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BEST OF THE BAY 2014 READERS POLL IS HERE http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com/pixel_vision/2014/08/26/best-bay-2014-coming <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_325_wide/calavera_mariachi.jpg" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>Our 40th annual Best of the Bay issue is coming Oct. 15!&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20px;">This year's theme is Dia de los Muertos, in celebration of true Bay Area spirit.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20px;"> </span><span class="read-more"><a href="/pixel_vision/2014/08/26/best-bay-2014-coming"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Best of the Bay 2014 Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:43:26 +0000 admin 31167 at http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com Supervisor Mar calls for more bike access on Muni http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com/politics/2014/09/16/supervisor-mar-calls-more-bike-access-muni <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="/sites/default/files/dynimagecache/257-0-1183-1000-325-275/MuniBikes.jpg" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275" /><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"><div class="aef-image-infos-title-legend"> <div class="aef-image-infos-credits">SF EXAMINER FILE PHOTO BY MIKE KOOZMIN</div></div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>With racks that can hold only two bikes on the front of most Muni buses, and no bike access on Muni's light rail fleet, Sup. Eric Mar is calling on Muni to look at improving its bike-access. At today's Board of Supervisors meeting, he called for a hearing to explore what can be done to address the problem.</p> <p>"<span style="line-height: normal;">We’re looking at expanding the capacity of Muni for those that ride their bikes," Mar told the board. </span><span class="read-more"><a href="/politics/2014/09/16/supervisor-mar-calls-more-bike-access-muni"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Bicycles Bikes MUNI Supervisor Eric Mar Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:05:23 +0000 Joe Fitzgerald 31288 at http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com Locals only: Split Screens http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com/noise/2014/09/16/locals-only-split-screens <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_325_wide/split%20screens.jpg" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"><div class="aef-image-infos-title-credits"><div class="aef-image-infos-title">Split Screens hit Bottom of the Hill Sat/20 for their LP release show.</div></div><div class="aef-image-infos-title-legend"></div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> There's something overwhelmingly dreamlike about Jessie Cafiero's songwriting, to the point that it makes a listener feel like they're sleepwalking: The ebbs and flows of cinematic, orchestral pop conjure a surreal sense of nearly floating around one's city. It's not surprising, then, to hear that the singer-guitarist often draws inspiration from walking around these foggy hills of ours. <span class="read-more"><a href="/noise/2014/09/16/locals-only-split-screens"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Locals Only Split Screens Emma Silvers Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:39:38 +0000 Emma Silvers 31287 at http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com Grassroots campaigns work to counter the influence of big donors http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com/politics/2014/09/16/grassroots-campaigns-work-counter-influence-big-donors <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/aef_image_original_format/no%20gridlock%20campaign_1.jpg" alt="" title="" width="391" height="216"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:px"><div class="aef-image-infos-title-credits"><div class="aef-image-infos-title">No on L hosts a fundraiser this evening.</div></div><div class="aef-image-infos-title-legend"></div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>Big money is pouring into a few campaign committees for the fall election, with <a href="http://www.sfbg.com/2014/07/22/big-sodas-big-money">Big Soda targeting the soda tax</a>, <a href="http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2014/09/09/realtors-give-600000-defeat-anti-speculation-tax">Realtors gunning for the anti-speculation tax</a>, and the Fisher family last week giving $500,000 to <a href="http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2014/07/24/sf-voters-weigh-beach-chalet-turf-war">promote artificial turf playing fields</a> in SF (Yes on I, No on H), <a href="http://www.sfethics.org/ethics/2013/12/november-4-2014-election-campaign-finance-dashboards.html#">according to campaign filings</a>. But low-budget grassroots campaigns are still having a strong presence at public events like the Sept. 14 Sunday Streets in Western Addition. <span class="read-more"><a href="/politics/2014/09/16/grassroots-campaigns-work-counter-influence-big-donors"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Displacement