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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Ten Tidbits from Jane Kim's Talk at the Tenderloin Museum

Posted By on Tue, Apr 5, 2016 at 1:00 PM

PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane

At lunchtime on the first Monday of every month, The Tenderloin Museum hosts a guest speaker. Former Mayor Willie Brown led off the series in March, while yesterday, it was Sup. Jane Kim's turn. In the hour-long discussion (moderated by Randy Shaw, with a Q&A), Kim got into the nitty-gritty of policy specifics while articulating her vision for the Tenderloin — which she represents — in an era of rampant gentrification and change. Here are 10 of the choicest tidbits Kim uttered.

Note: The next scheduled speaker is Sup. Aaron Peskin on Monday, May 2.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Watch the GOP Debate at the Roxie, Surrounded by Fellow Trump-Haters

Posted By on Tue, Sep 15, 2015 at 11:34 AM

This pic is already dated, as the former Texas governor on the bottom right has dropped out. - ROXIE THEATER
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  • This pic is already dated, as the former Texas governor on the bottom right has dropped out.

Are you Bernie-curious? Do you secretly hope Carly Fiorina will issue another demon sheep ad? Do you think Piyush “Bobby” Jindal’s xenophobia makes him the biggest hypocrite of all time? Have you any inkling who the fuck Jim Gilmore is?

If you answered any of the above questions with a word, you’re probably planning on tuning into CNN’s Republican Debate, to be held Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the Ronald Reagan Mausoleum and Ziggurat Complex in Southern California, at an auspicious hour selected by Nancy Reagan’s personal astrologer.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Free Leonard: The Story Behind the Bay Area's Famous Sign

Posted By on Wed, Aug 19, 2015 at 10:00 AM

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  • CT Young

We’ve all seen the bright red “Free Leonard” signs while driving through the East Bay – they’re impossible to miss. The signs, typically lacking any information beyond “Free Leonard,” are a staple along Bay Area roads and have been around so long that they're pretty much folk art.

After years of passing them by, wondering who the hell Leonard is, I decided to finally do some research.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Eliana Lopez's What Is the Scandal? Sure Does Wear a Lot of Hats

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2015 at 2:51 PM

ELIANA LOPEZ
  • Eliana Lopez

Creating distinct characters is always a challenge in a one-person show, so here’s a quick cheat sheet for figuring out exactly who Eliana Lopez is portraying at any moment during What Is the Scandal? / ¿Cuál es el Escándalo?

Lopez: Slinky black pantsuit, loose hair, possibly salsa dancing.
Mama Lopez: Straw hat.
Grandpa Lopez: Creaky voice, different hat.
Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi: Glasses and gringo accent spoken … very … slowly. Hat budget presumably depleted at this point.
Mr. Lie: Fake mustache, glasses, squint. Calls Mirkarimi “Macaroni.” Also the mayor.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Burning Man in the Bay, Idea Five: SF Mime Troupe Take on Tech Boom With "Ripple Effect", Close Season

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 12:57 PM

(l-r) Lisa Hori-Garcia (Jeanine Adenauer), Velina Brown (Deborah Johnson), Keiko Shimosato Carreiro (Sunny Nguyen) in - Ripple Effect. - FLETCHER OAKES
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  • (l-r) Lisa Hori-Garcia (Jeanine Adenauer), Velina Brown (Deborah Johnson), Keiko Shimosato Carreiro (Sunny Nguyen) inRipple Effect.

By now you’re probably as burned out on Burning Man as the Burners at la playa. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t stick it out til the end, right? And what better way to spend those last few hours of Burning Man in the Bay than at Dolores Park enjoying a free live performance by the San Francisco Mime Troupe for its closing shows of "Ripple Effect".

The Tony-award winning, SF Mime Troupe closes out it’s 55th season with "Ripple Effect", a musical comedy that catches three unsuspecting, culturally different women in an intersection of beliefs and ideas that reflect tensions present in San Francisco today. A cast of four play multiple characters, and tell the story of three very different women in a quick-change fashion, full of singing and dancing and political critique.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Sweet Spot: Safer Streets' Radical Protest Tactic -- That We Help Each Other

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2013 at 11:30 AM

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The Occupy movement and resulting marches galvanized the country. But ultimately, was anything achieved? "What were we marching for, exactly?" asked many a supporter. On the day of the second big protest in Oakland, I was walking downtown and passed an older black man sitting on his porch, "Oh you don't want to go down there today. That's a big old mess down there." A mess indeed. Riot cops, helicopters, the anarchist brigade, and black clothing, but not black faces, dominated. I can only presume, considering the long economically depressed condition of West Oakland, that this man had no love for Wall Street bankers, but still, Occupy held no meaning for him.

See also:

The Sweet Spot: Puberty and Playboy

The Sweet Spot: Prostitution and Prop 35

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers Is More than Grief and Death

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Members of the Sex Workers Outreach Project marching against rape.
  • Members of the Sex Workers Outreach Project marching against rape.

December 17 is one of the few times that you'll see the deaths of sex workers mourned publicly and sincerely. For the rest of the year, sex workers who die at the hands of clients, police, or pimps are reduced to punchlines or object lessons in one morality or another. One thing that liberals and conservatives share, even in this very polarized era, is that both are much more comfortable speaking for dead whores than talking with live ones.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Chrome Extension Debunks Your Relatives' Crazy E-Mails

Posted By on Wed, Dec 5, 2012 at 6:30 AM

EDWARD PAIK
  • Edward Paik

As you may have heard, Obama's headed back to the White House for a second term in January, which can only mean one thing: Muslim Kenyan Socialist Armageddon is nigh! Our Communist president is coming to take your guns, gay marry your children, and ban sunshine in schools, or so the latest wack e-mail conspiracies would have you believe.

Instead of merely rolling your eyes and deleting whatever crackpot forward your distant (or less distant) relatives and friends send to you, allow us to present to you a better way of dealing with the misinformation that assaults our inboxes.

See also:

How to Deal with Relatives' Spam -- or -- Forward this Post to 10 Friends!

Beyonce Trumps Trump: The Best Election 2012 Celebrity Responses

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Sweet Spot: Prostitution and Prop 35

Posted By on Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 10:30 AM

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Long ago, I poured a pint for a fellow who asked me to advise him about his love life. Or rather, his sex life. I began to give him the usual lines: Don't have an agenda, be a giver, etc. But then he said, "Nah. I just really want to fuck. I don't want to have to know their name. Just a really good ramming, you know?" I abruptly cut off lines of communication and gave him my friend Anya's business card (not her real name). Dominatrix extraordinaire, she would know just how to handle him. Thank god for the professionals.

See also:

Remembering Robyn Few, the Patron Saint of Sex Workers

"Cupcake Lady" Brings Sweets -- and Hope -- to Sex Workers in S.F. Strip Clubs

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Beyonce Trumps Trump: The Best Election 2012 Celebrity Responses

Posted By on Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 1:00 PM

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Last night was a big success for liberals in our country, and not just for Big Bird fans and recreational pot users. Wisconsin got its first openly gay Senator, Tammy Baldwin; voters approved gay marriage (for the first time!) in Maine and Maryland, and Washington's referendum is likely to pass as well; similarly, an anti-gay amendment was defeated in Minnesota. New Hampshire became the first state to have an all-female Capitol delegation, and oh right -- Obama is in the White House for four more years. But let's talk about what really matters here: What celebrities are saying on social media.

We combed the Interwebz to bring you the most amusing, baffling, and entertaining election-related tidbits from those we've never met but are dear to our hearts.

See also:

How to Win Political Arguments

Biden: Trans Issues a "Civil Rights Issue of Our Time"

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