Gee, the SF Weekly is bored

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Some interesting evidence emerged in the Guardian's lawsuit against the SF Weekly and its corporate parent today, most of it in the form of depositions from witnesses. If you were looking for the kind of drama we had yesterday, this was fairly mundane stuff -- but if you listened to what a former publisher of the Weekly said in his depositions, it showed exactly why this case has gone to trial.

Before I start on that, though, one note: I'm trying to play this fairly straight, and not get into personality stuff, but I have to say: The Weekly's hit man, Dandy Andy Van De Voorde, is ... Read more »

The bickering hitmen within: "In Bruges" director Martin McDonagh finds his art amid the voices in his head

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Gleeful under gray skies: Brendan Gleeson, Martin McDonagh, and Colin Farrell.

Anyone who caught Berkeley Rep's recent production of The Pillowman will be familiar with the dark, searching, yet weirdly witty and enthralling world of playwright Martin McDonagh. Read more »

DJ Cheb i Sabbah speaks his Worldly mind

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This Saturday night (2/9) at the Worldly party at Temple, Cheb i Sabbah -- the Algerian-born, San Francisco-based DJ and producer extraordinaire -- celebrates the release of Devotion, his seventh album on Six Degrees Records.Read more »

Clubs: Trannyshack (fuzzy) memories

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"The truth can finally be told, Marke B.," said Trannyshack mama bear Heklina when I talked to her about her raucous 12-year-old trash-drag weekly at the Stud going dark in August. "I was gonna shut it down on our 10th anniversary -- that's just such a good, round number -- but I was in talks for the past two years with some big time studios about a Trannyshack reality series, so I kept it going. Read more »

Obama Girl didn't vote

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What?!? Amber Lee Ettinger, Ms. "I Got a Crush on Obama," didn't even turn in a ballot?

Up until now, I took her commitment to politics so seriously ...

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Original title: "I Got a Crush on Free Publicity"

How Obama and Clinton split California

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We know that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton basically split California, with the latter winning the popular vote by about 10 percentage points. But it's interesting to look at how they split the Golden State using this map.

Clinton's margin of victory seems to be counties with lots of Latino voters, which have been slow to warm to Obama. Read more »

Weekly tries a "gotcha" -- and fails

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It was a wild day in court in the Guardian’s lawsuit against the SF Weekly. Bruce Brugmann took the stand. Read more »

Photos from Obama's party at the Fairmont

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The crowd here grumbled loudly when CNN announced that Hillary had a substantial lead in California. But the state is far from lost to Clinton. A massive portion of California's voters submitted absentee ballots that have not been counted. And as we pointed out earlier, even if the rest of the state's Democratic establishment goes for Hillary, San Francisco would rather share a tumbler of bourbon with Obama. Read more »

"CHANGE IS COMING TO AMERICA" (if you hadn't heard)

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A large, dispersed crowd pressed towards the projector-sized screen at the front of the Grand Ballroom in the Fairmont Hotel when they saw that CNN was interrupting coverage of John McCain's speech (yawn) to go to Barack Obama's headquarters in Chicago.

The Democratic presidential candidate was making his way towards the stage, and the audiences here and on TV were equally ecstatic. Chants of "O-BA-MA!" rang out. CNN took the cue and dropped McCain entirely. Read more »

Mrs. Dewson's perspective

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Ruth Dewson, the owner of Mrs. Dewson's Hats at Fillmore St. and California St., where former Mayor Willie Brown gets many of his signature head coverings, used the term "mind-boggling" to describe the lack of support black leaders in the this state have given her presidential candidate, Barack Obama. She specifically called out preachers.

"When a politician comes to your church, you don't owe them anything," Mrs. Dewson said. She added that so many local black ministers support Hillary Clinton simply because they backed Bill Clinton in the '90s. Read more »