking expensive bottles of wine for a French friend's birthday (because honestly, you can't get more Gallic than wine, cheese,…
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Music, Antwon's Twisted Vision: Sex Rap, Punk Vibes, and Kid Rock

Antwon's Twisted Vision: Sex Rap, Punk Vibes, and Kid Rock

It's Valentine's Day, and Antwon is on the roof of his San Jose apartment tweeting about Kid Rock. Earlier this morning, the 26-year-old rapper released In Dark Denim, an 11-song mixtape that showcases his gruff voice reciting noirish sex-raps over…
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