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Film, Film Feature The Mill Valley Film Festival

The Mill Valley Film Festival

In its 36th year, the cozy Mill Valley Film Festival in Marin has a lineup at least diverse enough to include a Costa-Gavras tribute, a Return of the Jedi screening for old times' sake, and a multimedia happening by Thomas…
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News, The Snitch 'Daily Kos' Profile -- From Michael Moore to El Salvador, Berkeley Blog Creates Digital Community

'Daily Kos' Profile -- From Michael Moore to El Salvador, Berkeley Blog Creates Digital Community

Every Tuesday morning, the SF Weekly news blog The Snitch profiles one of the bay's many cool blogs in a segment we call -- BetterKnowanSFBlog. This week, no silly gadgets allowed. By Tyler Callister Markos Moulitsas Zúniga was born…
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Music, Bouncer

Fill in the blanks: Bouncer Mad Libs!

Gentle Reader, This week I've decided to do something a little different with Bouncer. Basically, I'm feeling generous, and so I invite you to take part in the glory of penning one of my columns. (I also think that you…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Dreams of Syndication

Dreams of Syndication

Will & Grace: Series Finale (Lions Gate) The way this got hustled to shelves, mere days after Will Truman and Grace Adler said their mushy farewells, you'd think this were some classic adios -- another M*A*S*H or Cheers wrap-up. Alas,…
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Music, Bouncer

I Think, Therefore I Drink

To paraphrase John Kerry, you can be very certain about something and still be very wrong. This has been bothering me for quite some time. Right-wingers are (usually) intelligent people who are sure they are correct on many issues about…
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Culture, Books

Sneaking Into the Flying Circus: How the Media Turn Our Presidential Campaigns Into Freak Shows

By Alexandra Pelosi Free Press (2005), $25 It's no secret to anyone paying attention that when it comes to covering the daily grind of political campaigns, the mainstream media have become little more than barking seals. A body of literature…
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News, Matt Smith

The Politics of Cynicism

Ordinarily, to keep my cynicism levels in check, I write about politics the minimum amount that allows me to hold onto my job commenting on our city's public life. This week is different, however. We're going to immerse ourselves in…
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News, The Apologist

Donkey Doo Doesn't Smell

It's been the talk of coffee shops, university classrooms, and workplaces across San Francisco for the past two weeks: How, exactly, did President Bush win a second term? In a city that saw 83 percent of its residents cast ballots…
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News, Matt Smith

Husbanding Our Resources

Let me get this straight. San Francisco's going to shut down health clinics, neglect potholes, and allow trash to pile up in the streets, all because the mayor failed to stick it to the poor and middle class with a…
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Music, OK Then

OK Then

Writing this column feels like something of an exercise in futility. After all, by the time you read this -- assuming this whole voting thing goes smoothly, which it probably will, as the pundits are striking the same tone talking…
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News, Matt Smith

Yo Soy Centroamericano

There are myriad reasons many San Francisco residents believe it's important that John Kerry beat George Bush. Maria Elena Mestayer, 44, who lives in Park Merced, is a Bay Area native who spent her adolescent and teen years in Nicaragua,…
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Music, OK Then

Me Talk Pretty

It's been a rough couple of weeks, hasn't it? Hurricanes have ravaged Florida, Johnny Ramone has gone to that big CBGB's in the sky, and John Kerry can't seem to capitalize on Dubya's piss-poor record. Personally, I'm in need of…
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News, Mecklin

Making Kerry Kerry On

For the third time in four days, I found myself making the same complaint. "Why can't he just explain what happened?" I fumed at my captive audience of one. "'The president took a bunch of your money and gave it…
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Music, OK Then

Electra-fied

Every band has a story -- drugs, deception, debauchery. The Electras are no different. Formed in 1961 by prep school students Andy Gagarin, Jack Radcliffe, Peter Lang, Jon Prouty, Larry Rand, and current presidential hope-hope-hopeful John Kerry, the Electras enjoyed…
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Music, OK Then

Songs of Freedom

Clearly a lot of time and effort goes into selecting the music for Democratic and Republican campaign events. The two camps must have teams of people sitting around long boardroom tables, eating Chinese food and wearing out boomboxes till the…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

Let Me Tell You (from editor John Mecklin) Because I'm a recovered crossword puzzle fan -- I used to see pink elephants dancing the tango if I missed a day of the New York Times' version -- I was secretly…
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News, Bay View Dead Man Running

Dead Man Running

"Excuse me, sir, have you heard of Dennis Kucinich?" The young man in the Abercrombie & Fitch sweat shirt glanced down at the flier being offered to him on Muni. He smiled vaguely at Hillsman Heath, the young woman doing…
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