The San Francisco art scene has faced quite a few set backs this year: the galleries at 77 and 49 Geary were evicted, then the Stephen Wirtz Gallery closed, there were layoffs at Intersection for the Arts, the nonprofit arts organization Root Division was priced out of their Mission District space (they've since relocated to a temporary spot at 1059 Market), and ARCH was evicted from their Potrero Hill spot (they've since relocated to two spots: a pop-up at 2349 Third St. and 1111 Eighth St. at CCA, they're also building a new spot in the Dogpatch). To top it off, earlier today we mentioned the Garage is closing. But now, score one for the little guy!…

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Author: Mollie McWilliams
Posted: December 19, 2014, 7:21 pm

The latest restaurant from the the team behind State Bird Provisions opened on Tuesday, and like State Bird, grabbing a seat at The Progress is already starting to look like a desperate game of musical chairs.  

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Author: Staff, SF Weekly
Posted: December 19, 2014, 7:08 pm

It's another wet day in San Francisco this morning and, yes, traffic is backed up along the Bay Bridge. We just can't seem to get a break from stormy weather — around two inches have fallen in the last couple days.

But we will soon.…

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Author: Michael Barba
Posted: December 19, 2014, 6:19 pm
I expected to get choked up during the final Colbert Report that aired last night, but perhaps in his commitment to truthiness he knew that squeezing water from viewer’s eyes would be a cheap manipulation. Wait a minute, didn’t he model himself after uber-wind baggy and hyperbolic Bill O’Reilly?…

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Author: Katy St. Clair
Posted: December 19, 2014, 5:05 pm

"So if I'm gonna choose between working my ass off and giving you, one human being, all of my attention? You might get forgotten sometimes.…

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Author: Rae Alexandra
Posted: December 19, 2014, 4:38 pm

Art in America has always been a pioneer’s venture — often made in back lots and dark corners, artists continue to produce the constituents of culture with a minimum of cash or acknowledgement for their labors. And one of the scrappiest organizations in San Francisco is closing its doors this weekend after eight years of supporting innumerable members of the creative community: The Garage.

Founded by Joe Landini, it first opened shop at 975 Howard Street, serving as a testing ground for new work by emerging choreographers and queer performance artists intent on leaving an artistic mark on the City.…

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Author: Irene Hsiao
Posted: December 19, 2014, 3:40 pm

If you thought the #hellastorm ruined your commute, just you wait until the Golden Gate Bridge closes down. For the first time ever, San Francisco's iconic bridge will be closed for an entire weekend after the New Year, and for really good reason. 

According to Priya Clemens, spokeswoman for the Golden Gate Transit Authority, crews will use that time to install a $30 million movable median barrier to keep drivers from crashing into one another — head-on. 

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Author: Michael Barba
Posted: December 19, 2014, 3:36 pm
This week, 129 years ago, Jerry Thomas died. Why does this matter?…

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Author: The Dapper Diner
Posted: December 18, 2014, 11:24 pm

A Christmas wish comes true for readers: San Francisco police have released images of the Bad Santa who robbed a bank in downtown San Francisco during SantaCon last weekend. 

As we previously reported, the unidentified Santa walked into the bank on the 400 block of Sutter Street at 1 p.m. amid the city's annual SantaCon event, which brought thousands of other Santas to the streets of San Francisco. Once inside the bank, the Naughty St. Nick slipped the teller a demand note, claiming he had a gun.…

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Author: Erin Sherbert
Posted: December 18, 2014, 11:20 pm
Every time something good or sweet happens on Freak Show I brace myself. That is, coincidently, not unlike a child who grew up in a dysfunctional home, and that about describes everyone on this show.…

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Author: Katy St. Clair
Posted: December 18, 2014, 10:25 pm

Bay Area DJ Andy Ponce, aka Andy P, can recall the exact the moment he knew he wanted to pursue a musical career.

“I remember being 12 years old and walking into the living room … a commercial was airing with a quick cut-away scene of a DJ performing a routine at a DMC championship. I was blown away at what I was seeing," he says.…

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Author: Christina Li
Posted: December 18, 2014, 9:57 pm
Back in October, we told you about the 14 adorable dogs that were found ditched in filthy crates in the back of a car in Monterey — and later named after the SF Giants. Now we have some (good) news about their owner. 

A jury convicted 56-year-old Betty Ann Bustamante of three counts of animal cruelty and sentenced to 75 days in jail, three years probation and and is prohibited from owning or possessing animals for the next three years. 

