Snap Sounds: Kisses

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To name a song “Midnight Lover” is ambitious, and perhaps dangerous. A song with a title so classically charged with sex and romance had better deliver. Luckily, this track from Kisses' upcoming album Heart of the Nightlife (Surround Sound) possesses enough swoon-worthiness to compensate for its relative lack of lust. This duo is romantic, and has the disco credentials – love of Cerrone and Gino Soccio; tutelage under Alec R. Constandinos – to deliver the sleek seduction. Read more »

"Beach, fun, drinks, girls, and a good time": Chico Trujillo is your Memorial hangover cure

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Thank you holiday weekend, you have memorialized whatever brain cells and desire to integrate into the everyday world of not being drunk by 2 p.m. I still had left. I suppose it was a fair trade for all the lovely memories that I of course won't remember. Shall we turn then, to something fun that's happening this upcoming weekend (Fri/4 La Peña Cultural Center) to keep us going? A lovely South American cumbia party that goes by the name of Chico Trujillo? Hurry, before sobriety catches you, cue the mp3 and hold on for the interview! Read more »

Benefits: June 2-June 8

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Ways to have fun while giving back this week

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Quick Lit: June 2-June 8

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Literary readings, book tours, and talks this week

Maude Barlow, the female farming revolution, Babylon Salon, Mahnaz Afkhami, The Art of Baseball, Nerd Nite, and more. Read more »

Let the ICE picket begin

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Members of the San Francisco Immigrant Rights Defense Committee launched a picket outside US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s Detention and Removal Operations office at 630 Sansome Street today to decry the activation of Secure Communities, which they describe as a “dangerous police-ICE collaboration program that threatens public safety.”

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Newsom's lousy economics

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EDITORIAL Every major newspaper in California should have plastered the May 2010 report from the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research across the front page. The headline: "Governor's budget will destroy 331,000 jobs."

It's a stunning analysis. Ken Jacobs, who heads the center, and two associates used a sophisticated computer program to track exactly how the cuts would play out in the current California economy. If the governor's proposals are adopted, the job losses would greatly exceed any new job creation, causing the unemployment rate in the state to rise by 1.8 percent.

On the other hand, the study shows, raising taxes on rich people and oil companies would save 244,000 jobs.

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Live Shots: SF Bay Area Labor Heritage Rockin' Solidarity Chorus, City College, 5/27/2010

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My auntie Yam is the ultimate SF activist, along with my mom, a.k.a. Snorkel Mom. The two of them are always out together, advocating for single-payer health care, participating in anti-war rallies, sharing new organic gardening techniques with each other, and attending all day lectures on Earth Day. I've learned so much from both of them, and I'm always awed by their commitment to change and their strong visions for a better world. So when auntie Yam invited me to go see her Labor Chorus perform at City College, I knew I was in for an uplifting and exciting show.

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Street Threads: New York City

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Today's Look: Irene, Times Square

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Looking for a long weekend staycation adventure? Try Viracocha.

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Stuck in town for Memorial Day weekend? I hear ya bro. But there’s no reason not to take the three days of relative calm in the city to explore some of its newish, dusty corners. You can start with Viracocha, Valencia’s antique store-community space that provides a room where we can all get a little folksy with it. Read more »

Finally, some talk of taxes in Sacramento

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With the state careening toward another fiscal meltdown, and a new study showing (pdf) that the governor's proposed budget cuts would cost California 330,000 jobs, increase the unemployment rate by 1.8 percent and deepen the recession, the Democrats in Sacramento are finally talking about serious new revenue sources.Read more »

The Daily Blurgh: Our coffee cup runneth over, dope unions, anti-food porn

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Curiosities, quirks, oddites, and items from around the Bay and beyond

Coffee stand run by bikini-clad, male baristas to open in Castro?

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A tour of the city's most unappetizing menu photos.

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Say it ain't so, SFist! Adobe Books to possibly close?

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Wow! 29 Latinos for Meg Whitman

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I wonder which is more remarkable -- that there are only 29 members of the Latinos for Meg Whitman page -- or that there are actually 29 Latinos for Meg Whitman. I mean, a candidate who over and over again insists that she really, really doesn't want to do anything to allow people who have been living and working in this country for many years to get a chance at citizenship? I think it's safe to say that won't be her strongest base of support in November.

SFBG.COM Radio: Tim and Johnny on the real threat to business in California

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Today, Johnny and Tim talk about the huge health insurance rates facing small businesses in California -- and why that's more of a threat to the viability of small business than tax increases. You can listen after the jump. Read more »

Memorial Day in Rock Rapids, Iowa, circa 1940s-50s

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When I was growing up in my hometown of Rock Rapids, Iowa, a farming community of 2,800 in the northwest corner of the state, Memorial Day was the official start of summer.

We headed off to YMCA camp at Camp Foster on West Okiboji Lake and Boy Scout camp at Lake Shetek in southwestern Minnesota. The less fortunate were trundled off to Bible School at the Methodist Church.Read more »

Public employees step up; when will Newsom and downtown?

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With news that Muni union leaders are backing salary givebacks to help close San Francisco's $483 million budget deficit, all city employees are now making sacrifices to preserve city services that we all rely on. But as we eagerly await the release of the mayor's budget on June 1 – in which some city departments have been asked to make cuts of up to 30 percent – the question is whether Mayor Gavin Newsom will find the courage to ask other San Francisco entities to help. Read more »