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    Best Local Boxer Going Pro

    "Hard work pays off" is the watchword for Hunters Point native Raquel Miller, who twice came within a single decision of qualifying to fight for the United States at the Olympics. Becoming a Team USA alternate was a milestone on…
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    Best Place to Be Possessed

    Is the devil real? Is his name Donald Trump — or is evil lurking in your life another way? Everybody wants to cast out the ill wind as soon as it blows their way. The only question is how. It…
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    Best Social Media Celebrity

    We have absolutely no idea how Berner does it. Dude is running a business — ok, several businesses: slanging clothes and flavored water, promoting shows and recording records and going on tour, investing in cannabis brands and making deals, all…
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    Best Rabble Rouser

    Ilyich Sato is giving San Franciscans a good name: "resistance." Already a fixture in the local music scene, where he's been dropping heat for two decades as the rapper Equipto, the son of a teacher and a trade unionist became…
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    Best Departed S.F. Icon

    We will dispense with the double entendres: Carol Doda, who we lost in November, was a San Francisco hero who will be rightly celebrated and remembered as long as the town she helped create still stands, the torch held aloft…
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    Best Comic Book

    It's ok to be a pervert. To be a deviant means to depart from the norm, to challenge — and, maybe, to defeat — soul-stultifying convention. Here, we still value freaks and cherish stewards of the freak kingdom. Could you…
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    Best Old-School Stroll

    The sinews of old San Francisco lie in the water: the posts standing in the Bay mud that supported the docks and piers where the shipping that made the city possible, and later allowed it to flourish, flowed. There is…
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    Best Gentrification-Proof Neighborhood

    Being resistant to change doesn't always mean mounting a resistance. There are ways to enjoy the fruits of San Francisco's new bounty without selling off the shop. And indeed, there is a Four Barrel location and a homebrew supply store…
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    Best Refusenik

    In case you've been TaskRabbiting your way through life and haven't had the chance to leave the micro-loft to stroll the alleys and streets of central San Francisco, the number of homeless tent encampments in town is approaching epic levels…
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    Best Muni Line

    Widely reviled though it is, Muni inspires some serious neighborhood partisanship. And while there's probably near-universal recognition that the lengthy and traffic jam-prone 9-San Bruno is the worst bus line in North America, we respectfully acknowledge that the 12-Folsom is…
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    Best Queer Porn Star

    For more than a decade, five-time AVN award nominee Jiz Lee has been a trailblazing trans advocate and a standout presence in your porn stash. You've seen the world-famous/local, genderqueer/non-binary adult star in videos from Pink & White Productions (Best…
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    Best New Museum

    What is a museum if not a vehicle to challenge our perceptions of the world? This is perhaps best exemplified at the Tenderloin Museum, located in the infamous haunt of San Francisco that has perhaps one of the most colorful…
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    Best New Historical Preservation Project

    Perched high up on Yerba Buena Island is a piece of history that could soon be gone forever. A small, century-old building abandoned decades ago by the Navy and condemned in 1989, the Signal Tower had never so much as…
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    Best Privately Owned Public Open Space for Nighttime Mischief

    Plazas, atriums, terraces, and small parks, all built by capitalists, all for the people — and all thanks to the 1985 Downtown Plan. These little gems remain a mystery to many in San Francisco, yet like any great surprise, they've…
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    Best and Most Confusing Agitprop

    The queer group Gay Shame was the bane of DPW workers everywhere this past year, using "wheatpaste" (wheat + water = irritatingly hard-to-remove glue concoction) to post flyers targeting everyone from astroturfing pro-development group SFBARF to its capitalist benefactor, Yelp…
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    Best Place to Get Ed Lee to Listen to You

    We all know San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is a busy guy. Between the ongoing saga of Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, the Mario Woods police shooting, and the fallout over costs surrounding the Super Bowl and its subsequent displacement of…
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    Best Place to Pee in Union Square

    We don't often go out of our way for restrooms, but in the case of Macy's sixth-floor ladies room (sorry guys: you'll just have to make do with having everything else), all who pass through its doors will understand why…
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    Best Place to Pee in Public

    When day drinkers just could not stop pissing along the train tracks at Dolores Park, where every weekend tons of revelers gather to partake in booze and other inebriants, the city came up with a great idea to make public…
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    Best View While Gardening

    Astonishing views of the city are a dime a dozen. San Francisco provides no small handful of places to take in all its beauty, and fog, from Alamo Square to the top of Coit Tower. Even backyards in the Sunset…
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    Best Type of Muni Fare Evader

    Deciding not to "pay your fair share" can result in a $112 slap on the wrist from Muni fare inspectors. It happens all the time — at San Francisco State University, for example, proof-of-payment workers crowd the bus stops along…
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    Best Place to Stand on Muni

    Every day around rush hour, Muni trains passing through the downtown stations are filled to the brim with commuters who rush the doors as soon as they open. But the effective commuter is privy to the roomier spots on the…
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    Readers Poll Winners

    Best Accountant AOC-SF Eileen Choi Best Advertising Agency McCann Best Apartment Building Fox Plaza Best Broker Cameron Baird Best Chef Laurence Jossel Best Chiropractor Krystal Drwenlke Best Communal Office Space We Work Best Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Maas Best Drag Queen…
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    Best Youth Advocate

    It's hard to believe that Angel VanStark was a homeless teen three years ago. VanStark, who identified as queer, prefers they/their pronouns and is a testament to the strength of the human spirit. When they arrived in San Francisco at…
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    Best Transgender Advocate

    The first thing one notices in Veronika Fimbres' presence is her sense of peace. And of course her genuine love for people. Fimbres no doubt understands the sting of prejudice as an African-American transgender woman, thus she does everything she…
    Best of San Francisco, People & Places Best Disability Advocate

    Best Disability Advocate

    Belo Cipriani was a fully sighted and successful gay man, working in the corporate world, when he was viciously assaulted in 2007. He was kicked directly in the eyes and left totally blind. Now 34 years old, Cipriani has reinvented…
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    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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