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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism For Locals: Burritt Alley, an Understated but Important Spot in S.F. Literary and Cinematic History

Tourism For Locals: Burritt Alley, an Understated but Important Spot in S.F. Literary and Cinematic History

San Francisco and its local sights are no stranger to being featured and glorified in the arts: from television, to literature to paintings and film. But as is the trend in many works of art, San Francisco's beauty is…
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Calendar, Night&Day Stalk Your Mystery Writer in 10 Shady Steps

Stalk Your Mystery Writer in 10 Shady Steps

Say the name “Dashiell Hammett,” and certain images rush into the mind’s eye: the hard-boiled eyebrows of a falcon-chasing detective, the hard jaw lines of ruthless crooks, and perhaps the reality of well-dressed mystery writers pumping out fresh prose in…
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Culture, Stagecap

Wrapping Paper Caper

Wrapping Paper Caper isn't the sort of thing you can easily summarize, let alone criticize. The kid-friendly production at the Marsh is part recyclable art, part Looney Tunes. The performers behind Lunatique Fantastique use an unlikely array of inanimate objects…
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Calendar, Night&Day Parade Grounds

Parade Grounds

San Franciscans turn ordinary events into grand spectacles. Every May, up to 100,000 costumed (and possibly drunk) runners race across town, and each month hundreds of bicyclists take over the city streets — and then there's the annual convergence of…
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Music, All Shook Down Curse Of The Maltese Falcon: John's Grill Gets Its Bird Back

Curse Of The Maltese Falcon: John's Grill Gets Its Bird Back

Sam Spade would be a happy man today. As the Chronicle reports, the Maltese Falcon has returned to John's Grill, again. After a replica of the bird was stolen from its longtime perch at the Ellis Street restaurant in…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Fictional San Francisco Character

Sam Spade With this being the 75th year since the publication of The Maltese Falcon, can the city claim a better sleuth than writer Dashiell Hammett's hard-boiled 1920s crime-solver? We think not. In Falcon, Spade (or Humphrey Bogart, if you're…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best View Bar

Bloom's Saloon 1318 18th St. (at Missouri), 552-6707 As spring heats up, a young person's mind turns to ... beer, of course, preferably drunk outside. If you're tired of waiting in line at Zeitgeist with all the other sun-and-suds…
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Calendar, Night&Day Capturing the Falcon

Capturing the Falcon

I recently found out that one of my friends has never seen the classic Humphrey Bogart film The Maltese Falcon. Since we were just then sitting at the bar in John's Grill, "Home of the Maltese Falcon" -- the spot…
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Dining, Eat Out of  the Past

Out of the Past

I've always been attracted to the science-fiction mainstay of time travel. In fact, I practice it frequently. Pace H.G. Wells, I employ no high-tech machinery. Though I give points to Jack Finney for setting up his hero in a posh…
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News, Night Crawler Spade Work

Spade Work

"It's like this, see: We each pick a mark, someone ankling by the box or nibblin' on one," says Secret Agent X-9, casting an eye around John's Grill. "Then, we tail 'em for a couple of hours, see?" Translation: "We…
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News, Bay View The Ghosts in 401

The Ghosts in 401

Like a lot of people, William Arney moved to San Francisco to reinvent himself. Before arriving here in 1981, he was a long-haired twentysomething from Peoria, Ill. Today, answering the door to his Tenderloin apartment, he's a stout, tough-talking man…
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Second Time Around

The Maltese Falcon John Huston's The Maltese Falcon is a high-water mark of tough-guy storytelling and the most influential movie in the whole Warner Bros. Festival of Classics running at the Castro this week. In this faithful rendering of Dashiell…
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