Election 2014 Kids Transportation Steven T. Jones Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:59:01 +0000 steven 31286 at http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com Toronto International Film Festival report: in defense of the long, long movie http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com/pixel_vision/2014/09/16/toronto-international-film-festival-report-defense-long-long-movie <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_Width_545_wide/fromwhat.jpg" alt="" title="" width="540" height="250"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:540px"><div class="aef-image-infos-title-credits"><div class="aef-image-infos-title">Lav Diaz's <em>From What Is Before</em></div></div><div class="aef-image-infos-title-legend"></div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p><span style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;"><em>The unstoppable&nbsp;Jesse Hawthorne Ficks keeps his eyes open 24/7 through another Toronto International Film Festival, and lives to tell the tale (but shares no spoilers!) Read on for the first in several reports back from the 39th TIFF.</em></span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">Starting on a high note: Nuri Bilge Ceylan's <em>Winter Sleep</em> (Turkey/France/Germany) won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, so it arrived in Toronto with its share of hype. I can report <em>Sleep</em> is the director's funniest and most satisfying film to date. That said, it does run 196 minutes, and more than a few critics walked out early, which poses an ever-important question about the current trend toward slow-moving, observational, and meditative narratives: Who's actually watching 'em?&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="read-more"><a href="/pixel_vision/2014/09/16/toronto-international-film-festival-report-defense-long-long-movie"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Lav Diaz Nuri Bilge Ceylan TIFF 2014 Toronto International Film Festival 2014 Jesse Hawthorne Ficks Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:50:59 +0000 cheryl 31285 at http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com Golden Gate Bridge strikes won't effect commuters...yet http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com/politics/2014/09/16/golden-gate-bridge-strikes-wont-effect-commutersyet <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_325_wide/workers.jpg" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"><div class="aef-image-infos-title-legend"> <div class="aef-image-infos-credits">IMAGE COURTESY GOLDEN GATE DISTRICT</div></div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>Golden Gate Bridge iron workers are on strike today [Tues/16], protesting retiree healthcare issues their union says were not addressed in 2012.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">Commuters will not be affected during the strike, however. Machinists Local 1414 made that choice consciously, its representative told us.&nbsp;</span><span class="read-more"><a href="/politics/2014/09/16/golden-gate-bridge-strikes-wont-effect-commutersyet"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> BART strike Golden Gate Bridge Labor strikes Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:50:05 +0000 Joe Fitzgerald 31284 at http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com Party Radar: Whip it good at Folsom Week parties http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com/noise/2014/09/16/party-radar-whip-it-good-folsom-week-parties <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_325_wide/folsombears.jpg" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"><div class="aef-image-infos-title-credits"><div class="aef-image-infos-title">You look great.</div></div><div class="aef-image-infos-title-legend"></div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p><a href="http://www.folsomstreetfair.com" target="_blank">Folsom Street Fair</a> is coming hard upon us -- don't be left hanging upside down without a solid party plan. The following picks will help you whip your way through the lame into the hard, dark, wet embrace of excellent nightlife.</p> <p>First our video spirit guide: This excellent short film shot by Leo Herrera and Aron Kantor of last year's fair - from cameras mounted on their leather puppy masks.</p> <p><span class="read-more"><a href="/noise/2014/09/16/party-radar-whip-it-good-folsom-week-parties"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Folsom Street Fair Party Radar Queer sex Super Ego Marke B. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:25:23 +0000 admin 31283 at http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com Tenants face absurd lawsuits as “low-fault” evictions increase http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com/politics/2014/09/15/tenants-face-absurd-lawsuits-%E2%80%9Clow-fault%E2%80%9D-evictions-increase <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_325_wide/vacatenotice.jpg" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> An annual report issued by the Eviction Defense Collaborative (EDC) highlights some of the outrageous reasons landlords use to evict tenants. Since 2009, EDC reported, there’s been a 62 percent increase in the number of breach-of-lease cases citywide.