Caitlin Donohue

What the Dickens

A Cow Palace tradition inspires strange dedication, adult stimulation -- and snappy cravats

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caitlin@sfbg.com

DAYS OF YORE For some, the holidays mean a frenzied stagger through the mall or a return to the cocoon of familial love. Others simply curl into a fetal position and try to block out consumerism's bland canned tinkle of bells.Read more »

Live Shots: Yard Dogs Road Show, The Independent, 11/27/10

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All photos by Allen David

Note to self: stuff pockets with glitter. The concept was out in full force for Yard Dogs Road Show's "Glitter and Gold" Thanksgiving weekend show at The Independent (on Saturday, the second of a two-night run). And those prancing, bejeweled pony girls sure didn't disappoint -- neither did the dancing, singing marionette girls, or the multi-cannon explosions of confetti with which the show climaxed. Great visuals, them. The music ranged from Broadway D-Liscious' rubber-ankled lounge rendition of "The Life of the Party," to head bangers, to sexy, warbled somethings -- which sounded sexier (like they always do) when sung by a woman on an accordian. Here's hoping we don't have to wait another two years for the Dogs to get let out in the Bay once more. 

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Hot sexy events: November 24-30

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Femina Potens is moving up and out! But not too far. According to an email sent by the gallery featuring a look back by director-founder Madison Young, SF's favorite woman-run, sex-positive workshop/art show/bacchanal is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month with a move to a larger space that will still be on Market Street.

Says Young of the initial creation of FP, which she named after a tattoo meaning "powerful women" that she saw on a woman's arm: "I was only 20 years old but felt a very clear calling to create space for people to feel comfortable to express and explore their identity, their bodies, their boundaries, with out shame through art, sexuality, and education." Oh, and she'll be incepting a little something of her own: this hot mama's preggers. Come March 2011, she'll there will be another MILF on the scene, plus one more body-positive little girl in the world. Read more »

Good for the Jews vs. the San Franciscan Nazi

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Rob Tannenbaum is a man with opinions on holidays. Thanksgiving, transcendent: “if it were up to me, I would be drinking turkey gravy.” Christmas, yawn: “it's the most boring time of year. There's not too much to do past stay at home and watch It's a Wonderful Life on TV. 

And Hanukkah, time to go see his comedy-music duo Good for the Jews (Cafe Du Nord, Dec. 1): “There's a long and storied tradition of Jews in San Francisco. I hope that we will see evidence of that.” Tickets would make a great present for the first of those eight crazy nights...  Read more »

The high harvest

Glide Community House plants produce atop the Tenderloin

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CULTURE "There was some sweet in there and some spice — it was like finger food, you could eat it like chips." Larry Medders, 11-year resident of the Cecil Williams Glide Community House, is showing off the new rooftop garden, installed by the San Francisco Zen Center, on top of his nine-story supportive housing complex. He's talking about his introduction to kale.Read more »

What I remember of my interview with Yard Dogs Road Show

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“I brought my costume, it's in this bag. Well except for the pants.” The song and dance man of the Bay's vaudevillian acid bordello, Broadway Freddie (aka Miguel Strong, or Michael if you're trying to get technical about it) is already seated at a corner table at the Right Spot Cafe when I arrive to chat about Yard Dog Road Show's first headlining show in San Francisco in years (The Independent, Sat/20). 

Broadway-Miguel is wearing a striped tie, suit jacket, and dapper fedora, which by Yard Dogs Road Show standards seems vaguely pedestrian. But then he stands up. Electric blue, leopard print, so-skinny-they're-emaciated jeans. “Miley Cyrus,” he confides, tossing his shoulder length blonde locks. Read more »

Lust for justice, Tony Serra style

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“So Paulette Frankl, why did you want to write a book about Tony Serra?” It seems like a reasonable question. After all, the “long hair” woman before me spent a good 17 years of work on her biography of San Francisco's most famous counter culture lawyer (book release party at Fort Mason Sat/20, btw). Her answer was a bit surprising. 

“I didn't want to write a book about him! I wanted to be his artist!" Read more »

Sync up, time's come for Zion I's Atomic Clock

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Bay Area hip-hop heads are grateful that Zion I walks these mean streets. Emcee Zumbi and DJ Amp Live have been expanding the boundaries of what dope beats and lifted lyrics can be ever since they fled the industry culture of Atlanta and hit the Oakland scene with 1997's underground hit Enter the Woods. Their vibe's stayed positive while resisting major label affliation and a lot of the turf warring that plagues hip-hop in a weird, stereotype-enhancing way around some of the Bay's venues.

We spoke with Morehouse College grad Zumbi over the phone on the cusp of the duo's weekend-long Slim's celebration (Sat/20 and Sun/21) in honor of new album Atomic Clock, and the gig will be the duo's last before hitting the road on tour. Clock is a bangin', lifted affair studded with gems like "Always" and "Girlz" featuring Martin Luther's sweet hook -- but all the same, we still found ourselves talking politics. Sheesh. Read more »

Spread the warm fuzzies

Holiday Guide: Opportunities for volunteers and budding philanthropists

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People's history: the writing's on the wall... and now, in a book

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A thousand pox upon the head of traditional history books. Leaving aside all matters of sexism, classism, imperialism, and plain old fact suppression, they're usually a pretty boring read on top of it all. But the writing's on the wall: Celebrate People's History is releasing its own version of “how we got here”'s greatest hits -- and the book release party is Sat/20.

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