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News, The Snitch San Francisco’s Future Looks A Lot Like L.A.’s Status Quo

San Francisco’s Future Looks A Lot Like L.A.’s Status Quo

Last week, real estate database Zillow released a list of the 10 most valuable housing markets in the country — as expressed by the sum total of all home values (in tax terms) in the city — as well as…
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News, The Snitch SF Has More Surge Pricing Than NYC...And Other Findings From a New Uber Study

SF Has More Surge Pricing Than NYC...And Other Findings From a New Uber Study

A new study of Uber’s surge pricing found that it doesn’t lure Uber drivers to high-demand areas, although it does discourage many passengers from requesting rides. As the Chronicle reports, the study, “Peeking Beneath the Hood of Uber,” looked…
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Calendar, Night&Day Slowly, Slowly

Slowly, Slowly

In 2008 a man named Phil Terry spent hours in New York's Jewish Museum checking out art. Okay, so lots of people spend hours in the Jewish Museum. No big deal. However, Terry spent all of this time viewing…
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Calendar, Night&Day Stark Raving Sanity

Stark Raving Sanity

New from the Michelle Tea-edited Sister Spit imprint on City Lights Books is the debut novel from Dia Felix, Nochita, which follows the wanderings of a young girl who leaves two sets of inadequate parents for an uncertain, destinationless…
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Music, Hear This Kowloon Walled City: Show Preview

Kowloon Walled City: Show Preview

Local metal quartet Kowloon Walled City deals in glacial riffs and serrated vocals. The band's sprawling songs tap a seemingly inexhaustible source of intensity, slathering each repeating figure in sludgier and more fetid bile. Named for a crime-ridden, densely populated…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Dream Submerged

A Dream Submerged

A man sits in a rocking chair under water that is shockingly blue and clear. He is lean and muscular. His movements are slow — as languid as blood. The germination of Awáa, the latest work by Aszure Barton,…
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Music, Sleigh Bells Smell Like Team Spirit

Sleigh Bells Smell Like Team Spirit

First: a cartoonishly high-pitched "Hi!" Then the metallic flash of a blade being drawn. Vague purring, a few chords on an acoustic guitar, a dog barking. And ... DUN-NUH-NUH-NUH: You're being pelted by a storm of shrill, murderous robo-rap —…
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Music, The Stanford Ph.D Student Making Human Music with a Laptop

The Stanford Ph.D Student Making Human Music with a Laptop

When it comes to music-making, laptops get a bad rap. They're cold, impersonal, inexpressive, and can't summon the warmth of traditional acoustic instruments. Or at least that's one way to look at it. Experimental musician Holly Herndon disagrees — and…
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News, Lust's Labors Lost: The Downfall of Progressive Strip Club the Lusty Lady

Lust's Labors Lost: The Downfall of Progressive Strip Club the Lusty Lady

To an outsider, Scott "BIGRED" Farrell might seem an unlikely savior for the Lusty Lady strip club in North Beach. Yet the 41-year-old, erstwhile management consultant enjoys rattling off his credentials. He's a motorcycle aficionado, wannabe cop, and celebrated member…
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Film, "Cutie and the Boxer": How Two Artists Make it Work

"Cutie and the Boxer": How Two Artists Make it Work

Cutie and the Boxer Set primarily in the mildly overstuffed squalor of their tiny New York apartment, Zachary Heinzerling's Cutie and the Boxer documents the lives of Japanese-born artist Noriko Shinohara and her husband, Ushio, whose career has always dominated…
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Calendar, Night&Day Talk, Sing, Joke, Play, Whatever

Talk, Sing, Joke, Play, Whatever

San Francisco has long been famous for its diversity; people come here from all over the world to get a taste of the queer. That is changing rapidly as the cost of living continues to rise, and it's more…
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Music, Hear This Thee Oh Sees: Show Preview

Thee Oh Sees: Show Preview

It's that time of year again, when San Francisco's independent music fans look forward to a (hopefully) sunny day spread out on the lawns of Potrero Del Sol Park, soundtracked by lots of live music and the arrhythmic clackety-clack of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dance Dance Revolution

Dance Dance Revolution

What is contemporary dance? Guggenheim fellow Brian Brooks acknowledges the references to ballet, street dance, Cunningham, and release that appear in his solo I'm Going to Explode, but explains, "all the references are in the support of the guts of…
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Film, "No Place on Earth": A Literal Underground Movement

"No Place on Earth": A Literal Underground Movement

Cinematographically, caves are a challenge. So are Nazi survival stories. Set the latter in the former and you've got a double-decker challenge — not impossible, but neither, alas, is it one to which Janet Tobias' well-intended documentary can rise. The…
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Local Food Magazines: Give the Gift of Subscriptions

Not only is print still alive, three of the most compelling food magazines in the country are published right here in the Bay Area. A subscription to Meatpaper ($28 for four issues), Lucky Peach ($28 for six issues), or Gastronomica…
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Music, Hear This A Place to Bury Strangers: Show Preview

A Place to Bury Strangers: Show Preview

In a city overflowing with notable musicians, earning the informal title of "Loudest Band in New York" is no small potatoes. But that's what Brooklyn outfit A Place to Bury Strangers is often called, and it's an honorific the trio…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist East Coast vs West: What's the Best City for Singles

East Coast vs West: What's the Best City for Singles

We seem to be comparing our fair city to New York a lot lately, but bestseller lists aside, what we really care about is your love life, and that's what we're focusing on today. A new dating site, (with a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Triple Threat: SFMOMA Opens Jasper Johns, Jay DeFeo, and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Triple Threat: SFMOMA Opens Jasper Johns, Jay DeFeo, and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Gertrude Stein famously said "A rose is a rose is a rose," but with all due respect, she never saw this rose. True, the painting has been called many different names -- Deathrose, White Rose, and ultimately, The Rose…
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Music, Hear This Jonathan Toubin: Show Preview

Jonathan Toubin: Show Preview

Jonathan Toubin might be the crown prince of American soul-funk DJs. Obsessed with obscure 45s from the '50s and '60s, the New York icon aims to produce the energy and pacing of a modern club night, but with gritty, raw…
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Music, Hear This Yeasayer: Show Preview

Yeasayer: Show Preview

Yeasayer isn't the hot new band it was back in '07, when debut album All Hour Cymbals got critics hyperventilating about the latest in worldly art-pop. Nowadays the New York trio is as digital as everyone else; its new album,…
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