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Dancing With the Butoh Masters Dancing With the Butoh Masters From their odd sushi bar on a seedy corner of the Mission, world-famous dancers Hiroko and Koichi Tamano try to preserve a bizarre, mysterious art July 17, 2002

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News, Feature The Counter-Counterculture

The Counter-Counterculture

Andrea Irvin's college bedroom is at once a suburban schoolgirl mecca and a shrine to the Republican Party. The UC Berkeley junior, who studies business and economics, has affixed a neat row of bumper stickers to her door ("Viva Bush!"…
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News, Feature Sex and the Single Psychologist

Sex and the Single Psychologist

In March 2000, Dr. Alvin Cooper, a clinical psychologist and an expert on the obviously marketable subject of sex and the Internet, made an appearance on The O'Reilly Factor. During the conversation, the host took an almost flippant tone with…
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Quirkyalone: A Manifesto for Uncompromising Romantics

By Sasha Cagen HarperSanFrancisco (2003), $19.95 By now, you must have heard the term "quirkyalone," which, according to the official definition, is "a person who enjoys being single (but is not opposed to being in a relationship) and generally prefers…
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News, Feature Enslaved in Palo Alto

Enslaved in Palo Alto

Alice B. grew up in Bungoma, Kenya, a district near the border of Uganda with a distant view of the jagged, extinct volcano Mount Elgon. Surrounded by rolling hills and verdant, grassy fields, her hometown has soccer teams, Girl Scout…
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Ms. Macabre

In Monique Motyl's studio (which is really a room painted cotton-candy pink in her Alamo Square apartment), there is a bookshelf filled with plastic storage boxes in which she keeps her art supplies. Among the bins, which are overflowing with…
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News, Feature Guitar Dreams

Guitar Dreams

Adrian Freed, a bespectacled, middle-aged techie sporting a mop of unruly brown hair, swings open the door of the Guitar Center in El Cerrito with visible delight. Like a mountaineer taking in an exquisite vista, Freed pauses for a few…
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News, Feature Innocence Arrested

Innocence Arrested

Albert Johnson grew up in Richmond, Calif., in a part of town where drug dealers loitered on the corner, gangs had both a visible and psychological presence, and drive-by shootings were not a surprise. Built small and lean like a…
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News, Sidebar Case Study: Clifford St. Joseph

Case Study: Clifford St. Joseph

John Doe No. 60, a drunk, homeless man who has never been identified, was murdered in 1985 in San Francisco. His lower lip was cut, allegedly so that the killer could drink his blood. His chest and neck were vigorously…
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News, Sidebar Case Study: Ludrate Burton

Case Study: Ludrate Burton

Alexius McNeal, a 13-year-old living in Bayview-Hunters Point, was killed by a single gunshot to the back of her head on the morning of April 21, 1994. The girl was found dead in her mother's bedroom, her legs protruding from…
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News, Sidebar Case Study: Christopher Taylor

Case Study: Christopher Taylor

On the afternoon of Aug. 28, 1997, an African-American man wearing a black windbreaker and dark jeans robbed a Bank of America in east San Jose. Brandishing a black semiautomatic gun, the thief jumped over the counter, ordered the tellers…
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News, Bay View Connerly's Con

Connerly's Con

Anticipating vociferous opposition that could sink him politically, UC Regent Ward Connerly attached a laundry list of exemptions to his Proposition 54, an initiative on the Oct. 7 ballot designed to prevent the state from collecting racial data. Among the…
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    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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