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Dining, Fresh Eats Belcampo: Sustainable Meat on Russian Hill

Belcampo: Sustainable Meat on Russian Hill

The fourth location of the 2-year-old Belcampo Meat Company — after Larkspur, downtown L.A. and Santa Barbara — has come to Russian Hill, and it is a beauty. If the sight of a pestle full of lard sitting in a…
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Culture, Stage Upstaging: One Small Theater Company Rethinks the Business Model

Upstaging: One Small Theater Company Rethinks the Business Model

PianoFight's renovation and 10-year lease of the 8,000-square-foot property at 144 Taylor St. seems an extraordinary step for a small theater company to take, but founders Kevin Fink, Rob Ready, and Dan Williams explain that, from their point of view,…
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Music, All Shook Down Gardens & Villa on Vegetable Farming, the Bansuri Flute, and Playing the Phono Del Sol Festival

Gardens & Villa on Vegetable Farming, the Bansuri Flute, and Playing the Phono Del Sol Festival

Gardens & Villa singer Chris Lynch, 27, keyboardist Adam Rasmussen, 29, and drummer Levi Hayden, 28, met at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. After four years together in a post-punk "noise collage" band, the the three went their separate ways.…
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News, The Snitch Men Beat Tourist While Calling Him "Faggot"

Men Beat Tourist While Calling Him "Faggot"

Police are looking for a group of men who took a bat and beat a Santa Barbara tourist near San Francisco's Castro District over the weekend. According to Police Captain Denis O'Leary, the 52-year-old man, whose sexual orientation is unknown,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Boyle-ing Over

Boyle-ing Over

T.C. Boyle’s fiction avoids simple binary distinctions, searching for uneasy truths in highly polarized situations. The approach has given previous works like 1995’s examination of immigration and privilege The Tortilla Curtain a rare sense of nuance. In his latest novel,…
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Music, Hear This Nerf Herder: Show Preview

Nerf Herder: Show Preview

Lyrics-wise, any song by Santa Barbara–based pop-punk act Nerf Herder is bound to be one of two flavors. The first possibility is that it's of the unashamedly goofy and sexual sort. Examples of this type include "I Got a Boner…
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News, Sucka Free City


Anyone who has read a police report knows that cops are taught to chronicle some of the most dramatic moments in the city with the most bland, coma-inducing prose. Yet San Francisco police work has now provided fodder for one…
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Film, <i> It's Complicated </i>: Nancy Meyers keeps making the same movie

It's Complicated : Nancy Meyers keeps making the same movie

Does Nancy Meyers hate women? The thought ran through my head not very long into It's Complicated, Meyers' biennial stocking-stuffer about the romantic trials and tribulations of obscenely privileged and narcissistic Southern Californians. Once more unto the breach goes Meyers…
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News, The Snitch Monterey Bay Aquarium Sharks are Total Party Animals

Monterey Bay Aquarium Sharks are Total Party Animals

The Monterey Bay Aquarium has gathered conclusive evidence that great white sharks participate in their own version of Spring Break. The aquarium has captured and released three white sharks equipped with monitoring devices, according to an article in today's…
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Dining, Eat Brilliant Bites

Brilliant Bites

My favorite thing to do in the entire world is travel. And one of my favorite things to do during trips is (big surprise) sample the local cuisine. I put in my time doing research, seeking out the big-reputation, big-ticket…
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Dining, Eat Best Mexican

Best Mexican

Susan, a friend who'd moved up to the Bay Area from Los Angeles around the same time I did, couldn't stop raving about a Mexican restaurant on Telegraph Avenue. "I swear," she said, "it's the best Mexican food I've ever…
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Dining, Eat Absinthe Friends

Absinthe Friends

My friend Glenn, who lives in Santa Barbara but has season tickets to both the San Francisco and Los Angeles operas, called before coming up to see The Damnation of Faust with a request: "Is there anywhere to eat near…
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Music, House of Tudor House of Tudor

House of Tudor

You might recognize him from television -- he appeared on episodes of Kojak, Barnaby Jones, Santa Barbara, Divorce Court, I Dream of Jeanie, and The Daily Show -- or from any one of hundreds of print advertisements, but more than…
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Dining, The Mix


As is the case with family members, cilantro, and the recordings of Britney Spears, people tend either to love or to hate the Marina Triangle (aka the intersection of Fillmore and Greenwich). Feelings aside, one must admit that the area…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

No Way Out If the letter doesn't work, we suggest a nail file in a cake: Your recent cover story "Throwing Away the Key" (June 5, on prisoner Eddy Zheng and Gov. Gray Davis' unwritten policy of routinely denying the…
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Music, Computer Dreaming

Computer Dreaming

Although Figurine recorded its first songs in 1995, the band didn't release its debut album, Transportation + Communication = Love, until the summer of 1999. Even then, the record's goofy '80s-style songs -- full of fuzzy synths, deadpan vocals, and…
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Designing Man

Al Abayan has always been a handyman. Perpetually curious about form, function, and design, he repaired the front wheel mounts of his car when he was 16 -- without a single hour of previous mechanical experience. He carefully removed nuts,…
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