"Some weird, Kool Aid-tasting shot. I don't really know what it was, but it was something."
-- was passed around at the League of Pissed-Off Voters' party at El Rio last night right after Obama's acceptance speech. Generally speaking, this was not the bar to spend last night hashing out the district races and local ballot measures (though the back patio housed its fair share of politicos weary of the election trail.) This was where you went to celebrate, wholeheartedly, the next four years of President Barack "we actually like that his middle name is Hussein" Obama, and the trouncing of those who would seek political office by qualifying and diminishing the atrocity of rape. Seeeee ya Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock. Read more »
STREET SEEN Bianca Starr has not only owned a club (222 Club), boutique (eponymous), and soon-to-be clothing brand (same) in these foggy blocks — she also grew up in San Francisco and now raises and, presumably, dresses two brilliant little boys here. So after our photoshoot in advance of her locally made Wed/7 Style From Within fashion show, I ask her what Bay Area style means to her. She doesn't have a lot to say about color palette, designer influences, or silhouettes.Read more »
What's on the California ballot this year that pot activists should be stoked on? Absolutely nothing! (Unless you're interested in eliminating the death penalty, labeling Frankenfoods, and saving City College of course -- in which case check out our smart phone-viewable SFBG election guide)
But there's a lot going on in other states. Law Enforcement Against Prohibition has a list of ballot measures across the country that, if passed, will improve access to cannabis. The site will also be offering live coverage of how the propositions are lookin'. And so will we, so check back here and on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Read more »
It was a mix of pre-Incan Moche, Tumblr-ready Pikachu, Satanic Barbie, and Catholic imagery -- in other words, the essential Bay Arean celebration of Dia de los Muertos (check our complete listings for a guide to all the altars, drums, and processionals this year.)
I don't know about you, San Francisco, but after the orange-and-black, champagne-and-candy-corn geyser that the past week has been, I'm ready for a little sobriety, a little quiet reflection, and a lot of community-crafted art (that vagina costume I saw walking down South Van Ness the other day notwithstanding.)Read more »
San Franciscans were bummed when, this summer, it looked for a second like we'd lose our only community college. And we weren't the only ones who would have been affected -- City College of San Francisco isn't just the biggest school in the city, it's the biggest school in the entire state, providing vital job training, family development classes, continuing education, and a springboard into four-year university for undergrads.
The folks at Mission Mini-Comix sent us this comic stating the case for Prop A, which would ensure that CCSF gets the funds it needs to keep educating us. (You can check it out in its full glory on their website, or snag one of the free mini-books they've been handing out around town. Read more »
STREET SEEN "Oh, now there's someone taking a picture of us," says Swagger Cosmetics founder Blake Karamazov, gesturing at a paparazzi who is snapping away through the cafe's plate glass window. No shade, shutterbug — drag visions being interviewed while eating vegan Asian pear pie at 2:30pm deserve a capture or 10. (But c'mon, next time ask first.)Read more »
To be completly morbid about a really positive event: had Hurricane Sandy catacylsmically materialized in the Marriot Marquis Club Room on Saturday, half of the Bay Area's sex nerd population would have been wiped out, and a good portion of the national sex educator community would be in mourning. The Good Vibrations Sex Summit was taking place, and health professionals, sex educators, TV personalities, surrogate parents, and laypeople interested in where sexuality stands in our society today were assembled for a day of panels and lectures.
Much-needed, sex-positive analysis of current events abounded. Schism, perhaps, was inevitable. All in all, it was a day of real talk. Read more »
I've read few cookbooks as interesting as The Hakka Cookbook, Sunset Magazine recipe editor and food writer Linda Anusasananan's exploration of her Hakka Chinese roots through the cuisine that the culture's global diaspora has developed. Check out my interview with her in this week's food and drink issue Feast for more on Hakka bites, and the journey that led her to write what may be the first cookbook that shares them with the rest of the world. Better yet, do that and then make the recipe below, an easily-prepared vegetarian dish that works as a fab autumn side dish. Spinach is in-season through the end of November here in the Bay Area. Read more »
What to do when Halloween rolls around, but you're already slutty 365 days a year? Up the ante with one of this week's sex events, because you're more than just an awkwardly-gender-coded bag of crap from Spirit.