To the bone

No longer a baby with whiplash, Brontez Purnell is ready to dance and rock flawless

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DANCE/MUSIC There are a lot of interesting things in Brontez Purnell's room. Giant self-made posters of Josephine Baker (“The most famous black party kid ever,” he says), Arthur Evans' Witchcraft and the Gay Counterculture, and the legendary Harlem Renaissance publication Fire!!. An arrangement of Polaroid Instamatic nude shots of old flames and interview subjects from his zine, Fag School. A few more Instamatic shots – of him and his mom and grandmother. A framed letter from Kathleen Hanna. An autographed copy of the Go-Go's' Talk Show. A typewriter. Read more »

Commercial, free

Jose Luis Pardo, a.k.a. DJ Afro, dishes on 20 years with Los Amigos Invisibles and his solo debut

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MUSIC For a band with some of the horniest lyrics around, the members of Los Amigos Invisibles have remained remarkably faithful to one another. They've been together since the early 1990s, when they were teenagers rebelling against the goth- and rock-dominated Caracas music scene. It was then that these six amigos set out to make music with one purpose: to make people lose their shit on the dance floor. And 20 years later, they show no signs of being tardy for the party. Read more »

Twitter tax break could help a well-connected landlord

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Opposition to the proposal to give millions of dollars in city payroll tax breaks to Twitter and other companies that open for business in the mid-Market area has focused on the bad precedent of caving into demands for corporate welfare and the lead role that two people who call themselves progressives – Sup. Jane Kim and Board President David Chiu – are taking in pushing the deal.Read more »

Date with Satan? "Mosh Potatoes" to the rescue!

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Sure, Julia Child was a badass in her own way — but do you think she ever blasted Seventh Son of a Seventh Son while cooking up beef bourguignon? (Gonna guess ... not. I saw the movie so I'm kind of an expert.) For all the would-be chefs who prefer their kitchen adventures with a side of Satan comes Steve "Buckshot" Seabury's Mosh Potatoes: Recipes, Anecdotes and Mayhem from the Heavyweights of Heavy Metal (Atria Books, $15).

Mosh Potatoes isn't the first-ever metal-themed cookbook (see also: Hellbent for Cooking: The Heavy Metal Cookbook by Annick Giroux, which similarly features recipe contributions from famous headbangers). But Mosh Potatoes has the better name. Also, download site Loudtrax.com is running a contest (it ends Monday, a.k.a. February 14, a.k.a. Valentine's Day) in conjunction with the book. For brave culinary warriors only, "We Dare You to Cook Up Lemmy!" offers Kilmister-approved prizes for folks willing to attempt the Motorhead legend's contribution to the book. (Details here; the recipe involves chocolate syrup, curry powder, brandy, and fire, among other things. It is called "Krakatoa Surprise," and I wouldn't get near it even if you offered me a suit made out of Ove Gloves.)

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The Ed Lee documents

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One of the depositions taken in a case involving fraud and corruption in city contracting contains some fascinating detail about how City Hall worked under Mayor Willie Brown -- and the role the current mayor, Ed Lee, played in the behind-the-scenes action. The deposition of Deborah Vincent-James, who used to run the city's technology purchasing agency, was taken by Matt Springman, an attorney with Gonzalez and Leigh. Read more »

Party Radar: Kingdom, Lindstrom, Soft Moon, Part Time Punks, Uproot Andy, Jubilee

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Besides the voluminous reel around the fountain that constitutes our list of Valentines day events, there are some actually awesome non-single-predjudicial parties going on this week as well. Here are a few neatos for your dancin' feetos. (Gay!)

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Valley of the (killer) dolls

Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky ... Jennifer Tilly revisits throwing up in her purse for the "When Chucky Meets Peaches Christ" spectacular

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CHUCKY CHEESE It's hard not to fall in love with Jennifer Tilly. Star of hits big (1997's Liar Liar) and cult (1996's Bound), she's an Oscar-nominated (for 1994's Bullets Over Broadway) actor who also happens to be a champion poker player. Though she specializes in dim-bulb sexpots, Tilly is no dummy — witness her hilarious turn in 2004's Seed of Chucky. Read more »

The confession app: Have you masturbated?

