Give me soccer or give me death

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By Gazelle Emami

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During World Cup fever about this time last year, I found soccer the way some people find religion. Or maybe it was more in the vein of finding yourself with a drug addiction. Either way, once it’s in your blood, soccer becomes a way of life, and it can make you crazy.

So as my friends and I rushed to the stadium Saturday afternoon for the U.S. Men’s National Team (MNT) vs. Read more »

Kid tested, Bono approved

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By Sean Manning

Bono once alleged that Radiohead could be changing the way kids listened to music if only they weren’t so darned esoteric (obviously an extremely relative concept…) and if they just made themselves a little more appealing to the masses: No more death bears and no more blip-bloop-bleep solo albums. sm_Arcade_Fire_k_N5E9300.sized.jpg

Well, Radiohead’s probably not going to change on Bono’s account. Read more »

The convention was no bust

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Run, Ross, Run

By Tim Redmond

No, we didn't walk away with a candidate for mayor, and yes, that was disappointing to a lot of us. I actually thought for a brief moment that the chants of "Run Ross Run" as Sup. Mirkarimi took the stage late in the day would make a difference, that he would realize he has a constituency and that running for mayor would be a good move for him politically, but that didn't happen. Read more »

Richard returns

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By Molly Freedenberg

Did you miss your chance to see Richard Cheese at the Red Devil Lounge on May 27? Even though he added a late night show just for you? You poor sucker. rcheese.jpg

You missed the best Dick Cheese live performance I’ve seen yet. Read more »

The good side of Daly for Mayor

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By Tim Redmond

Late this afternoon, I'm hearing rumblings that Ross Mirkarimi is, indeed, reconsidering his options and might possibly be considering a mayor run, after all. Maybe he'll show up at the convention tomorrow and announce. I'm only talking rumors here; I can't reach Mirkarimi himself, and he has come pretty close to ruling himself out in the past few weeks. Read more »

The crispy crimson killer

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By Stephen Torres

Spending a year in Mexico City provided some insight into the possibility of what is deemed edible. Like most cultures throughout the world, insects and their kin are considered delicious little morsels to not only chilangos (residents of the capital) but most folks throughout the country. They even have that sort of "adorable and delicious" relationship with some bugs that we share with say bunnies or piglets. Read more »

PG&E LOVES ME!!!!

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by Amanda Witherell

That's the only explanation I can come up with. They love me. They're fascinated by everything I write about them and they're dying to get to know me better. That must be it.

Or at least that's what it seemed like the other night at this little shindig I went to at the Monte Cristo Cafe down at the Embarcadero. Read more »

No mayor candidate tomorrow? That's okay ...

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By Tim Redmond

I had high hopes that Chris Daly's progressive convention would force one of the reluctant candidates (Matt Gonzalez, Ross Mirkarimi, Aaron Peskin) to come forward an announce a campaign for mayor, but that doesn't seem to be happening. And now, according to BeyondChron, Daly is saying the convention may close with nobody formally seeking or getting the nod.

Which is fine -- and right now, is probably the best outcome. Read more »

Catching the tail of BALLE

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Gazelle Emami checks out Berkeley's film-oriented BALLE Conference ....

The purpose of educational films—bear with me—are to inform the public. But here’s where they bump into their biggest obstacle. Unless Al Gore is at the helm, they’re probably not going to get wide viewing beyond festivals that are specifically geared toward showing films of their kind. Enter the first ever Business Alliance for Local Living Economies’ (BALLE) Conference Film Festival, a two-day event that was held this past Tuesday and Wednesday at UC Berkeley’s Wheeler Auditorium. Read more »

More About Zoellick

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By Sarah Phelan

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Just in case any one thinks Paul "We Are the World Bank" Wolfowitz replacement Robert Zoellick ain't that bad, check out his campaign contributions record: aside from backing Sen. Read more »