<br /> <p class="normal">Violations cited in the report included offenses such as “parking outside the parking lines,” or even cooking during nighttime hours.<span class="read-more"><a href="/politics/2014/09/15/tenants-face-absurd-lawsuits-%E2%80%9Clow-fault%E2%80%9D-evictions-increase"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Emily Dugdale Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:23:36 +0000 rebecca 31282 at http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com It's sexy time on this week's Alternative Ink http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com/politics/2014/09/15/its-sexy-time-weeks-alternative-ink <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_325_wide/AlternativeInk_4.jpg" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>We talked sex and summertime during <a href="http://bestfrequencies.s3.amazonaws.com/alternativeink/Alternative+Ink+-+2014-09-14.mp3">last night’s installment of Alternative Ink</a>, the Bay Guardian’s biweekly radio show on BFF.fm, along with <a href="http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2014/09/09/realtors-give-600000-defeat-anti-speculation-tax">money in politics</a>, the <a href="http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2014/09/11/disrupting-disrupt">tech perspective</a>, what’s being done to <a href="http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2014/09/10/legal-aid-funding-undocumented-youth-clears-board-committee">help </a><span class="read-more"><a href="/politics/2014/09/15/its-sexy-time-weeks-alternative-ink"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Alternative Ink Steven T. Jones Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:15:19 +0000 steven 31281 at http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com UPDATED Drag queens plan to protest Facebook over name-change policy http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com/pixel_vision/2014/09/14/drag-queens-plan-protest-facebook-over-name-change-policy <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_325_wide/dragqueenprotest.jpg" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>UPDATE:</strong>&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20px;">Sister Roma just posted this to her Facebook page: &nbsp;</span></p> <p>"BREAKING: FACEBOOK AGREES TO FACE-TO-FACE MEETING. DEMONSTRATION CANCELED (for now)</p> <p>Just got off the phone with Supervisor David Campos and representatives from Facebook. They have agreed to meet with us and members of the community for an open dialogue regarding their legal name policy. After the conversation I am more hopeful than ever that we can reach a solution. We're working together to make change and I thank all of you for your support!"</p> <p><strong>ORIGINAL POST:</strong> Drag queens throughout San Francisco and the cyberverse are <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/331937683646810" target="_blank">planning to protest at Facebook HQ on Tuesday at 9:30am</a>, if a meeting between Facebook representatives and Sister Roma of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence tomorrow yields no favorable results.</p> <p>At issue: a controversial new Facebook policy that is forcing performers to use their legal names (rather than drag or other professional names) on their personal profiles on the social media site.</p> <p><span class="read-more"><a href="/pixel_vision/2014/09/14/drag-queens-plan-protest-facebook-over-name-change-policy"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Drag Facebook Nightlife Protest Queer Super Ego Marke B. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 04:36:06 +0000 admin 31280 at http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com Silicon-centric proposal to split California fails to make ballot http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com/politics/2014/09/12/silicon-centric-proposal-split-california-fails-make-ballot <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/aef_image_original_format/CaliforniaSplitArt_0.jpg" alt="" title="" width="540" height="563"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:px"><div class="aef-image-infos-title-credits"><div class="aef-image-infos-title">Our May 27, 2009 cover story.