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MOVEABLE FEAST 2014 Chomping through the varied eats of the Western neighborhoods.

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feast coverFEAST: How to eat and drink your way through Rio, Paris, Italy, the California Coast, the exotic Outer Richmond, and more! Plus: Climate change protesters flood New York, and comedian Lakshminarayanan's 'Nerd Nation.' Articles Online | Digital Edition

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Rally planned to protest latest BART shooting

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Activists who swarmed transit stations in the wake of the fatal BART police shooting of Oscar Grant are planning to rally again next Monday, July 11 in response to a fatal July 3 BART police shooting in San Francisco's Civic Center Station.Read more »

The Performant: Meme trope traditions

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Taking in the San Francisco Mime Troupe's "2012: The Musical"

Even the most anarchic, atheistic, or contrarian among us deserve the comfort of a few holiday traditions, whatever the season -- and come the Fourth of July weekend you’ll find a kindred crowd hundreds strong camped out in the lower quadrant of Dolores Park. Unusually for Independence Day frolics, the focus is not on the consumption of grilled foodstuffs or blowing things up (fine traditions both), but on the opening of the latest San Francisco Mime Troupe show. Although the largest crowds typically show up for the official opening, always scheduled for the glorious Fourth, the preview performances are also well-attended, and it’s not unusual for folks to pick a preferred date that remains constant for years on end. And no matter how fog-bound the holiday itself, somehow the Mime Troupe opening miraculously manages to fall on one of the sunniest weekends of the year, proof perhaps of some insidious cosmic intervention, either on behalf of the Mimes or the ‘Murkins.

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Hot sexy events: July 6-12

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Good news this week's gang: Femina Potens has found a new brick and mortar gallery! The sex-positive, high-art fetish org will be moving out to Cesar Chavez between Mission and Valencia, high times for those of us in favor of artsy bondage nights and feminist porn-o-rama. We'll keep you posted as this story progresses... now onto the sex events!

 

Feelmore510 erotic film night

Didja catch our recent profile of Oakland's dopest new sex toy store? Certainly worth a trip to downtown Oak-town, so why not make it tonight for owner Nena Joiner's screening of blue films. Tonight's theme is vintage – maybe it'll get you all stoked for next week's YBCA retro porn festival? Read more »

Competing claims mark the final pension reform ballot push

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Public Defender Jeff Adachi held a press conference on the steps of City Hall this afternoon, talking about how his pension reform measure is on track to qualify for the November ballot, calling for the Board of Supervisors to strengthen a rival measure so he can drop his, and wielding a series of colorful charts showing how his measure would save the city far more money.Read more »

The faces of High Sierra

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All photos by Erik Anderson

Consider the camping festival. A chance for music, art, and recreational drug use fans to slough off the shackles of outrageous office jobs in the summertime and head out for the hills, to engage in traditional Mardi Gras mode where playing is your job, three concurrent stages of live music is the norm, and everyone -- everyone! -- has the residue of somebody's glitter in their facial hair (and they all have facial hair).

Such was the 2011 High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, Calif. -- can you tell it was a good time? Read more »

The BART shooting: Fishier and fishier

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BART's official account of the latest shooting -- and the assertion that the officers acted properly -- is starting to look more and more dubious.Read more »

(Summer) Trash Lit: Adrenaline

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Adrenaline, by Jeff Abbott

Grand Central Publishing, 400 pages, $24.99

There's a CIA agent who has a wife who also works for the CIA, and she's seven months preggers with their kid, and life in the London Station is just dandy. Already a very bad sign: CIA agents with spouses and kids are prime fodder for thriller writers. It never works out. James Bond figured that out early, and since then, everyone else in the genre has fallen in love at his or her peril.Read more »

CPMC to City: Drop Dead

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The astonishing cluelessness of the folks at California Pacific Medical Center continues.Read more »

After 31 years, the Red Vic says farewell

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You read it here yesterday: the gloomy news that the venerable Red Vic Movie House is officially closing shop July 25 (the theater's 31st birthday). I caught up with Red Vic collective member Claudia Lehan today to talk about the rep house, whose signature red building has long been a Haight Street institution.

