This shit is dope

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By Chris DeMento

Designer toilet lid covers: a stylish new commode-ity?

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I know. On the surface, it's another pisspoor excuse for bad punning, a miserable plastic something or other you don't really need. So, if you're feeling socially responsible, you might want to ignore this fantastic new product . . . join hands with your fellow mans, recline in the park with your head resting on a djembe, somnolently chant and defy Time, and drop an occasional al fresco deuce. Namaste. Read more »

Chomp! Neil Hamburger at Hemlock Tavern

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What, me worried? Photo by James Maclennan.

By Ben Sinclair

While Neil Hamburger, the oldest and most haggard to receive the title “America’s Youngest Comedian,” is generally enough to handle on his own, having an act like Pleeseasaur (hardly related to the plesiosaur, ancient Loch Ness monster-resembling reptile of the underwater world) open for him felt overstimulating. Read more »

Girl power - with goodies!

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By Soo Oh

Every year in September, Girls Incorporated holds its Women of Taste event at the terraced gardens of Oakland Museum to support young girls in Alameda County, encouraging them to be "strong, smart, and bold." It doesn't hurt to be a patron (matron?) to the cause when it involves three levels of catered food from Bay Area restaurants on a slightly breezy Saturday night in the East Bay.

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Ammiano on the Folsom Street Fair

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Today's Ammianoliner (on the voicemail of Sup. Tom Ammiano):

Folsom Street Fair goes green. Beat me, bore me, biodegrade me.

Friday's Ammianoliner:

George Bush blames gays for global warming. The queenhouse effect.

Personal note to Ammiano: Your Ammianoliners are coming through with more clarity. Keep it up. B3

"Public Financing is like Teenage Sex"

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"Public Financing is like teenage sex."

So says Chicken John Rinaldi, who has just spent the last month running around like the proverbial headless chicken, as he tries to reconcile reality, which is messy and imperfect, with public financing law, which is rigorous and well-ordered.

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Chicken John Rinaldi back in the pre-public financing day when he and his fake moustache had time to chill out at the Temple Bar and educate people, including Fog City' Read more »

Pic o' the day: Leather Barbra

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Folsom Street Fair gives rise to oh-so-many surreal experiences -- nightmares made real, for some, perhaps. Fantasy dreamscapes for others. And yet: Barbra Streisand crowding toward the Eagle piss trough? File under "What the fuck for fabulous."

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So it wasn't my mary-joe-wanna truffle kicking in after all ....

2007 Issues Interviews: Jake McGoldrick

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The Bay Guardian is interviewing community leaders about the issues at stake in the upcoming 2007 elections. We'll be updating this entry as more information comes in. Read more »

Just who is Patrick Watson, that Polaris prize-packing son of a gun?

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By Todd Lavoie

Looks like Patrick Watson's ridin' the champagne wave. The California-born Montrealer was just awarded Canada's esteemed Polaris Music Prize for Best Canadian Album of 2007, beating out stiff competition from nominees Feist, the Arcade Fire, and the Besnard Lakes, among others. (What, no Rush? Avril Lavigne? Read more »

Trans discrimination sparks fight

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By Amber Peckham

One of the first waves of protest over the move in Congress to remove transgender people from an anti-discrimination bill came from the labor movement. Read more »

New Radiohead LP - dance, Rick Astley, dance!

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Love that wiggly Rick Astley video that the faux new-Radiohead-album site redirected to last week! You've been "Rick Roll"-ed, indeed.

In any case, Radiohead's HQ/publicists announced today that the label-less group's new album, In Rainbows, is forthcoming digitally on Oct. 10 (a special double-vinyl/CD "Discbox" of extra songs, special art and photos, etc. is expected to ship on or before Dec. Read more »