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Calendar, Night&Day Dames, Bullets, tap-dancing

Dames, Bullets, tap-dancing

It was day, but the light had the ashtray color of stale fog. He's a writer, so the whiskey bottle next to him stands as empty as the page in front of him. You have to read these words…
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Dining, Eat Summer Guide: Classic Cocktails Are Alive and Well in S.F.

Summer Guide: Classic Cocktails Are Alive and Well in S.F.

We sat in the corner bar at Victor's and drank gimlets. "They don't know how to make them here," he said. "What they call a gimlet is just some lime or lemon juice and gin with a dash of sugar…
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Film, Beantown Boys Make Good

Beantown Boys Make Good

"Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid," Raymond Chandler wrote in 1950's "The Simple Art of Murder," smacking the ascot off the drawing-room mystery and all its crime-solving…
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Dining, Eat Taking  the Cure

Taking the Cure

"I was looking at life through the mists of a hangover," Raymond Chandler's private eye Philip Marlowe says midway through The Long Goodbye. "It was the kind of morning that seems to go on forever. I was flat and tired…
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Dining, Eat The Long Hello

The Long Hello

When I was recruited to work on the Weekly's Best of San Francisco issue last spring I knew that somehow, somewhere, I would have to mention Emma. This was back before the restaurant half of the operation had opened for…
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Dining, Eat Back to the Future

Back to the Future

It was the kind of a day, as Raymond Chandler never said, that made the Market Street palm trees seem right at home. The Farallons, San Francisco's age-old visual barometer, could be seen out on the western horizon. The deep-blue…
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Second Time Around

The Long Goodbye and California Split Panavision meets modernism with glorious results in the kickoff to the Castro's wide-screen series: Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye and California Split. Altman employs the odd, ribbony sweep of the oblong frame not just…
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Opiate for the Masses

Staggering piles of critical accolades have been heaped on the band Morphine. Scan a newsstand and try to find a rag that's reviewed the Boston trio unfavorably -- you'd have better luck finding a write-up that resists calling it "addictive."…
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