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Best of the Bay 2012: BEST GRAPHIC OCCUPATION

Graphic journalism isn't really new, though given the reluctance some people have in acknowledging its legitimacy, you'd be forgiven for thinking it's...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST YOUNG ADULT HIP-HOP MISCHIEF

It is no small feat to write about suburban kids loving hip-hop without coming across as condescending or a-historic, but somehow a ...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST AMATEUR WRESTLING HOT DAMN

After a wild first couple of years, Oakland's premiere way-amateur wrestling night, Hoodslam, is still flexing its muscles once a month — ...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST FEMINIST RECORDING STUDIO

Ladies in the music biz deserve to be heard -- weirdly, that still needs to be reiterated in 2012 -- and Women's Audio...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST DANCE DOMINATION

You may not know this, but you are living in the shadows of an empire. An empire with an origin spanning three continents...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST MOVIE THEATER IN WHICH TO LOSE YOUR MIND

"A place beyond time, beyond space to experience movies, drinks, and cosmic reverberations." We know this is Best of the Bay, but the...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST REASON TO DOWNLOAD THE WHOLE ALBUM

In the age of downloadable singles and quick-click clips, UnderCover Presents' series of one-whole-album-with-one-live-show pairings values the full record experience. The quarterly...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST OPEN SOURCE UTOPIA

"We're giving tax breaks to companies that allow people to meet in a virtual space," Erick Lyle told the Guardian prior to the...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST HEAVY METAL STITCH WIZARD

He's the mustachioed maniac who wields a sewing machine and an endless array of heavy metal T-shirts, creating quilts depicting claw-bearing beasties,...

Best of the Bay 2012

Who's the Best in four major categories and our annual Readers Poll?

Best of the Bay 2012: Local Heroes

2012 Local HeroesAlex Tom and Shaw San LiuAlex Tom and Shaw San Liu — the executive director and lead organizer for the Chinese Progressive...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST BRIGHT-EYED BREAD GUY

BEST BRIGHT-EYED BREAD GUY Here's how Vermont-bred Josey Baker launched Josey Baker Bread: he walked into Mission Pie and asked (sweetly) if he might...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST POP-UP RIVER OF LIQUOR

BEST POP-UP RIVER OF LIQUOR The Bon Vivants cocktail crew — Scott Baird, Josh Harris, Jason Henton — is a local treasure, throwing some...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST CLAWS FOR CELEBRATION

BEST CLAWS FOR CELEBRATION It is ridiculous that we are about to register a wee bit of complaint regarding the Bay's incredible surplus of...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST SECRET WORLD OF CHEESE

BEST SECRET WORLD OF CHEESE Be not fooled by Gourmet & More's small size. This long, skinny Hayes Valley specialty shop, owned by French-born...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST PUPUSA PARADISE

BEST PUPUSA PARADISE If you were to describe Mission establishments by historical eras, El Paraiso Cafe would be decidedly Post-German working class, Pre-Valencia Street...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST MARMALADY

BEST MARMALADY Who wouldn't want all the colorful bounty of the Bay Area served up on a nice piece of toast (preferably sourdough, in...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST CAN-ARCHY

BEST CAN-ARCHY When it comes to the latest trends in pickling, canning, jarring, putting up, putting by, or just plain preserving, we've got a...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST GOURGÉRES

BEST GOURGÉRES We don't know what makes the clutch of cafes around Church and Market in SF so inviting — OK, we do: great...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST REASON TO SCREAM IN DOLORES PARK

BEST REASON TO SCREAM IN DOLORES PARK Have you ever been reclining in Dolores Park, wiping off the burgundy mustache left by your third...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST FULL-SCOPE ROAST

BEST FULL-SCOPE ROAST The smoky dark brew served up by the folks at Sightglass Coffee certainly isn't indicative of the sibling-owned roastery and cafe's...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST KIND OF STRICT

BEST KIND OF STRICT If things have been rough on your soul lately, forget the prose of that insipid, chicken-related book series and turn...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST VEGAN ROLL CALL

BEST VEGAN ROLL CALL The 100 percent vegan cinnamon rolls at Cinnaholic, the Berkeley sweet tooth haven, are naturally sweetened with beet sugar, endowed...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST PEANUT BUTTER CLOUDS

BEST PEANUT BUTTER CLOUDS Despite our American love for all things soft, saccharine, and somehow edible, vegans and equinophiles alike are saddened by the...