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News, Feature What Happens Here Gets Heard: Lessons from Four Years in the Trenches of San Francisco Music

What Happens Here Gets Heard: Lessons from Four Years in the Trenches of San Francisco Music

Lars Ulrich is not a scary man. He is short, Danish, and gabby. He often wears gym shorts onstage. But at the Fillmore that night, Lars Ulrich wasn't the one making threats. He was just delivering them. "If you fuck…
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News, Feature Don't Hate the Player: Are College Athletes Working for a Degree or Working for a Cartel?

Don't Hate the Player: Are College Athletes Working for a Degree or Working for a Cartel?

Former UC Berkeley running back Joe Igber has always resisted celebrity. He's never made a Facebook or Twitter profile; his Google trail is just half a page long, starting at Berkeley and ending with the web page for his engineering…
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News, Feature The Enforcer: Accused Bombmaker Ryan Chamberlain Helped Blow Up San Francisco Politics. And, in the Process, Himself.

The Enforcer: Accused Bombmaker Ryan Chamberlain Helped Blow Up San Francisco Politics. And, in the Process, Himself.

You’re reading this. That means we probably don’t know each other anymore, and I owe everyone an explanation. — Ryan Chamberlain A door creaks open in the rear of the 15th-floor courtroom and a tall, handsome man trundles into view.…
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News, Feature Drunken American Storytelling: Western Culture Washes Up on the Boozy Shores of a Wrestling Ring in Oakland

Drunken American Storytelling: Western Culture Washes Up on the Boozy Shores of a Wrestling Ring in Oakland

The battle was four years in the making. Juiced Lee and the Dark Sheik are facing off after years as a tag-team duo. But it was inevitable that it would come to this, a fight to the near-death for sole…
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News, Feature Pride of Place: As the Nation's Gay Districts Grow More Affluent, Lesbians Are Migrating to the 'Burbs

Pride of Place: As the Nation's Gay Districts Grow More Affluent, Lesbians Are Migrating to the 'Burbs

When Harry Dodge moved to San Francisco in 1985, he was what you might call a typical Midwestern transplant: Nineteen years old, footloose, gay, and ready for a change — a biological woman who would eventually take testosterone, grow a…
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News, Feature Why Is This Man Cooking?: How Michael Mina Said No to Fame and Built a Restaurant Empire

Why Is This Man Cooking?: How Michael Mina Said No to Fame and Built a Restaurant Empire

It took chef and restauranteur Michael Mina three months to decide on a ramen bowl for his new Embarcadero restaurant, The Ramen Bar. He and his partners tried dozens of different kinds; none provided the ramen-eating experience that Mina was…
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News, Feature Comics Issue 2014: The Room That Contained the World

Comics Issue 2014: The Room That Contained the World

Whistleblower Mark Klein reveals AT&T's shadowy relationship with the NSA, facilitated by a secret room on Folsom Street. Click here to read a larger version of this comic and the rest of SF Weekly's Comics Issue.…
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News, Feature Queer Flight: Does the Success of Gay Rights Mean the End of Gay Culture?

Queer Flight: Does the Success of Gay Rights Mean the End of Gay Culture?

When Lary Abramson moved to San Francisco from Detroit in July 1960, police raids on gay bars were commonplace. Nightlife existed at the decree of morals cops who could be bought off, and patrons of gay establishments who didn't play…
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News, Feature The Complex: The City Falls Into a Housing Paradox

The Complex: The City Falls Into a Housing Paradox

Marchell Johnson smiles at the memory. But it's not a pleasant smile. And it's not a pleasant memory. "To be honest with you," she says, "I just about thought my brain was going to explode." Two days before Christmas, most…
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News, Feature Jail To-Go: Ankle Bracelets Could be the Next Great Law Enforcement Tool, if the City Doesn't Get Defeated by Data

Jail To-Go: Ankle Bracelets Could be the Next Great Law Enforcement Tool, if the City Doesn't Get Defeated by Data

Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow — a local B-list celebrity, fawning mafiosi, and convicted murder-conspirator and drug-runner — wore a court-ordered ankle bracelet for years while allegedly running a $2.29 million money-laundering fiefdom in Chinatown. During that time, he curried favor…
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News, Feature Loose Lips Sink Ships: Beneath the Surface of Hornblower Cruises, Allegations of Racism and Intimidation Threaten Its Public Image

