Mirissa Neff

SXSW Music Day 1: Mirel Wagner, Lila Downs, ZZ Ward

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I'm in Austin to blog the SXSW Music festival for the second year. With evening slates that usually have around 50 official showcases happening at any given moment (and many more unofficial shows), one person's perspective can feel dreadfully unrepresentative.

 

To be at SXSW is to know you're missing out on a lot of good music. Fortunately the music you do see makes up for the difference, and very often it's the unexpected showcases, the things that weren't on your radar until that very moment, that end up being the highlights of your experience.  That said here are some of my impressions from Wednesday's evening slate:

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In their words: party people from the Guardian's Club Action cover

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Last week we got to photograph folks from several different corners of the Bay Area nightlife scene for Marke B's Club Action cover story. Listen to them talk to Guardian art director Mirissa Neff and contributing photographer Matthew Reamer about what they love to do when they're out and about in the wee hours.

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There's no crying in football...

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It was the crying jag seen round the world. With seconds left in last Saturday's divisional playoff game 49ers tight end (and Guardian cover model) Vernon Davis caught the game-winning touchdown, kept the Niners' Super Bowl hopes alive, and ran headlong into the arms of coach Jim Harbaugh while bawling his eyes out.

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Occupy Art by Guardian cover illustrator Eric Drooker

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This week's Guardian cover was illustrated by Eric Drooker. Drooker is best known for creating amazing paintings that have graced many a New Yorker cover and for the fact that he designed the illustrations used in the recent film adaptation of Allen Ginsberg's HOWL.

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In her words: SF Occupier Kelly

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We spoke with Kelly at Occupy SF on Monday, November 21. Originally from Michigan, she stumbled upon the Occupy camp and has remained for more than a month. Listen to our interview with Kelly after the jump.

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In his words: SF Occupier Derek

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We spoke with Derek at Occupy SF on Monday, November 21. He spoke about his Cherokee roots and how he feels like he's been an activist since he was "in the womb." Listen to our interview with Derek after the jump.

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In his words: SF Occupier Adam

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Art director Mirissa Neff and photographer David Bornfriend had the chance to talk with Adam at Occupy SF on Monday, November 21. The recent Cornell grad discusses why he felt it was important to participate in Occupy as well as the solidarity he feels with the UC Davis and Berkeley students. Listen to his interview here Read more »

Live Shots: The Guardian's 45th Anniversary Happy Hour

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On Thursday November 3rd the Guardian family descended upon Buck Tavern to toast 45 years of "Printing the News and Raising Hell." The cadre included current and former staffers, as well as SF politicos and friends of the Guardian from over the years. While Chris Daly and his staff kept busy slinging stiff drinks and setting out yummy snacks, the Guardian family was aglow in celebrating four and half decades of representing San Francisco values. Hip Hip Hooray! 

[Photos by Ariel Soto-Suver] 

Mayor Lee's budget deal

The final blueprint isn't as bad as it could be -- but some key issues are still remain unsettled

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The way the daily newspapers are presenting it, the budget that Mayor Ed Lee and the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee negotiated represents a new era of civility and cooperation at City Hall. The committee, after marathon negotiations, approved the $6.8 billion deal unanimously. Both sides called it a good process and a good result.Read more »

Behind the scenes on this week's Guardian cover

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Regular SF Bay Guardian photo contributor Matt Reamer pulled a fast one for this week's cover. Though the image seems to have been taken on any random sunny day in Dolores Park, it was actually shot in Reamer's studio. You can see the behind the scenes action and further explanation on his blog.