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Next stop Tokyo
By Josh Sens, Photographs by Laura Flippen | January 26, 2011

The BART line through Berkeley would never be confused with the Tokyo subway. But like that other metro, it offers late-night transport to a myriad of strangelings, some of them modeling Japanese youth fashion—punk-chic...

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The new school of fish
By Erik Vance | January 24, 2011

The waiter has just about had it. It’s his third time back to the table after being peppered with questions about the cod, crab cakes, and tuna. This time, he notices my menu, marked up like a baseball scorecard with checks,...

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Snap Judgments
By Sheerly Avni, Robin Ekiss, Victoria Schlesinger, Dan Strachota, Elizabeth Varnell | December 29, 2010

(Counterpoint Press)
You’re 21. Your mother, the poet Anne Sexton, who won the Pulitzer Prize for writing...

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Vegan upgrade
By Laura Hooper Beck, Photograph by Mitch Tobias | December 23, 2010

There was a time when starving vegans roamed Bay Area streets looking for a twig or spare tire to gnaw on. We pieced together unsatisfying meals from salads (hold the dressing) and side dishes (hold the butter) and...

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2011: A year in preview
Edited by Nan Wiener | December 21, 2010

1. The whole town will be playing “spot Clive and Nicole”  
Anyone who likes movies for grownups (plus all you Hollywood rubberneckers), take note: The new HBO film Hemingway & Gellhorn that starts...

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Snap Judgments
By Jonathon Keats, Mia Lipman, Dan Strachota, Elizabeth Varnell, and Malena Watrous | November 24, 2010

Berkeley-bred musician Lyrics Born has always been more of a singer than a rapper. Even back in 1997, when he...

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People’s perk
By Josh Sens, Photographs by Chris Andre | November 23, 2010

On a recent night in the Mission, I experienced a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup moment: I was presented with a pairing that was entirely surprising, yet so beautifully intuitive that I marveled I hadn’t eaten it before. No one had...

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The fruit-bomb resistance
Jordan Mackay | November 23, 2010

It was mid-August in the freakishly cool summer of 2010, and along parts of the Sonoma Coast, only a handful of days in the previous three months had seen the temperature rise above 70°F. The weather up and down the state...

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The 25 tech angels, 11 good angels, and 18 geeks everyone wants to fly with
By Nic Buron, Justine Sharrock, and Diana Kapp | November 18, 2010

These guys have the power to swoop in from on high and grab...

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On the wings of angels
By Diana Kapp | November 18, 2010

The lights dim, and the audience—every angel investor and VC partner of note in the Bay Area (i.e., the universe)—falls silent. For a second or two, it’s almost possible to believe that no one is tapping, clicking,...

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As Asian as they wanna be
By Bernice Yeung, Illustration by Maxwell Holyoke-Hirsch | October 26, 2010

Growing up in San Jose in the 1980s, I lived in the shadow of Long Duk Dong, the iconic Chinese exchange student from John Hughes’ teen flick Sixteen Candles. In the hefty list of...

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The Mission goes boom
By Justine Sharrock | October 25, 2010

A little over a year ago, the question arose: If Mission locals had their druthers, what would they do to improve their streets? Given the terrible economy, the query didn’t seem to invite anything too pie-in-the-sky:...

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