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News, Sucka Free City The Furor Over Remembering Mario Woods

The Furor Over Remembering Mario Woods

In February, San Francisco's police union published a curious cartoon. Its illustrators drew a judge looking down at a lawyer swearing in the witness: a cellphone. "So you swear to show the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the…
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Dining, Eat Eat: Tratto

Eat: Tratto

Maybe it's because the Italian-inflected seafood restaurants at the Wharf sucked up all the oxygen, but it's always struck me as unusual that Union Square has so few Italian restaurants. With very few exceptions — Fino on Post Street comes…
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Music, Hear This Woods @ The Chapel

Woods @ The Chapel

At this point in Woods' career, it's almost strange for a full calendar year to pass without a new album from the band. This April, the band dropped its ninth full-length record, City Sun Eater in the River of Light,…
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News, Feature Where the Heart Is: The Story Behind San Francisco's Official Ballad

Where the Heart Is: The Story Behind San Francisco's Official Ballad

On or about March 15, 1978, George Cory sat down at a typewriter in his Nob Hill apartment and banged out a four-page will. Full of strikeovers and white-outs, and peppered with theherebys,aforementioneds and hereuntos endemic to lawyerly boilerplate, the…
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Music, John Mayer Lives The Dream With Grateful Dead Offshoot Dead & Company

John Mayer Lives The Dream With Grateful Dead Offshoot Dead & Company

John Mayer had only 100 days to learn 100 songs. But not just any songs: Grateful Dead songs. That was back in 2015, when Dead guitarist Bob Weir invited the "Your Body Is a Wonderland" singer to form Dead &…
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Culture, Art Grid Alternatives: Artist Ed Moses at 90

Grid Alternatives: Artist Ed Moses at 90

In 1961, painter Ed Moses lived in the same Fillmore Street apartment building as a spate of other artists, including Jay DeFeo, Wally Hedrick, Joan Brown, and Manuel Neri. All of them would eventually gain national and international art-world prominence.…
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Film, Tallulah

Tallulah

Perhaps unsurprisingly for the feature debut from a writer and producer on Orange is the New Black, Sian Heder's dramedy Tallulah might have worked better as a miniseries. Tallulah (Ellen Page) and Nico (Evan Jonigkeit) are free spirits roaming the…
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News, Dump Dianne: Revisiting the 1983 Mayoral Recall

Dump Dianne: Revisiting the 1983 Mayoral Recall

Recall elections are serious business. Beyond being a bully tactic brandished by opponents, they are costly and time-consuming without any guarantee of success. And despite many mayors at least hearing recall whispers during their tenures, it's rare to actually qualify…
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Film, The Witness

The Witness

inhumanity to one another, and they're also strangely eager to believe the worst about each other. Consider one of the most notorious tales of post-World War II apathy: the 1964 rape and murder of 28-year-old Kitty Genovese outside her Queens…
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Dining, Eat Bar: Barebottle Brew Co.

Bar: Barebottle Brew Co.

The real estate market is so tight, but who knew San Francisco had tons of huge, vacant properties lying around? When it came time to find a home for their brewery, homebrewer Michael Seitz — and his partners Lester Koga…
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Music, Singer-Songwriter Chuck Ragan and His Many Oddball Side Projects

Singer-Songwriter Chuck Ragan and His Many Oddball Side Projects

Chuck Ragan has a "serious soft spot" for San Francisco. In fact, in 2001, the singer-songwriter and his future wife, Jill, had their first date in the city. After playing a show at Slim's with his former Gainesville, Fla., punk…
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Music, Hear This Spindrift @ Slim's

Spindrift @ Slim's

The brainchild of Kirkpatrick Thomas and a shifting cast of wildly talented musicians, Spindrift has spent the last two-plus decades as an integral part of the West Coast psychedelic rock scene. Since it formed in 1992, Thomas and company have…
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Culture, Know Your Street Art Know Your Street Art: Untitled 392 11th St. (Oakland)

Know Your Street Art: Untitled 392 11th St. (Oakland)

In Yale University Press' ex-haustive study, The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti, word "bombing" is rightfully celebrated for its impressionistic styles and shapes. Good bombing is distinct and artful. Bad bombing is just that: bad bombing. Which category…
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Music, Hear This Dirty Dozen Brass Band @ SFJAZZ Center

Dirty Dozen Brass Band @ SFJAZZ Center

It's time to get dirty — old school dirty, that is. Formed in 1977, Dirty Dozen Brass Band is widely lauded for introducing nontraditional sounds — namely funk and R&B — into New Orleans' jazz scene. Not only has the…
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Culture, The Whore Next Door Whore Next Door: Queen to Queen

Whore Next Door: Queen to Queen

Our eyes met across a crowded hallway, my hand raised high in the air and wielding a leather paddle with with the word "slut" emblazoned on it in silver studs. With a stranger bent over in front of me, I,…
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Film, Phantom Boy

Phantom Boy

Frame by animated frame, the French duo behind Phantom Boy turn our attention toward the sky. We take in the multicolored floors and windows of office buildings, and the famous monuments of New York City. This version of the great…
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Film, Gleason

Gleason

Gleason has been misclassified as a documentary. It's a horror film, humane to the core, but meant to disturb. We watch the motor functions of a former NFL player atrophy on screen. The film begins with video clips of Steve…
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Music, Hear This The National @ The Greek Theatre

The National @ The Greek Theatre

What is the secret to The National? The indie rock quintet has been on the scene for nearly 20 years, but despite frequent visits to the Bay Area, their live performances never get old. Last fall, they headlined what we…
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Arthouse Film Listings For July 28 - August 3, 2016

Alamo Drafthouse. Private Property: A hoodlum (Corey Allen) plots to seduce a lonely housewife (Kate Manx) and turn her over to his virginal friend (Warren Oates). Fri., July 29, 9 p.m. Silver Bullet: A werewolf terrorizes a small city where…
News, Chem Tales

Marijuana Aids Sonoma County Alzheimer's Patients

Marijuana can make life better for some of the more than 5 million Americans afflicted with Alzheimer's disease, but despite an encouraging new study, it remains a long shot as an antidote to the brain disorder that claims about 85,000…