Molly Freedenberg

Tiki Crawl 9

Since 1937, the Bay Area has had a relationship with that bastion of tropical tackiness
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EVENT Since Victor Bergeron opened the first Trader Vic's in Oakland in 1937, the Bay Area has had a relationship with that bastion of tropical tackiness: the tiki bar. Read more »

July 4 Dining Deals

This year, Bay Area foodies can celebrate our country without compromising their culinary standards
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PREVIEW Fourth of July tends to be a casual, low-brow, pre-packaged-potato-salad-and-cheap-beer kind of holiday. But it doesn't have to be. This year, Bay Area foodies can celebrate our country without compromising their culinary standards. CAV Wine Bar and Kitchen will host a BBQ with ribs and fixins, as well as vegetarian options. ($35/person. 1666 Market, SF. 415-437-1770, www.cavwinebar.com). Read more »

Hot sex events this week: June 24-30

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Compiled by Molly Freedenberg

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Doesn't this pic of an Air Sex contestant (having fake sex with a picture of his ex girlfriend) look like it should be the cover of some emo band's next album? Read more »

Shake, shimmy, subvert

THE QUEER ISSUE: Queer burlesque -- especially of the local variety -- lets it all hang out
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molly@sfbg.com

The tradition of burlesque has always been about subverting the norm and challenging the privileged class. So it should be no surprise that queer performers make up a significant percentage of the new burlesque movement. Or, as Amelia Mae Paradise, cofounder of the queer femme burlesque troupe Diamond Daggers, puts it: "The burlesque world has always had room for freaks and queers and fat ladies."

A quick look at the current Bay Area burlesque scene confirms Paradise's theory. Read more »

Les Claypool doin' it (Yard) Doggie style

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By Molly Freedenberg

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Accordion Babes calendar covergirl Sansa Aslyum will squeeze her box with the Yard Dogs on Saturday.

There'd be something inherently sexy about the Yard Dogs Road Show even if you left out the scantily clad dancing girls, sultry songstress, steamy squeezebox vixen, and mustachi Read more »

Web Wares: Shopseen on the scene

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In her new weekly feature, writer Mayka Mei profiles Bay Area-based fashion Web sites.

Social network newcomer Shopseen only went live publicly this winter, but it already has big plans to revive physical traffic in local boutiques.

A product of Oakland-based Proletarian Design, the concept of Shopseen came to CEO/Founder Adeel Ahmad in late 2007. Read more »

Hot sex events this week: June 17-23

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Compiled by Molly Freedenberg

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Satan's sultry songstress joins bawdy burlesqueteers at Friday's Hubba Hubba Revue.

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>> MythFits
Elan, Leah Lakshmi, Piepezna Saramarasinha, and Luna Maia queerify classic myths in this series hosted by the legendary Michelle Tea.

Wed/17, 6pm. Read more »

Bicycle Music Festival

The country's largest 100 percent pedal-powered musical festival
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GATHERING Is it any surprise that the city responsible for Critical Mass would also have birthed the country's largest 100 percent pedal-powered musical festival? We didn't think so. Since 2007, a group of volunteers have been hosting this multi-location celebration of bikes, music, and sustainable culture — and we expect this year's to be bigger than ever, with musical participants like Cello Joe, Manicato, Sean Hayes, and many more. The day starts early at 935 York St. Read more »

The Monk’s Kettle: A "destination" beer tour for the refined yet unpretentious

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By Susan White

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If you’re looking for a classy way to get drunk in the middle of the week – sans the extravagant snobbery of the Marina – you might want to try partaking in one of the Monk’s Kettle’s beer-pairing dinners, now held the first Wednesday of every month.

The Monk’s Kettle is a craft-beer bar located near 16th and Valencia, smack in the middle of our city’s bustl Read more »

Harmony Festival: Having your CAKE and eating it too

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By Molly Freedenberg

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Skaters dropped three stories before hitting this 18-foot vert ramp in the Rude Boyz Eco Cup Zone. Photo from the Harmony Festival blog.

Like most of us, I had a hippie phase. I wore Birkenstocks. I lived on a commune ... ahem ... in an intentional community. And I frequented festivals that featured jam bands and booths full of rasta-colored beanies. Read more »