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Dining, Eat Meat and Potatoes

Meat and Potatoes

After hearing me rave about my meal at C&L, a well-meaning friend inquired if I was sure that it was, as I called it, "the best little steakhouse in San Francisco." "I always hear good things about Izzy's," she said,…
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Culture, Stage Of Thee I Sing

Of Thee I Sing

William Saroyan's most famous play has a famous arcade machine standing in one corner of Nick's Pacific Street Saloon. It's a ridiculous piece of junk that flies American flags and streamers and plays a wheezing version of "My Country 'Tis…
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Calendar, Urban Experience So Flogging Good

So Flogging Good

SUN 9/28 In a scant 20 years, the Folsom Street Fair has gone from a local leather-enthusiast happening to an internationally known event drawing throngs of persuasions and people. This year's theme, "Fun, Frolic, & Fetish," denotes what most people…
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Culture, Stage

The Time of Your Life

William Saroyan had a taste for stories and plays about the average Joe, and The Time of Your Life is his epic. It clocks in at nearly three hours and gives us one day in the life of a dive…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Historical Locale

Ever since the Embarcadero Freeway came tumbling down a decade ago, the waterfront has been a pleasant place to stroll, sunbathe, and learn all about San Francisco's rich maritime heritage. Handsome historical markers were installed along the promenade in addition…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Columbus Avenue Bar

The bar is triangular at Mr. Bing's, and the drinks are so stiff they may actually melt your bones. The strange, circular indentation in the ceiling can resemble (depending how many drinks you've had) either a strange, circular indentation or…
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News, Letters


Alvin & the Armenians In Jack Boulware's cover story on the William Saroyan collection ("Snatching Saroyan"), he writes that Saroyan penned the Rosemary Clooney hit "Come On-A My House." This is half true. Saroyan in fact co-wrote the song with…
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News, Feature

Snatching Saroyan

In the fourth-floor bar of the exclusive University Club building atop Nob Hill, the Roxburghe Club, a San Francisco organization of rare book aficionados that dates back 70 years, prepares to begin its monthly meeting. Membership in the club is…
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