Caitlin Donohue

Trans activists honored in Clarion Alley mural

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It was important to Tanya Wischerath that the crowds who came to last weekend's Clarion Alley Block Party got to see the latest addition to its collection of murals. The new piece is a stirring tribute to transwomen activists, done in jewel tones on a background of night sky and stained glass. "I was told nine days before the street fair [that I got the wall], and I was adamant that I would have something finished by then," the artist said in an email. We're glad -- it's lovely.  Read more »

Girl on wall

Badassery abounds at Los Muros Hablan, where Sofia Maldonado teaches her brand of Puerto Rican feminist street art

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caitlin@sfbg.com

STREET SEEN Welcome welcome, friends, to my new column. You'll wanna check back here for Bay Area style — clothes, weed, art, sex, y'know. But this week, international women's studies: a Puerto Rican street artist on domestic violence, in her home town.

It may have been the moment of my recent trip to check out San Juan's first street art festival.Read more »

Cantonese country cousin

Finally, the Hakka diaspora has its own cookbook

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caitlin@sfbg.com

FEAST "Comfort food for the working man," is how longtime Sunset Magazine food writer and Hakka Chinese daughter Linda Lau Anusasananan describes the food she grew up watching her grandmother prepare. Anusasananan spent years penning articles on everyone else's soul foods in her professional career, and finally decided that the earthy — yet at times incredibly complex — eats that have been developed by the diaspora sprung from her nomadic ancestors deserved a cookbook of their own.Read more »

Wedge issues

Happy days on the Marin-Sonoma Cheese Trail

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caitlin@sfbg.com

FEAST 2012 It is a trip ill-suited for vegans and anyone with a phobia of fossil fuel. But no one said that the Sonoma Marin Cheese Trail was an endeavor for everyone. Certainly not the faint of belly — even our truncated voyage of five cheesemakers and 61 miles in a day is a lot, lactophilia notwithstanding.Read more »

The 'heightened sensitivity' blues

One woman's angertorial regarding progressive politics in SF

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OPINION 

"No one can deny that there is presently a particular sensitivity around domestic violence issues, and this may have been a contributing factor in their decision in this instance. I want to emphasize that I respect this heightened sensitivity and I will not criticize those allies of mine that have chosen to withdraw support."

- Oct. 17 press statement from District 5 candidate Julian DavisRead more »

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis make straight people sing about gay marriage at Fillmore

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Sure, Seattle rapper-DJ duo Macklemore (nee Ben Haggerty) and Ryan Lewis had the crowd at the Fillmore singing along to their heartwarming gay marriage anthem "Same Love." The song is off their just-dropped release The Heist, which is currently astraddle the top of the iTunes charts. We're talking San Francisco here, so the audience's exuberance was kind of a gimme. 

But it's still exciting. Read more »

Macklemore's hip-hop for thrifters is on

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At the absolute risk of sounding like a f***in' hipster, we swoon for Seattle hip-hop team Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' track "Thrift Shop." Because if you haven't worn a new score to the club that smelled like piss 'cuz you forgot to wash it, you're probably getting fleeced by corporate clothing America. Read more »

Tiny hats and Trannyshack: this year's Masquerotica has something for everyone

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What of the the sex expo? Hundreds of new pairs of fishnet stockings await this weekend's Masquerotica at the Concourse Exhibition on Sat/13. They languish in their packages, yearning for the convention center-sized strut between rooms of Kink.com performers, contortionists, fetish wear booths, Trannyshack vamps, and Hard French DJs. For months now, we at the Guardian have been receiving tidings of the second annual Masquerotica's impending onslaught, which, event PR folk assured us, was to be a true representative of SF sex culture.  Read more »

Frog killers in the heat: San Juan's first street art festival

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Sego painted a coqui. That makes sense because the soft-spoken Mexican mural artist dabbles luminously in the animal kingdom, improbably creating detailed scenes of magical realism with little more than aerosol cans.

The coqui is Puerto Rico's mascot, the tranquil frog that defines the nighttime soundscape, and plagues tourists unused to the noise with its chirps. Sego's wall, part of the first street art festival in San Juan history Los Muros Hablan, was an "aww" moment for the passing cars (and there are a lot of them. Sweltering San Juan lives and dies by the air-conditioned automobile.) Read more »

Guess who pornographers are voting for in November

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Surprise! It's Obama, by a whopping 55 percentage point differential.

Porn PR conglomerator Xbiz conducted the poll of adult filmmakers (details are hazy regarding when and by what method the poll was administered), whose results says that only 13 percent of the XXX-ers asked would be voting for Mitt Romney, compared to Obama's 68 percent.

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