For the first time ever, pygmy seahorses have been successfully bred in captivity — and it happened right here in San Francisco. 

The tiny breeding pair, which according to KQED's "Deep Look" YouTube video are no bigger than a paper clip when fully grown, were plucked from orange sea fan coral 80-feet under the surface of the ocean near the Philippines and moved to the California Academy of Sciences. Once there, the pair bred and answered a question scientists had about this species of seahorse.…

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Author: Mollie McWilliams
Posted: October 28, 2014, 3:01 pm

I was quite enamored with La Ciccia spinoff La Nebbia when I reviewed it back in March, though I did wish you could order assorted salumi instead of just one version at a time. Now we're in luck!…

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Author: Anna Roth
Posted: October 28, 2014, 3:00 pm

One of the most influential figures in metal to emerge after the 1970s, Mercyful Fate lead singer and solo star King Diamond has risen to become one of the genre’s iconic frontmen over the past three decades.

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Author: Dave Pehling
Posted: October 28, 2014, 2:55 pm

When it comes to Halloween-related attention-getters in San Francisco, this image above is definitely up there with those bitchy pumpkins in Bernal Heights (are they back this year?)

No, we didn't spot this communiqué in the Castro. It was seen scribbled on a building near the Financial District, where you don't tend to see people flashing their pumpkins ever.…

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Author: Erin Sherbert
Posted: October 28, 2014, 2:39 pm


Last night on Last Week Tonight, John Oliver took on the sugar industry. Specifically, the 75 pounds of sugar the average American eats in a year, and the steps that the FDA is taking to curtail that consumption.…

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Author: Anna Roth
Posted: October 27, 2014, 10:59 pm
The fight over David Chiu's newly-ratified Airbnb legislation heated up two weeks ago, when word got out that Airbnb investor Ron Conway and his wife, Gayle, had poured some $75,000 into an independent expenditure committee to crush Chiu's rival, David Campos, in the assembly race this November.

And the money for "San Franciscans to Hold Campos Accountable" keeps rolling in, as more tech companies try to make good with the city family. Right now, the committee has more than $700,000 in its coffers, and the meter keeps ticking up.

So far, the biggest contributor is LinkedIn co-founder — and early Airbnb backer — Reid Hoffman, whose $600,000 contributions account for the lion's share of the fund.…

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Author: Rachel Swan
Posted: October 27, 2014, 10:30 pm
Mix red with yellow and you get orange. Mix vinegar with olive oil and you get balsamic dressing.…

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Author: Jonathan Ramos
Posted: October 27, 2014, 9:58 pm
Even if we're not sports fans over here, doesn't mean we can't be entertained by the World Series.

Specifically, the hilariously desperate ads posted on Craigslist from fans who would seemingly do anything to get a chance to watch the Giants win the World Series — live.…

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Author: Erin Sherbert
Posted: October 27, 2014, 9:06 pm

Time for your monthly Elbo Room freakout.

Despite repeated insistence this past year from Matt Shapiro, who owns the beloved rock 'n' roll dive on Valencia, that rumors of condo conversion were just that, we got word today that the San Francisco Planning Commission will be holding a "pre-application" meeting on Nov. 6 with Kerman Morris Architects, whose early drafts for a new five-story residential building at 647 Valencia caused our initial wave of hysteria in February. 

"We are aware of the building owners' plans to build condos on this property," Shapiro told SF Weekly in an email. "Whether they get approval from the city and how long it will take is really anyone's guess.…

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Author: Emma Silvers
Posted: October 27, 2014, 8:30 pm

Feline (and caffeine) history was made this week across the bay, as Cat Town Cafe, the nation's first cat cafe, opened its doors in Oakland.

Cat Town Cafe is the newest incarnation of Cat Town, an Oakland-based cat rescue.…

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Author: David L. Garcia
Posted: October 27, 2014, 8:04 pm
Now that those embarrassing typos have been fixed on two of the plaques on Castro Street's Rainbow Honor Walk, the folks at the Honor Walk can finally cut the ribbon on that project. 

Each of the 20 plaques now etched into the sidewalk of the Castro shopping district recalls an important figure in LGBT history. Only after the plaques were installed back in September did anyone notice the glaring errors.…

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Author: David-Elijah Nahmod
Posted: October 27, 2014, 7:11 pm
This is really creepy. An armed man approached a woman from behind and robbed her of her belongings, including the shirt she was wearing. 

According to police reports, the 31-year-old woman was walking at the 200 block of Golden Gate at about 5:30 a.m. today when the man walked up from behind.…

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Author: Erin Sherbert
Posted: October 27, 2014, 6:39 pm
Walking towards the San Francisco Jewish Community Center Friday night to hear Yotam Ottolenghi, I fell into a pack of people all clutching copies of Jerusalem, Plenty or the latest one to come out, Plenty More. I couldn’t help but feel like one of the masses, going to meet their cult leader or guru.

And in the packed-to-capacity Kanbar Hall, we listened to Peter Stein ask to how this Jerusalemite, son of an Italian-Jewish chemist and German-Jewish educator, became someone defined by only one name, with his several London restaurants and now four cookbooks, that have not only reintroduced Mediterranean flavors in a new way, but have gotten way more people excited about eating their veggies.

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Author: Alix Wall
Posted: October 27, 2014, 6:37 pm

If you've ever seen Old Yeller, you likely left the theater/living room in tears, maybe 8-year-old you was even screaming through sobs, "Why? Why does he have to die?"…

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Author: Mollie McWilliams
Posted: October 27, 2014, 6:26 pm
Community activists are scattering flowers and planting votive candles outside the mayor's office this morning as a symbolic memorial to San Francisco's neighborhoods, which, they say, will deteriorate as more and more people convert their homes and apartments into Airbnb vacation squats. 

