President Barack Obama arrives in San Francisco this afternoon (5/25) for a fundraiser at the Fairmont Hotel, where he'll be greeted by protesters from at least two realms of the progressive movement: immigrant rights activists unhappy with his administration's reluctance to take on immigration reform, and anti-war activists angry that Obama has continued President George W. Bush's pro-war and anti-civil liberties policies.Read more »
So you read about the upcoming National Beard and Mustache Championships in Bend, Oregon. But where the hell is your local fix for competitive bearding? Well fear not, my sweets -- beards are popping up in the budding Bay summer like chanterelles ‘neath the roots of California oaks and conifers (metaphor courtesy of David Arora). We just couldn’t be happier about it. On Thu/27, Edinburgh Castle will be hosting its own charity showdown of the beard bedecked to benefit Smile Train, a group that helps kids with cleft palates. SFBG just received word of from event organizer Brian McGregor, who is a cultivator of a smashing Imperial ‘stache himself. Brian, tell us more! Read more »
It's no surprise that Mayor Gavin Newsom wants to put a sit/lie law on the ballot, and it has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that the supervisors are moving slowly on his proposal. It has nothing to do with any facts -- the cops could enforce existing laws and address the problem.Read more »
Directors Ricky Angel and Samuel Hernandez sent over this energetic and colorful short documentary about the screwy rationale -- and possibly devastating impact -- of the proposed sit/lie law that Mayor Newsom now intends to put before voters, bypassing the Board of Supervisors. Local activists and San Francisco citizens express dismay and hope.
Sup. Sean Elsbernd is getting a lot of attention for his plan to change the way Muni drivers are paid, and although he's going to have a hard time getting 70,000 signatures for a Charter Amendment, the fact that Muni's unions have given back to the city less than the other major employee unions gives he move a boost. Read more »
Six months ago, Javae Reed could hardly have pictured himself as part of the solution to the problems that plague the East Oakland community where he grew up. Fresh off an incarceration in Reno (Reed had relocated temporarily to be with his mom) on charges of robbery, the 19 year old didn’t have a history of positive association with the system. But thanks to Youth Uprising, a youth advocacy non-profit -- which celebrates its fifth anniversary with a gala fundraiser Tues/25 -- Javae has landed a job, and got his driver’s license. Read more »
Sup. Chris Daly’s proposal for a progressive primary -- and his pledge for candidates who want to participate -- is starting to get attention in the mainstream media. The Chron had an item on it that, not surprisingly, makes it look like some sort of commie-style litmus test. (“I pledge allegiance to the Progressives,” the headline read. And even by Chron standards, the comments were pretty harsh.) Read more »
John Mark Karr, who falsely confessed to the murder of JonBenet Ramsey in 1996, is back the news. This time, he is the subject of, "an unofficial nationwide manhunt," in the face of allegations that he, "has been trying to create a cult of JonBenet Ramsey lookalikes he is calling 'the Immaculates' — blond girls as young as 4 years old with small feet — and has been threatening harm to one of the girls, whom he used to recruit others and who escaped from his influence." Yikes! And the topper: Karr claims to have had sex reassignment surgery within the past two years.
It was a true honor -- nay, a true honor and a privilege -- to participate in SFist's great "will blog for food" guest-writer program, Day Around the Bay, this evening. Check it out, and inundate SFist editor Brock with requests that he guest-write my Super Ego nightlife column. (He will mention drinks with chic lesbians at Orson.)
Today Tim and Johnny talk about all the nutty candidates that the Republican party will be fielding in the fall, from Nevada to Kentucky -- and how that will alter the midterm elections. Listen after the jumpRead more »
"IT'S A BACK-BRAIN STIMULATOR! IT'S A CEREBRAL VIBRATOR! TURN YOUR EYEBALLS INTO CRATERS!"
Thus intones Dave Brock on "Orgone Accumulator," an ass-kicking Rube Goldberg-device of a space rock staple, and to this day the final word on the science of orgone accumulation. But Brock just as well might have been describing his immortal Hawkwind, and its 30-plus-year legacy of melting brains.Read more »
Love and loss and an unfaltering creative spirit appear to inform Elisa Randazzo’s new album, Bruises and Butterflies (Drag City). Her marriage to ex- Josh Schwartz, once of Beachwood Sparks and her partner in Fairechild, may be over, but Randazzo has found plenty of other talents to commune with. Read more »
The slow sweep of summer break, sunlit days that yawn out into infinity, and the pock of a single snare -- those are some of the sleepy, sweet vibes coming off Woods’ At Echo Lake (Woodsist). Read more »