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News, Sucka Free City Branching Out: An S.F. Man Achieves Tree-Climbing Supremacy

Branching Out: An S.F. Man Achieves Tree-Climbing Supremacy

A new champion walks among us in San Francisco — or, more likely, gazes down from above. Arborist Chad Brey's voicemail offers the all-but-certain caveat that he's likely up a tree rather than taking your call. On April 6, this…
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News, Sucka Free City

Foliage Is Not an Option: The City's Tree-Climbing Champion Attempts to Make Good

Tree-climbing is an activity that lends itself more to guidelines than rules: Try not to ascend a tree while intoxicated. Better not to scale a tree while nude. Don't fall. It turns out, however, there's a right way and a…
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Film, "The Jeffrey Dahmer Files": A Decades-Long Fascination

"The Jeffrey Dahmer Files": A Decades-Long Fascination

It's been 22 years since the cops found all those murdered, molested, cut-up corpses in a factory worker's tiny Milwaukee apartment. Does this particular serial killer still hold much fascination for America? Does he for filmmaker Chris James Thompson? Hard…
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Film, "Mea Maxima Culpa": Those Who Prey

"Mea Maxima Culpa": Those Who Prey

It's a good thing that documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney is an ex-Catholic; it takes the rage of the disillusioned to so zealously rip the veil as he does in Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God. Yet even…
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Film, "Casa de Mi Padre": Tastefully Parodies Spanish Telenovelas

"Casa de Mi Padre": Tastefully Parodies Spanish Telenovelas

Rogue comic Will Ferrell recently turned up on an Old Milwaukee commercial exclusively for the Davenport, Iowa, local market; the obvious next career move, then, is Casa de Mi Padre, a modern-day tortilla western/telenovela spoof entirely in Spanish. Squinting into…
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News, The Snitch San Francisco Falls in Rankings to Nation's 22nd Drunkest City

San Francisco Falls in Rankings to Nation's 22nd Drunkest City

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story erroneously presented 2010's Daily Beast rankings, in which San Francisco was America's 3rd drunkest city, as the 2011 rankings. As is apparent in the comments section of this blog post, the links on…
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Dining, Eat The Old Clam House: Time-Worn Gem Turned Into Just Another Tourist Trap

The Old Clam House: Time-Worn Gem Turned Into Just Another Tourist Trap

When the Old Clam House was built in 1861, Mission Bay was a real bay, Hunter's Point jutted out spikily into the water, and Bayshore was a wood-plank road cutting through the salt marshes. Fishing boats pulled sardines, oysters, and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Eyes on the Horizon

Eyes on the Horizon

Our local topography inspires words like “scenic view” and “panoramic vista,” but there’s nothing particularly elevating about the view from the overwhelming majority of locations in this country. Unless you’re James Benning, the Milwaukee-born filmmaker who has been recording the…
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Music, Hear This Bon Iver

Bon Iver

Now that his cabin-recorded debut has penetrated all corners of the globe, Justin Vernon is taking his onetime solo project Bon Iver on the road with his former DeYarmond Edison bandmates, who now comprise Megafaun. Earlier this year, he applied…
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Calendar, Performance Golda's Story

Golda's Story

ONGOING 7/23-8/13 The establishment of Israel's statehood was incredibly complex, and was driven, in part, by a force of nature named Golda Meir. Once a Milwaukee schoolteacher, Meir became involved with Israel's Labour Party and helped Israel resettle Holocaust…
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Dining, Dish Enchanted

Naansense

Seems like every other day I find myself contemplating the question of why I'm still here (in San Francisco, I mean, not on the planet, although there are times ...). Why, I ask, do I force myself to grapple, day…
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Dining, Dish Enchanted

I Scream

When I lived in Milwaukee, I spent a lot of time (usually during the dinner hour) lamenting the fact that I wasn't in San Francisco anymore. Good Chinese food was about as scarce as a sober Wauwatosan around closing time…
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Best of San Francisco, Sports & Recreation

Best Bowling Alley

San Francisco is weird about bowling. The late, lamented Japantown Bowl had to jazz things up with its kegling-by-black-light "cyberbowl" experience, Pacifica's Sea Bowl features a karaoke night, and all too many local alleys are crammed with hipsters in expensive…
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News, Dog Bites

Dog Bites

"While I appreciate that it is easier to let the readers write the column for you, printing the entire ramblings of longtime city investors (whatever the hell that means) was a bit hard to take," complains disgruntled reader Paul Miller.…
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News, Dog Bites

Dog Bites

The city's housing crisis is dire indeed when disgruntled mutterings about the need for a good earthquake get loud enough to gain an, um, groundswell of support. But just in the past few days, tensions erupted into a verbal scuffle…
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Music, Record Review

Review

The Promise Ring Very Emergency! (Jade Tree) A strange thing happened when alternative and punk entered the mainstream: As the pop-culture floodgates opened up to the aggressive, raw strains of Nirvana, Ministry, Sonic Youth, and Green Day in the…
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Calendar, Halloween

Savage Love

My partner and I have the most wonderful relationship. We are very in love, our sex life is amazing, we try everything, we love it all, etc., etc. I respect and love everything about his body; problem is I can't…
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Calendar, Halloween

Savage Love

Hey, Faggot: I just read your response to the letter from "your friend" Phil, the Bible student . Although I agree with you concerning the hypocrisy of most Christians, I was disgusted that you profess to know Jesus yet…
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Dining, Eat

Pleasant Under Glass

The first incarnation of Lehr Brothers Bistro and Grill was called Lehr's Greenhouse, and the major visual effect -- a vaulted ceiling of glass panes that made the grill room seem like a giant terrarium (or a belle epoque railway…
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Culture, Stage

The Nature of the Beast

Among the problems of literature that can keep me entertained for hours is the question of what distinguishes one discipline from another. Why is a play such a wholly different animal from, say, a novel? And what happens when the…
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