There's a new documentary about the rebirth of the wheat economy coming in October. The Grain Divide features locals like Michael Pollan, Tartine's Chad Robertson, Community Grains' Bob Klein, Whole Grain Connection's Monica Spiller, Craig Ponsford of Ponsford's Place, and more food figures from around the country discussing whole grains, bread, and how we got so far from the basic farmer/miller/baker paradigm.

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Author: Anna Roth
Posted: September 12, 2014, 11:17 pm
Happy Friday! Have a look at what we're reading, viewing, and gawking at on the internet.

A San Francisco house that has retained much of its 1948 character — wood paneling and all.…

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Author: Mollie McWilliams
Posted: September 12, 2014, 11:12 pm
By now you or your kids — or someone you know who has kids — are getting settled back into the swing of school life. With that comes the yearly tradition of back-to-school parties.…

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Author: Erin Sherbert
Posted: September 12, 2014, 10:59 pm

"If you have ever wondered what the hell to do with a bunch leftover ecstasy and Halloween candy and a few coupons for free arts and crafts kits from the Iowa State 4-H fair, look no further than the "art" of Miley Cyrus, displayed during this show."
Miley Cyrus had an art show. Jezebel didn't think much of it. 

"The music was appropriately licensed, and there is no merit to his statement.…

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Author: Rae Alexandra
Posted: September 12, 2014, 10:55 pm

We know full well that the typical San Francisco man knows how to dress.

Why, we have even stated that the urban San Francisco male is aptly described as a metrosexual, someone who is confident with their sexuality and adopts fashions and lifestyles that are traditionally associated with women and homosexuals; in short, they flex, wax, Spanx, and accessorize.…

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Author: Juan De Anda
Posted: September 12, 2014, 10:31 pm

A big happy family is a rarity in San Francisco, unless of course you're referring to a group of gay men tanning at Dolores Park on Saturdays. But the two-parent, plus lots of kids, and a few pets to boot, well, that's certainly an anomaly around here.…

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Author: Erin Sherbert
Posted: September 12, 2014, 9:30 pm

If the sight of fresh goji berries at the Noe Valley Farmers' Market causes you to pant just a little because you hope and wish they are a petite and new (to you) variety of tomato, have faith. An upcoming heirloom tomato festival at Kendall-Jackson in Sonoma wine country on Saturday, Sept. 27 (11 a.m.-4 p.m.) has 150 varieties of tomato to taste, see and touch – wine pairing(s) optional.…

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Author: Mary Ladd
Posted: September 12, 2014, 9:18 pm


We like going to the Exploratorium, but we like it even better when we can go for free. And now, there are six free days to put on your calendar. 

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Author: David L. Garcia
Posted: September 12, 2014, 8:04 pm
Here we go again. It’s the Giants and the Dodgers fighting it out for October glory one more time, with a showdown series beginning tonight at 7:15 p.m. at AT&T Park.

And while it may seem like an every year occurrence, it’s actually been a decade since the clubs have been in it together down to the bitter end (with Steve Finley’s October 2, 2004 walkoff grand slam punctuating that last one).…

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Author: Howard Cole
Posted: September 12, 2014, 7:56 pm


Swans
with Carla Bozulich
Sept. 8, 2014
The Independent


Better than: Praying, getting an MRI, or praying while getting an MRI.

Confessional time: Prior to this gig, I have more or less never listened to Swans. I am a devout industrial/noise/experimental/out-there-music fan, growing up on a steady diet of Nine Inch Nails, Front Line Assembly, Coil, Autechre, and Whitehouse, among others.…

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Author: Chris Zaldua
Posted: September 12, 2014, 7:51 pm


New Century Chamber Orchestra
Violinist and Music Director Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
First Congregational Church, Berkeley


Better than: Geometry. The concert was all about angles and surfaces, but unlike anything force-fed in a 10th grade mathematics class.

