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Friday, February 6, 2015

Reel Trendy: Oscars and the Plain Jane Effect

Posted By on Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 11:45 AM

Women must get bored on the red carpet with the endless barrage of redundancy — reporters asking the obligatory question "Who are you wearing?" and their obligatory answer that almost always relates back to the work of a male designer. The point made is that actresses need not discuss their own craft but gush over couture gowns and Fred Leighton jewels instead. Let the men talk shop.  

Social media says otherwise and recently there's been a push from fans encouraging celebrity correspondents to #AskHerMore on the red carpet than just how many crystal stones adorn her bodice. Could we then take that hashtag's same approach and apply it toward how we critique a woman's so-called "brave" performance? 

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Reel Trendy: Oscars and the Movies That Court Controversy

Posted By on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 1:26 PM

Hollywood’s biggest night of self-congratulatory pat-on-the-backs known as the Academy Awards is just around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited to partake from afar in the high status circle jerk. 

On Sunday, February 22, in a span of approximately three hours to eternity gold trophies are won, “teams” of strangers thanked, careers will flourish while others go stagnant, cosmetic contracts are sealed and everyone the world over is left with the same burning question, “What was she wearing?”

The fact that this is an evening meant to honor and celebrate the year’s best films remains an afterthought as most of the night’s conversations become less about the movies and more about the boobies.

However, things are significantly different this time around as we’re in the midst of a major shift in the national cinematic dialogue after the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences revealed its list of nominees for the annual festivity on the early morning of January 15.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Man Up!: SF Weekly tries Male Brazilian Waxing (Semi NSFW)

Posted By on Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 12:44 PM

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  • The New Millenium Male flexes and waxes!

The days of definitive categorizations and labels for the modern male has lapsed and the MANual is in need of a major rewrite. In every new monthly installment of Man Up!, Juan De Anda and other male writers  will partake in activities that may have been deemed too “girly,” taboo, or crazy for men to participate in — ranging from manscaping to bridge climbing to Spanxing — in order to delve in the myriad of possibilities for masculine presentation and expression. 

I truly wanted to bare myself to those who happened to be reading the inaugural article of this new series. I absolutely loved the idea of stripping away antiquated ideas of what being a man meant in today’s world of bridging differences through new modes of behavior and expression. I just never thought this would become a matter of pubic concern. (No, you did not just read a typo.)

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tourism For Locals: San Francisco's Walk of Fame

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 8:25 AM

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  • On this street corner lay the accomplishments of locals.

As we noted last week, San Francisco is boastful of its famous residents and milestones — past and present — with monuments and statues commemorating those individuals and their accomplishments. Although there are notable omissions, there's a spot that recognizes people who may have not been recognized outside our peninsular parameters but remain local legends. It may not be as glitzy as the Hollywood Walk of Fame or as colorful as the Castro's Rainbow Honor Walk of Fame, but the Fourth Street Bar and Deli's Walk of Fame honors the San Franciscans who were ordinary citizens that performed extraordinary deeds for the people of San Francisco.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Tourism For Locals: San Francisco was Bruce Lee's Native City and There's No Homage to It

Posted By on Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 10:05 AM

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San Francisco is a boastful of its famous residents and milestones — past and present — the City erects monuments and dedicates plaques to momentous events like the creation of television and recognizes when it has been the birthplace to the famous. 

But San Francisco is suffering from a case of regional amnesia — one of the greatest heroes of cinema and pop culture has no formal recognition of San Francisco being his hometown.  

We are talking about one of the greats here, one who has been omitted from the collective public memory of S.F. municipal fame — the man, the myth, the martial arts master Bruce Lee

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Tourism for Locals Contemporary Jewish Museum's Daniel Libeskind Cube Goes Outside the Box

Posted By on Thu, Nov 6, 2014 at 2:33 PM

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If we were asked to describe the architecture of San Francisco in one word, the best response would have to be eclectic. Yet, even with the juxtaposition of old and new found in a city that is constantly under construction, you can find the harmonious fusion between the modern and the traditional. And no building exemplifies this more than the Daniel Libeskind designed Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) and its cerulean blue yud cube.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Don't Shoot the Messenger (Bag): S.F. is Home of the Man Bag

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 3:31 PM

S.F. is the National Capital of Man Bags! - IMAGE COURTESY OF MAFIA BAGS
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  • S.F. is the National Capital of Man Bags!

We know full well that the typical San Francisco man knows how to dress.

Why, we have even stated that the urban San Francisco male is aptly described as a metrosexual, someone who is confident with their sexuality and adopts fashions and lifestyles that are traditionally associated with women and homosexuals; in short, they flex, wax, Spanx, and accessorize.

While this may not be news for anyone, it's this type of this male that has inadvertently made the fashion retail market shift toward a wider variety of clothing options. The newest of these trends to bite is the man bag (judging from the crop of new retailers popping up).

We're declaring San Francisco the murse capital of the America and we've set out to find the best of the best (thus far).

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Sex-Positive Racism: Holding Alt Communities Accountable

Posted By on Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 12:59 PM

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  • Danny Wylde as himself, and in yellowface for his role in Burning Angel's porn parody of The Walking Dead

Two events this month highlighted why alternative sexuality communities, which pride themselves on an ethic of broad tolerance, remain so overwhelmingly white. First, a January 31 story in Jezebel publicized the decision of porn mogul Joanna Angel to portray an Asian character by putting a white actor in yellowface. In Burning Angel's porn parody of The Walking Dead, white actor Danny Wylde was cast in the part of the Korean-American character Glenn, with his complexion yellowed and the skin around his eyes taped back into narrow slits.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Seven Reasons Oakland Is Cooler Than We Thought

Posted By on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 10:30 AM

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Like many San Franciscans, we spent years convinced the world ended at the Golden Gate Bridge. We knew the 280 freeway led to Google, and heard rumors about people with yards in the East Bay, but as far as art, culture, and politics were concerned, S.F. was the place to be. But in the last few years, more and more of the cool kids have been moving across the pond to Oakland, and for good reason.

Oakland muscled in on S.F.'s cultural turf last year with the monthly street festival First Fridays. Then -- beating us at our own game -- Oakland ranked higher than San Francisco on the Advocate's list of gay-friendly cities. Here are seven reasons we should all get down in the Oaktown.

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Videos of the Day: The 10 Best Views in S.F. and Oakland

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Sweet Spot: "The One" Is Total Hooey

Posted By on Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 12:00 PM


The One.

It is a concept as familiar as commercial jingles, as ubiquitous as the bright candy coloring of a rom-com, and as insufferable as a teenager shouting, "No one understands me." The One is the new shorthand for the idea of the soul mate, that perfect person who completes you.

It is unclear when The One became so common; it seems to have cropped up in the '90s, but "soul mate" is a least as old as Plato. According to his dialogue, The Symposium, humans originally had four arms, four legs, a single head made of two faces and both genitals. Just a little too powerful, these early human hermaphrodites pissed off the gods and as punishment, were split apart and doomed to die. Thankfully, Apollo took pity on these baleful souls and sewed up a new version of them with only one set of stuff and a belly button as a reminder of what was once whole. As a result, we are still, to this day, forever on the hunt for our other half.

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