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Oh my fucking god (and there's no other polite way to put it): You can now go to confession on your iPhone. Maureen Dowd at the NYTimes notes that the hot new app

Walks you through the Ten Commandments, your examination of conscience and any “custom sins” you might have, then after confession (purportedly) wipes the slate clean so no one sees your transgressions.Read more »

Snap Sounds: Darwin Deez

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DARWIN DEEZ
Darwin Deez

(Lucky Number)

Phoenix is the most obvious reference for Darwin Deez's crisp, clean, and commercial tunefulness, with occasional traces of El Guincho -- and Beck's hipster clowning, which makes sense, as Deez made an unofficial 2009 video for Cornelius's 2001 song "Fly." (I'd hazard a guess that both Phoenix and Deez are influenced by the light beauty of Lô Borges.) My favorite aspect of lead member Darwin Smith's songwriting and recording is the melodicism of his guitar sound — counter-melodic grace notes whirligig through the air on songs like "Deep Sea Divers," "The City," "Up in the Clouds," and "Bed Space." His lyrics and look are way too precious for my taste, but I might succumb with the repeated listens the better songs here attract. Guitar pop alert: In addition to some Deez clips, after the jump you'll also find Damon Packard's HILARIOUS video for Buva's "Hide Away," with absolutely unparalleled animal control puppetry!

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John Ross memorial Feb. 26

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Friends and fans of John Ross, the poet and hellraiser who died in January, will celebrate his life at a memorial service Feb. 26th. It's at the United Mission Presbyterian Church, 23rd and Capp, from 3-5 p.m., with a reception following at Cafe La Boheme. See you there.

SFBG Radio: Cheetah Chrome's new book

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Today we take another break from hard-core politics while Johnny gets back into his history in hard-core punk and talks with the legendary Cheetah Chrome, who has a new book out. Listen after the jump. Read more »

Viva la racy revolucion: SF's newest burlesque babe talks back

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You’re an Ivy League graduate who spends your days carrying a briefcase through the city’s marble halls. So how do you spend your nights? If your name -- stage name in this case -- is Sugar Magnolia, then the answer is burlesque dancing. Last Friday, Red Hots Burlesque made its weekly appearance at El Rio and among the false eyelashes and frippery emerged Magnolia's debut performance in San Francisco. We caught up with her to talk shop about the burlesque scene and bold brashness.

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Speed Reading: Edie Fake's Gaylord Phoenix

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The moment I saw Edie Fake's book Gaylord Phoenix (Secret Acres, 256 pages, $17.95) on a table at a local shop was a lifesaver. Not much contemporary art or stuff actually reaches me -- and jolts me -- at the mysterious and elusive spot(s) where my imagination and spirit reside, and the drawings and stories of Fake do exactly that. I have some issues of Gaylord Phoenix from when it was in serial form, and Fake's comic Rico McTaco, but I had no idea a lavish color book of Gaylord Phoenix existed, and the discovery was about as close to finding a treasure as I've had in recent daily life. Read more »

Hot sexy events: February 9-15

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So Rihanna made an S&M video. No really, it's called “S&M.” And yes, it does feature her walking Perez Hilton – not the sexiest choice – on a leash, while wearing a latex dress and a killer day-at-the-races hat-thing, plus her singing while hanging from the ceiling, men in restraints and gags, and creative use of duct tape. Yep, yet another celebrity discovers BDSM. While the video itself is not thrilling and not all that arousing (for my money, Rihanna's made hotter), the girl's got a way with outfits – she has a penchant for performing in latex, and sports a pretty incredible hood and stockings latex 'fit in the new video, which already has 9.3 million views on YouTube, fyi. Perhaps she could be convinced to share the wealth at one of SF's two kinky costume swaps this Sun/13 -- at Kinky Salon and the SF Citadel respectively. Even if RiRi's not in attendance, the event should be a good opportunity to re-up on some gear to wear to the next wild-and-wacky costumed sex party. Or nearly any of this weeks' sex events, for that matter...

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San Franciscans show solidarity with Egyptians

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“Yesterday we were all Tunisian. Today we are all Egyptian. Tomorrow we will all be Free,” read one sign on at last weekend’s protest in solidarity with the wave of uprisings across the Arab world, an event drew thousands of people into the streets of San Francisco.Read more »