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News, The Snitch Ed Lee Went to Palestine, Met With Developers

Ed Lee Went to Palestine, Met With Developers

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is in the Middle East this week, renewing San Francisco's sister-city relationship with the Israeli port city of Haifa, and paying a visit to Shimon Peres, the former Israeli head of state.  The massive…
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Film, "The Flat": Unearthing the Past from Its Darkest Corners

"The Flat": Unearthing the Past from Its Darkest Corners

It begins as an ordinary, if bittersweet, family event. The 98-year-old grandmother of Israeli filmmaker Arnon Goldfinger has died, and as this superb documentary opens, Goldfinger and his mother begin packing up her apartment. German Jews from Berlin, the Goldfingers…
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News, The Snitch Muni Runs Pro-Israel Ad on Buses, Calling Palestinians "Savages"

Muni Runs Pro-Israel Ad on Buses, Calling Palestinians "Savages"

Update (2:39 p.m.): Muni spokesman Paul Rose called us to say that the agency's policy states that it doesn't allow political ads that specifically deal with political candidates or ballot measures in upcoming elections. Original Story (9 a.m.):We're not sure…
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News, The Snitch Mitt Romney Trashes California, Comparing Golden State to Financially Screwed Europe

Mitt Romney Trashes California, Comparing Golden State to Financially Screwed Europe

Mitt Romney is in trouble with California Democrats -- not that he really cares. The Republican Presidential candidate was heard popping off again, but this time he was trashing California instead of Palestine. While speaking to a group of Iowans,…
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News, Sucka Free City

Personal Needs: Tech Dude Seeks Young, Materialistic Women

With so many tech-industry fellows gadding about, it's little surprise San Francisco was recently named the American city with the greatest number of men eager to be "sugar daddies" to younger women. Perhaps that explains this personal ad we recently…
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Music, All Shook Down Jello Biafra's 'Ultimate Third Rail': Why the Outspoken SF Punk Rocker Abandoned Plans to Play in Israel

Jello Biafra's 'Ultimate Third Rail': Why the Outspoken SF Punk Rocker Abandoned Plans to Play in Israel

Last summer, SF punk rocker, notorious political rabble-rouser, and former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra was booked to perform in Israel, along with his band, the Guantanamo School of Medicine, in support of their new Enhanced Methods of Questioning…
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Calendar, Night&Day Long-Distance Father

Long-Distance Father

A decade ago, Yousef Elhaj left his home and family in the West Bank and came to San Francisco. He diligently and solitarily worked his tail off, paving the way — or so he hoped — for his family to…
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News, Sucka Free City

List: How S.F. Residents Want to Fix the City Budget

It's time to deal with the city budget, so Mayor Ed Lee has announced that he will hold town hall meetings in every district to get public input on how to close the huge deficit. What feedback is he likely…
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Calendar, Night&Day Blind Spots Come into Focus

Blind Spots Come into Focus

Out of Sight, Sara Felder's new one-woman show, is figuratively and literally a juggling act. The play revolves around Felder's relationship with her mother, who clings fervently to Zionism as Felder herself begins developing more sympathy for Palestine. That may…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist San Francisco Parks Might not Be Holy Land, but They're Worth Fighting for

San Francisco Parks Might not Be Holy Land, but They're Worth Fighting for

Driving across this great nation we were blessed to be born in, I was tuned in to an AM talk radio station on a long night drive. The host was talking about Israel. It was noise. I was hardly paying…
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Calendar, Night&Day Blind Spot

Blind Spot

What’s that? You say you didn’t ask for a one-woman show about lesbians, Palestine, and juggling? Well, the Marsh is giving it to you anyway, courtesy of confirmed genius Sara Felder. You’re welcome. Felder, a solo performance artist, narrates the…
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News, Sucka Free City

List: Why cable-car drivers snubbed contest

Last week, for the first time, San Francisco's cable car operators refused to compete in the city's annual cable-car bell-ringing competition. Why wouldn't they participate? • They just want the constant ringing to stop • Palestine is not yet free…
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News, The Snitch VIDEO: Stalemate in Gaza Resolution Debate Following 10 Hour Hearing

VIDEO: Stalemate in Gaza Resolution Debate Following 10 Hour Hearing

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors' meeting on Tuesday lasted until Wednesday, at last ending this morning at 12:03 AM. Hundreds of members of the public stood for hours in a City Hall corridor for the opportunity to speak for…
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News, The Snitch Pick a Side, Any Side: Israel, Palestine-Flag Wavers Gear Up For Rallies, Positive Reinforcement

Pick a Side, Any Side: Israel, Palestine-Flag Wavers Gear Up For Rallies, Positive Reinforcement

San Francisco's City Hall is rarely a serene place. It's even less so when partisans of the Middle East's sectarian violence shout, sloganeer and wave their respective flags at each other before they head inside and shout, sloganeer (but hopefully…
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News, Sucka Free City

List: Nightlifers

Last week, nightlife promoters and club owners announced they are creating a lobbying organization to make sure their agenda is raised at City Hall. What measures to improve San Francisco nightlife are they pushing? • Police will not be allowed…
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List: Graffiti abatement

Last week, the city announced a new plan to fight graffiti by paying for community murals on areas that are frequently tagged. What other approaches has San Francisco tried to stop graffiti? • Ask nicely • Tag walls right back…
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Film, <i>Jimmy Carter Man from Plains</i> Just Plain Boring

Jimmy Carter Man from Plains Just Plain Boring

Jonathan Demme, who directed Tom Hanks to an Oscar as the AIDS-afflicted lawyer in Philadelphia, may be the most well-meaning filmmaker in Hollywood; Jimmy Carter, winner of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize "for his decades of untiring effort to find…
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News, Sucka Free City

No Peace Prize for You

Many Jewish customers have refused to enter Rainbow Grocery — the hippie-dippy worker-owned cooperative that preaches an "inclusive environment that is welcoming to everyone" — ever since two departments de-shelved Israeli products in an apparent anti-Israel boycott in 2002. (Store…
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Music, Reviewed Patriarch

Patriarch

Anger, frustration, and an almost desperate pride infuse this debut disc from Bay Area-raised rapper Patriarch. Born into a Palestinian and North African family, his music nonetheless comes straight from the hard East Bay streets where he grew up listening…
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Music, Reviews Reviewed Reviews Reviewed

Reviews Reviewed

We like Aquarius Records, the boutique record shop located on Valencia Street in the Mission. The clerks there are helpful, their recommendations sound. And for the extremely discerning music fan, the store's insightful reviews, posted weekly on its Web site,…
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