Ammiano: hi, you've reached 9ll

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Hi, you've reached 9ll. If you're being attacked by a tiger, please press pounce. Uh. I mean pound.

(From the answering machine of Sup. Tom Ammiano on Thursday, Jan. l7, 2008.) B3

The staph sensation

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I have to give it to Michael Petrelis -- he's taken a nice whack at the staph hysteria story. And it's created quite a discussion on dailykos.

A new report on an outbreak of drug-resistant staph is news, absolutely. But it's hard to argue that this wasn't a bit sensationalized. And since when are gay men not part of the "general population"?

Taxi taxi

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For those of us who are fascinated by the San Francisco taxi industry, there's an interesting report from the city Controller's office here. It relates to a few pieces of legislation that are coming up in the next few weeks. Sup. Read more »

Holy fuckin' wonderful!

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By Jennique Mason

This documentary film by Sam Wainwright Douglas and Paul Lovelace achieves the unbelievable feat of capturing Greenwich Village’s two most notorious folkies: Steve Weber and Peter Stampfel. In the wake of the Beats and the
dawn of the hippies, the Holy Modal Rounders destroyed what was then the relatively predictable boundaries of the folk genre. Read more »

New College still poorly managed, report says

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The beleaguered New College of California is facing another gloomy report just released from its accrediting agency after first being placed on probation last July. Meanwhile, two trustees of the school, Peter Gabel and Colleen O’Neal, reportedly resigned from the school’s board Jan. Read more »

Choicers snake lifers in SF

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I just had to chuckle at the phone message I got from a representative of this weekend's fourth annual Walk for Life, complaining that the Bay Area Coalition on Reproductive Rights had pulled city permits to gather in Justin Herman Plaza before the anti-abortion folks could secure their usual gathering spot. The pro-lifers now plan to gather on the nearby grassy knoll. Tee-hee. Read more »

Getting impersonal with Paul F. Tompkins

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By George Chen

Paul F. Tompkins might be a familiar sight, thanks to his appearances on Best Week Ever, The Sarah Silverman Program, and the cult hit Mr. Show (he also toured with the live stage show that came to the Warfield in 2005). Read more »

Is that your sleeve face - or are you just happy to see me?

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By Joshua Rotter

Few of the MP3 generation can recall a time when music-lovers excitedly listened to entire records. But putting needle to groove was only half of a process that included poring over the often arty jacket itself and the internal sleeve to uncover the album's many intricacies: the song lyrics and the names of the band members, studio musicians, and producers. To many aficionados the packaging was as prized as its contents. Read more »

Taste the dub: Surya Dub steps to

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In this week's Super Ego I dump out all the 2007 trash and ring in the new with tribute to one of my fave clubz, Surya Dub. Surya hits its first anniversary on Saturday, Jan 26 at Club Six -- be there y'all! Read more »

Guess who I talked to today -- Nancy Wilson

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Don't miss Nancy Wilson -- see "An Evening with Miss Nancy Wilson" at the Herbst Theatre. It showcases a singer with one of the biggest songbooks in the world, and a way with a word like no other. Miss Wilson can make a phrase slice through the air in at least 1,000 different directions, depending on her wise whims. For proof, go to EMI's new box set of her Capitol recordings and the re-release of the stellar Nancy Wilson Show (on CFP). Read more »