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  • Best Programmed Rep Cinema

    Roxie Theater

    The Castro does great stuff with live stage shows and in-person tributes, but it likes to run single movies for a couple of weeks at a time. The Red Vic tends to rely on recent releases (although its cozy atmosphere is admirable and enjoyable), and the Lumiere can get caught up in the same old rep-circuit rut. But the Roxie dances to no discernible drummer; its calendar of screenings, tributes, and minifestivals is eclectic and giddily perverse. There are showings... More >>

  • Best Video Rental Without Leaving the Planet

    Le Video

    Perennial winner Le Video isn't just San Francisco's favorite video rental -- it's also one of the globe's top sources for obscure, unusual, underappreciated, and esoteric films. With over 45,000 titles in stock, it's not surprising film buffs from around the world turn to Le Video for almost anything they could think of wanting. The store's Web site even features articles about overlooked movies and genres to whet potential renters' appetites -- as if just knowing of the existence of... More >>

  • Best Gay Bar

    The EndUp

    Move over, Café: Your time as the Castro's reigning gay bar is over. In fact, the entire Castro is a bore, a relic of the past -- and besides the Café's puny boogie space, there's nowhere to dance. Head to SOMA, where the straight folks know how to put on a party, at least on Friday nights, when the Endup goes gay with its very popular "Fag Fridays." The club has gotten a bad name as the site of one... More >>

  • Best Subliminal Pot Endorsement

    Great American Music Hall

    There are many good reasons to take in a show at the Great American Music Hall. Standing outside the venerable venue is a treat in and of itself -- the full flower of Tenderloin nightlife is there for the viewing, and of course there's the voyeuristic pleasure of watching men exit the Mitchell Brothers Theater next door, a little shaky on their feet and trying to smile through their embarrassment. If you'd rather stay inside, though, and find the opening... More >>

  • Best Reason to Go Out on a Monday Night

    26 Mix

    OK, so it was a wild and crazy weekend, and now that it's Monday, you can't think of anything more unappealing than dragging your hungover body out at night again. Still, the "Lithium Lounge" at 26 Mix, a normally DJ-only dance club at 26th and Mission, is so enticing that even a hangover is no excuse to miss it. Featuring the fleet-fingered guitarist Shan Kenner and his ensemble laying down everything from live drum 'n' bass to free-form jazz freakouts... More >>

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