Drag queens for dessert

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"Sharlyn melon granita, rose geranium ice cream, and lavender cookies"

--- a delicious dessert at Nopa in the Western Addition, or a trio of soon-to-be-famous drag queens? Either way: scrumptious.

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Lavender Cookies? Nah, it's Ethyl Merman .....

The Bay Guardian: all drag queens, all the time.

I spy Devendra Banhart with my lil’ eye - spiders and turtles and crabs, oh my, at Palace of Fine Arts!

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By Todd Lavoie

Oh, to talk to the animals! As much as I consider myself a friend to all creatures great and small, I’ve got nothing on Devendra Banhart. Spiders, crabs, mockingbirds, turtles, dragonflies, seahorses - honestly, is there a single animal roaming this planet that the man hasn’t warbled, cooed, or trilled with the brightest of eyes about? What’s that you say? The dung beetle? Read more »

Iraq, Iran, Al Qaeda .... Iraq, Iran, Al Qaeda ...

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I've been listening to Gen Petraeus go on and on and on, and it's stunning: He keeps talking about Iran and Al Qaeda. I'm having a very bad flashback here .... The whole message seems to be, things are getting better, the surge is working, and now we need to "defeat AL Qaeda" and (gasp) deal with Iran.

When he talked about the threat of Iran, one woman stood up in the chamber and shouted "That's a lie." She was quickly removed.

But here we go again ... Read more »

Britney vs. Petraeus

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Ah, a cozy Sunday night spent toggling between Britney Spears's expectedly disappointing performance on MTV's Video Music Awards and early word of Gen. Read more »

Braaaaaaaaiiiiinnssss!

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i just got out of a screening of George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead. I need to let it sink in before I make some big statement about it.

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Tag line is a double entendre...ya think?

But I do have a question, rhetorical or otherwise: has anyone else ever noticed there are two kinds of zombie films? Read more »

Things that aren't there anymore

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Day three of the Toronto International Film Festival, and on the heels of Control comes Joy Division, a documentary about the groundbreaking (and heartbreakingly short-lived) post-punk band. Read more »

Leno, Migden and Sacramento madness

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Migden, Leno: Who's killing the bills?

By Tim Redmond
It’s been a wild few days in Sacramento.

On Thursday afternoon, the state Senate narrowly passed a terrible campaign finance bill that could strictly limit the ability of local governments to control political money. Read more »

Twice censored...the Santa Rosa Press Democrat runs one censored story but then censors another...

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

Well, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat today published a story on Project Censored at Sonoma State University, the first time in 3l years that the local daily has taken serious notice of the local project.

But, notes Peter Byrne, a Censored winner for his investigation of Sen. Dianne Feinstein's military contract conflicts, the PD censored out (a) any mention of his winnlng story and (b) any mention of the underlying story of the conflicts that led to Feinstein's resignation from the Senate Armed Services Committee. Read more »

Sleep is for sissies!

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Er, actually, I shouldn't say shit like that, considering whatever cruddy virus I carted from California to Canada is lingering, probably due to acute lack of shut-eye. I am now officially "that coughing asshole" during quiet moments in movies.

Fortunately, the flicks on my schedule today at the Toronto International Film Festival haven't been too library-like. Read more »

Feelin’ groovy: Ben Lomond Indian Summer Music Festival report

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Circles sweethearts in Ben Lomond. All photos by Hannah Barr-DiChiara.

By Max Goldberg

With the Bay Bridge closed and Golden Gate Park rolling in 40-year-old patchouli, some local pleasure seekers headed south for the Santa Cruz Mountains where SF impresario Arvel Hernandez threw the first annual Ben Lomond Indian Summer Music Festival from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2 at Henfling’s Firehouse Tavern. Read more »