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Housing Crunch Heading for another city that allows for growth: If someone is a wealthy developer, or client of a developer, his connections to City Hall will get him whatever he wants in S.F. ["Bringing Down the Housing," Joe Eskenazi,…
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Music, All Shook Down John Travolta and Olivia Newton John Make the Bleakest Christmas Music Video Ever

John Travolta and Olivia Newton John Make the Bleakest Christmas Music Video Ever

Welcome, ladies and gents, to the most awkward, thrown-together video we've seen since Phil Collins and Phil Bailey pretended to be best friends in the 1984 clip for "Easy Lover." You may have already heard that John Travolta and Olivia…
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Calendar, Night&Day Those Summer Nights

Those Summer Nights

Say what you will about John Travolta -- and we have, many times -- the man is a walking miracle of career longevity. He’s successfully (re)invented himself a half-dozen times, all the while preserving his undeniable talents as a hoofer…
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Calendar, Night&Day Styles That Burn

Styles That Burn

So you didn’t score tickets in Burning Man’s bizarre lottery system. You can either continue grieving, or you can dry your eyes with those furry boots and pencil a year’s worth of decompressions, alt-burns, and other such events in your…
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Calendar, Night&Day Mind + Body = Roller Disco

Mind + Body = Roller Disco

Not a lot of people know it, but ancient Greek gymnasiums contained libraries. That's because the Greeks -- ever in search of the divine ideal -- saw intellectual and aesthetic "fitness" going hand-in-hand with athletic fitness. If these ancients were…
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News, Sucka Free City

Hopelessly Devoted

We all have dirty little secrets. Here's one of mine: I know every word to every song on Xanadu by Olivia Newton-John. You might think it wouldn't be easy being an Olivia fan in San Francisco, where retro is only…
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Music, Bouncer


Technically, an azalea is a rhododendron. The plant likes dappled shade and an acidic soil. Go ahead, put some pine needles around one for mulch. You should only feed azaleas a commercial fertilizer after their blooms have faded. I know…
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Wish Upon a Star on Ice

You remember going to the Ice Capades as a kid, don't you? Anticipating the day for weeks, begging to bring your best friend so you wouldn't have to actually talk to your brother, bouncing around the car for a three-hour…
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Night Crawler

No Smoking No Talking No Drinking No Getting Up From Seats During Performance The sign hanging on the Trocadero door Saturday night is a tad unusual for the gritty, mostly punk nightclub, but the large crowd waiting outside seems undaunted…
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