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Dining, Distillations Distillations: Livin' It Up at the Hotel Utah

Distillations: Livin' It Up at the Hotel Utah

What did you do for New Year's? Print deadlines march to an indifferent drummer, so the question is still theoretical at the moment I'm writing this. I'm one of those people who takes more delight in the vast field of…
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Music, Hear This Jigsaw Seen: Show Preview

Jigsaw Seen: Show Preview

Tradition-versed critics love it, fanboys and girls adore it, and charts seem immune to it: Call it power pop, or indie pop — it's music based in the verities of the Beatles, Beach Boys, Big Star, and XTC, laced with…
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Dining, SFoodie A Guide to San Francisco's Concert Hall Food

A Guide to San Francisco's Concert Hall Food

Let's face it -- concerts just aren't as fun if you're hungry and thinking about Hot Pockets the whole time. Indeed, even the Bay Citizen has noticed an increased interest in how food and music can go together quite nicely.…
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Music, Hear This New Spell: Show Preview

New Spell: Show Preview

There's a reason you haven't heard of New Spell — the local trio didn't even have a name until a few months ago — but no reason you shouldn't get in on the ground floor now that you have. March…
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Music, All Shook Down Eleanor Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces on Touring Alone, Using Garage Band, and Getting Old

Eleanor Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces on Touring Alone, Using Garage Band, and Getting Old

This is the part where we tell you how good Eleanor Friedberger's new solo album is. Eleanor, you may recall, is the feminine half of the Fiery Furnaces, which might just be the strangest power-pop band of the last…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment Best Place to Debut Your Masterpiece of Songcraft

Best Place to Debut Your Masterpiece of Songcraft

When you're ready to impress someone other than just your beloved with your songwriting genius, it's time to pick a Monday night and head to the Hotel Utah. This creaky old saloon has long been recognized as hosting San Francisco's…
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Music, New Year's Eve Guide

New Year's Eve Guide 2011

Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke took two shots at predicting the future — first in 2001, then again this year — and missed both times. (No cosmic monoliths, no psychedelic superbabies, no nothing? WTF, Mr. CBE?) In 2012 the…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Unpretentious Fries

A while back, we asked a well-known foodie about where to find the best french fries in town. The answers appalled us somewhat: Oola, some restaurant that puts truffle oil on them, Zuni, and that unbearably smarmy place that specializes…
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Music, All Shook Down Pixies' Frank Black Back in SF: Last-Minute Show Added to the Utah

Pixies' Frank Black Back in SF: Last-Minute Show Added to the Utah

This is one of those things you brag home about. Small venue. Huge icon. Cheep beer. This monkey's gone to heaven. From the PR: JUST ANNOUNCED! BLACK FRANCIS of the Pixies, Frank Black and the Catholics 9 pm This…
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Music, BeatBox Viva la France dance

Viva la France dance

Small Sails don't just create ambient electronic soundtracks; they perform them with correlating cinematic footage for the full audio-visual experience. The Portland four-piece dreams up twee laptop pop, incorporating computers, vibraphones, keyboards, and finger-picked guitars with live film loop mixes.…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Neighborhood Restaurant

Whether it's Sunday night's signature dish of buttermilk fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and sumptuous corn bread, or the sirloin house burger with apple-smoked bacon, or the grilled ahi with roasted red pepper-caper aioli, you simply can't go wrong at Russian…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

Not that I'm generally a big follower of such things, but this Wednesday is not only the winter solstice, it is the night on which the moon is closest to the Earth all year, and the first full moon to…
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Music,

The House of Tudor

Here it is, Christmastime. There's a chill in the air. Friends and co-workers have flown off to their hometowns. Your family is tucked away safely in some far-off prison compound. You've got a few days off of work. It's an…
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The House of Tudor

Although most adults have given up finger painting and hide-and-go-seek, there's no doubt that big kids need frolicsome fun to distract them from the stress of multiple parking tickets and neighborhood gentrification. With this in mind, the sex-positive strip joint…
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Music,

Lose and Draw

Deus Warfield Monday, March 31 Hotel Utah Tuesday, April 1 "Hi, we're Deus," announced lead singer Tom Barman at the front of his opening gig at the Warfield. "We're from Belgium, just outside of Scotland." Idiot me -- who thought…
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