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Author: Lou Fancher
Posted: September 12, 2014, 7:42 pm


As first lady of the quirky Dirtybird crew, DJ and producer J. Phlip is everybody’s homegirl with an impeccable taste in all things booty bass. Starting her career at the age of 19 in Champaign, Illinois, armed with some cheap belt-drive decks and a mixer, her tenacity and audio-engineering degree eventually led her to a permanent vacation in San Francisco after meeting the Dirtybird guys.…

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Author: Christina Li
Posted: September 12, 2014, 6:50 pm

Word's gotten out about Paniolo Social. Bloodhound was packed with wall-to-wall people last night thanks to Ravi Kapur's new Thursday pop-up.…

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Author: Anna Roth
Posted: September 12, 2014, 4:39 pm

After going on a long ride in the dirt, I’ve got to clean off my bike. I’ve got to upload my ride to Strava.…

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Author: Leif Haven
Posted: September 12, 2014, 4:04 pm
In 18 minutes the viewer travels through the sexual frustrations and liberations of James as he gets into bed with his wife, his therapist, and later a drag queen (played by S.F.'s very own Heklina). The six comedic mini-episodes cover everything from relationships, to fantasies, to masturbation, all within the immediate timeframe following these situations (the time in which people go pee, analyze the romp, and turn on the TV).

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Author: Mollie McWilliams
Posted: September 12, 2014, 3:52 pm
Not sure what it is with San Francisco drivers, but when they lose control of the wheel, it seems they tend to crash meals. 

The most recent example of a car was this morning, a woman driving a minivan at about 6:10 a.m. on Battery Street when a black Fiat traveling on Pine Street reportedly ran a red light and clipped the back of the van, causing the driver to lose control. The end result was the above image: a car stuffed inside a Subway sandwich shop. 

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Author: Erin Sherbert
Posted: September 12, 2014, 3:26 pm
An unidentified man with multiple gunshot wounds was found laying on the street near San Francisco General Hospital last night, according to police. 

Officer Gordon Shyy says police received calls about shots fired on the 500 block of Ellsworth in the Bernal Heights neighborhood at around 8:30 p.m. Around the same time, police were called about the victim who was found by the hospital at 23rd and Utah streets with gunshot wounds to his upper body. 

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Author: Erin Sherbert
Posted: September 12, 2014, 2:41 pm

Why did it take an hour to get into the Giants game last night? "Because freedom isn't free," answered the extremely tall man toting two beers while waiting, somewhat patiently, in an endless line snaking through Public House tavern. 

The beers looked good.…

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Author: Joe Eskenazi
Posted: September 11, 2014, 11:29 pm
Do you like interesting things? Then you will probably like this 20ish-minute lecture from Yale history professor Paul Freedman all about the history of celebrity chefs from the ancient Greeks to royal chefs to Alice Waters.…

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Author: Anna Roth
Posted: September 11, 2014, 11:21 pm
A temperate Indian summer may have settled into the Bay Area, but evidently huge storms are brewing in outer space. 

And now, they're headed toward Earth. 

No, this isn't the beginning of a low-budget sci-fi film. In the last two days, the sun has emitted two bursts of radiation called coronal mass ejections (CME)s, both associated with solar flares — the most intense types of explosions in the solar system.…

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Author: Rachel Swan
Posted: September 11, 2014, 10:25 pm
Medical authorities this afternoon said it was 20-year-old Ronnie Goodman who was murdered earlier this week in the city's Mission District.

Police had no new details on the crime, which occurred Tuesday night at 24th and Capp streets. Police found Goodman with multiple stab wounds; he was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital where he later died.

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Author: Erin Sherbert
Posted: September 11, 2014, 10:07 pm
Perhaps by now you’ve heard that eating clay is a hot new trend among celebrities. Bentonite clay, after all, is about as neutral of a substance as you can get, and it’s touted for its detoxifying properties.…

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Author: Pete Kane
Posted: September 11, 2014, 9:26 pm
A 38-year-old man who was boozing it up last night might have imbibed enough liquor to pass out — but it wasn't alcohol that made him lose consciousness. 

Police were called out to the intersection of Grace and Howard streets last night where they found the victim bleeding and unconscious on the street.

According to police reports the victim was highly intoxicated when he started confronting people and acting "belligerent."…

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Author: Erin Sherbert
Posted: September 11, 2014, 9:24 pm
It seems as of late we're spending more time waiting for BART than riding it. It's definitely not a figment of our typically strange imaginations. 

Last Friday, for instance, there was a long-ass delay in San Francisco, thanks to some kind of "police activity" at the 24th Station.…

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Author: Erin Sherbert
Posted: September 11, 2014, 7:53 pm
San Francisco has a rich cinematic history and is a haven for avid cinema fanatics — from respected film schools to iconic shooting locations for films like The Maltese Falcon and Mrs.Doubtfire — there is always a gem waiting for the movie buffs to visit.  And perhaps, without question, one of the greatest film makers of the 20th century treated San Francisco as his greatest muse and inspiration for scenery.…

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Author: Juan De Anda
Posted: September 11, 2014, 7:05 pm