NOISE: News flash - the Best of the Bay party was a stone-cold corker

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All photos by Kimberly Chun

Oh, yeah, we were suffering in the days following the Guardian's Best of the Bay blow-out at Club Six on Aug. 2. But oh was it worth it... The soju madras rocked hard, and the Ethiopian chow was the bomb. Much raucous insanity and quality music-making came courtesy of Zion I, Erase Errata, Numbers, T-Kash, and, above, Yikes.

Excellent noisy garage-rocking fun from vets of the Coachwhips, Curse of the Birthmark, and Big Techno Werewolf. Read more »

Mary, Mary, quite contrary – and often brilliant

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The one and only Mary Woronov is a novelist, a memoirist, and the kind of movie star who is too sexy, too campy, and much too smart for contemporary Hollywood (Rob Zombie excepted). Read more »

Why people get mad at the media, part l

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We have a tenant on the third floor of our Guardian building at l35 Mississippi St, at the bottom of Potrero Hill in San Francisco, called Digg.com, a new and bustling and highly publicized Dot.com operation.

It is getting lots of publicity these days and so I was highly interested to find that the company founder was displayed in full color on the front page of the Aug. l4th edition of Business Week magazine. Read more »

NOISE: I see dead people Pt. III - We LOVE you, Arthur Lee, RIP

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Guardian intern K. Tighe remembers the great Love leader Arthur Lee:

After his struggle with acute myeloid leukemia, psych-rock pioneer and Love frontman Arthur Lee died peacefully at Methodist Hospital in Memphis, a little after 4 in the afternoon on August 3, 2006, with his wife Diane by his side. Read more »

For serious report-readers

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By Tim Redmond

John Conyers, ranking minority member on the house judiciary committee, has released a massive report detailing a long list of violations of law by the Bush Administration, from the Downing St. Memo to Iraq war coverups to assaults on civil liberties at home. It clocks in at more than 350 pages, but it's great stuff. You can download it here

Halloween not a Friendly Ghost

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Fear not, ghouls and goblins. You're still welcome in the Castro, at least one day a year. That's right: Halloween's back on. We got the word Wednesday night while we were celebrating all that is the Best of the Bay. Check out our Guardian's San Francisco blog-all-about-it, and the Examiner ran a bit on it today as well. Sharpen your fangs, only three months away!

Sunshine magnified

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By Steven T. Jones
It was good to see the Sentinel today amplifying our story about how the mayor's office gave us seven contested e-mails that Sup. Chris Daly has been trying to get for months. Read more »

Lebanon in ruins

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The NY Times offers an amazing before-and-after graphic of a south Beirut neighborhood that contained the Hezbollah headquarters. Found this on Digg.com

Muay Thai one on

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Tony Jaa returns August 25! [Edit: the film is now opening September 8!]

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Official site here. Link to my review of Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior here. Read more »

Whew! What a Best of Party last night!

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What a splendid Best of Party last night at Club Six down in the inner Mission in San Francisco. Almost all of this year’s Best of winners were there, more than 300 of them, to pick up their Best of certificate, and to pose in a group photo that will stand as one of the year’s most eclectic gatherings in San Francisco and certainly the Best San Francisco photograph of 2006. Read more »