Protesters convened on the Polk Street steps at 10:30 a.m. and marched to the mayor's office to protest his signing of David Chiu's controversial Airbnb legislation. The new law would allow tenants and homeowners to rent out units to tourists, so long as they register with the city and live on the property for 9 months out of the year.…

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Author: Rachel Swan
Posted: October 27, 2014, 6:25 pm

Pirates Press 10 Year Anniversary Show
Thee Parkside, San Francisco
Oct. 25, 2014

Cock Sparrer
The Bouncing Souls
Street Dogs
Bishops Green
Suede Razors
Bum City Saints
Smalltown
Lenny Lashley’s Gang Of One

Better than: Watching a Halloween cover set of Cock Sparrer songs


Just about any punk off the street can sing you a Cock Sparrer song, but Saturday roughly 1,000 fans of the seminal English punk band shut down a San Francisco street to sing them in unison. Just a few miles away at AT&T Park, the San Francisco Giants were busy clobbering the Kansas City Royals in the World Series (Yes!…

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Author: Matt Saincome
Posted: October 27, 2014, 5:55 pm

It's that time of year where horror becomes all the rage, and with All Hallow's Eve quickly approaching, we at SF Weekly decided it was time to determine what are the best Halloween-themed (or horror-filled movies) to watch on October 31 — most of these films will fill your nightmares and memories long after Halloween has ended.

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Author: Juan De Anda
Posted: October 27, 2014, 4:44 pm


Tennis
Pure Bathing Culture
Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
Great American Music Hall


The siren song of Alaina Moore (vocals, keyboard) and Patrick Riley (guitar) of Tennis once drew me into a tent at Outside Lands — not to fatal Grecian cliffs, but to the floating placental bliss of “My Better Self” (off their sophomore album, 2012's Young & Old). Since then, the release of last month's Ritual in Repeat has marked a welcome transformation from their signature lo-fi pop, a perfect translucent sugar crystal.

Each track draws on a colorful assortment of vocal textures and rhythmic layering suitable for every stage of a great party: welcoming guests with nonthreatening gospel organ tones (“Meter Line”), escalating surf rock shenanigans (“Solar on the Rise”), rising sexual tension (“This Isn’t My Song”), and lounging in a contented stupor (“Wounded Heart”).…

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Author: Raymond Robles
Posted: October 27, 2014, 4:30 pm
The fact that hikers didn't know this already makes it news. Either that or a potential Darwin Award. 

For whatever reason, Tahoe hikers have taken on a new dangerous pastime of snapping selfies with the physically powerful predators.…

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Author: Erin Sherbert
Posted: October 27, 2014, 4:01 pm

Northeastern folks may get to jump in piles of pretty leaves and dunk apple cider donuts around this time of year. Locally, we have pretty leaves at Wine Country harvest parties, alongside tasting rooms, gardens, and even barns that may offer Calgon-y “take me away from my mouse-laden Mission apartment” moments.…

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Author: Mary Ladd
Posted: October 27, 2014, 3:43 pm
What's left to say about Madison Bumgarner that hasn't been said? How do you follow an act like that?…

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Author: Joe Eskenazi
Posted: October 27, 2014, 3:15 pm

It's a bit of a mystery how NBC's Parenthood managed to, relatively,  stay under the radar for its entire six-season run despite great acclaim and ardent fans. The Berkeley-set series is weeks away from its finale and star Monica Potter is just as torn about it as everyone else.

However, she's got other fish to fry – literally.…

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Author: Jonathan Ramos
Posted: October 27, 2014, 3:14 pm

Just a couple months after attempting to get a mosh pit started during his head-scratching performance at Outside Lands, rapper and ready-made Internet meme Kanye West and his wife, entertainment franchise and #hashtag #enthusiast Kim Kardashian, were back in the city for last night's game, chilling at the ballpark with iconic former Giants slugger Barry "he's an asshole, but he's our asshole" Bonds. 

"#DateNight #WorldSeries #IHaven'tBeenBackHereSinceISaidYes," tweeted Kardashian, who, despite the look on her face in this photo, was ostensibly happy to be back at AT&T, the site of Kanye's bombastic, exorbitant media circus marriage proposal one year ago

Questions: Do we think Kanye has fully embraced Sad Kanye, and at this point is actually a willing, self-aware performance artist with a decent sense of humor, just trying to make meme creation that much easier on us?…

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Author: Emma Silvers
Posted: October 27, 2014, 2:30 pm
We're not sure if the organizers of 420 Rock & Roll Extravaganza were stoned when they sent out a press release with the wrong date attached, but fortunately, the other details seem lucid.

Sponsored by 420singles.net — the only dating site where you can bat eyes at 35,000 other lonely  tokers — this "magical night of food, music, and fun" will cater to medical marijuana users from throughout the Bay Area. 

The goal, according to site founder Ryan Moxen, is to get users off their couches and away from their bongs for a night, so that they can have enlightening conversations (hopefully about something other than Phish), and maybe even swap pick-up lines (hopefully not of the "So... do you like, you know, stuff?" variety).

To that end, he and  co-sponsor Mike Clemmons, who invented the Zenpen Personal Micro-Vaporizer, have booked a full evening at the Seahorse Supper Club in Sausilito, with music by the Marinfidels, who are, yes, a jam band specializing in music from several decades ago.

This all-ages event happens November 14 and only costs $12, little more than the price of a dime sack.…

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Author: Rachel Swan
Posted: October 27, 2014, 2:28 pm
If there are two things San Francisco needs right about now, it's rain and a Giants win.

Hopefully, we'll see both tomorrow — simultaneously.…

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Author: Michael Barba
Posted: October 24, 2014, 11:25 pm