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 »

Tacos, "Widow"'s peak, Gold beats: make it Fiery Furnaces, Chuck Prophet, and Fool's Gold

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Whoa, there's a lot going this weekend, as usual in the fairest of 'Friscos. Let's take a tip from our sponsor and take it a one day at a time this weekend.

First, the Fiery Furnaces are up tonight, Oct. 19, with Pit er Pat at Independent - and dang, their new album, Widow City (Thrill Jockey), rocks it old-school. Read more »

CMJ 2007: If it's Wednesday, it must be Celebration, Fool's Gold, the Cool Kids, and Birthday Suits

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Passing out lane: Birthday Suits at Cake Shop. All photos by Michael Harkin.

By Michael Harkin

It's been in the high 60s and low 70s out here in New York City, and while that is set to change pretty soon - the rain was set to start Thursday, the day I write this - the indie-rock sun shan't set till early Sunday morning! A lot of shows went off Wednesday, Oct. Read more »

A.J. Roach, why d'ya gotta look so young and sound so wise?

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By Todd Lavoie

I suppose it all stems from my childhood fascination with Yoda, but older-than-the-hills voices seem to sucker me in without fail. It's especially intriguing when those sounds come from folks whose faces look far too young to creak out such ancient wisdom, such heaving doses of world-weariness. Read more »

Sex cakes for you

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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.

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Jerry Carson, the proud owner of The Cake Gallery in SOMA, which specializes in erotic cakes, is one of the nicest dudes you will ever meet. Read more »

Influential fashion designer dies

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Clothing designer Tiffa Novoa -- whose neo-tribal aesthetic transformed the fashion sense of the Burning Man world, starting with the El Circo tribe that she was a part of, and trickled out into the larger Bay Area urban culture -- has died at the age of 32. Unconfirmed reports indicate that she had a fatal drug reaction in Bali, Indonesia, where she was staying recently. Read more »

Jerry Brown gives City green light to sue Jew

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Photo by Charles Russo

The sun may be shining, but it's raining legal cats and dogs for suspended Sup. Ed Jew.

On the eve of a preliminary hearing by the City's Ethics Commission into charges of official misconduct by Supervisor Jew, California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. Read more »

Hey gay Arabs, get down

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One of my favorite parties of the year, Bibi, is having an encore this Saturday -- a sultry, kitschy, haremesque masquerade! Bibi is a raucous party for gay Southwest Asian and North Africans (SWANAs) -- not just those of Arabian persuasion, of course -- and their friends (my Jewish bf had a blast -- unity on the dance floor!). The last one was out of control -- the promoters only expected a few people, and yet hundreds crammed their beautiful, hipshaking female, male, and other asses into Club Eight for a pre-Pride Arab hoedown. Read more »