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Sweet streets: Gelatin dessert art at this weekend's Street Food Festival

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As the foodie masses descend on the Mission for Sat/20's Street Food Festival, they'll be met with a diverse representation of what San Francisco eats. In this corner, fancy brick and mortar spots: Slanted Door, 15 Romolo, and Rye are but a few representatives of the eateries that are taking grills and spatulas into the fresh air this weekend. But for sheer culinary comeliness, the big guys have a serious contender when it comes to Sweets Collection arty gelatin creations. 

Graduates of the La Cocina street food incubator program will total a solid 50 percent of the 60 vendors in attendance at the festival. The varying styles of food preparation are meant to express the breadth of eats in San Francisco, but also to reinforce the fact that the huarache you buy at your local farmer's market has the culinary chops to stand up against many places that take Visa. Read more »

Editorial: Stop cell phone censorship

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The bizarre move by BART officials Aug. 11 to shut down cell phone service in the underground train stations made headlines around the world and for good reason. It was, Wired Magazine reported Aug 15, apparently the first time in United States history that a public agency sought to block electronic communications as a way to prevent a political protest.

It came at a time when oppressive governments around the world have been disabling cell phone and internet services to frustrate protest organizers. And it followed months of abysmally bad behavior by the transit agency, which is trying to respond to yet another dubious BART police shooting. Civil liberties activists have issued statements of condemnation and outrage; state Sen. Leland Yee, who is also running for mayor, has called on the BART Board to adopt policies preventing future shutoffs. Read more »

Advocates aim to change youth sentencing of life without parole

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Christian Bracamontes was 16 years old and had never been in trouble with the law when he made a decision that landed him in a California prison, serving out a sentence of life without parole.

He was part of a tagging crew, and he and a friend had gone down to a wash to hang out and do graffiti. When his friend showed him that he had a gun in his bag, he was surprised. A group of kids came down to the wash and offered to sell them weed, but they refused. Then his friend got an idea.  Read more »

Big Boi, big deal: Outside Lands 2011 pics

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All photos by Erik Anderson Imagery and Caitlin Donohue

I'm just going to go ahead and say it because I've had a few days to think about it: that was the best year of Outside Lands yet. Not just because of the weather -- even though my singed epidermis is ample proof that the sun was out and about in Speedway Meadows this weekend -- but because after four years of hype, the sold-out festival is finally justified in its claim that it's among the top five biggest and best in the country. Read more »

Lee appointment of Nuru darkens the ethical cloud over Room 200

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City Attorney Dennis Herrera deserves credit for being the one mayoral candidate willing to bring a full-throated denunciation of the sleazy and corrupt politics now flowing from Mayor Ed Lee, who yesterday appointed discredited political fixer Mohammed Nuru to head the Department of Public Works, compounding a series of ethically questionable actions by Lee and his support Read more »

Tim Carr is a "Fame Whore" (maybe)

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We were tickled earlier this year by local songsmith Tim Carr's clever "Shake Your Caboose" video -- now comes a Gaga-ripping, kiddy-hip clip for "Fame Whore" from his forthcoming album The Shadows, due out in December. How many infantilized SF club kids can you spot? 

Appetite: A mouthwatering preview of the SF Street Food Festival

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La Cocina's SF Street Food Festival keeps getting bigger each year. Gearing up for this Saturday's (8/20) third annual street food extravaganza, prepare for a takeover of numerous Mission blocks (free admission, with food for purchase under $8). This year there was an early sneak peek for media and select guests. There will be much to love at this year's festival. Many food truck and street food favorites return, plus Ferry Plaza stars like Namu. Just a few stand-outs the new-to-this-year front:

Wax moth larvae tacos from Don Bugito - These pretty, little tacos are laden with crispy larvae, garlic, pasilla chiles, and pickled onions. Some popped them in their mouths without realizing what they were, others turned away once they heard... but to taste them is to be converted. No need to fear bugs in the hands of owner, Monica Martinez. Plus, it's a great conversation starter.

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Litquake welcomes Chelsea Handler to the reading list

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There is no better evidence of the fact that we Americans like to be put in our place than the popularity of Chelsea Handler. The comedian tears through the guests on her talk show Chelsea Lately, penalizing those who'd knee jerk-lump a beautiful blonde into the airhead category.

And hey masochists, she's coming to Litquake on October 13.   Read more »

The post-labor world

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The engineers at Intel are thinking about the future, and they've hired sci-fi writers to help them imagine what the next few generations of chips will need to do. We're talking about cars that drive themselves and space stations with AI -- and, of course, about a future where robots do most of the work:Read more »

Street Threads: Look of the day

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Today's Look: Emily, 18th Street and Valencia

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Scenes from #opBART: video of the Civic Center protests

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Protesters shut down afternoon rush hour BART operations on Aug. 15 as part of a campaign by international hacker group Anonymous in response to the transit agency's unprecedented move to shut off cell service to prevent a protest. Here's footage from underground at Civic Center Station, and on the street as stranded commuters sought a way home:

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Waves of protest pound at BART, shutting down stations

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Watch exclusive SFBG video of the Civic Center protest here.

The latest battle between BART and its growing group of grassroots foes played out during today’s (Mon/15) afternoon rush hour, shutting down some San Francisco stations.

What started as a fizzled anti-police brutality protest at BART's Civic Center station has spiraled into a San Francisco moment with echoes of the Arab Spring and V For Vendetta. Following an unprecedented decision by BART officials to preemptively cut off cell phone service on August 11, in a bid to disrupt a protest that never developed, public outrage led to further protest today and a hacking attack on MyBart.org by the notorious international hacker group Anonymous over the weekend.

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An unresponsive landlord could mean the end of Sixth Street's DA Arts

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All photos by Allison Ekevara / The Aperturist

“When I was growing up, the space was empty the whole time.” And as it stands, Sixth Street resident and photographer Reynaldo Ruetas Cayetano Jr. will be seeing the storefront gallery where his collective Inks of Truth created a community art project stand empty once again. 

“No one's even been back in to turn off the lights,” he told the Guardian when he stopped by our offices last week. On August 6, Inks of Truth was holding a release party for its new zine – until the owner of 135 Sixth Street (which also houses the Sunshine Hotel, an SRO) stopped by to kick everyone out. Read more »

Live Shots: GAPA Runway 23, 08/13/2011

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Fantasy Land was out in full force on the Herbst Theater stage this past weekend, for the 23rd annual Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) Runway show and 2011 Mr. & Miss GAPA pageant. The contestants were dressed to impress and pulled out all the stops (and pulled off a few pairs of pants too), in hopes of winning over a panel of judges that included everyone from socialites like Holy McGrail and politician Fiona Ma. Everyone was bedazzled, especially by the host Tita Aida.

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Warren Buffet's money

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Just about everyone I know has been emailing and posting and talking about the Warren Buffett New York Times oped piece on the mega-rich (and I'm not alone -- it's the single most emailed piece on nytimes.com today). I appreciate what Buffett has to say; I'm glad he's willing to point out that the "shared sacrifice" we're hearing about from Washington doesn't include any sacrifices at all from the people who can most afford to give up a little. Read more »