Loose Lips Sink Ships: Beneath the Surface of Hornblower Cruises, Allegations of Racism and Intimidation Threaten Its Public Image

For the thousands of tourists who streamed past his podium in front of Pier 33, Ayo Jiboku considered himself an ambassador. The broadly smiling face under the security cap could greet visitors in one of the four languages he spoke,…
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News, Feature Summer Movie Preview: San Francisco Once Again Prepares for Devastation by Blockbuster

Summer Movie Preview: San Francisco Once Again Prepares for Devastation by Blockbuster

5/16 Godzilla Director: Gareth Edwards Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche Concept: Giant lizard wreaks havoc, as giant lizards do; Golden Gate Bridge once again smashed (see sidebar) as smug untouched Transamerica Pyramid stays out of it.…
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News, Feature Rise of the Number of the Screens: Exploring the Mystery at the Heart of the New Mission Theater

Rise of the Number of the Screens: Exploring the Mystery at the Heart of the New Mission Theater

Getting your hopes up is always dangerous, but this one especially stings. There was a flurry of excitement among the film crowd in January 2013 when the Planning Commission approved the $10 million renovation of the long-shuttered, 2,021-seat New Mission…
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News, Feature Apply Topically: Film Festivals Are Your Local Cure for Seasonal Blockbuster Disorder

Apply Topically: Film Festivals Are Your Local Cure for Seasonal Blockbuster Disorder

What would a summer be without themes? Film festivals provide that hit of curation that just goes so well with the otherwise-aimless days. Here, we gather but a few. At press time, programming details hadn't yet been announced for some…
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News, Feature Crushed for the Very First Time: One Man Had to Break the Rules to Destroy the Golden Gate Bridge

Crushed for the Very First Time: One Man Had to Break the Rules to Destroy the Golden Gate Bridge

Hey, that's us! The earliest images from Gareth Edwards' Godzilla — which opens next week — show the big lizard looming over our skyline, with the Transamerica Building especially prominent and vulnerable. While San Francisco often makes it into monster-destruction…
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News, Feature Puppet Maestros: How Oakland's tUnE-yArDs  Conquers the  World, One Bag of Rice at a Time

Puppet Maestros: How Oakland's tUnE-yArDs Conquers the World, One Bag of Rice at a Time

Barely post-slumber — definitely pre-caffeine — and nearing the exact midpoint between two seven-hour band rehearsals, Merrill Garbus appears both irreparably frazzled and warily content. It's 7:45 on a Thursday morning in mid-April, and Garbus, the 35-year-old creative epicenter of…
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News, Feature The Life of a Stolen Phone: For the Smartphone Industry, Theft Is a Part of the Business Model

The Life of a Stolen Phone: For the Smartphone Industry, Theft Is a Part of the Business Model

Alex had a gnawing, uneasy feeling when he boarded the last BART train from San Francisco International Airport, on the way home from a business trip in 2012. The station was dead empty. The 33-year-old risk-management consultant was alone, shuttling…
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News, Feature The Many Faces of Leland Yee: A Politician's Calculated Rise and Dramatic Fall

The Many Faces of Leland Yee: A Politician's Calculated Rise and Dramatic Fall

Within eyeshot of the capitol dome sit buildings filled with warrens of cubicles equipped with phones and little else. Every day, elected representatives amble out of the former structure and into the latter. Eluding a state prohibition against fundraising from…
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News, Feature Frisco!: The Game: "The Only Way to Win in San Francisco!"

Frisco!: The Game: "The Only Way to Win in San Francisco!"

DOWNLOAD YOUR OFFICIAL FRISCO! GAME BOARD. From the makers of Halt! You're the Terrorist! and Settlers of Da' Hood: A GentriFUNcation Adventure comes Frisco! The Game, an exciting journey through the strange and beautiful City by the Bay known…
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News, Feature Covering Their Tracks: The Central Subway Project Buries Millions in a Deep Dark Place

Covering Their Tracks: The Central Subway Project Buries Millions in a Deep Dark Place

LaVonda Atkinson laughs bitterly, shakes her head, and grins. "Your article" — the article you're now reading — "is gonna get me fired." It is, after all, dangerous to stand in the path of a train. That's especially so in…
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