Molly Freedenberg

Safai will sleep well tonight

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By Molly Freedenberg

It was a very different scene at Pissed Off Pete's, the headquarters for District 11 Board of Supervisors candidtate Ahsha Safai, than it was at Inner Mission Bar. Where Sheehan's party was filled with mostly 30-something white hipsters, former punks, and scruffy activist-types, Safai's was a mix of older voters from diverse backrounds and grown-up types in suits. Safai himself looked calm and casual, if sophisticated, in grey slacks and a black fleece zip-up jacket. Read more »

Tears, cheers, and bubbly for Obama ... and Sheehan?

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By Molly Freedenberg

There's no sign at Inner Mission Tavern that this is a Cindy Sheehan party, but it's most certainly one for Obama. When Virginia was announced for the Democratic nominee, the bar erupted in cheers - a sound dwarfed only by the joyous explosion when CNN predicted him the winner of the 2008 presidential election several minutes later. The night's two bartenders (also the owners), both in Obama T-shirts, popped bottles of champagne for those lucky enough to be seated at the bar in the packed-beyond-belief room. Read more »

A different kind of pin-up

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By G. Martinez Cabrera

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The new pin-up.

Recently, camera shutters were clicking and clothes were coming off in Potrero Hill. Fifteen photographers from all over the West Coast gathered at Blue Sky Rental Studios for an all-day bootcamp hosted by Zivity.

Zivity specializes in publishing pin-up and glamour photography while stressing the importance of the model’s role in each picture. Read more »

Anniversary Issue: Culture isn't convenient

Sustaining entertainment and nightlife in San Francisco requires awareness and a policy shift
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molly@sfbg.com

San Francisco is the playpen of countercultures.

— R.Z. Sheppard, Time (1986)

I live near Church and Market streets, which means I'm stumbling distance from an organic grocery store, my favorite bar, several Muni stops, and a 24-hour diner. It also means the street outside my apartment is usually loud, the gutters are disgusting, there are rarely parking spots, and transients sleep, smoke, panhandle, and play really bad music near my front doorstep.

Actually, until recently, they did a lot of this on my front doorstep. Read more »

Feast: 5 German delights

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Contrary to popular belief, German cuisine is not an oxymoronic phrase. Though traditional food from the Fatherland does tend to be heavier on meat and carbs than the modern American diet, it — like Southern food, which has been getting more respect from foodies in recent years — is as capable of being nuanced, innovative, and highbrow as any of its more popular siblings (see: Spanish tapas, French everything.) For me, the secret to the perfect German restaurant is a place that balances tradition and modernity, in both cuisine and atmosphere. Read more »

Feast: 5 fierce cooking classes

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There's something perfect about a cooking class for an adult — it's a way to learn a new skill without making a huge commitment (Sure, I want to learn Italian — but who has time to spend a semester on it, only to know how to ask for directions?); it's a way to get closer to existing friends or to meet new people (especially singles-themed events); and it has a practical application (One must eat. One mustn't necessarily, say, do cross-stitch). Read more »

Bomb(ers) away: Roller Derby 2.0

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By G. Martinez Cabrera

I can see the Kezar Pavilion from my bedroom window. It isn’t a very attractive building. Its Spanish red tiles, chipped peach paint, and round arched entranceway make it look a little bit like those old stand-alone Taco Bells that were around in the ‘70s. As with a lot of buildings in big cities, you could pass by it a million times and never think about why it exists or why it matters or who it matters to. But like any old gym, long faded dreams of glory are everywhere in Kezar. You just have to know where to look. Read more »

Fashion Hause: Liberals like fashion too

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Style intern Chloe Schildhause talks trends and togs. Check out her last installment here.

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Politics and fashion may seem like polar opposites, but much like lox and bagels, they actually go together quite nicely. Read more »

Fashion Hause: Green is (sometimes) good

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Style intern Chloe Schildhause talks trends and togs. Read more »

The other October 2

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By Stephen Torres

For most, this year’s Oct. 2 will be remembered as the day of the highly-anticipated debate between Veep candidates (if it's remembered at all). But for our neighbors to the south, it marked the 40th anniversary of one the bloodiest, and what many view as one of the most pivotal, days in Mexico's history.

It was 1968, the year Mexico City was to play host to the XIX Summer Olympiad. Read more »