SFBG: There've been rumors for a little while that the Red Vic was in financial trouble. What ultimately led to the decision to close?

Claudia Lehan: We've known for awhile that it was coming, we just weren't sure when to tell everybody. It's this month because it's our birthday, as you pointed out — July 25 — and we just thought that would kind of be a way to set a marker for ourselves for the closing.

SFBG: Was it just that not enough people were coming to the theater, that you weren't selling enough tickets?

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The joy of joysticks

South Town Arcade is easy to miss -- but once within its "candy cabs" you may never leave

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GAMER On a sunny Sunday afternoon in late June, the crush of body-painted, thonged masses surged down Market Street, a trail of gold confetti, empty bottles, and promotional debris in its wake. Downtown was full to bursting with what seemed like everyone in the Bay Area celebrating Pride. But only a few blocks away, a very different scene was unfolding.Read more »

Appetite: Breaking bar news -- MacGregor joins Jasper’s

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We’ve been anticipating the opening of Jasper’s Corner Tap & Kitchen (slated for late July/early August) in the former Ponzu space downtown. With news of Chef Adam Carpenter helming the “upscale tavern-inspired” kitchen and none other than Kevin Diedrich as Bar Manager (who you’ve heard me talk about since early Burritt Room days), it’s sure to be an exciting opening all around.

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Dick Meister: Farm workers need drastic change

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No workers are more in need of union protection than the nation's miserably treated farm workers. Yet a promising new effort to ease their path to unionization has been blocked by one of their former champions, Gov. Jerry Brown.

Brown was rightly hailed for signing, in an earlier term as governor, the 1975 law that granted farm workers in California the collective bargaining rights denied them nationwide. It's the weapon farm workers must have if they are to escape poverty and the arbitrary and often harmful actions of grower employers. Read more »

Na Nach-ing on (rave) heaven's door

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In this week's Super Ego nightlife column, I get all excited about the Na Nach subsect of Hasidic Jewish followers of the Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. The Na Nach embrace an endearing philosophy of ecstatic dancing in the streets (via their brightly colored vans) as a form of worship, equal parts Sufi whirling dervish and 1990s trance party. They also have a very active Web presence.

In the past couple of months, everyone from the Jewish Daily Forward to Vice Magazine has taken notice. Since dancing around crazily as a form of spiritual practice is basically my life, I'm less interested in the not-so-unexpected intersection of Jewish mysticism and raving in the streets. Over-the-top Orthodox Jewish men's wedding dancing is, after all, one of those wonderfully bizarre and irresistible human cultural treasures, no matter what you may think of conservative religious practices. (Needless to say, there are no female Na Nach dancers in evidence.)

No, what mostly interests me is the charming -- and sometimes really well-produced -- homemade trance and electro music that accompanies the Na Nach dancers. And of course the inevitable gay parody. 

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A cheap shot at Tom Ammiano

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Elizabeth Lesly Stevens has done some good work on the insanity of Prop. 13. Check out this, and this, and this -- all of which say, more or less, that rich people are getting a great deal under the tax law, and aren't paying their share.Read more »

Editorial: Mayor Lee's budget deal

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The way the daily newspapers are presenting it, the budget that Mayor Ed Lee and the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee negotiated represents a new era of civility and cooperation at City Hall. The committee, after marathon negotiations, approved the $6.8 billion deal unanimously. Both sides called it a good process and a good result.

And indeed, by any standard, the way Lee worked with community groups was a huge breakthrough. After 16 years of essentially being cut out of the process under mayors Willie Brown and Gavin Newsom, the stakeholders — the people who provide the essential city services — were actually at the table. And the final blueprint isn't as bad as it could be. Read more »