Hot for krautrock? New club Sauerkraut premieres this weekend

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All us krautrock lovers have been hurting for far too long - no more: this weekend will see the launch of a new krautrock and cold wave club, Sauerkraut, at Retox Lounge. Expect Erase Errata's Jenny Hoyston - a creative powerhouse if there ever was one - to take the stage as Paradise Island and Weed Wolf on Sunday, Nov. 18. Read more »

Hearing on corporate welfare for airlines

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A disingenuous ploy (reported by us but mostly ignored by the other media outlets in town) by the Hotel Council and Sup. Michela Alioto-Pier to have San Francisco taxpayers give millions of dollars in corporate welfare payments to the national airlines will be heard Monday at 11 a.m. by the Board of Supervisors Government Audit and Oversight Committee. Read more »

Robert Wyatt - love, sadness, love!

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By Todd Lavoie

The saddest music in the world? I still haven't finished watching the 2003 Guy Maddin film of the same name - wherein legless beer-company baroness Lady Helen Port-Huntley (Isabella Rossellini) hosts a contest to find the single most sob-inducing melody in the world - but if such a match were to be held, I'd reckon Robert Wyatt would leave his competition sweating. Read more »

Barry Bonds: Is this justice?

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

And so the U.S. Justice Department of George W. Read more »

Giving you the Big Business

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By Ben Richardson

The spotlight will be on Isis this Sunday, Nov. 18, at Slim’s, and deservedly so - surviving as a band for a decade is quite an accomplishment. Read more »

All Barry, all the time

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Yes, this is news. The guy who broke the all-time home run record has been indicted. It even belongs on page one of the local paper. But is it the most important thing happening in the world right now, worth two-thrids of the entire Chronicle front page, the top six or seven minutes of the evening newscasts and all the talk shows?

No, it's not. Read more »

Obama rocks SF

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Presidential hopeful Barack Obama's speech last night in Bill Graham Civic Auditorium looked more like a rock concert than political rally, with a crowd of about 7,000 snaking through San Francisco for almost a mile and taking several hours just to get inside, past the metal detectors and large contingent of Secret Service agents. Read more »

Dodge that turkey, tipsy

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By Justin Juul

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People with addictive personalities tend to bounce back and forth between incredible productivity and unchecked hedonism. They may spend years diligently pursuing a goal -- like grad school or becoming a respected journalist -- only to risk fucking it all up upon near-completion by developing an obsession with alcohol and speed. Read more »

Newsom's hair and the oil spill

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Today's Ammianoliner:

Was the mayor's hair responsible for the oil spill? Newsom responds, "Don't ask, don't gel."

(From the answering machine of Sup. Tom Ammiano on Thursday, Nov. l6, 2007.)

Postscript: As attentive Ammianoliner fans read yesterday on my blog, I quoted him as saying "Don't ask, don't tell."

He called this morning with a crucial blog correction: The quote ought to read, he said, "Don't ask, don't gel."

Thanks, Tom, Stay in close touch. B3

The messengers

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By Sara Schieron

Michael Peña and Andrew Garfield give the illusion of a long association. Funny enough, they never appear together in Robert Redford’s new war drama Lions for Lambs, and yet they get along well enough to finish each other’s sentences. Perhaps we can credit this familiarity with their shared experience working with actor and director Redford, whom they imply, helped them smooth out their respective anxieties. And who wouldn’t be anxious? They’re working with the freakin’ Sundance Kid. Read more »