Pegi Young steps out at Henry Miller Library

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Big news down at Henry Miller Library: Pegi Young, spouse of rock legend Neil, gets out from her hubby's enormous shadow and performs with her band (which includes pedal steel player Ben Keith, who has worked with Neil, the Band, Waylon Jennings, and many others) at the lovely Big Sur spot Friday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m.

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Pegi and Neil Young. Read more »

Dogging White Rabbits

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In the mood for indie? NYC three-part-harmonizers White Rabbits carry on without their tourmates Mystery Jets - who canceled their mini tour with WR at the last minute - tonight, June 11, at Cafe du Nord.

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The exuberant six-piece White Rabbits promise to bring the joy with horns, handclaps, and well, if not cute pups then energy galore.

But Ed Jew's flower shop doesn't have a water account !

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By Sarah Phelan
What kind of flower store owner doesn't have a water account? Ed Jew, that's who.

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When Ed Jew's water consumption first became an issue at the end of May, I asked the SFPUC for records for both his house in the Sunset District and his flower shop in Chinatown. Read more »

Revealed: Sup. Ammiano's joke of the day

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

Tom Ammiano is a supervisor who happens to be a standup comedian on occasion. Or, depending on your point of view, he is a standup comedian who happens to be a supervisor. As people know who call his private home phone, he puts up a political joke almost every day on his answering machine.

Monday: "Mayor Newsom says he is a progressive. I guess rehab really works."

Friday: "Ed Jew under house arrest? What house?"

Alas, for understandable reasons, Ammiano doesn't give out his home phone number, so people just can't call in and get their daily dose of Ammianoism. Read more »

Cool shit: A brief history of women in art

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posted by Molly Freedenberg

By "brief" I mean 3 minutes. And by "history" I mean 500 years.

Sure, it gets a little tedious after awhile. But tell me that shit isn't cool.

Money for nothing and the booze for free

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By Molly Freedenberg

During the summer of 2000, as a a recent college grad with a lot of desire to drink and only a little money with which to do it, I made a chart of Portland bars’ happy hours, drink specials, and free food nights so I’d always have know where to drink affordably. The chart was divided by day. It was color coded. Read more »

Arrrooo! 'Oceans Thirteen' vs. cougars

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OK, someone has to voice it: was I the only one who detected a whiff of misogyny in the latest three-quel to shamble lazily into our movie theaters, Oceans Thirteen? Read more »

I'm just the mom of an American Soldier

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by Sarah Phelan

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Photo by Sarah Phelan

My son is among the 800 National Guard members deploying to Iraq this summer, which is why I was at Camp Roberts, near Paso Robles, yesterday afternoon, attending the Family Farewell Celebration.
The scene was as representative of California as any I've seen: Brown, black, yellow, and white families, mostly of modest means, judging from the absence of flash cars and flash clothing, and the abundance of baby strollers.
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All hail Air Guitar Nation

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Bang your head and break out your best moves, rockers. Director Alexandra Lipsitz's Air Guitar Nation was one of the sweet, funny, and shockingly heart-warming surprises of the Asian American film fest this year; you get another chance to see it at the Red Vic today, June 7. Read more »

Pop! goes Monterey

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By Molly Freedenberg
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In case you hadn't heard (though you'd have to have spent the past two months on acid to have missed the news by now), this year is the 40th anniversary of just about every major event that defined the music and culture of the 60s. Read more »