Grinderman at Slim's: a top three on Tuesday

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My top three performer-audience mano-y-mano, mi-show-tu-show moments at the Grinderman performance at Slim's on July 27:

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3) A toss-up between the umpteenth time this dude in front of me yelled, "STAGGER LEE!" causing his long-suffering female companion to gently pat him on the shoulder and say, "Yeah. OK. We all know now," and the moment Nick Cave inadvertently insulted another rabid fan bellowing for old Bad Seeds songs by calling him short and bald. Read more »

Ode to Michelangelo Antonioni, 1912-2007

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Matt Sussman pays tribute to the director:

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Monica Vitti in L'Eclisse was a revelation to me as a college freshman. I had a serious crush on her, perhaps more than any other film actress up to that point (certainly, as a gay man, more than any other woman up to that point). Her leonine blond mane and Roman cheekbones framed eyes that could dish out giddy flirtation and unexpected hurt in equal measure. Read more »

A real "green" in 2008?

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by Amanda Witherell

Awesome enviro news website Grist is gauging the greenness of the presidential candidates through a series of interviews. So far none of them are perfect, but we’ll see what Dennis Kucinich has to say when he gets in front of their mike. Read more »

Winner, by TKO .... boxing boot camp

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By Rob Quintiliani

Usually the things that you least want to do end up giving you the most. When I was presented with the option to go through six weeks of intense boxing training, at 6am every weekday, at Third Street Gym, and to fight someone from the SF Weekly at the end it was an easy decision…Hell No!

But then I looked a little deeper, beyond the gimmick that was fighting the Weekly. Read more »

The Chronicle's David Lazarus: the consumer reporter who wasn't allowed to cover the biggest consumer story in San Francisco history

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

David Lazarus wrote his farewell consumer column for the July 27th Chronicle under the headline, "Where is the media watchdog?"

Indeed. Read more »

Our unnecessary nuclear future

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by Amanda Witherell

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photo of Diablo Canyon nuke plants courtesy of PG&E's Jim Zimmerlin

Sigh. Just when you're starting to think something productive might occur in the legislature, enter the monkey wrench. A recently released study outlines exactly how we could be planning for an energy future free of nuclear and coal. Read more »

Senate energy bill helps nukes

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By Tim Redmond

The New York Times reports today that the Senate energy bill contains huge government subsidies for new nuclear power plants. This is no joke, folks: As we've been reporting in the Guardian, these folks are back. Read more »

Duuude -- a top pot cop?

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By Tim Redmond

The Examiner's having fun with front-page headlines today ("Better sit down for this -- Muni removes benches"), but my fave is the interview with the co-chair of the Marijuana Offenses Oversight Committee. I've known Michael Goldstein, fomrer Harvey Milk Club president, for years, and I don't think he ever expected to be called the city's "Top Pot Cop."

This is strong?

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By Steven T. Jones
Frankly, I'm not terribly disappointed to hear that Matt Gonzalez isn't running for mayor. Having basically bowed out of public life after losing the last mayor's race, I just didn't see how he was a good rallying point for the progressive movement, let alone a real threat to win. Read more »

Why Did Gavin and Ruby Have Sex?

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By Sarah Phelan
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Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have managed to uncover 237 motivations for why people have sex, including, “I was bored,” “I wanted to feel closer to God,” “I wanted to get a promotion,” “The person was a good dancer,” “It seemed like good exercise,” “I wanted to break up a rival’s relationship,” “I wanted to have a baby” and “I wanted to give someone else a sexually transmitted disease.”

Other reasons cited in the U Of T press release, include, ”I wante Read more »