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Culture, Art Dressed for Revolt: A Photographer's Moroccan Portraits Reinstate Women at the Forefront of the Arab Spring

Dressed for Revolt: A Photographer's Moroccan Portraits Reinstate Women at the Forefront of the Arab Spring

For followers of women's rights in the Arab world, the headlines of the past few months have been bitterly disappointing. "Women Among the Biggest Losers in Arab Spring," announced one recent news story, while another shouted, "Why does the world…
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Dining, Eat

Heyday: Chez Panisse Alums Reinvent the Power Lunch

The indecisive, the picky and the gluttonous can all make common cause at Heyday, a new spot in the Financial District where nearly everything is made from scratch daily. It's like Bi-Rite, but without the grocery aisles or the ice…
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Music, Hear This French Montana: Show Preview

French Montana: Show Preview

NFL free agent/enfant terrible Chad Johnson (aka Chad Ochocinco) has had several run-ins with the rap world, having repeatedly chilled with Lil Wayne, and (jokingly?) sparred with Game, Joe Budden, and Wale on Twitter. With French Montana's recent "Ocho Cinco,"…
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Dining, Eat Hi-Lo BBQ: San Francisco Gets Its Own Barbecue

Hi-Lo BBQ: San Francisco Gets Its Own Barbecue

So our obsession with all things local has come to this: Northern California-style barbecue. When I first heard the term applied to the Mission's new Hi-Lo BBQ, I rolled my eyes. My crew of dinner companions, barbecue fanatics the lot…
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Dining, Eat

OneUp: The Cosmo Comes Back with a Moroccan Twist

"What the hell are we doing?" we muttered to ourselves as we sat in the lounge of OneUP, the new restaurant that replaced the Grandviews at the San Francisco Grand Hyatt. If you've never heard of OneUP it's probably because…
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Dining, Eat Grill House Mediterranean: New Shawarma-and-Pie Shop Sometimes Worth a Visit

Grill House Mediterranean: New Shawarma-and-Pie Shop Sometimes Worth a Visit

Where you from?" you'll hear the manager of Grill House Mediterranean ask customers when they come up to order. "Saudi Arabia? Yemen?" A fair question these days in his corner of the Tenderloin. The neighborhood's mosques, as well as the…
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Dining, Eat Fifth Floor: Technique and Intelligence Prove Hotel Restaurants Can Still Shine

Fifth Floor: Technique and Intelligence Prove Hotel Restaurants Can Still Shine

The moment does not belong to the hotel restaurant. Five years ago, Campton Place, Michael Mina's eponymous restaurant at the St. Francis, and the Dining Room at Ritz-Carlton were all at the top of the podium, with another cluster of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Souq It to Me

Souq It to Me

We first told you about Yassir Chadly several years ago — he was in a band called the Mo’ Rockin’ Project. He’s Moroccan! At this weekend's Arab Cultural Festival, he’s one of the headlining musicians, performing traditional Sufi gnawa music…
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Calendar, Night&Day Street Work

Street Work

For the world traveler, street vendors sell personalities as much as products: the Chinese shoe-repairman with the treadle sewing machine and tire scraps for soles; the Moroccan poet who slings steamed snails; the Jamaican DVD pirate with a circus-worthy spiel.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Soulfully Cerebral

Soulfully Cerebral

Soul and extreme technicality are rare companions in the art world, perhaps because the brain and the gut speak fundamentally different languages. There exist some rare artists, however, who are fluent in both. By most counts, jazz pianist Jason Moran…
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Calendar, Night&Day Baghdad by the Bay

Baghdad by the Bay

With all the emphasis placed on political relations between the “Arab world” and the United States, there isn’t enough emphasis put on the kaleidoscopic landscape of Arab art and music. To the rescue: the Arab Cultural Festival. A showcase of…
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Dining, Eat Aicha serves flavorful Moroccan food at popular prices

Aicha serves flavorful Moroccan food at popular prices

At Aicha, a modest new Moroccan restaurant on Polk Street, you'll get all the highlights you'd find on the menus of fancier North African places around town — garlicky dips; b'stilla, a pie stuffed with chicken; long-stewed tagines seasoned with…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sidewalk Smorgasbord

Sidewalk Smorgasbord

Everyone loves to eat food in the street lately. City people everywhere can be seen nibbling on fricasseed frog legs from the backs of trucks, sitting on abandoned loading docks with their faces buried in bowls of organic scrapple, and…
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Dining, Recent Openings

New Restaurants

Aicha: 1303 Polk (at Pine), 345-9947, www.aichasf.com. Nob Hill/Tenderloin. Moroccan. Escape from New York Pizza: 3242 22nd St. (at Bartlett), www.escapefromnewyorkpizza.com. Mission. Pizza. Horatius: 350 Kansas (at 16th St.), 252-3500, www.horatius.com. Potrero Hill. Gourmet bistro. La Michoacana Taqueria: 300 Bayshore…
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Dining, Recent Openings

New Restaurants

Aicha: 1303 Polk (at Pine), 345-9947, www.aichasf.com. Nob Hill/Tenderloin. Moroccan. Escape from New York Pizza: 3242 22nd St. (at Bartlett), www.escapefromnewyorkpizza.com. Mission. Pizza. Horatius: 350 Kansas (at 16th St.), 252-3500, www.horatius.com. Potrero Hill. Gourmet bistro. La Michoacana Taqueria: 300 Bayshore…
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Dining, Recent Openings

New Restaurants

A weekly listing of new restaurants around town. To recommend a spot, e-mail fresheats. 54 Mint: 16 Mint Plaza (at Jessie), 543-5100, www.54mint.com. SOMA. Italian. Aicha: 1303 Polk (at Pine), 345-9947, www.aichasf.com. Nob Hill/Tenderloin. Moroccan. Haus: 3082 24th St. (at…
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Dining, Recent Openings

New Restaurants

A weekly listing of new restaurants around town. To recommend a spot, e-mail fresheats. 54 Mint: 16 Mint Plaza (at Jessie), 543-5100, www.54mint.com. SOMA. Italian. 5A5: 244 Jackson (at Front), 989-2539, www.5a5stk.com. Embarcadero. Steak lounge. Aicha: 1303 Polk (at Pine),…
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Dining, Recent Openings

New Restaurants

A weekly listing of new restaurants around town. To recommend a spot, e-mail fresheats. 54 Mint: 16 Mint Plaza (at Jessie), 543-5100, www.54mint.com. SOMA. Italian. 5A5: 244 Jackson (at Front), 989-2539, www.5a5stk.com. Embarcadero. Steak lounge. Bar Crudo: 665 Divisadero (at…
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Dining, Recent Openings

New Restaurants

A weekly listing of new restaurants around town. To recommend a spot, e-mail fresheats. 54 Mint: 16 Mint Plaza (at Jessie), 543-5100, www.54mint.com. SOMA. Italian. 5A5: 244 Jackson (at Front), 989-2539, www.5a5stk.com. Embarcadero. Steak lounge. Bar Crudo: 665 Divisadero (at…
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Dining, Recent Openings

New Restaurants

A weekly listing of new restaurants around town. To recommend a spot, e-mail fresheats. 54 Mint: 16 Mint Plaza (at Jessie), 543-5100, www.54mint.com. SOMA. Italian. 5A5: 244 Jackson (at Front), 989-2539, www.5a5stk.com. Embarcadero. Steak lounge. Bar Crudo: 665 Divisadero (at…
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