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Arts & Culture

Three! Out!

Grosetto, Parma, Scalera, and Hedgehog: In the Game goes to Italy

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By L.E. Leone

IN THE GAME Home runs are called fuoricampi, which translates literally to outfields, in the sense of "out of the park." Hits are valide, or "valids." And a strike out is a strike out. It's pretty adorable, when the field announcer at Stadio Nuevo Europeo in Parma exclaims, "Strike! Three! Out!"

At one point last Saturday, Parma's starter Jose Sanchez struck out seven in a row. Over six shutout innings, he struck out 12, so we got to hear it a lot:

"Strike! Three! Out!"

I'm 50.Read more »

Craft empire

Little Paper Planes is just another Valencia gift shop. Or is it?

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caitlin@sfbg.com

STREET SEEN Located on a strip of Valencia that lacks not for the twee and handcrafted, the opening of Little Paper Planes might strike city dwellers as a bit of anti-news. Of course there's a new place to shop for necklaces in the Mission. Obviously, the shop floor emphasizes artists who use locally-sourced materials. Oh, its gorgeous inside and former Design*Sponge senior editor Kate Pruitt designed the sweetly geometric shelves and displays? DUH. Next gift shop please.Read more »

Riding out

Bike Smut and Courtney Trouble debut two-wheel trampin'

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caitlin@sfbg.com

SEX Perhaps, if you are reading this column, you are already aware of the Bike Smut Film Festival (www.bikesmut.com). If so, please note that an adult production starring the DIY fest's founders Poppy Cox and Rev "Gasper Johnson" Phil is being screened at the Center for Sex and Culture Sat/1. It is made by local queer pornographer Courtney Trouble, will also be available in DVD form at the screening, and it is unlikely, if you enjoy genuine expressions of human carnality, that you will not enjoy it.Read more »

Gopi and the Yoglers

Google+ guru's innovative viral yoga program bridges technology and "random acts of meditation."

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Fire fight

Police versus fire department versus pig with mustache versus Pinkie (a basketball story)

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le.chicken.farmer@yahoo.com

IN THE GAME In a pink dress, with a pink hair tie and those little pink sneakers that light up every time you take a step, she dominated the Alameda High School hardwood. I'm going to guess she was three. How else to explain the dogged determination with which, time after time after time, she took aim at the far-away hoop, and with all her cute-little-cutey-pie might heaved the basketball to a point about a foot-and-a-half in front of her feet. Bounce, plop, and roll ...Read more »

So many summertime festivals

Small town salsa, enviro-docs, artisan Jello shots, fun punk: warm weather celebrations abound in 2013. Here's our list

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caitlin@sfbg.com

MAY 25-26

Carnaval Parade: Starts at 24th St. and Bryant, SF. Sun/26, 9:30am, free; Festival: Harrison between 16th and 24th Sts., SF. Sat/25-Sun/26, 10am-6pm, free. www.carnavalsf.com. The Mission's most colorful processional and music fest had to change hands this year to avoid financial ruin. Show your delight at its survival by showing up in force for the samba, sequins, and spectacle.

MAY 30-JUNE 5Read more »

Just for kicks

It's co-ed pickup kickball season -- but watch out for "mesh monsters"

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IN THE GAME It's not kickball; it's matball. Which looks a lot like kickball, with one big difference: You can have more than one runner at a time on any given base. You can have up to three, but if a fourth is incoming, someone's got to go.

You don't have to stop running, either, when you reach home, in some versions of the game. You can keep going — back to first, and around the bases again. In gym class, this was a way to make kids run laps without quite exactly knowing it.Read more »

Small Business Awards 2013: Shameless Photography

You chose body-positive boudoir shots for this year's Reader's Choice Award

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Y'all chose Shameless as your top small biz of the year, so I'm going to yield the floor for a moment to someone who voted for the photography outfit:

"Shameless is a female-owned and run business that promotes positive body image and self love while creating spectacular pin-up and boudoir images," wrote one enraptured Bay Guardian reader. "Women (myself included) leave the studio feeling more beautiful and accepting of their bodies."Read more »

Small Business Awards 2013: Babette

A commitment to homegrown style won this year's Local Manufacturing Award

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I cannot help but insert italics into Babette Pinsky quotes, bear with me.

"It didn't dawn on me that I shouldn't open a business by myself."

"It was sort of survival for a really long time."

"We have to show things the way we want them."

Perhaps such signs of effusiveness are befitting for one of the Bay's more experienced purveyors of fashion.Read more »

Small Business Awards 2013: It's-It

Golden Survivor Award indeed -- these icecream sandwiches have been around for 85 years

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What's been San Francisco's go-to cold 'n creamy treat for the past 85 years? No, its not Dianne Feinstein. It's It's-It, that native warm weather snack, created on a deliciously fateful day in 1928 when George Whitney squished a scoop of vanilla ice cream between two big oatmeal cookies and dipped the resulting sandwich into dark chocolate. For more than four decades, Whitney sold his It's-Its at Playland-at-the-Beach, until that legendary local amusement park was demolished in the 1970s. Read more »