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Calendar, Night&Day Just Call Her "Muscles"

Just Call Her "Muscles"

Margaret Harrison's bemuscled specimens at "The Bodies Are Back" are superheroes on their way, sporting a cacophony of gender-signifying genitals, upper-body arrangements, and clothing: If Captain America were to get fruity in the boudoir, this might be the result. In…
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Music, Hear This U.S. Air Guitar

U.S. Air Guitar

Michael Jordan may have been called "His Airness," but he's got nothin' on this year's U.S. Air Guitar contestants. Such absolutely shameless competitors as Shreddy Mercury, Fender Splendor, Derek Not So Smalls, and Electric Testicle have slayed other cities with…
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Music, All Shook Down LastNight:The US Air Guitar Championships!

LastNight:The US Air Guitar Championships!

(Click here for a very, very silly slideshow) June 28, 2007, at The Independent Better Than: Watching American Idol Download: Go here. Watching someone play the air guitar is stupid. But place that air guitar player in front of…
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Film, The Power of Yes

The Power of Yes

Imagine it's a weekday morning, and you're at a trade conference in Finland. You're sleepy, maybe a little jet-lagged, as you prepare for the next speaker. He's a representative from the World Trade Organization, and he has come to talk…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Gay Bar for Getting Laid

Best Gay Bar for Getting Laid Since the advent of the Internet and Craigslist's notorious "Men Seeking Men" personal ads, the tacky art of cruising for sex -- as well as the careful art of flirting -- has become almost…
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Music, BeatBox


Paul Dolby, aka Seiji , is one of the most well-known members of the West London production collective Bugz in the Attic. He was also one of the early innovators of an electronica subgenre known as "broken beat" or "nu…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

Oink, Oink Sexist piggy alert!: I don't know where to begin to respond to Matt Smith's shallow, sexist excuse for an article on Green mayoral candidate and Board of Supervisors President Matt Gonzalez . Smith implies…
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Film, Tongue-Tied


Maverick Russian director Alexander Rogozhkin hit upon a clever idea for his idiosyncratic anti-war fable, The Cuckoo (Kukushka in Russian). The three main characters, marooned together on a remote reindeer farm in northernmost Scandinavia, all speak different languages. The Russian…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

With a name that loosely translates as "vast plain" in the band's native tongue, Finland's Aavikko often uses its drums and keyboards to evoke the wide-open spaces of spaghetti-western soundtracks. The trio also reconfigures surf and spy music, as well…
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Calendar, Halloween

Night Crawler

The Annals of Improbable Research -- on Tour! Every year, nearly 2,000 mad scientists and their cohorts converge on Harvard University for the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony -- an irreverent celebration of science, humor, and humanity conceived by Marc Abrahams,…
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