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Music, Hear This Ryan Hemsworth: Show Preview

Ryan Hemsworth: Show Preview

Once upon a time, kids grew up on cheap electric guitars purchased out of the Sears catalog and started garage bands. Today's upstart music producers, however, cut their teeth on the sleek keys of a MacBook. Canadian Ryan Hemsworth knows…
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News, Sucka Free City Mules of the Road: How Not to Cross a Bridge

Mules of the Road: How Not to Cross a Bridge

Shoulders hunched, John Sears leans forward into the hill he's climbing. His eyes are slits in his lined, sun-browned face as he glances ahead at the police car making its way toward him and the three pack mules walking in…
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Music, Bouncer

Everybody poops at Lime

They say that beauty is only skin deep, which is indeed true. Case in point: Joan Crawford, the original "hot mess." I find her a very sympathetic character, despite being an abusive nympho alcoholic with major control issues. In a…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Resurrection

Sears Fine Food 439 Powell (at Sutter), 986-1160, When we left Sears Fine Food one morning without breakfasting there, depressed by its harsh fluorescent lighting, shabby, stained, gray industrial carpeting, and sticky plastic tablecloths, we feared it was…
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Dining, Eat The Egg and I

The Egg and I

"'When you wake in the morning, Pooh,' said Piglet at last, 'what's the first thing you say to yourself?' 'What's for breakfast?' said Pooh. 'What do you say, Piglet?' 'I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?' said…
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Culture, Books Bridgework


The first book I acquired as an editor was an illustrated edition of Pablo Neruda's Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair, with a translation by the renowned poet W.S. Merwin. It was an English-only version -- I decided,…
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Music, Ben There, Done That

Ben There, Done That

The limits of a career as techno superstars become apparent to the two members of Ben Wa at around 9 p.m. during an interview at their comfortably worn recording studio and practice space. That's when the Oakland-based duo comes face…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Waffles

Sears, which turns 62 this year, is famous for a number of things -- its preserved-in-aspic coffee shop milieu, its (apocryphal?) Cadillac waiting room -- but mostly it's famous for its tiny, light-as-air Swedish pancakes. We can take pancakes or…
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News, Dog Bites Dog Bites

Dog Bites

Whither the Avant-Garde?Sure, San Francisco's Board of Supervisors wants to ban the sale of Michelin's "Scorchers" line of tires. But, apparently, the supervisors haven't considered that, in the name of protecting property values from the threat posed by red, blue,…
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Dining, Eat Champion of Breakfasts

Champion of Breakfasts

Did you see Ric Burns' documentary on New York a couple of weeks ago on PBS? It had a nice way of serving up basic yet little-known facts about its subject's history with a storyteller's sense of rhythm so that…
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Zoom Lens

Into Insects We live with insects, yet know next to nothing about them -- except that they disguise themselves, invade our homes, and can make us sick, and must therefore represent pure evil. Bugs haunt our nightmares and science fiction…
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