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Film, "Detropia": A Moving Portrait of a Great City's Fall

"Detropia": A Moving Portrait of a Great City's Fall

When it comes to cost-cutting, downsizing, and philosophical and practical compromise, how low is it possible to go before there's nothing left to cut — and nowhere to go but up? Detropia, the evocative new documentary from filmmakers Heidi Ewing…
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Dining, SFoodie Shanghai Tries to Break a Restaurant Curse

Shanghai Tries to Break a Restaurant Curse

Shanghai opened on August 22 on Market and Dolores, and although the large space is in what many might consider to be a prime location, others have deemed it something of a cursed location. The building has been home to…
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News, The Snitch

Police Bust Careless Drivers in Pedestrian Sting

In this pedestrian mecca, it seems incongruous that drivers would be so oblivious to pedestrians walking in the crosswalk.But they are. And that made these police officers' job easy. The San Francisco Police Department ran a sting operation posing…
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Dining, SFoodie Pudong Opens in Old Mecca Spot, Marlowe to Take Over Joey & Eddie's

Pudong Opens in Old Mecca Spot, Marlowe to Take Over Joey & Eddie's

​The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco restaurant scene. UrbanDaddy led the media swarm surrounding yesterday's opening of Pudong (2029 Market, 252-0700,, in the expansive space that used to house…
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Calendar, Night&Day Our Lady of the Woods

Our Lady of the Woods

Anna Halprin, who celebrates her 90th birthday in July, is a force of nature. Not the kind that steamrolls everything in its path but a gently, relentlessly persistent drive, like a wave that starts out in the middle of the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Way Above Average

Way Above Average

Vancouver-based guitar and vocals twosome Mecca Normal has always had a political bent. Sure, the band serves up smartly written songs and obstreperous guitar rock, but its lyrics and visuals reveal a fair amount of conscious advocacy, alongside a feminist…
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Music, Reviewed Del tha Funkee Homosapien

Del tha Funkee Homosapien

"Never rearrange my stuff to sell units/Do it, then you can't come back again." So claims the Funkee Homosapien on "Raw Sewage," the first track on his battle-rap-laden Def Jux debut. The statement isn't far from the truth, as the…
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Culture, Stagecap


Set during the Crusades and based on much conjecture, Betty Shamieh's play tells the story of a Muslim woman who changed the course of history. Alia (Nora el Samahy), a beautiful yet crippled noblewoman, is forced to employ the strategic…
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Dining, SFoodie Mecca Makes The Shit List: Bauer Lays The Hurt On

Mecca Makes The Shit List: Bauer Lays The Hurt On

I have to admit, I love when this happens. Chronicle food critic Michael Bauer is not happy, and you know what that means: culinary bitch slap! Following a fire last summer and subsequent remodeling (not to mention the loss…
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Music, Reviewed Various Artists

Various Artists

As mainstream hip hop becomes increasingly predictable, the underground continues pushing the genre in creative directions. Intended as a teaser of what listeners can expect from Om Hip Hop's old and upcoming offerings, this 15-song collection is at times reminiscent…
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Music, Sweet Spot

Sweet Spot

San Francisco is Mecca for the ice cream fanatic with a flair for adventure, from the avocado flavor at Mitchell's in the Mission to the infamously smelly durian frozen treat at Polly Ann's in the Sunset. As the legend goes,…
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Calendar, Night&Day This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 Her work on Digable Planets' Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space) is etched in our brains forever: "I'm from where the phat beats stretch for mad blocks," she rapped in the early 1990s, with…
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Culture, Stage

The Road to Mecca

In the middle of the desolate South African karroo wilderness, the widowed Miss Helen tirelessly builds her "Mecca." Far from being a hallowed destination for international pilgrimages, the old lady's version of the holy city -- a fantastical construction of…
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Calendar, Night&Day

This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, January 19, 2005 It's one thing to watch an adult recount painful childhood memories. It's quite another to watch a troubled kid grow up in front of your eyes. The documentary Tarnation begins with adult filmmaker Jonathan Caouette's discovery…
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Music, Reviewed Various Artists

Various Artists

Locally produced zine Bananafish has explored the underground's fringes since 1987, exposing a panoply of ultraobscure musicians and visual artists as well as such edgy genres as extreme noise to a wider audience. Sadly, No. 18 marks the last issue…
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Calendar, Night&Day Lovers' Leads

Lovers' Leads

4th Annual Erotic Slam: Very popular open call for poets of any skill level to read their personal, sex-infused works of poetry to an adoring audience, 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, $7-$10. Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, 510-841-2082.…
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Calendar, Urban Experience 'Shroom Boom

'Shroom Boom

SAT-SUN 12/6-7 Hunting for mushrooms is something like attending an Easter egg hunt. Fans of luscious fungi frequent the Bay Area's fertile sylvan areas in the misty early mornings, turning over dead logs, checking the ends of tree roots for…
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Music, Reviewed Cabaret Voltaire

Cabaret Voltaire

We tend to link musical styles closely with fashion trends. It's now almost unthinkable that in the mid-'70s, when hair was feathered, bottoms were belled, and disco and classic rock ruled the airwaves, three gaunt young men were sequestered in…
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Best of San Francisco, Shopping & Services

Most Eclectic Hardware Store

Haji Najmabadi is a large, bearded, energetic Iranian who knows where everything in his cramped store is but guides you to it with spoken directions, from his place behind the register -- making you feel rather like a remote-controlled car.…
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Culture, Stage


Last week ("The High Road," Feb. 7) I suggested Road to Mecca was the best show in Berkeley, but that was before I saw Tough!. This slice-of-life script about two teenage girls (or young women) screaming at a hapless guy…
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