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Music, All Shook Down Catch New Orleans Rapper Pell Tonight at The New Parish

Catch New Orleans Rapper Pell Tonight at The New Parish

It's hard to categorize the sound of 23-year-old New Orleans rapper Pell (born Jared Pellerin). The Fader calls it "dream rap," others call it "cloud rap," while Pell himself calls it "futuristic soul." At times, his voice is elastic…
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Dining, Distillations Distillations: Steak Out at Ruth's Chris

Distillations: Steak Out at Ruth's Chris

I was never planning to review the bar in Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. But I needed a fancy celebratory dinner on short notice, the local restaurants I tried were booked, and I've always liked Ruth's Chris's ungainly name and New Orleans…
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Calendar, Night&Day Down on The Bay(Ou)

Down on The Bay(Ou)

With Mardi Gras approaching, it's worth exploring a few of the similarities between San Francisco and New Orleans. Both cities are defined by the water that surrounds them, both suffer the occasional real estate reset from natural disasters (our…
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News, Sucka Free City Faux Sheepskin: The President of a Real University Attended a Fake One

Faux Sheepskin: The President of a Real University Attended a Fake One

When Eric Gravenberg was last summer named interim president of the College of Alameda, it elicited a flurry of articles in the hyperlocal press. All mentioned Gravenberg's long history in academic administration, with some going on to note his bevy…
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Dining, Eat

The Vestry at the Chapel: Valencia Gets Macabre

The San Francisco Album Project at the Chapel on Valencia Street has garnered national attention for amazing monthly drag performances set to seminal pop music albums, performed from start to finish. Of course, for everything happening on Valencia that you…
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Music, Dumpstaphunk Promises Groovy Surprises in S.F.

Dumpstaphunk Promises Groovy Surprises in S.F.

Dumpstaphunk. The word conjures up images of steaming good times, as well as exotic — and maybe not so appetizing — smells. It's a name you can't forget once you've heard it, and a fitting title for a New Orleans…
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Culture, Summer Guide Summer Guide 2013: Ways to Cool Off in S.F.

Summer Guide 2013: Ways to Cool Off in S.F.

Drink a La Paloma at Mosto While there are several great versions of the classic Mexican Paloma, the version developed a few years ago by the talented Brooke Arthur is nearly perfect. It has El Jimador Blanco Tequila, St. Germain…
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Dining, Eat Hard Water: Charles Phan's Exciting Expansion Into Southern Food

Hard Water: Charles Phan's Exciting Expansion Into Southern Food

It's all a bit mystifying why Charles Phan — who created both Slanted Door and Wo Hing General Store, and who just published a cookbook, Vietnamese Home Cooking, on the cuisine he's been making for the past two decades —…
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Calendar, Night&Day Freaky Street

Freaky Street

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the cool kids moving to Oakland. But who needs to be cool when you can be weird? And on Sunday, San Francisco will cook up a strange brew like no other city…
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Dining, Recent Openings

Recent Openers

20 Spot: This new Mission wine bar has a mid-century design and small bites like deviled duck eggs, rabbit pate, and poached pear pound cake, along with a 100 bottle-strong wine list with 25 by-the-glass selections. 3565 20th St., 624-3140.…
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Dining, Recent Openings

Recent Openers

Hard Water: Charles Phan's new Embarcadero spot has a New Orleans theme, with dishes like boiled peanuts, seafood gumbo, okra etouffee, braised rabbit, and a raw bar featuring Hog Island oysters and cracked crab. Plus, a two-page whiskey menu and…
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Dining, Recent Openings

Recent Openers

The Alchemist Bar & Lounge: A phonograph playing old-timey music sets the mood as you walk through the ground floor entrance of this second-floor SOMA bar. Upstairs, find vintage sofas, projected silent movies, and intriguing cocktails. 679 Third, 746-9968. alchemistsf.com.…
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Dining, Recent Openings

Recent Openers

A weekly listing of new dining spots around town. To recommend a spot, e-mail fresheats. The Alchemist Bar & Lounge: A phonograph playing old-timey music sets the mood as you walk through the ground floor entrance of this second-floor SOMA…
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Dining, Eat South: Charles Phan Expands His Empire

South: Charles Phan Expands His Empire

Chef Charles Phan had one word when Randall Kline, the founder of SF JAZZ, asked the Slanted Door chef to take over the café South at SF JAZZ's new permanent space on Franklin and Fell. "I said, 'No,'" Phan said.…
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Film, "Tchoupitoulas": The Real, Real New Orleans

"Tchoupitoulas": The Real, Real New Orleans

While they almost certainly have plans for striking new projects that expand our understanding of what documentaries can be, Bill and Turner Ross — the co-directors, -producers, -camera operators, and -troublemakers behind Tchoupitoulas — could do posterity a service if…
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Music, Greg Dulli on the Afghan Whigs' Return

Greg Dulli on the Afghan Whigs' Return

The last time the Afghan Whigs played San Francisco, in 1998 at the Fillmore, the band was touring in support of its celebratory sixth album, 1965. On that early December night, the Cincinnati, Ohio-born outfit was firing on all cylinders,…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

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

Sizzle • The newest music venue in the Mission is called Preservation Hall West at the Chapel — and when it's not the West Coast home of New Orleans' Preservation Hall Jazz Band, it'll have a wide-open booking policy. The…
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Film, "Samsara": Smug Message Wrapped in a Beautiful Package

"Samsara": Smug Message Wrapped in a Beautiful Package

Whether it strikes you as a profound, perspective-shifting spiritual travelogue, or the cinematic equivalent of a forgettable New Age music loop, this follow-up to 1992's Baraka by director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson nails its intent as "guided meditation."…
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Dining, Eat Dixie: Southern Meets Californian Down Home on the Presidio

Dixie: Southern Meets Californian Down Home on the Presidio

Chef Joseph Humphrey has spent the past couple of decades cooking up a résumé to be proud of. The Tallahassee native arrived here from New Orleans in 1994 and worked under the tutelage of local culinary superstars like George Morrone,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Mime or Reason

Mime or Reason

Every town has its summer traditions. In Brooklyn, fire hydrants are opened for all the neighborhood kids. In Michigan, folks play rousing games of cow-pie bingo. In New Orleans, the snowball carts multiply like feral cats. Here, we know it's…
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