NOISE: Lady sov takes another stab!

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Guardian contributor Ari Messer checked out Lady Sovereign at the Mezzanine on Jan. 8. Here's his review of the show:

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Love her or hate her - doesn't she look adorable?

Around seventh or eighth grade I made the transition from oversized Stussy sweatshirts and hypercolor basketball T-shirts to even bigger local punk band tees -- I remember a burgundy Fury 66 shirt that reached to my knees. Read more »

Sex on wheels

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I promised this blog wouldn't turn into a cornucopia of hot-boy postings, but hey, they asked for it! The new 2007 San Francisco Bike Messenger Calendar is here ...

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All local SF models -- the designers and printers too. You can get a copy (or several if you're prone to sticky fingers) at Box Dog Bikes and Refried Cycles. Read more »

Bush is the kind of guy 'who reserves a hotel room and then asks you to the prom'

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

Maureen Dowd, in her Wednesday New York Times column, had a telling quote:

"With the surge, as with the invasion of Iraq, W. is like the presumptuous date 'who reserves a hotel room and then asks you to the prom,' as my friend Dana Calvo put it."

On the eve of Bush's speech to surge, escalate, and accelerate in Iraq, she ended her column with Ted Kennedy and his apt remarks after his speech Tuesday to the National Press Club about his legislation that would require Congressional approval before troop levels can be increased. Read more »

Where to protest Bush's "surge"

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By Tim Redmond

There's a website up from Democracy in Action that lists all the protests set for today and tomorrow against the Bush "surge" in troops. Click here to enter your zip code and use this handy-dandy guide to where to go.

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Stacking an already stacked deck?

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By Steven T. Jones
We're getting several calls -- but no callbacks from the Mayor's Office yet -- from people interested in attending Mayor Gavin Newsom's townhall meeting this Saturday who are being told by the mayor's Communications Office that the event is RSVP only. That's a surprise to us, those who have followed the issue of how Newsom is refusing Prop. Read more »

Burning Man family squabble

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By Steven T. Jones
The Burning Man world has been roiled by a legal fight among its three founders: Larry Harvey, Michael Mikel, and John Law -- the latter of whom left this event in 1996 but this week filed a lawsuit seeking millions in compensation and/or the placing of Burning Man's name, logos, and associated trademarks in the public domain. Read more »

The McClatchy Strib: RIP? WTF? Pruitt's Folly, big-daily blues, and the invasion of the stripper-flippers

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

The above head was on the best analysis so far of the McClatchy sale of the Minneapololis Star Tribune to an unknown New York private equity firm with no newspaper holdings nor experience.
It was written by Steve Perry, longtime editor of City Pages, the alternative paper in Minneapolis, and ran in Monday's edition.

It is a classic alternative press story by an editor who is also good reporter and it shows once again the indispensable value of an alternative paper that is fulfilling its real mission to be alternative to and competitive with the local monopoly daily. Read more »

Time-traveling flirtation of the day, week, month...

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Lucio Battisti circa 1970 and 1971, I have a big crush on you. When time travel goes into effect, please meet me and some friends within the fucking great and gorgeous music of your Amore E Non Amore and Umanamente Uomo: Il Sogno.

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New Year’s Eve letter from Josh Wolf:

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12-31-06
Dear Sarah
Thanks for sending me information about the latest on the BALCO leak. I remember the morning that this bit of news broke quite well as the information itself arrived to me from a number of convict sources who had just seen it on the news. Everything from telling me that the reporters had come forward with their sources to the nonsensical take that the FBI had come forward to tell the journalists who their source was. Needless to say, I spent the next 40 minutes glued to the morning news waiting for the story to come back around. Read more »

January 13 is Kay Gulbengay Day

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Who is Kay Gulbengay, you ask?
The most knowledgeable person, legislatively speaking, at City Hall, judging from the accolades she received at the Jan. 9 Board of Supervisors meeting, which was dedicated to Gulbengay in honor of the 35 years that the soon to retire deputy Clerk of the Board has served at City Hall, with Board Chair Aaron Peskin also declaring January 13 as Kay Gulbengay Day.
Gulbengay is also, “a wonderful karaoke singer,” according to Sup. Tom Ammiano.
“An awesome power-walker,” according to Sup. Read more »