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Central Market between 6th and 7th street is a tableaux of transition: individuals getting their lives on track, new businesses starting up, and artists decorating vacant storefronts. Amidst this yearning for change is Piper’s Jewelers, where used items are bought and sold, and time seems to stand still.

No longer run by Mr. Piper, meet the family members that sell used jewelry, time pieces, and collectibles, and the man who was called in to repair the clock in the bell tower of Old St. Mary’s Cathedral. Read the rest of this entry »

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Central Market was once the hub of big-screen entertainment celebrating seven theaters within two-blocks during the pre-television era. Today, these historic theaters, may be found in three states: abandoned, in the sex biz, or still going.

The Warfield on Market Streets is STILL going and regularly welcomes sold-out audiences. Built in 1922, the Warfield is one of the neighborhood’s few historic theaters still functioning as an entertainment venue and boasts performers such as Louis Armstrong, the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, and the Pixies.

Tune into this podcast to learn about the building and its underground speakeasy run by Al Capone. Read the rest of this entry »

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Description: In celebration of the California Supreme Court ruling today, I dig up this piece from the Nonogirl archives.

The Russian River is an hour and a half retreat from San Francisco’s city life and plays host to hundreds of lesbians during Women’s Weekend.

In April 2000, I joined the party with my tape recorder in hand, capturing this voxpop filled with reminders of the discrimination that gay people continue to experience even in the liberal Bay Area and of the power of love to combat even the most hate-filled legislation.

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