Toilets on the way to the Castro

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After playing it cagey right up until today's media coverage, sources say city officials have blinked and ordered 120 portable bathrooms for Halloween in the Castro after all and started to close off some of the streets. Closure of the closest BART and Muni stations will make accessing the neighborhood difficult for outsiders, although the ease of access by San Franciscans on bicycles should, IMHO, improve the average quality of partygoers. See y'all out there.

Bearrifying! Paws for rap horror

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OMFG -- you knew it would happen. Girly bear rap-rock AT LAST hits the viral mainstream. And yes, it's pretty terrifying. Even more terrifying -- why is SFBG becoming a clearinghouse for bear musical releases? Read more »

Spooked sounds 2: more lost albums and forgotten performances for Halloween

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Pussy Galore - and scares galore.

By Erik Morse

Let's pick up where the first installment of "Spooked sounds" left off: here are a few more notorious sonic “events,” which constitute a spectral and alternative history in recorded music’s century long canon. The more cryptic, the more incredible and the more emphatic the anecdote, the scarier the sounds. Read more »

Anti-war movement is back

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Apparently, most people aren't buying the inevitability of the endless Iraq War or the defeatist fatalism expressed by the major political parties and the mainstream media, if Saturday's massive anti-war march in San Francisco was any indicator. Read more »

Nels Cline at du Nord: so much firepower, so little venue

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By Benedict Sinclair

It’s always nice to get a warm feeling from a show, regardless of the sonic or literal violence you might undergo during it. The bartender at Café Du Nord on Thursday, Oct. 25, was kind enough to hand me my drink with an unusually welcoming smile. Suddenly I overheard a discussion about how beautiful a certain country highway was - the one I’d just happened to grow up on. Ah, home. Read more »

Pip, pip for the Pipettes

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By Chris DeMento

The Pipettes are a UK trio with a Supremes-meets-indie-rock popgirl sexgimmick on a North American tour come two years too late. They wear polka-dot skirts. They are hot. They dance about. They are very sexy. They sing about boys in school uniforms and dance about. They are female vocalists. Read more »

Campaign debts hide donors' identities

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By Sarah Phelan

Moments after this week’s edition of the Guardian went to press, I got through to “notorious campaign attorney Jim Sutton,” as we describe him in this week’s article about campaign finance.

I’d been playing phone tag with Sutton since last week, wanting to ask him about all the accrued funds, or outstanding debts in this year’s election, and their role in hiding the identity of donators from the voting public, until after the election.

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Mayor moving on peaker deal

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The Board of Supervisors had a little shake-up today in the middle of a conversation on the city's deal to build a new peaker power plant.

One of the biggest selling points from proponents of the $230 million natural gas fired power plant has been that it will receive the "Reliability Must Run" contract from CA-ISO, the state energy agency that dishes out those kinds of things. Read more »

SF's Halloween fears trump transit

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jack.jpgNobody is quite sure what will happen in the Castro for the supposedly canceled Halloween tomorrow night, but some of those who resent the city's Grinch attitude plan to protest or show up anyway, just for the helluva it. Meanwhile, Sup. Chris Daly and BART director Tom Radulovich have jointly authored a letter strongly condemning the heavy-handed unilateralism that caused BART and Muni to cancel transit service to the area.
Boo!

Today's Ammianoliner

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No, Mr. Bush. It's Ron Paul. Not Rupaul.

(From the answering machine of Sup. Tom Ammiano on Tuesday, Halloween Eve, Oct. 30, 2007)

Personal note to Tom: Your enunciation is a tad better. Keep it up. B3