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Best of the Bay 2013 Editors Picks: Arts and Entertainment

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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

EDITORS PICKS

Editors picks are chosen by Guardian editors for special recognition for brightening the Bay Area experience.Read more »

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST SAIL FROM SOBRIETY (ON WAVES OF NOTORIETY)

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The cocktail menu at Virgil's Sea Room pays homage to our city's belovedly quirky, endlessly entertaining heroes: fashionista twins Marian and Vivian Brown, departed philanthropist and devoted banjo player Warren Hellman, drag queen Empress I Jose Sarria, perennial 12 Galaxies sign-hoister Frank Chu. But when speaking of our burg's best loved, mustn't we mention progenitors of accommodating neighborhood watering holes? If indeed we must, hoist a glass to the triple-threat owners of one of Bernal Heights' new favorite hangouts. Read more »

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST STICK TO THE SCRIPT

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Books on tape, books on schmape. If you're looking for the words of great literature to leap off the page (or titanium dioxide electrophoretic screen, if you're Kindlin'), look no further than the 20-year-old tradition that is Z Space's Word for Word series. In 1993, the legend goes, Susan Harloe and JoAnne Winter founded the company in order to "tell great stories with elegant theatricality, staging performances of classic and contemporary fiction." The first production, of Dorothy Parker story "The Standard of Living," played to a packed house. Read more »

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST BOOMBOX AFFAIR

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The spirit of the underground is still alive in Larry Gonello Jr.'s world. The ace renegade soulful house and techno DJ was everywhere this year — from official street festival to not-so-official one, from licensed afterhours loft party to extralegal sunrise beach rave — joining in the fabulous mobile soundsystem tradition pioneered by great tricyclist Amandeep Jawa's speaker-wired Trikeasaurus Rex, Monkeylectric's Off-Grid Party Trailer, or anyone whose strapped an old transistor radio onto a bike during critical mass and rocked the freak out to Michael Jackson. Read more »

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST PLAYING FIELD LEVELER

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One game has the player land on a purple planet and get asked out on a date by a giant sea monster. Another has you shimmy a bumble-bee's booty in the right sequence to win. Some of the games touch serious subjects like coming out for the first time, or dealing with poverty. And you can make one, too! The games on DIY text-based gaming platform Twine are wild and varied, but they're always first person narratives. Remember "Choose Your Own Adventure" books? It's kind of like that. Read more »

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST DANCE SEANCE

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Everybody's saying the feisty, freaky soul of San Francisco is dying. Finally someone did something about it, in the form of resurrecting one of the city's most treasured cult arts figures, Ed Mock. A black, gay, free-spirited improvisational dance pioneer who died of AIDS in 1986: welp, you can't get much more "vanishing San Francisco" than that. (Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf... premiered in his studio. Read more »

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST BURST OF PAN-ASIAN PRIDE

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In 1973, Japantown's Nihonmachi Street Fair was devised along the lines of community protest — in the face of sweeping neighborhood redevelopment, the celebration of Japanese heritage was a line in the sand, a declaration that one of SF's unique neighborhoods would not be erased by the vagaries of urban renewal. (Nihonmachi means, roughly, "Japantown.") Forty years later, it is an enduring statement of the power of community, and the festival considers itself a representation of the Pan-Asian cultural experience in San Francisco. Read more »

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST "HOUSE" MUSIC

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Hang out with rad musicians like Peter Case, Alejandro Escovedo, Nataly Dawn, Sean Hayes, The Mother Hips, Ben Kweller, Heather Combs, John Vanderslice, and Chuck Prophet at a genial house party — and then watch them play a full concert in the living room? This convivial scene (you may actually be able to pet a cat while singing along) is what KC Turner's House Concert series is all about. Here, nothing separates the performers from their patrons, save a few extra inches of legroom and the use of a microphone. Read more »

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST GAYMER HANGOUT

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Gay gamers often have friends they can brag to about their Xbox Live gamerscore. And they often have friends they can take to the club. And never shall those two groups of friends meet. Yet for one glorious weekend in Japantown last August, LGBT nerds united to celebrate indie queer games and to dress in Princess Peach drag (her five o'clock shadows were fetching). Read more »