The Weekly's expert, laid low

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The chain that owns the SF Weekly brought its star witness to court today, a Harvard economist with a stack of academic credentials who typically works for oil companies and who charges $1,075 an hour. He delivered quite a lecture on his own economic theory of predatory pricing – and then was laid low by a little newspaper called the Bodega Bay Navigator.

Some background before we get into the juicy details.

I was an economics major way back when. Read more »

The Dick and Susan show

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The battle over the future direction of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission took a dramatic turn Feb. 12.

A super majority of the Board voted to reject mayoral appointee Ryan Brooks, but Sup. Chris Daly joined mayoral allies Sups. Read more »

Ammiano: To my valentine

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Today's Ammianoliner:

To my valentine. Though older now, my love for you could fill a crater.

Please pass the wine and the defibrallator.

(From the home answering machine of Sup. Tom Ammiano on Valentine's Day, Feb. l4, 2008)

Personal note to Tom: Good enunciation except for the punchline on the defibrallator. B3

DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist rock SF

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Two turntables and a microphone? Hells no, try EIGHT turntables, four mixers, two DJs on two microphones, a looping system, and some big ass speakers. That's what DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist used to rock a capacity crowd at the Regency Ballroom last night. Read more »

The organ and the ecstasy: in praise of Spooner Oldham

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By Todd Lavoie

Who doesn't love the organ? (Ah, hush - you know what I meant! Minds out of the gutter, you dirty birdies - we're talking music here.)

Yes, that organ - y'know, ebony and ivory and the whole bit. Ah, the Hammond - where would we be without it? Somewhere far, far less soulful, that's for sure. Truth be told, if push came to shove, I'd have to stick the instrument up there near the top of my list of sounds-I-can't-do-without. Read more »

My Weimar Valentine

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By Erik Morse

"Berlin means depravity” begins noted performance scholar Mel Gordon in his Voluptuous Panic: The Erotic World of Weimar Berlin. “Moralists across the widest spectrum of political and spiritual beliefs have condemned by rote this chimerical metropolis as a strange city built on strange soil.” With its iconography of leather ‘n' lace, absinthe, and smarmy zither scores, the early 20th century world of Weimar may seem as far removed as a Grimm Read more »

Homeless people share their stories

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by Amanda Witherell

Note: Though much of the investigation for Shelter Shuffle: Inside San Francisco's confounding system of housing the homeless was done undercover, the following profiles are of people who shared their stories with me after being informed that I was a journalist.

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RUBY WINDSPIRIT

Ruby Windspirit has been homeless since J Read more »

Weekly publisher admits below-cost sales

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The former publisher of the SF Weekly admitted today to a key part of the Guardian's lawsuit against the Weekly and its corporate parent.

Chris Keating, who was the Weekly publisher between 2004 and 2006, was on the stand for cross-examination by Guardian lawyer Ralph Alldredge. Read more »

Ammiano on Roger Clemens

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Today's Ammianoliner:

Roger Clemens claims to be a stay at home. Just doing needle work.

(From the answering machine of Sup. Tom Ammiano on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008) B3

Deerhoof's Satomi and Tenniscoats' Saya whoop it up at Aquarius tonight

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Deerhoof's Satomi - oh, my. Photo by Ryan Schreiber.

Cool beans! One of the best impromptu in-stores around is happening tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. at Aquarius Records, 1055 Valencia, SF.

Deerhoof's Satomi is playing a special acoustic set with Tenniscoats' Saya as Oneone. Read more »