Caitlin Donohue

Six impossible things before the sports bar: down the rabbit hole at Conspiracy Con 2010

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All photos by Erik Anderson

"I'm talking about satanic Jews,” Texe Marrs announced from the stage of the Santa Clara Marriott. Well fuck me, now I need a drink. And so went the climax of my trip to Conspiracy Con 2010, the tenth annual convention of don't-call-them-conspiracy-theorists-they're-scientists, and dabblers in the world of trust no one. Damn it Marrs, you portly ex televangelist end days minister, why you gotta be so creepy?Read more »

Hot sexy events June 9-15

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Ohhhh baby yeah, stroke that compound tubuloalveolar exocrine gland! That's right, transmit my sperm from the ductus deferens into my urethra! Yeah, yeah... I love it when you understand my anatomy. Science = so hot right now. Well, especially when scientifical edumacation can school you on how to make you partner come harder, better, faster. With that in mind, I give you Good Vibrations' Ask Our Doc series, a weekly meet and great with a legitimate, PhD holding medical professional that knows dirty, dirty things about what you've got going on down there. This week's smarty pants; Dr. Read more »

Road rules

The Bike Snob rides into town, swinging

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caitlin@sfbg.com

CULTURE Dear cars: I'm only doing my part to keep the air clean, and I promise you, I'm trying to stay in my lane when I have one. I'm looking as cute as I can astraddle my fly new ride, puffing up hills for health. Alas, your intermittent, unwarranted honk is a sorry companion to my bike high. "Get a car!" is a bummer too. Bicyclists sure enough have to put up with some shit.Read more »

Californian beards are the best beards in the country

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all photos by Simone Paddock

Glory upon ye, Californians, for your beards have triumphed! Yes, even without the competitive edge of Jack Passion (two time Full Natural Beard world champ and Bay resident, who sat this one out to emcee), the Golden State prospered with three out of four first places at the National Beard and Mustache Championships in Bend, Oregon this weekend. Per his promise, Jack Passion filled us in with what went down with the beardos.Read more »

Mandela Food Cooperative gets the Redford nod

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The following is a sentence you wouldn't be reading a year ago. Yesterday, I went grocery shopping in West Oakland. But, thanks to James Berk, and his fellow worker-owners at the Mandela Foods Cooperative, I did – and way more importantly, residents in an area that went without a source of produce and other healthy foods for years now have a place to buy the food they'll need to make dinner. Berk's being honored for his work by the Robert Redford Center's “The Art of Activism” award (Wed/9), another fist pump from Bob for the Bay's finest community leaders. Read more »

Bongtastic!

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Science: it brought us non-stick saute pans, the Internet, timed traffic lights -- and now, once again, it is making our lives better through the advancement of empirical knowledge. Of course, I'm referring to the findings enclosed in the new publication from Berkeley's Ten Speed Press, Bongology. Read more »

From freeway to favas

1,500 neighborhood volunteers help Hayes Valley Farm bloom

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Perhaps you've noticed a fresh mountain of fava beans arising along Octavia Boulevard as you travel toward Market Street, in the spot where a freeway used to touch down. Don Wiepert certainly has. He's a senior citizen who lives across the street from the rows of green sprouts, and even helped to raise the crop in his own living room.Read more »

Hot sexy events June 2-8

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I once took a memoir writing class that ended up being all women. One of the most powerful, if slightly cringe-inducing pieces that was read aloud was one from a fifty-something lady who'd just taken her first pole dancing class, a course which culminated in an amateur night at a local tattoo-and-piercing style strip club. This lady was absolutely, deep breathingly, tear jerkingly, blown away by the power surge of arousal that she got from trotting out her decidedly un-pinup lady parts on the floor. It made me wish that all moms got a gift certificate for stripper class upon their last child's exodus from the family home. Gosh, and what if they all got to check out a Vagina Jenkins show (Fri/4)! Do you like? If you do, check out Slinky Productions' little how-to on Sun/6. Sure, at $149 it's spendy, but at what cost sexy?

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More Rara Tou Limen than tutu: Ethnic Dance Fest 2010

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“It's a great thing for us to be in the festival this year,” says Portsha Jefferson, artistic director of Ethnic Dance Festival first timer, the Rara Tou Limen Haitian dance company. “There's so many misconceptions about Haiti and voudou -- this gives the world a better idea of what makes the Haitian people so strong.” Her company is not the only one that sees the festival as a unique way to shout out to the world. Read more »

Viva La Peña

35 years of voicing opposition through music, art, and moxie

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Here's to you, Salvador Allende. Our governmental baddies-that-were may have helped assassinate you over the copper-nationalizing ways of your democratically elected Chilean presidential administration. But in your passing, you inspired the birth of an East Bay community center focused on the use of art for social awakening. Which we're happy to tell you continues to be an integral part of our area's radical cultural milieu to this day. Read more »