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Calendar, Night&Day Blue Plate Special

Blue Plate Special

No one sees San Francisco quite the same as Peter Plate. Over the course of two decades and more than a half-dozen novels, Plate has chronicled the city's seamier half with an eye for grimy detail and a voice reeking…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Nouveau Noir Writer

Peter Plate In novelist Plate's San Francisco, fog "murders" the streets, and the denizens of the Tenderloin and the Mission emerge from their residential hotels to commit crimes, take revenge, and talk to God. The writer, who developed his…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Jazz Attack

Jazz Attack

SAT-SUN 7/3-4 Long before San Francisco's Fillmore Street was lined with trendy cafes and vintage clothing shops, before even the Grateful Dead played its first gig, this vibrant neighborhood was a playground for the most celebrated names in jazz. Ella…
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Calendar, Night&Day Tales of  the City

Tales of the City

San Francisco has always called itself a book town, citing a rich literary history that inevitably references Jack London, the Beats, and Armistead Maupin's Tales. But part of being a city of readers is carving a new tradition, and the…
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Culture, Books

One Foot Off the Gutter; Snitch Factory

Peter Plate's story is one of hardscrabble redemption. A self-taught San Francisco writer, he draws from his years spent in poverty in the Mission District, squatting in abandoned buildings. He revels in a raw, unvarnished prose style, which befits his…
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