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Culture, The Exhibitionist You Can't Erase the Truth: An Interview with Artist Ana Teresa Fernandez

You Can't Erase the Truth: An Interview with Artist Ana Teresa Fernandez

Artist Ana Teresa Fernandez was browsing Facebook when she first heard the news about the 2014 Iguala mass kidnapping. Believed to be masterminded by Iguala’s corrupt mayor, Jose Luis Abarca Velazquez, the incident saw 43 male students from Ayotzinapa…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: The Central Valley's Legendary Machete Murderer

Yesterday's Crimes: The Central Valley's Legendary Machete Murderer

Goro Kagehiro knew that something wasn't right on May 19, 1971, when he found a freshly dug hole on his 20-acre walnut farm in Yuba City, a Central Valley farm town north of Sacramento. At first, Kagehiro thought someone…
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Dining, Fresh Eats Papito West: Duck Confit Burritos Arrive in Hayes Valley

Papito West: Duck Confit Burritos Arrive in Hayes Valley

Most of the new Mexican restaurants of note that have opened lately aim for the higher end, importing the culinary experimentation of Mexico City or digging deep into Southern Mexico's indigenous cuisines. In other words, we aren't really adding more…
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Dining, Eat Prubechu: Exploring the Cuisine of Guam at the Only Place in S.F. Serving It

Prubechu: Exploring the Cuisine of Guam at the Only Place in S.F. Serving It

Poor Guam. The speck of land in the western Pacific Ocean, about 4,000 miles west of Hawaii, has been under the thumb of one colonial power or another for the past 500 years. For a few hundred of those, it…
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News, The Snitch Yes, We Negotiate With Terrorists: DEA Cut Deal With Sinaloa Cartel

Yes, We Negotiate With Terrorists: DEA Cut Deal With Sinaloa Cartel

Today's big news is courtesy of Mexican newspaper El Universal, which brings us the bombshell that American Drug Enforcement Agency agents cut a clandestine deal with the biggest drug dealer in the world. In exchange for info on other cartels,…
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News, Hacking Away: Tech Companies Enlist Immigrants to Put a Face on Their Message

Hacking Away: Tech Companies Enlist Immigrants to Put a Face on Their Message

If Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg intended to drum up sympathy for his immigration-lobbying group, FWD.us, he couldn't have picked a better representative than 24-year-old Sarahi Espinoza. Perky, doe-eyed, and petite, she stood before a throng of journalists last Wednesday at…
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News, The Snitch Mexico City May Be Next to Beat California to Marijuana Legalization

Mexico City May Be Next to Beat California to Marijuana Legalization

Nobody is pleased with the current status of drug reform in California -- not the courts, which have put the state on notice to drain its overcrowded prisons; not police and prosecutors, who complain of vague rules that are hard…
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Dining, Eat La Urbana: Newest Divisadero Interloper Has Potential -- and Work to Do

La Urbana: Newest Divisadero Interloper Has Potential -- and Work to Do

La Urbana is trying. And that's something for a restaurant that's inspired so much hand-wringing about what is happening to the Divisadero corridor. It's upscale, ambitious, high-concept Mexican cuisine, with a sleek urban feel and high prices to match. The…
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Film, Film Feature

San Francisco Latino Film Festival: Films from All Sides of the Borders

Happening in no fewer than nine different venues around town, the San Francisco Latino Film Festival showcases the work of both emerging and already established filmmakers from the U.S., Mexico, Spain, and more than a dozen other countries. There are…
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Culture, Art War Correspondents: Two Ways of Dealing with Conflict

War Correspondents: Two Ways of Dealing with Conflict

The war outside. The war within. Two new art exhibits mine two very different terrains: One culture's external battle against drug cartels, and one person's struggle against mental demons. Both kinds of conflict take huge tolls and demand the kind…
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Dining, Eat Padrecito: Mexican Cuisine Gets a Makeover in Cole Valley

Padrecito: Mexican Cuisine Gets a Makeover in Cole Valley

San Francisco's certainly no stranger to Mexican food, from the taquerias on every block to the upscale explorations of the cuisine at places like Nopalito. Padrecito, the new brother restaurant of the Marina's Mamacita, is of the latter variety, highlighting…
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Calendar, Night&Day Muy Bien

Muy Bien

Although Cinco de Mayo is not an official holiday (in Mexico or in the U.S.), we’ve been celebrating the cultural contributions and history of Latinos on May 5 in California since the 1860s. Here are the top events to celebrate.…
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Dining, Eat Cocktail Culture: Evolving Beyond Beards and Suspenders Into Something Weirder Still

Cocktail Culture: Evolving Beyond Beards and Suspenders Into Something Weirder Still

Pisco is never going to happen. At least according to the bartenders I polled about the South American spirit that's been hailed as the next big thing for the past few years. Right now in the S.F. cocktail world, sherry…
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News, The Snitch Feds Admit There's No Proof Mexican Drug Cartels Link to California Marijuana Grows

Feds Admit There's No Proof Mexican Drug Cartels Link to California Marijuana Grows

A while back, a medical cannabis grower told us this story: Needing help on his pot farm, a young entrepreneur drove down Cesar Chavez Avenue, convinced some day laborers to become season-long laborers, and headed north. All went well until…
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Dining, Eat

La Palma: Now Featuring Heirloom Corn Tortillas

Local, family-owned companies have joined forces to create heirloom corn tortillas for the Bay Area's taco, quesadilla, and nacho aficionados. San Francisco's La Palma Mexicatessen, established in 1953 by the Haro family, makes the tortillas for Napa's Rancho Gordo, Steve…
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News, The Snitch President Felipe Calderón: Drug Trafficking, Consumption "Impossible to End"

President Felipe Calderón: Drug Trafficking, Consumption "Impossible to End"

At the end of his six-year term in D.F., Mexican President Felipe Calderón is taking the garrulous route out of office. Calderón, who exits the presidency next month, is busily talking up Mexico's surging economy and potential to be the…
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News, The Snitch Marijuana Legalization in Two States Has Mexico, Costa Rica Questioning U.S. Role in Drug War

Marijuana Legalization in Two States Has Mexico, Costa Rica Questioning U.S. Role in Drug War

On Nov. 6, the country watched closely as voters legalized small amounts of marijuana for adults in Colorado and Washington. And now those votes are resonating south of the border.This week, the president of Costa Rica said that increased demand…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Video of the Day: A Film About Violence with No Violence

Video of the Day: A Film About Violence with No Violence

Natalia Almada has some serious bragging rights. Awarded a MacArthur Fellowship just a few weeks ago, the rising documentary filmmaker will have the word "genius" (as in "genius grant") attached to her name in every article and film festival bio…
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Calendar, Night&Day Pusher Men

Pusher Men

Natalia Almada has some serious bragging rights. Awarded a MacArthur Fellowship just a few weeks ago, the rising documentary filmmaker will have the word “genius” (as in “genius grant”) attached to her name in every article and film festival bio…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Recent Acquisitions: Stanford Curator Seeks Mexican Works on Paper

Recent Acquisitions: Stanford Curator Seeks Mexican Works on Paper

Cultural institutions in San Francisco continually search for new acquisitions. Alexis Coe brings you the most important, often wondrous, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally downright vexing finds each week. Elizabeth Mitchell had to have it. The curator of Prints, Drawings,…
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