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Best of the Bay 2012: BEST ROBOT DUNGEON

From the outside, it's an unassuming Mission District storefront, infrequently open to the public. But inside, Area 2881 reveals a rare glimpse into the...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST BAR TO TATTOO ON YOUR BICEP

Some may have seen the deserted stretch of Harrison Street as a business liability, but Jay Beaman and Oliver Piazza of Thieves Tavern...

8 cultural happenings this week in the big, best, beautiful Bay

It is inevitable after reading today's Best of the Bay 2012 issue that your heart will be swole with pride for our beautiful Bay...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST ARTS HIGH NOTE

Whether it's the free yoga classes, creative summer art camp, or Saturday afternoon alfresco concerts, the Bayview Opera House's offerings are as vibrant...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST NIGHT IN THE MUSEUM

Afterhours museum parties full of bright young things witnessing cool artistic happenings are anything but a rarity in our forward-thinking area. And...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST ESOTERIC GUIDEBOOK

City Notes: San Francisco will never counsel you to try the chowder bowl at Fisherman's Wharf. Nor will it prove useful in ...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST ALL-AROUND GRRRL POWER

Basic bar moves and halting hip-hop steps may be what stuck with you from the dance classes of your youth, but (thankfully) today...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST FOGOLYSTICS

Since 1989, when the troupe was founded by community leader Carlos Aceituno, Fogo Na Roupa has been taking to the streets, the stages, and...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST ROCK ON SIXTH

For all the underworld grittiness ascribed to the storied block of Sixth Street between Market and Mission, you'd think the guttural yowl ...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR CIRCUS FREAKS, ACOUSTIC GEEKS, AND SOLO EXHIBITIONISTS

How does Stagewerx proprietress Ty McKenzie do it? She always finds the way to a "yes" where others might jump to a "no."...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST YOU BETTA WORK

Voguing — that drop-dead fabulous and seriously competitive gay African American dance-battle art form — has recently come back into the spotlight,...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST TECHNO OUR WAY

In response to the onslaught of mass-produced, sugar-rush electronic sounds ruling the pop charts these days, many finer San Francisco dance floors...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST FAIRY EXPLOSION

Once every year, right around Pride time in June, a fantastical fey Imaginarium of uninhibited queer art, dance, theater, ecology, lube-wrestling, puppy...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST DECEPTIVELY EPHEMERAL FILM FEST

Really though, Disposable Film Festival is a misnomer. Founded in 2007, with an inaugural event at Artists' Television Access in early 2008,...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST JEDI MASTERS

A long time ago (actually every Sunday, noon-3pm) in a galaxy far, far away (in fact, Studio Gracia in SoMa) ... there came...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST PUNK PUSHERS

Shop, record label, small concert purveyor — Oakland's 1-2-3-4 Go! Records is a multi-use punk haven, selling rare and highly desirable underground vinyl,...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST USE OF CLASSIC FILM FOOTAGE IN A RAP MUSIC VIDEO

Car chases don't get much better than the scenes of Steve McQueen speeding through San Francisco in Bullitt (1968). Given the driving, heart-pounding beat...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST MARIACHISTAS

Those of you who are familiar with such things will know one rarely sees a female mariachi musician. Rarely, but not never: introducing...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST EDIBLE PLAYLIST

We've heard the phrase "chefs are the new rock stars" enough to make us (s)cream. Turntable Kitchen both embodies this sentiment and finely chops...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST FRESH TROUT

Recent SFSU Theatre Arts grad Megan Trout might be relatively new to the Bay theater scene, but we've had our eyes on this...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST ART PARKING

On an otherwise nondescript block in SOMA, there is a door painted come-hither red. Don't be shy, grab that knob! Inside you'll find...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST GRAND DAME MAKEOVER

Culminating in a grand reopening in 2009 after 43 years of dereliction, the revitalization of Fox Theatre should serve as a model for all...