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News, Sucka Free City Local Politics: "Night Cabbie" Emil Lawrence Runs For Mayor

Local Politics: "Night Cabbie" Emil Lawrence Runs For Mayor

A quirk of ranked-choice voting is that the third-place candidate has a chance at winning. That doesn't extend to the candidate ranked 16th of 16, but that's not stopping Emil Lawrence. Lawrence, a 64-year-old S.F. taxi driver and deep-cut mayoral…
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News, Sucka Free City Reader Quiz: Which Willie Brown Quotes Are Stranger Than Fiction?

Reader Quiz: Which Willie Brown Quotes Are Stranger Than Fiction?

Former Assembly speaker and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown just released his memoir, Basic Brown: My Life and Our Times. Try to guess which of the following excerpts are from the colorful Brown's new book. 1. "A contribution buys the…
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Film, Kate Hudson's '<i>Fool's</i> <i>Gold</i>' Totally Worthless

Kate Hudson's 'Fool's Gold' Totally Worthless

When a friend recently told me that she'd been confused by the poster for the Matthew McConaughey-Kate Hudson fortune-hunting romp Fool's Gold adorning her local multiplex — that she'd thought for sure this movie had already come and gone —…
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News, Dog Bites

We Catch Up With Laurel Wellman, So You Won't Have To

It's been nearly two years since the original Dog Bites -- Miss Laurel Wellman -- abandoned her podmates at SF Weekly for the greater glory of working at the San Francisco Chronicle. We must confess, however, to feeling a frisson…
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Film, Reel World

Reel World

What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? "We are writing to you because we, as independent filmmakers, find ourselves feeling an emotional need to express, through the medium of art, our thoughts and feelings about the tragic events that…
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Culture, Stuff The Talking Penis

The Talking Penis

I am Vlad the Impaler, Joe Eszterhas' penis. You know Joe, right? Bigfoot-looking son of a bitch, like Jerry Garcia after he swallowed Brian Wilson on an Acapulco Gold high? The guy who wrote Basic Instinct and Showgirls and Flashdance…
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Film, The Way They Were

The Way They Were

Sharon Stone doesn't appear on-screen until halfway through this tale of three lives unraveling, but when she does, she makes quite an impression as Rosie, the third player in a horse-racing scam. Adapted from a play by Sam Shepard, Simpatico…
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Film, Calling Mount Olympus

Calling Mount Olympus

What is it they say -- that even a flea can reach Mount Olympus riding in Pegasus' mane? Well, in the case of the new Albert Brooks comedy The Muse, Brooks is the flea and Pegasus is his delectable co-star,…
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Reel World

A Better Tomorrow Congratulations to Film Comment and Bay Guardian contributor Chuck Stephens on his recent induction into the National Society of Film Critics. Stephens joins SF Weekly's own Michael Sragow (a member since 1979) as the only Bay Area…
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Cothran

Jurisprotuberance A few months back, some friends and I were having some beers at Kate O'Brien's on Howard Street, and we couldn't stop staring at the cop at the bar smoking and drinking on duty, in uniform, with a service…
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Freak Show

The Mighty Based on Rodman Philbrick's novel Freak the Mighty. Directed by Peter Chelsom. Starring Kieran Culkin, Elden Henson, and Sharon Stone. Opens Friday, Oct. 16, at the AMC 1000 Van Ness. The hero of The Mighty -- the title…
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REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): German actor Udo Kier, a specialist in playing villains, is swaggeringly enamored of his own silly nihilism. "Evil has no limit," he asserts with hackneyed pomposity. "Good has a limit. It's not as interesting." Most filmmakers…
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Dog Bites

In the Pink The San Francisco Chronicle has never been a respected newspaper or a good newspaper, and probably never will be. These days it seems less compelling than ever, what with Herb Caen gone and even its legendary frivolousness…
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Dog Bites

Last week's issue of The Globe supermarket tabloid has a scoop indeed: a full page of photos of "hunky" Examiner Executive Editor Phil Bronstein cuddling with new gal pal Sharon Stone. Some have snickered at this liaison, but Dog Bites…
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