Newsom prioritizes politics over parks

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After starting his day by warning the Mayor’s Open Space Task Force not to propose a big expenditure for new parks in San Francisco, Mayor Gavin Newsom then canceled a noontime rally and press conference in support of the big parks bond on Tuesday’s bond, Proposition A, in order to attend tonight’s Democratic presidential debate in Los Angeles.

“We are all about collaborative innovation,” Newsom told a room filled with department heads, parks advocates, and leading academics, clutching a disposable Starbucks coffee cup as he spoke. Read more »

ZZ top -- the return of Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait

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The loaded title of Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno's Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait promises a rendering of the iconic and volcanic footballer and of the century in which we reside. This Friday, Gordon and Parreno's one-of-a-kind film begins a return engagement at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Read more »

Year of Rat meets the SFPD

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Cool image, courtesy of the SFPD's website.

BG v SFW lawsuit: I take the stand

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I took the witness stand today to testify in the Guardian's lawsuit against the SF Weekly and its parent, Village Voice Media, the chain formerly known as New Times. I talked about why I worked for the Guardian, why I'd stuck around for more than 25 years and why I believe in the paper's misssion.

The point I tried to make: The Guardian is a community institution. We care about this city; we care about people and issues and arts and culture, and whether you agree or disagree with our political stands, we're part of San Francisco -- and our readers have always known that. Read more »

Ammiano: the gloves are off!

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Today's Ammianoliner:

Barack, Hillary. The gloves are off and, if you want my vote, they better match your shoes.

(From the home answering machine of Sup. Tom Ammiano on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008). B3

Late local rocker Evan Farrell rhapsodized by Japonize Elephants in Bloomington, Ind.

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Postcard from Bloomington: Japonize Elephants perform at a tribute to Evan Farrell at Bluebird Nightclub on Jan. 20.

By Dina Maccabee

A lot of emotions have been pouring out during the last month over the loss of once-Oakland-based musician Evan Farrell. I'm not even sure if the details that have been circulating on the Internet about what happened on Dec. Read more »

Calling All Dip-Shits: Deja Poo Needs Your Help

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By Justin Juul

Deja Poo, San Francisco's first dookie-themed art show, is looking for new talent. The people who'll be throwing the event --in their living room!!!-- are sick and tired of dealing with bullshit and are actively enlisting the help of complete strangers. The show will feature poo-shaped snacks, shitty deejays, "mud" wrasslin', open-mic poo stories, and a bunch of other dumb shit. I'm only writing this because I don't have enough time to whip up a mini-mural of the final scene from 2 Girls One Cup. The idea is all yours if you want it, though. Read more »

Artist Peter Stegall plays the (color) fields at Triple Base Gallery

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Field day: Peter Stegall's An Equal Playing Field (2007).

By Ava Jancar

Triple Base guest curator Dina Dusko has organized an exhibition that opposes what has become known as the "regular" programming of the space. Read more »

More yowls from Howlin Rain's Ethan Miller

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It's always a stone blast chatting with Ethan Miller (above, far right) of Howlin Rain and Comets on Fire: dude loves his horror flicks, and as a onetime English major at UC Santa Cruz, he can always be relied on to come with a fresh opinion and frisky curiosity when it comes to pop culture in general. Read more »