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 »

More parking = more cars = gridlock

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I attended a Transportation Authority workshop last night on its new Mobility, Access, and Pricing Study (which, among other things, might recommend a fee to drive downtown, just like London, Rome, and Stockholm have) -- and I came away more convinced than ever that San Francisco is screwed if downtown greedheads fool people into Read more »

The late great Jim Rivaldo

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Jim Rivaldo, who was Harvey Milk's first campaign manager and was involved in progressive politics in San Francisco for more than 30 years, died last night. He was a remarkable guy, a rare political consultant who had high ethics, a real sense of progressive political ideology, and a sweet personality. He never had a mean word to say about anyone.

There's a good story about him here. I'll have a lot more this week. Read more »

My Bloody Visuals

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In response to last week's Super Ego column about rave visuals and the techno-optical dance floor wizardry of young projectionist 3, I received a very cryptic e-mail from one Woolsey Kitty, that read simply:

i took "lsd" more than 5,000 times.

and then directed me to a mindblowing Flickr account that contained hu Read more »

Private perils: Elliott Sclar

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Elliott Sclar, economics professor at Columbia University and the author of You Don't Always Get What You Pay For: The Economics of Privatization is one of the nation's leading experts on the consequences of turning public-sector programs over to private businesses and nonprofits. Read more »