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Music, All Shook Down DJ Benjamin Vallery on Two Decades of Playing Undergrounds and Embracing Young People in Dance Culture

DJ Benjamin Vallery on Two Decades of Playing Undergrounds and Embracing Young People in Dance Culture

For the past two decades, DJ Benjamin Vallery has been spreading his love and knowledge of playing solid house grooves up and down the West Coast. Growing up in Seattle in the ‘90s, he was exposed to a melting pot…
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News, The Snitch Your Early Christmas Treat: A Hand-Painted Phil Frank <i>Chronicle</i> Box

Your Early Christmas Treat: A Hand-Painted Phil Frank Chronicle Box

If you're an aficionado of Bay Area media ephemera, boy is this up your street. And, if not: Merry Christmas already.  What you see here is a hand-painted Phil Frank Chronicle newspaper box decorated with characters from the gone-but-not-forgotten cartoonist's…
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News, The Snitch <i>Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer</i> Is a Shockingly Progressive Queer Allegory

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Is a Shockingly Progressive Queer Allegory

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the Rankin-Bass stop-motion classic narrated by the inimitable (and formerly blacklisted) Burl Ives that just so happens to be a magnificent allegory for the gay liberation. While just…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist A Tech Twist to Christmas: Tech Boom's Holiday Special

A Tech Twist to Christmas: Tech Boom's Holiday Special

The holiday season can be rough, emotionally and financially; and the mini web-series Tech Boom! 's holiday special deals with just that. À la John Steinbeck's The Pearl, one person sells an item to buy something for the other person…
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Dining, SFoodie Zuni Cafe: Among Many Titles, One of San Francisco's Best Pizzerias and Trattorias Too

Zuni Cafe: Among Many Titles, One of San Francisco's Best Pizzerias and Trattorias Too

The roast chicken! The hamburger! The oysters! Zuni Café always presents the challenge of repeatedly ordering the tried-and-true classics that can never leave the menu or being a rebel, branching away from the status quo and opting for the…
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Music, All Shook Down Our Favorite Local Hip-Hop Releases of 2014

Our Favorite Local Hip-Hop Releases of 2014

As promised (for a cranky mini-dissertation on how lists are dumb, check this list first): Here some of SF Weekly's favorite hip-hop releases from the past calendar year. Want to support the local music scene? Go straight to these artists'…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Creepy Christmas Critters: 2014's Holiday Book Trend is the Dead and Stuffed

Creepy Christmas Critters: 2014's Holiday Book Trend is the Dead and Stuffed

Forget the cute and cuddly — want to stand out and be a part of the trend? It's time to gift the animal kingdom's misfits who are preserved for our posterity (although we don't know if it's for better…
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Music, All Shook Down Our Favorite Local Electro-ish Records of 2014

Our Favorite Local Electro-ish Records of 2014

First, go read this cranky mini-dissertation on lists. And now that we've gotten that out of the way: Below are some of SF Weekly's favorite records from the past calendar year in a category we've decided to call electro-ish…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Write Stuff: Maya Gonzalez on Feeling What You Feel When You Feel It

The Write Stuff: Maya Gonzalez on Feeling What You Feel When You Feel It

The Write Stuff is a series of interview profiles conducted by Litseen, where authors give exclusive readings from their work. Maya Christina Gonzalez is a fine artist, educator, and the illustrator of more than twenty picture books, several of which she…
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Dining, SFoodie Wreck Your New Year's Resolution With a High Cocoa Percentage at Giddy Candy in the Castro

Wreck Your New Year's Resolution With a High Cocoa Percentage at Giddy Candy in the Castro

Say what you will about all the new condo buildings on Market, but they’re giving us some fun new ground-level retail action. The otherwise nondescript edifice at Market, Noe and 16th Street is now home to Giddy Candy, and it’s…
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Music, All Shook Down Our Favorite Local Rock Records of 2014

Our Favorite Local Rock Records of 2014

Lists! Who doesn't love lists? Well, this writer, for one. As I wrote in this week's issue, there's something inherently ridiculous about year-end lists that claim to pick a supposed king of all records. Taking someone else's opinions to heart…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Santa Has Been Spotted in San Francisco!

Santa Has Been Spotted in San Francisco!

He enjoyed…
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News, The Snitch Suspected Burglar Busted With Lots of Meth and Lots of Guns Inside His Home

Suspected Burglar Busted With Lots of Meth and Lots of Guns Inside His Home

San Francisco police say they've caught the fourth suspected who escaped the cops after they walked into a burglary in progress last week. On December 16, officers responded to the 200 block of Goldmine Drive on reports of a burglary…
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News, The Snitch Lands End to Close for Christmas

Lands End to Close for Christmas

Looks like you have no choice but to sit in your PJs and drink spiked eggnog over Christmas. It's not your fault, though, you can partially blame your holiday laziness on the National Parks Service which is closing one…
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News, Feature Year in Film: 2014's Finest, Strangest, and Most Nonexistent Movies

Year in Film: 2014's Finest, Strangest, and Most Nonexistent Movies

How many movies did you see in the theater this year? More than you can count on one hand? With our newfangled ability to stream basically anything from the comfort of the couch, putting on real pants and going out…
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Music, Lust For Local: The Bay Area Releases That Made Our Musical Honor Roll In 2014

Lust For Local: The Bay Area Releases That Made Our Musical Honor Roll In 2014

Ah, December: that time of year when music critics everywhere look back through their most-loved records and throw caution to the wind, ignoring everything that's true about the meaninglessness of hierarchy in art and the limits of genre to declare…
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Film, "Big Eyes": Tim Burton's Big Comeback

"Big Eyes": Tim Burton's Big Comeback

If the failure of Dark Shadows is what it took for Tim Burton to step away from Johnny Depp and come back down to earth, then that movie has served its purpose, for Big Eyes is Burton's best film since…
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Culture, Art Evicted But Not Forgotten: A Favorite Local Artist Returns

Evicted But Not Forgotten: A Favorite Local Artist Returns

When people talk about San Francisco's economic stratification and the growing exodus of artists because of eviction and rising rents, they're talking about people like Andrew Schoultz. For more than a decade, Schoultz worked from the Mission District, where his…
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Dining, Eat Our Food Critic's Favorite Dishes and Drinks of 2014

Our Food Critic's Favorite Dishes and Drinks of 2014

Keeping up with new restaurants is a Sisyphean task in this town — ignore the scene for a few weeks and suddenly the dining landscape can be as unfamiliar as the surface of the moon. So it's understandable if you…
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Culture, Know Your Street Art Know Your Street Art: Black Lives Matter

Know Your Street Art: Black Lives Matter

What if the U.S. flag reflected the recent police killings of black Americans? At the corner of Sixth and Howard streets, it does. Instead of red for the stripes, white for the stripes and stars, and blue for the rectangular…
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