</div></div><div class="aef-image-infos-title-legend"></div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>While we at the Bay Guardian<a href="http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2009/03/17/should-california-be-split"> have long</a> been <a href="http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2014/07/17/tbt-time-we-called-californias-break">intrigued</a> by the <a href="http://www.sfbg.com/2009/05/27/golden-states-extreme-makeover">possibilities of splitting California up</a> into several states — the Bay Area could be an economic powerhouse with compassionate social services and modern infrastructure, while conservative counties would have low taxes but crumbling roads and bridges — we’re happy to <a href="http://www. <span class="read-more"><a href="/politics/2014/09/12/silicon-centric-proposal-split-california-fails-make-ballot"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> California Tech Steven T. Jones Fri, 12 Sep 2014 22:39:22 +0000 steven 31277 at http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com Viracocha is legit! Here are five things from the past five years that we wish we could've written about http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com/noise/2014/09/12/viracocha-legit-here-are-five-things-past-five-years-we-wish-we-couldve-written-abo <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_325_wide/Viracocha_performance_space_550.jpg" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"><div class="aef-image-infos-title-credits"><div class="aef-image-infos-title">Ezza Rose performs at Viracocha in less-legal times.</div> <span class="aef-image-infos-credits">PHOTO BY PETE LEE</span></div><div class="aef-image-infos-title-legend"></div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>As you may have heard by now, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ViracochaSF" target="_blank">Viracocha</a> — everyone's favorite Never-Never Land of a music venue/spoken word performance space/speakeasy/antiques store/beautiful place to <a href="http://sfist.com/2013/09/09/viracocha_named_finalist_for_americ.php" target="_blank">stop and use the bathroom</a> should you find yourself having to pee on Valencia — has gone legit.<span class="read-more"><a href="/noise/2014/09/12/viracocha-legit-here-are-five-things-past-five-years-we-wish-we-couldve-written-abo"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Live Music Mission Viracocha Emma Silvers Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:07:22 +0000 Emma Silvers 31275 at http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com Enter to win a pair of tickets to FallFest 2014 on October 11! http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com/promo/2014/09/11/enter-win-pair-tickets-fallfest-2014-october-11 <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_325_wide/15261_FallFest_MPU_SANF0914NoTicketLink_FINAL.jpg" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--><br /> <div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.7272720336914px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif;">Taste all the Bay Area has to offer at FallFest 2014 — a&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">celebration of the Bay Area’s best in local food, wine, beer and cocktails! </span></div> <span class="read-more"><a href="/promo/2014/09/11/enter-win-pair-tickets-fallfest-2014-october-11"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:02:49 +0000 Guardian Promo 31274 at http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com Disrupting Disrupt http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com/politics/2014/09/11/disrupting-disrupt <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_325_wide/Screen%20Shot%202014-09-11%20at%204.10.21%20PM.png" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"><div class="aef-image-infos-title-credits"><div class="aef-image-infos-title">The highly disruptive crowd at the biggest startup conference of the year</div> <span class="aef-image-infos-credits">GUARDIAN PHOTO BY REBECCA BOWE</span></div><div class="aef-image-infos-title-legend"></div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>A friend and I made a spur-of-the-moment decision to hit the final TechCrunch Disrupt after-party last night. Because, sheer curiosity. So here comes one of those borderline journalistic essays where, no, I didn’t actually formally interview anyone. But a conversation we had offered a fascinating glimpse into attitudes held by folks working in the tech startup sector, so I’m blogging it.<span class="read-more"><a href="/politics/2014/09/11/disrupting-disrupt"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Rebecca Bowe Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:25:45 +0000 rebecca 31273 at http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com Rising tenant buyouts in SF targeted by new legislation and map http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com/politics/2014/09/11/rising-tenant-buyouts-sf-targeted-new-legislation-and-map <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_325_wide/buy%20out%20map.JPG" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>A <a href="http://www.antievictionmappingproject.net/buyouts.html">new interactive map</a> published today by the Anti Eviction Mapping Project shows the spike in tenancy buyouts over the last year in San Francisco, just in time to raise awareness for Sup. David Campos’ proposed legislation to document and regulate tenant buyouts, which has a hearing later this month.<span class="read-more"><a href="/politics/2014/09/11/rising-tenant-buyouts-sf-targeted-new-legislation-and-map"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Displacement Evictions Housing Kyle Da Silva Tenants Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:15:52 +0000 steven 31272 at http://yes390.orgwww.sfbg.com