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Author: Erin Sherbert
Posted: December 18, 2014, 9:01 pm
If the San Francisco 49ers have chalked up one victory in this misbegotten season, it came yesterday. On the day Sony Pictures utterly capitulated to hackers who may or may not have been hired by this guy, the team unceremoniously jettisoned troubled defensive lineman Ray McDonald

That's great timing. 

McDonald is no stranger to area law-enforcement; he was earlier this year arrested on felony domestic abuse charges against his pregnant fiancee.…

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Author: Joe Eskenazi
Posted: December 18, 2014, 7:59 pm

SpoonRocket is hosting what is, arguably, the largest game of White Elephant that you'll ever play. This Monday and Tuesday (Dec 22-23), each meal you receive will be accompanied by a White Elephant gift — if you choose to play, take the gift and give the delivery person your contribution.…

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Author: Staff, SF Weekly
Posted: December 18, 2014, 7:30 pm
As we discovered this week, tracking whether crime is going up or down grows more difficult when the numbers themselves keep going up and down. 

The San Francisco Police didn't return our calls as to why it happens. But look at the statistics: It's happening.…

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Author: Joe Eskenazi
Posted: December 18, 2014, 7:05 pm

I measure the arrival of the holidays not by the sales, Christmas trees, or holiday decorations, but by the steady fattening of both my social calendar and my girth.

The last gasp of holiday parties and gatherings with friends spent before everyone scatters to other destinations (near and far to be with family or snow), means the dial on rich and delicious foods gets turned up to maximum.…

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Author: Lou Bustamante
Posted: December 18, 2014, 5:43 pm

Arguably the most famous graffiti artist (or artists) roaming the streets under a pseudonym, Banksy made an appearance in San Francisco in 2010 and painted six images throughout the City; only two survived: "If At First You Don't Succeed, Call in An Airstrike," [it remains in its original location] and "Haight Street Rat." The Rat dons a Che Guevera beret, and his little rat phalanges hold a paint pen that, when painted, connected to a line of red text, reading: "This is where I draw the line."…

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Author: Mollie McWilliams
Posted: December 18, 2014, 5:29 pm

Never one to shy away from controversy, Berkeley rapper/riddle wrapped in an enigma Lil B released a new song yesterday on YouTube called "I Can't Breathe." A cathartic seven-minute sprint through the ways, both personal and political, that American institutions have failed and continue to fail people of color, the song is named, of course, for the iconic last words of Eric Garner, the black man whose choking death at the hands of a white NYPD officer has caused protests around the country in the weeks after a grand jury voted not to indict the officer on homicide charges.

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Author: Emma Silvers
Posted: December 18, 2014, 5:25 pm

San Franciscans are surrounded by 360 degrees of beautiful views. Yet, some of us still take the beauty of the City for granted at times, forgetting to look up from our phones and remind ourselves that we, us lucky few, get to call this place home.…

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Author: Juan De Anda
Posted: December 18, 2014, 4:43 pm
The Write Stuff is a series of interview profiles conducted by Litseen, where authors give exclusive readings from their work.

Clara Hsu practices the art of multi-dimensional being: mother, musician, purveyor of Clarion Music Center (1982-2005), traveler, translator and poet.

A nominee for the Pushcart Prize in poetry (2001), Clara’s first book of poems, Mystique, received honorable mention at the 2010 San Francisco Book Festival.…

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Author: Evan Karp
Posted: December 18, 2014, 4:00 pm
To some people, smoking marijuana is a sport. Then there are those yoga types who consider downward dog the finest high around.…

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Author: Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez
Posted: December 17, 2014, 11:10 pm
It's true that San Francisco has been standing by watching on average two gay bars per year close its doors, with the most recent one being the Lexington Club. But all this loss has inspired some good news on the corner of Folsom and 11th Street.…

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Author: Pete Kane
Posted: December 17, 2014, 10:49 pm

There are some cycling/pedestrian accidents that no Vision Zero plan can prevent. Such as a wayward deer on a mission. 

Take a look at this video posted by local cyclist Silas Patlove who was pedaling down Alexander Avenue in Sausalito recently when when a good-sized deer darted in front of him, tossing him off his bike.…

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Author: Erin Sherbert
Posted: December 17, 2014, 10:16 pm

The first thing you notice once you walk into Bom Dia Market is that it’s modeled after that gold standard of neighborhood markets: Bi-Rite. It’s a little more low-key, though; you can move about freely without anyone bumping into you, their attention consumed by the pedigree of an organic watermelon radish, but there isn’t a cheesemonger fielding queries, either.…

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Author: Pete Kane
Posted: December 17, 2014, 10:16 pm