While it's up for debate whether the very best things in life are indeed free, we do know that some wonderful things are very cheap. We've all been there. It's Sunday afternoon. You're in the middle of running what feels like a million errands when hear something growl. You stop, put down the Vitam ... More >>
Old Oakland's Umami Mart threw a shindig on Tuesday in honor of U-Mart, its expansion into a Japanese convenience store (or "conbini," the first in the Bay Area). With KronnerBurger grilling on the sidewalk and drinks from Sutton Cellars inside, the party drew a crowd of first-time gawkers and devot ... More >>
Refused The Hives The Bronx Wednesday, April 18, 2012 The Warfield, San Francisco Better than: Listening to metal at Ikea. For the uninitiated amongst you, know this: Refused changed everything. For this writer, it was sitting in a living room in the North of England in 1999 with 10 people in tiny ... More >>
Admittedly, walking in to the new Mission-based branch of Joe Hargrave's Tacolicious feels like stepping through a teleportational nexus into a polished Marina restaurant. Someone on the design team clearly had the grit and grime of the neighborhood taqueria in mind, but married the concept -- an ... More >>
Update: See end.This afternoon, the Board of Supervisors has a question to answer: Does this city want to actually solve problems related to single-use takeaway bags, or just continue presenting the veneer of doing so? That depends on how much our elected representatives think We the People shoul ... More >>
Thai IDEA Vegetarian is a brand-new restaurant on Polk. It's adorably tiny, and feels really new and clean. Which it is. Which is nice, considering you'll most likely have to step over a paramedic resuscitating someone's grandma or Nick Nolte's twin eating a pigeon to get inside. We kid -- Tenderloi ... More >>
Johnny O./YelpThe line at Bi-Rite Creamery.Before you even think about buying artisanal ice cream, consider: Is it a hot, sunny day? Did the company just tweet a new flavor? Did 7x7 just write some more stuff about ice cream? You are fucked! Seriously, you are fucked. But if the air ... More >>
Kevin Y./YelpNo, we're not talking about those Rubbermaid-quality breakfast steaks, limp strands of bacon, or pale, runny fried eggs. After all, the California-based IHOP restaurant chain ― once known as the International House of Pancakes, IHOP is officially a freestanding acronym after it ... More >>
Going, going....The owners of a Pacifica apartment block built precariously over the ocean -- and currently in the process of falling into the ocean -- must decide today their property's final resting place. Spoiler alert: they DO NOT want it to be the Pacific Ocean.
Braden KowitzChanneling the best of the 80's and the current wave of synth pop, My First Earthquake blends speedy guitars, thumping bass, and melodic keyboard melodies with singer Rebecca Bortland's sassy lyrics about meat pies, vowel usage, and afternoon tea. Three out of the four members of M ... More >>
Was this scooter's seat suggested by John Yoo?The truth is, we just don't know much about motor scooters. We've never owned one, never even taken one for a spin, and certainly never bellowed "We are the Mods!" while instigating a seaside riot. Our ignorance of the subject notwithstanding, we stil ... More >>
Massenet's Thaïs 1550 FellSaturday, Nov. 14, 2009Better than: Finding JesusSan Francisco Parlor Opera, the young company that in May introduced audiences to the concept of Faust in a house, brought its unique brand of chamber opera to the Zellerbach Mansion at 1550 Fell on Saturday night with th ... More >>
We're fond of decorating our homes in non-traditional ways in the City by the Bay (Check out this guy's "Fuck Mormons" sign. That did not come from Ikea). But not all of our do-it-yourself home-decorating leans towards the vitriolic! Some homeowners just raid the kids' toy bin, heat up the glue gun, ... More >>
Every current or former college student owes a debt of gratitude to the inventor of the futonIf you've got an affinity for torchere lamps, futons, creaky recliners that may or may not have things living in them, IKEA furniture (it's Swedish for "pressed board!") and the timeless taste sensation of T ... More >>
In a joint statement as sparse as the mahogany furniture selection at IKEA, Mayor Gavin Newsom and the SEIU Local 1021 announced a "tentative agreement to restructure the existing collective bargaining agreement." The SEIU is the city's largest union; its representatives claim to represent rou ... More >>
When state lawmakers earnestly attempt to begin making up a deficit by proposing additional taxes or fees on booze, illegal drugs and pornography, it may well be time to invest in canned foods, guard dogs, and that "So, You're Building Your Own Compound" video series from Time-Life films. Tucked awa ... More >>
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Harvest Home Stores, Valencia Interiors
S.F. goes artsy-fartsy
A wide-ranging film festival
Ven Voisey is on a mission to get you to shut up and listen
Alameda Point Antiques & Collectibles Faire
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Summer in the City; I See Dead People; Worker's Playtime
Whither the Avant-Garde?... To Suburbia, Of Course!
IKEA, Party of Five, heavenly coffee, and bumpin' Bernal Heights bus shelters
Headed for the Cheatin' Side of Town, Making Books, Estimated Time to IKEA: 84 Days!
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