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Calendar, Night&Day The Round City of Peace

The Round City of Peace

Most San Franciscans would recognize the phrase "Baghdad by the Bay" as one of the city's many nicknames. What they might not know, especially in today's war-torn political climate, is why Herb Caen made the phrase popular in the…
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Dining, Eat Tu Lan Reopens at Long Last

Tu Lan Reopens at Long Last

If you ask long-term San Franciscans what they go to Sixth Street for, almost all of them would say, "Tu Lan!" (For a small percentage, it might be prostitution or drugs.) After an absence of just over a year, the…
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Dining, SFoodie Tonight: Herb Caen Honored With Martini Competition

Tonight: Herb Caen Honored With Martini Competition

2nd Annual Herb Caen Martini Competition Where: Bottle Cap, 1707 Powell (at Union), 529-2237 When: Tues., Nov. 13, 6-7:30 p.m. Cost: $5 (purchase in advance via Eventbrite)/$10 at the door The rundown: This contest pays tribute to the late, great…
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Calendar, Night&Day Boom, Bust, Shout, Laugh, Cry

Boom, Bust, Shout, Laugh, Cry

“San Francisco ain't what it used to be ... and it never was.” Thus spake the late three-dot SF Chron columnist Herb Caen. While we certainly get his point, we also know he died before the dot-com boom really had…
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News, Feature The Muni Death Spiral

The Muni Death Spiral

In 1912, San Francisco founded its municipal railway as the realization of a radical notion: In an era of private for-profit rail lines, the residents of this city were given a publicly funded transit service formed specifically to serve them.…
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News, Sucka Free City

Late Chron scribe Herb Caen still writing up in heaven

Did you miss me? The Sackamenna kid certainly hasn't forgotten about you, though the view has changed. Yes, you can now call it the celestial three-dot lounge. The fingers have kept on pecking away, and on the loyal Royal typewriter,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Song of Ourself

Song of Ourself

Rodes Fishburne is a Grotto writer, so it was only a matter of time before someone bought his first novel. That happens to people who belong to the Grotto — they publish, early and often. Fishburne greatly increased his chances…
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Calendar, Night&Day Making Waves

Making Waves

Pirate Cat Radio must be the most visible underground radio station in the country. Transmitting unlicensed from its bright, shiny corner cafe in the Mission, the studio is observable to all who pass by, and cheeky DJs entice their audiences…
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News, Matt Smith

Chron insiders hate Willie Brown's new column

In 2004, apparently unbeknownst to his employers, San Francisco Chronicle columnist Phil Matier cut a deal with Mayor Willie Brown and KRON-TV for a Sunday show to be named Live with Willie and Phil. "For us, that was not a…
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News, The Snitch A Letter To Herb Caen, 'The Best Who Ever Did It'

A Letter To Herb Caen, 'The Best Who Ever Did It'

On what would have been the late, great Chronicle scribe Herb Caen's 92nd birthday, WHAT IM SEEING acts as the ghost of San Francisco past with a sentimental trip down memory lane, in the form of a somewhat drippy…
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News, The Snitch BetterKnowanSFBlog:<em>What I'm Seeing</em>

BetterKnowanSFBlog:What I'm Seeing

Every Tuesday, SF Weekly's news blog The Snitch profiles one of the Bay's many cool blogs in segment we call BetterKnowanSFBlog. This week, we fuck you in the eye with photos. By Tyler Callister This is one of my favorite…
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News, The Snitch Want some money? Click here -- seriously!

Want some money? Click here -- seriously!

The furtive joy of discovering a $20 bill in an old pair of jeans is all the proof you'll need: Money found truly is sweeter than money earned. Uncovering cash that should have been paid to you from private…
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News, Sucka Free City

No Foos Is Bad News

The city has faced many devastating losses: the AIDS epidemic, diminishing enrollment in elementary schools, and the death of Herb Caen. But there is another casualty that has gone by mostly unnoticed by the rest of us. Yes, we're talking…
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News, Feature Chron 2.0

Chron 2.0

In late November 2000, Phil Bronstein, the foreign correspondent who had risen to become editor of the scrappy San Francisco Examiner, was darting around town for interviews, giving a full-throated endorsement of the Hearst Corp.'s takeover of the much larger…
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Dining, Dish Enchanted

The Once and Future City

Pardon me while I have a Herb Caen moment. As much as I thank God daily for things like camera-equipped cell phones, supermarkets that double as banks, and panko-crusted macaroni with fromage blanc, I still wax nostalgic for San Francisco's…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Examiner Columnist

P.J. Corkery He's a self-styled throwback, what with all the dot-dot-dotting, but Corkery writes about San Francisco without any of the noxious wistfulness you find in the city's many nostalgia fiends (and without the awful smirk you find on Herb…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Bar at Which to Nurse an Early-Morning Hangover

Gold Dust Lounge 247 Powell (at O'Farrell), 397-1695 The Gold Dust has long been a San Francisco institution, heralded by the late Herb Caen as "the last of the authentic nightcapperies" -- a rave that must have delighted owners Jimmy…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Grumpy Old Man

Well, here we are, six months after the merger of the Chronicle and Hearst-owned Examiner. The two decks have been shuffled, and who should emerge as the ace columnist but Rob "Man With an Opinion" Morse. Apparently, Chron management feels…
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Best of San Francisco, Shopping & Services

Best Intellectual Window-Shopping

Since Acorn Books moved to the corner of California and Polk a few years back -- up from its Lower Polk Gulch digs -- it's taken a rightful place as one of the stateliest booksellers around Nob Hill, if not…
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News, Letters


ARTLETTER Raw and remembrance: Your story on artist Bruce Conner ("ARTJOURNALISM," Sept. 13) caught my eye. I went to the San Francisco Art Institute from 1967 to 1971. Bruce Conner was a power force at that school. The Art…
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