Survival of the fitty: Siouxsie Sioux shows no sign of slowing

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Siouxsie Sioux, right, accepting a Peta
humanitarian award at a 2006 ceremony.
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India, brothers, the Kinks, and a train

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Hey, Wes Anderson fan – why haven’t you seen The Darjeeling Limited yet? It’s currently playing in both San Francisco and the East Bay, and while it may not capture the genius promised by Anderson’s “My Life, My Card” American Express commercial, it’s still a thoughtful, impeccably stylish look at what happens when three estranged brothers take a train ride across India, stumbling upon moments of spiritual enlightenment, family bonding, and the inevitable slew of life lessons. Read more »

Clear Channel loses a big one

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The San Francisco Board of Appeals did the right thing last week and blocked Clear Channel from using its corporate power to shake down small property owners. The board sided with Cheon Hool Lee, a retired Korean immigrant dentist who owns a building on Market Street, who lost a billboard because Clear Channel yanked it down when he demanded fair rent.

The legal issues were tricky, but the principle wasn't: The giant conglomerate was acting like the mob. Read more »

Sutter's assault on the Mission

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So as some of us expected, Sutter Health now wants to effectively shut down St. Luke's hospital in the Mission and turn it into an abulatory clinic.

That's terrible news for the southeast neighborhoods; St. Luke's is the only hospital other than SF General in the Mission area, and when St. Read more »

Only Cool Kids ride bikes

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Digging this hot vid dashing past the usual car worship culture with some pretty fly wheels (and considering that Cool Kid producer Chuck came from near Detroit -- big ups Mount Clemens -- that's saying something):

Cool Kids, "Black Mags"

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Britney + Darfur = Johnny Cash

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Intrepid reporter Justin Juul hits the streets each week for our Meet Your Neighbors series, interviewing the Bay Area folks you'd like to know most.

If you’ve ever been to Chaya, the Japanese restaurant on Valencia and 19th streets, then you’ve seen Omer (last name withheld). He’s the little short guy with the crusty Joe-Dirt mullet who pops out of the shadows with a guitar and scares tourists. Read more »

Going after the Go! Team

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By Chris DeMento

If I had been liquored up, like good and wedding-reception drunk, the Go! Team, who appeared Oct. 19 at Mezzanine, would have doubtless been an even more enjoyable show. They crammed their set full of frenetic, fizzpop, indie-hop dance numbers, deviating only twice to play something softer, slower, more coquettish. Read more »

Fisher and his powerful friends

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Why does Republican billionaire Don Fisher have such influence in San Francisco? Read more »

Ammiano on same sex water rights

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Schwartzenegger vetoes same sex water rights. "They're levees, dammit. Not dykes."

(Message on Sup. Tom Ammiano's voicemail yesterday, Oct. l8th.)

Go, Go! Team, go: More from cheer leader Ian Parton

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The Go! Team are all about the highly intense positivity. so it's a little strange to find producer-songwriter-mastermind Ian Parton, 33, so somber and sober, speaking from the UK on the brink of their SF show tonight, Oct 19, at Mezzanine. Oh well, the fun is all over the new record, Proof of Youth (Sub Pop) - and that's what counts. Here's a bit more from our talk. Read more »