Ben Hopfer

Snap Sounds: Richie Cunning

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Listening to local SF rapper Richie Cunning's new song Pure Imagination has proven to be terribly infectious, as I haven't been able to get it out of my head.

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Small Business Awards Ceremony wrap-up

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The Bay Guardian's annual Small Business Awards party packed the upper room at Public Works May 11, with the winners and assorted friends and allies (including Sup. Ross Mirkarimi) enjoying the celebration of entrepreneurship and community. The hit of the night was Virginia Ramos, the Tamale Lady, winner of the Spirit of the Streets Award, who had the room spellbound as she talked of her life and her love for San Francisco. And it was clear that the diverse group of individuals and businesses all shared a strong belief that small, locally owned businesses make San Francisco great.

Live Shots: Die Antwoord, Rickshaw Stop, 07/16/2010

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Zef!? I may not understand it, but I got a crash course after sweating, watching, and surviving a Die Antwoord show. If a hot and packed house crammed with drunks is zef, the Rickshaw Stop was so fokken zef. The duo of Ninja and Yo-Landi (DJ Hi-Tek was absent?) plowed through their debut album $o$ with fury and madness. Luckily I got one of the few vantage points to take these shots surviving most of it. After the jump, a video sent to us by Big Up Magazine

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Global-eyed: The street art of Chile

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These pictures are a mix of Chilean street art I found in Santiago and Valparaíso (which is really similar to SF in too many ways to list). It was really cool walking though the back streets and stumbling across these beautiful and colorful pieces. I tried to focus my lens on the best murals, funniest cartoons, and the pieces that I felt were more than just "graffiti."

Live Shots: Air Guitar Championships, Fillmore, 06/05/2010

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I've been to plenty of concerts in my life, and I've seen some pretty wild shows in various states of consciousness. That being said, nothing could have prepared me for this year’s Air Guitar Regional Championships at the Fillmore.Read more »

Live Shots: K.Flay, Bottom of the Hill, 02/21/2010

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After braving crummy weather and the odd timing of her Sunday night show, I finally got to see my new favorite female rapper K.Flay live. To be honest, K.Flay a San Franciscan by way of Illinois, is way more than just a rapper. She makes her own beats, mash-ups, and plays guitar, in addition to rocking a mic and a party.

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Holiday Guide 2008: Gifts for metalheads

10 looks to shred 'em
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Have a friend who's too much metal for one man (or woman)? Get one of these gifts, sure to inspire devil horns and a big, snarling smile.

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1. Black Cobra T-shirt ($12), www.blackcobraa.net; 2. Hammers Of Misfortune T-shirt ($13), www.hammersofmisfortune.com; 3. Leather Studded Belt ($19.98), Cal Surplus, 1541 Haight, SF. (415) 861-0404; 4. Read more »

Holiday Guide 2008: Gifts for burners

11 ideas for those who love the BRC
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Forget faux fur coats and moon boots this year. The modern burner's wish list is all about deconstructed leather, tribal jewelry, and Mad Max-meets-newsboy style.

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1. Leather Gaitors ($12.98). Cal Surplus, 1541

Haight, SF. (415) 861-0404; 2. Rock N Socks ($15). Trunk, 544 Haight, SF. (415) 861-5310, www.trunksf.com; 3. Goggles ($15). Cal Surplus,1541 Haight, SF. (415) 861-0404; 4. Leather Utility Belt ($230). Read more »

Holiday Guide 2008: Hip-hop gifts

13 fresh finds for your homies
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For those whose music and style leans more Lil' Wayne than Wayne Coyne, try some of the goodies on our homeboy (or girl) hotlist.

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1. Shadow plaid jacket ($325). HUF, 812 Sutter, SF. (415) 674-3744, www.hufsf.com; 2. SF Hat ($38). True Men's, 1415 Haight (415) 626-2882, www.trueclothing.net; 3. 5-panel cap ($34). HUF, 812 Sutter, SF. Read more »

Holiday Guide 2008: Gifts for bikesters

15 great gifts for the fixie fiend
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What do you get the fixie-riding hipster who has everything? Try these retro- and velo-inspired ideas, sure to go with their skinny jeans.

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1. Velocity Deep V wheelset ($349.99). Valencia Cyclery, 1077 Valencia, SF. (415) 550-6600, www.valenciacyclery.com; 2. D-Structure artist series Josh Mays "I DS SF" ($32). D-Structure, 520 Haight, SF. Read more »