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BART's Monster-Sized Trademark Claim: A Tale of Two Logos

Local comedian Mark Pitta has a bit about watching the climactic finale of Scarface with his mom: In the midst of the blood-soaked invasion of Tony Montana's villa by Alejandro Sosa's horde of Bolivian mercenaries, Pitta's mother quips, "That is…
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SF Weekly Letters June 4-10, 2014

Muni Vs. Muni Don't forget labor history: I stand united with the bus drivers . People need to remember, these are the same people who bring them to work! People need to…
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Culture, Stage Desperate Times: Female Playwrights Chronicle Painful Ordeals in Two of the Fiercest Plays in Town

Desperate Times: Female Playwrights Chronicle Painful Ordeals in Two of the Fiercest Plays in Town

At the close of Chasing Mehserle, a new play by Chinaka Hodge at Intersection for the Arts, the all-black ensemble clusters and speaks in unison: "My name is Oscar Grant. Please don't shoot." It could have been any of them,…
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News, Feature The Life of a Stolen Phone: For the Smartphone Industry, Theft Is a Part of the Business Model

The Life of a Stolen Phone: For the Smartphone Industry, Theft Is a Part of the Business Model

Alex had a gnawing, uneasy feeling when he boarded the last BART train from San Francisco International Airport, on the way home from a business trip in 2012. The station was dead empty. The 33-year-old risk-management consultant was alone, shuttling…
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Culture, Art

Hanging Out With Strangers: Wendy MacNaughton Is S.F.'s Cultural Anthropologist

Meanwhile in San Francisco: The City in Its Own Words by Wendy MacNaughton features whimsical drawings of different parts of the city alongside quotes from S.F. citizens describing each area. The detailed illustrations are paired with a firsthand perspective on…
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News, The Snatch

The Snatch: Well Aware that Crime and Technology Don't Mix

The Great Bike Caper Of all the awesome things you can get on Craigslist — dirty panties, leftover pizza, and toe-sucking roommates — your stolen bike is by far the best find. A local BART rider was pretty stoked to…
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News, Your Humble Narrator Buy the Ticket, Fake the Ride: A Tech Scientist Devises a Means to Defraud BART

Buy the Ticket, Fake the Ride: A Tech Scientist Devises a Means to Defraud BART

A house divided against itself cannot stand. With regards to our country writ large, President Lincoln was prescient. With regards to our midsized city, however, we'll have to wait and see. San Francisco is a realm dramatically divided against itself…
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Calendar, Night&Day Double-Take

Double-Take

In San Francisco, if a BART car opens on a lavish formal dinner attended by a French buffoon and a mezzo-soprano, travelers are likely to watch, applaud, and later gloat over the charm of their morning commute. The reaction…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle How do you run an orchestra with no conductor? That's the aim of One Found Sound, a new chamber group founded by S.F. Conservatory grads where the old rules about classical music performance and listening don't apply. "If you…
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News, Feature The Year in Review: Nudity! Yachting! Marmots! And BART Sex!

The Year in Review: Nudity! Yachting! Marmots! And BART Sex!

This is the year of ... what? No one event is adequate to explain it. When you study all the events of 2013 with a deep enough focus, the image becomes noise. You're staring at pixels. How to pull meaning…
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Calendar, Night&Day Locals' Literary Mixtape

Locals' Literary Mixtape

The San Francisco storytelling scene is about as alive as a literary scene can get. Some of the best local proseurs and poets, both known and unknown, gather together for Quiet Lightning's literary mixtapes — that is, a series…
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News, Chem Tales Doing the Minimums: If All Else Fails, Try Bigger Penalties

Doing the Minimums: If All Else Fails, Try Bigger Penalties

The federal drug cops posted to San Francisco don't have to go far to find the bad guys: They see them every day on the way into work. The local office of the Drug Enforcement Administration, on Golden Gate Avenue…
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News, Letters

SF Weekly Letters November 5-12, 2013

Just a computer and an algorithm: Predictive policing is equivalent to alchemy, or transforming pseudoscience into science by collecting stochastic events into a computer database application and allowing it to populate a particular set of random outcomes into a non-particular…
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News, Sit on It: After a Strike and a Shutdown, Things Are Running Again, but They're Still Filthy

Sit on It: After a Strike and a Shutdown, Things Are Running Again, but They're Still Filthy

The decision to do up BART trains with carpeting and luxuriantly padded seats has been a generational head-scratcher. But, last week, we learned it's working for someone. On Monday, Oct. 21, the Public Defender's office trumpeted a favorable verdict for…
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Calendar, Night&Day Not That Kind of Cheek-Slapping

Not That Kind of Cheek-Slapping

Do you have music in your body? Not just hiccups or intestinal swish or the gulp in your throat when you swallow — we mean the toe-tapping, the heel-stomping, the thigh-slapping, the hollow drum of taut cheeks played right.…
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News, Untied We Stand: The BART Strike Narrative Unravels

Untied We Stand: The BART Strike Narrative Unravels

Aside from leaving commuters stranded, what is this BART strike really accomplishing? What we do know is that it's definitely created momentum among all unions in the Bay Area. Along with a possible AC Transit walkout, there are striking concessionaires…
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The Snatch: Discovering New Meanings for "Heavy Petting"

Commuters Strike Back There's little BART commuters could do about this transit tragedy other than hop a ferry or just say "screw it" and stay home making conference calls in their PJs. Oh wait, there is one thing you can…
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The Snatch: Extremely Proud of Our Breaking Nudes

Californians Mess With Texas Pride Even with a nanny-state-style government, Californians are proud to be living in the Golden State. A new survey released by Survata showed that Oregon, California, and Washington were among the proudest states, each with more…
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News, Excess Baggage: The Forgotten Costs of the BART SFO Extension

Excess Baggage: The Forgotten Costs of the BART SFO Extension

Taking mass transit to the airport is convenient. But taking mass transit to the airport when you didn't even mean to? That's transcendent. Anyone jolted out of a dream and into a nightmare after awakening when his or her BART…
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Dining, Bouncer Bouncer Pays Tribute at Tribune Tavern

Bouncer Pays Tribute at Tribune Tavern

No one was more shocked than Oakland when Oakland was ranked at No. 5 in The New York Times' "45 Places To Go" list last year. It's now Brooklyn by the Bay, with massive hipster cred and gourmet ghettos replacing…
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