Appetite: More intriguing June openings

Skool, Roam, and Spice Kit roar out of the gate

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It's been an exhausting, thrilling whirl of new openings this month (check out last week's Appetite). As usual, I hit most new SF openings right away, then continue to revisit as they settle in (if they are worth revisiting, which is often the case). Here's an initial take on more recent openings. For further details, check out my upcoming July 1st issue of The Perfect Spot) Read more »

Bill Clinton suggests Navy blow up BP well

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Holy smokes! Clinton wants Navy to bomb B.P.'s well. He's not talking nuclear. Yet. Guess fireworks won't be the only thing going off July 4.

Mirkarimi wants state franchise fee change

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Sup. Ross Mirkarimi has introduced a resolution calling on the state Legislature to reform the law that allows Pacific Gas and Electric Company to pay a miniscule fee, in perpetuity, for the right to run its lines, poles and cables on and below the city streets.Read more »

Live Shots: San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration, 06/27/2010

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Who could have asked for a more delicious day than this Sunday to celebrate Pride? The amazing weather was perfect for parasols, skimpy speedos, and a few buckets of body glitter. The parade, celebrating it's 40th year, drew hordes of spectators who sandwiched themselves up and down Market Street for miles. It was exciting to see such a diverse audience and also a variety of groups participating in the parade, from politicians and coalitions to drag queens and gigantic human cupcakes.

Supreme Court rejects Healthy SF challenge

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The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to consider a challenge to the Healthy San Francisco program that provides low-cost health coverage to city residents, partially funded by employers who refuse to provide health insurance for their employees, a mandate that prompted a lawsuit from the Golden Gate Restaurant Association.Read more »

Charlie Murphy: So funny, even Juggalos can dig

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Charlie Murphy does not want to hear another “Fuck yo couch!” Though the comedian talked his way into fame with his cult favorite skits on the Chappelle Show, in which he shared the stories of hanging with Prince and Rick James back in the days he was brother Eddie’s security detail, that was then, this is now. Or, as he put it to me in a recent phone interview, “that was the Dave Chappelle show. This is the Charlie Murphy show.” Indeed. Murphy’s moved into his own spotlight, headlining his own stand up tour (coming to Cobb’s for a four night run beginning Wed/30) , and sassing up supporting roles in a whole slew of black ensemble comedies on the silver screen. God dammit, he’s a big deal. And even if he’s not gonna punch you in the face for not laughing at his act anymore (see below if that doesn’t make any sense), something tells me it behooves you to be amused anyway. Plus, he killed it at the Gathering of the Juggalos. Charlie Murphy’s on the way!

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Street Threads: Look of the Day

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Today's Look: Melanie, 18th Street and Dolores

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The sublime absurdity of Danzig returns to SF

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By Sam Stander

This Sun/27, Danzig takes the stage at SF’s Regency Ballroom. Now, I guess Danzig technically refers to the band as a whole, but the concept of the band is inseparable from its eponymous frontman Glenn Danzig. Danzig is the man behind horror-punk mainstays the Misfits and Samhain, and, to our great benefit, seems to possess almost no self-awareness. Well, maybe a little bit, since he did that Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode. His sublimely absurd sincerity as he revels in images of the occult renders him simultaneously a laughingstock and a sort of heroic eternal adolescent. I guess what I’m trying to say is, Danzig rocks.

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Calvin Trillin, Deadline Poet

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As Elena Kagan's Confirmation Hearing Approaches, We're Reminded of John Robert's Promise to Be an Umpire Calling Balls and Strikes

By Calvin Trillin

Regardless of which laws he likes,

He's only calling balls and strikes.

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SFBG Radio: Johnny and Tim on big government v. big business

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Today, Johnny and Tim talk about the upcoming Guardian cover story on the changing political narrative in America and ask: Who do the angry voters hate more, big government or big business? Read more »

Appetite: Intriguing June openings

Prospect, Saison, and Hooker's Sweet Treats draw us in at first taste

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It's been an exhausting, thrilling whirl of new openings in SF this month. And it's not quite over yet... as usual, I hit most new SF openings right away, then continue to revisit as they settle in (if they are worth revisiting, which is often the case). Here's a quick, initial take on openings of the past week or two, with more to come next week (for more details, check out my upcoming July 1st issue of The Perfect Spot): Read more »

Agnos: "I think Gavin's gonna lose"

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Former San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos told the Guardian last night that he'd welcome the chance to be appointed a “caretaker mayor” for a year if Mayor Gavin Newsom wins his race for lieutenant governor, but he doesn't think he'll get that chance because “I think Gavin's gonna lose.”Read more »

SUV rampage victim speaks about the night he was hit

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A line of television news cameras swiveled toward Rolando Casajeros, known to his friends and coworkers as “Allan,” and followed him as he moved gingerly into the conference room at a downtown San Francisco law office. The press conference was held on June 24 at the office of Choulos, Choulos & Wyle, the law firm tapped to represent him in a civil suit against the driver of the blue Nissan Rogue SUV that rammed into him June 2. Read more »

Shannon and the Clams live on stage

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Shannon and the Clams are playing a show. The occasion calls for a link to the expanded version of my interview with the trio in the current issue of SCENE. There, you'll find Blanchard, Shannon Shaw, and Ian Amberson sounding off about warlocks in the woods, sleeping in the fields, what they like and don't like about Oakland, their favorite death songs and teen romance songs and teen death romance songs, curfews, the sonic appeal of crying, and more. Chow down.

Oakland joins the car-free "ciclovia" movement

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Joining American cities including Portland, San Francisco, and New York in borrowing the temporarily car-free ciclovia concept pioneered in Bogota, Colombia, Oakland officials will clear the automobiles from the heart of the city this Sund Read more »