NOISE: Gallo's fine whine on Dirt!

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Wow, imagine the thrill last night when at the end of my new favorite trash-TV guilty pleasure, the Coxuette tabloid FX dramedy Dirt, the teaser for the next episode unveiled the identity of the shadowy figure that was stalking Courtney Cox's Goth-wax figure tab editor: Vincent Gallo! Read more »

Shear variety

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SF Weekly's bizarre source

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By Tim Redmond

Whoa.
I just read Ron Russell’s big story in the SF Weekly about former Police Chief Earl Sanders, and I’m a bit dumfounded.
The gist of the story is that Sanders – the city’s first black police chief and the author of a a new book on the Zebra killings – trumped up his record as a civil-rights leader in the department and glossed ov Read more »

Newsom redux

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By Steven T. Jones
Ethics watchdog Joe Lynn today continues his fine wrap-up at Fog City Journal on Newsom's vulnerabilities and shortcomings as he enters a difficult reelection year. Having reported several of the stories that Joe references, I can't help but agree that Newsom isn't the lock for reelection that many make him out to be. There are great narratives just waiting to be told by whoever decides to run against him -- and we plan to tell a few ourselves.

Oi, oi, oh, yeah

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In a town rife with electronic DJs and mellow indie bands, what’s a poor punk lover to do? Especially on a Monday night (otherwise known at most venues as either “open mic” or “fend for yourselves, you weekday drunks” night)? Read more »

UCSF Welcomes 28,000 Pound Scanner

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By Cara Cutter

Whether you agree with coach Jimmy Dugan’s facetious comment in “A League of Their Own” that the brain is simply “the lump that’s three feet above your ass,” or take the more reverent view that it is the most extraordinary and complex creation in the universe, there is little doubt that the human brain is a subject of great interest to all of us. As the organ that orchestrates the symphony of our consciousness, it dictates our motions and emotions, our passions and purposes, and has garnered much public attention. President George W. Read more »

Sagacious and audacious: Kiyoshi Kurosawa talks about Letters From Iwo Jima

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The Academy Awards lumber toward us, and Clint Eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima is up for some big ones. In this week's Guardian, Taro Goto, Assistant Director of the fast approaching San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, writes about the reactions to Eastwood's film in Japan. Goto also recently interviewed the director Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Cure; the Japanese version of Pulse; Bright Future) about Eastwood. Read more »

Guess who supports term limits?

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By Tim Redmond

I've never been a big fan of legislative term limits. Sending legislators packing after a few years shifts to much power to the lobbyists and the executive branch. Read more »

Getcher steaming hot Valentine's Day get-your-hate-off bake-off right here...

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Guardian film intern Matt Sussman reports on the best Valentine's Day party idea ever:

Contrary to popular belief Valentine's Day is not for lovers. It's really for the haters.

Nothing brings folk together like seething negativity, and nothing hardens hearts more than the perceived enjoyment of those "fortunate enough" to be in the throes of romantic bliss. The only sweetness encountered at the "Valentine's Can Fuck Off Bake Off" -- an annual house party/ baking competition -- was chocolate and lots of it. Read more »

Make your own toothpaste in Iowa, shave your armpits in San Francisco

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Tonight's episode of ABC's Wife Swap pits Iowa farm family the Haigwoods (apocalypse-fixated and obsessed with raw food, they even eat raw meat; the kids are home-schooled and spend all day working on the farm; they don't clean their home because they think germs are helpful -- and that manure can cure cancer) and San Francisco sophisticates the Hess-Webbs (neat freaks who eat out several times a week and put great emphasis on their clothing and appearance).

Naturally, the sparks (essential in Wife Swap, which tee Read more »