Hot bears in underwear: $10

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Alas, my camera crapped out over this past weekend's massive Critical Mass/LoveFest/Folsom Street Fair miasma -- but these little critters from LA artist Todd's David & Goliath line ("We make stupid stuff so you don't have to") somehow summed up my entire three-day -- and all-night -- experience. Pass the Advil, darling. Read more »

Pelosi sells out the trans community

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Barney Frank

Why are Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank throwing the transgender community under a train? Read more »

How wifi might work in SF

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Slate has a great piece by Tim Wu, author of "Who Owns the Internet," that points out why Mayor Newsom's public-private partnership idea for municipal wifi will never work.

Wu's point (also bloggednicely in leftinsf)

"The basic idea of offering Internet access as a public service is sound. The problem is that cities haven’t thought of the Internet as a form of public infrastructure that—like subway lines, sewers, or roads—must be paid for. Read more »

What's up with the Weekly?

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What's up with this week's issue of the SF Weekly? A rambling, non-funny and oddly pointless spoof on steroids and Barry Bonds (who's gone from SF now anyway) and an advertising supplement on restaurants that's the most blatant, embarrassing sell-out advertorial I've seen in any publication anywhere. Ick.

Gayest. Videos. Ever. (Pt. I)

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Really? The Gayest? You be the judge – and there plenty more where these came from, believe me …. Below are some tunes mentioned in, or chosen by people mentioned in, our cover story this week. Rock on! Read more »

Veg out

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By Amber Peckham

As summer bids a fond farewell to the city, getting the most out of the few beautiful days that are left is a must. If you’re looking for an activity suitable for groups of all sizes, take a jaunt over to the 8th Annual World Veg Festival at the county fair building in Golden Gate Park. The festival spans the whole weekend, and is free from 10-10:30, after which the suggested donation is $5.

The San Francisco Vegetarian Society puts the event together, and has over its eight year lifespan attracted other sponsors that also take part in the festivities. Read more »

Chicago's Estrojam hits us where we secrete

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Margaret Cho rocked the mic - and her burleque bone - at Estrojam in Chicago.

By K. Tighe

An estimated 15,000 attendees flocked to venues around Chicago last week, Sept. 18-23, for the fifth annual Estrojam Music and Culture Festival to see women doing what they do best. Read more »

Magic time: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band return

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Brooooce. Photo by Mark Seliger.

By Todd Lavoie

They're back! Well, almost. This coming Tuesday, Oct. 2, to keep things official and all. That's when the Magic happens.

Proving that patience really does pay off from time to time, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are about to reward us rather handsomely for riding out their extended hiatus. Read more »

Awww...freak out!

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File under: "I don't really care:"

Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its nominees this week. Of the nine nominees, five actually get inducted into that great hallowed institution, and get to take part in one of the more self-congratulatory ceremonies that makes its way to VH-1.

And they are:

Madonna
Donna Summer
John Mellencamp
Leonard Cohen
The Dave Clark Five
The Ventures
Chic
Afrika Bambaataa
The Beastie Boys

Madonna is maybe the most surprising -- or least? -- name. Hell, I remember being ten years old and hearing "Holiday" for the first time. Read more »

Local loco techno week

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Ah yes, it's LoveFest this weekend! There'll be lots of groovy floats and bunny-eared revellers passing out from lack of H2O -- hopefully shirtless. Love! Read more »